How To Stabilize The Lower Body In The Backswing

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

13 Responses to “How To Stabilize The Lower Body In The Backswing”

  1. One of you best tips yet, since it is a bad habit of mine to be very inconsistent with my lower body movement. Imagining the arrow between the belt buckle and the ball is allowing me to make not only better shots, but more solid shots which is adding some travel distance. Thank you Paul!!

  2. August 8, 2012

    mikeplummer

    Hi Paul, Another great tip for us to remember. I know that I have excessive hip movement because I don’t feel the torque all the time. But when I do it right even if my shoulders don’t reach 90 degrees the power is amazing. I will continue to work on this along with my positions.
    Thanks, Mike

    • August 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Stabilizing the lower body allows people to feel that tight coiled up feeling in the backswing they have never felt before. I’m glad you are getting. Once you do, you won’t want to stop.

  3. August 8, 2012

    AlanFrance

    Paul,
    This is a great tip. When working on one of your earlier tips explaining the importance of torque , as opposed to just turning as far as possible in the backswing,I tried deliberately to restrain my hip turn by thinking of not turning my hips at all. This concerned me a little and I thought I would have to revert to turnining my hips.But of course I realise now from this tip that my hips have turned without even having to think about it. The added torque has made a tremendous difference to my distance,off the tee especially.
    I am a new member to IG and whilst I have a lot to work on,not least which trigger to use to start my downswing, my game is progressing already and much more enjoyable.

    • August 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      That’s great news. Torque can certainly give you distance because you are now getting that spring-like effect. It’s not about how far people go back. It’s about the torque. Just keep trying to feel this tight feeling and keep working on it.

      To choose the right downswing trigger just throw a few balls over hand out in front of you or do some practice swings off the ground. When you do take note of where the power is coming from (do you feel it from the left or right side). Once you feel it then look to this side for the trigger. Once you do, keep focusing on it for every shot.

  4. April 26, 2013

    barrybower

    Hi Paul Love this tip ,one question , if you are getting to a decent top of backswing position can you over due this tightness feeling. The more i use that resist the hip moving feeling the more tightness i feel on my left side, will i be more consistant with a tighter feeling on left side as oppose to not so tight. and if this tighter feeling causes me to shorten my backswing a little will this make for more consistant shots. can repeat this tight feeling consistantlly now ,much better shots .just wondering is tighter better

    • April 27, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Barry,

      You can overdo this tightness. This would occur if you were holding the lower body so stable you did not shift your weight or allow your hips to turn half the amount of the shoulders. If you are all the way to the top and feeling tight this would be a good feeling. Remember, you are only feeling this for a split second. Once you feel it you should be going the other way. Maybe you are up there too long. Just feel it then fire the lower body. This should be repeatable.

  5. September 1, 2014

    terrybadger

    i wonder if i bend my right knee to much as i resist the shoulder turn and shift my weight? i seem to either hit behind the ball digging up turf, or in the middle of the ball. There are very few times when i pick it off the ground as cleanly a you. If i could do that, i’m sure my distance would improve. My direction is very straight, so at least i have that going for me.

  6. October 19, 2017

    SteveWeber

    Paul,

    I don’t know if this will help any other members but this tip was the key for me to getting powerless arms. I’m still pretty flexible for my age and what I found is that if I rotate my lower body too much, there is not enough spring or tightness in the lower body and my arms want to take over. When I keep the feeling of the belt buckle pointed at the ball I can fire the lower body and keep the arms powerless. Can’t say I do it every time yet, but usually my bad swings now are either over rotation of the hips, or not keeping my eye on the back of the ball. Those bad swings are much more infrequent since reading this tip. Interestingly, applying this thought when hinging on pitch shots has also improved my accuracy there as well. Keep the great tips coming!

    • Paul Wilson

      October 19, 2017

      Paul Wilson

      Steve,

      This was a good tip for a lot of members. I will re-post it again it future. This is how I got it many years ago. Sounds like you are close to a breakthrough. The spring-like effect is vital. Keep at it and I will keep posting tips.

      • October 20, 2017

        StevenFarber

        Paul,

        Many thanks for your knowledge and this site – I am a 7.8 Index and I have wasted an insane amount of time just pounding balls at the range trying to get to the next level to no avail. I continue to struggle with hip over rotation, but keeping my back foot perpendicular to the target line seems to be an effective solution. Must I have my back foot out 5 degrees or can I keep it perpendicular?

        Cheers,

        Steve

        • Paul Wilson

          October 22, 2017

          Paul Wilson

          Steven,

          Glad you found us. I appreciate the feedback. I too went through 10 years of confusion many years ago. Not fun.

          Be careful with the back foot. You turn it out a little to accommodate the coil. Too straight and you may not be able to fully coil. Too open and you will not create the coil. So vary the foot position and do a few backswings. You should be able to determine how open you can have it while fully coiling in the backswing.

          Typically, if I get someone moving the back foot too much in the through swing I have them hit about 20 balls flat footed. After about 20 balls in a row I tell them to forget the foot and voila it’s fixed. It comes up to a vertical position instead of over-rotating. This should work for you too. Give it a try.

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