How To Stop Flipping Through Impact

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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+

9 Responses to “How To Stop Flipping Through Impact”

  1. Paul,

    Enjoyed watching your slow motion swing from the top. In addition to your shoulders being open at impact and your arms extended after impact, I noticed the incredible lag you have in your right wrist. I also noticed that your right elbow moves in front of your body prior to impact while holding the lag. Do you achieve this lag purely from turning your hips (driven by your legs)?

    It would be great to have your slow motion swings in a loop from different angles (side, back, front and top). I would also be great to be able to step through the slow motion loop (forward and backward) on my computer as an application or screen saver. It would enable one to study your swing in detail.

    • Cameron,

      I worked on lag for many, many years while hitting pitch shots. I think I talk about it in one of the lag tips (not sure which one). I have never worked on tucking the back arm. For me, most of this stuff happens because I am using the legs and not hitting.

      I will think of the looping swing idea.

  2. Paul,

    A couple of questions regarding flipping and powerless arms. I have been pulling and pull hooking the ball and trying to work on the powerless arms and better leg drive. After watching this tip, I definitely think I am flipping the club, I can see my shoulders are square to the target line and my club head gets ahead of my hands at impact. I can see myself whacking at the ball in videos at normal playback speed. Is there really a difference between flipping and simply using the arms too much? Is flipping more about using the wrists too much?

    I recently started your Knock It Off drill in the backyard and took it to the range. I have worked on hitting ten balls 50 yards, then 10 balls 100 yards and finally 10 balls 150 yards with the driver at the range. The last two days I have not gone beyond that. My hands are now ahead of or even with the ball at impact. I still do not get my shoulders turned past square and my hips are only slightly open at impact, even with the slower arms. The second part of my question is about the downswing trigger. When should the trigger occur, is it before the backswing reaches the top? I think I am waiting too long to start the trigger and thus not turning early enough. Is that a factor? Do you feel that you trigger the downswing prior to finishing the backswing? Would that help me to get a better turn at impact?

  3. Paul, does this also apply to the medium and long pitch shots? I have had a serious shanking problem with only my sand wedge. It’s gotten so bad that I’m just extremely uncomfortable and feel like I will do it everytime. I’ve watched your videos on shanking pitches and have done the drills. I feel like I’m nearly going to fall backwards now because I’m putting so much weight on my heels. I don’t shank then but my contact feels so horrible. I video taped them today and I can see I have a definitely flip in addition to my shanking problem which is causing me to hit the top of the ball with the bottom of my wedge and when I don’t I have lofted the club so badly that the ball goes about 50 yards when it should go 65 due to the flip. I’m extremely frustrated and so uncomfortable over this shot anymore and don’t know what to do. Any comments are much appreciated. Thanks

    • April 14, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      If you are shanking short irons you are too tilted at set up. I have fixed tons of shankers in minutes by getting them in the proper setup and coiling and uncoiling the shoulders more level to the ground. You do my stuff and you will never shank it.


      Stand Tall with Short Clubs:
      Short Game – How To Stop Shanking Pitch Shots:

      Don’t have the weight on your heels. You just need to the right setup position then coil/uncoil more level.

      Flipping is the shoulders too square at impact so you need more rotation. HINGE/TURN. This is how to pitch. If you are turning your shoulders would be open at impact thus moving the release point ahead of the ball.

      Also, think about doing a swing analysis with Pete. The cost all of $20 to clarify what you need to work on. How can you go wrong?

  4. BenjaminBerry

    October 3, 2017


    Thank you Paul,
    Another key to get from good to really good ! I had decided on my downswing trigger being my front hip, but that was still allowing me to slide laterally, my old comfortable move to compensate for my closed-at-the-top clubface. With this “arrow” move straight back, now I can keep the loose wrists with the neutral grip with no fear of the big push right, it goes dead straight.

    • Paul Wilson

      October 4, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you found something that works for you. I had a huge slide so I know all about fixing it. It took me 2 straight months every day but no one said lock the lead leg and touch the other leg to it. If so, I would have fixed it in 2 days because I would have been doing the touch the legs positions a few thousand times. After this, I would know the feeling and fix it. Stay focused on this fix. The goal is fixing it. Shots will come in the future.

  5. BenjaminBerry

    October 4, 2017


    Thank you Paul!

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