Chair Drill – To Eliminate Chicken Wing

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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+

12 Responses to “Chair Drill – To Eliminate Chicken Wing”

  1. February 5, 2014


    Paul, I do not understand what path the club is on? Is the club to be pointed at a particular spot on the chair at the end on the stretch of the arms? Help

    • Paul Wilson

      February 5, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      The chair is off my left hip. At his point in the swing it would be parallel to the target line.

  2. February 5, 2014


    What about the take-away swing. Should we try to keep the left arm straight on that. Stiffer and straight or let it do what comes naturally with shoulder and upper turn or what?
    Should we try to get it extended in the opposite direction of this clip as far as possible on take away or let it swing around naturally.
    Once I am sure what the take-away should be, I will be better to practice this drill with a chair.

  3. Henry

    February 5, 2014


    This drill combined with the left knee connected with string really helped two weak points in my swing…just like you said, it takes a while but eventually you get it…thanks Paul!

    • Paul Wilson

      February 5, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you are getting it. Just get the pieces. Once you put them all together you get the whole picture. Keep at it.

  4. February 5, 2014


    Paul,In previous vid

    • Paul Wilson

      February 6, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Why would I say that. This is halfway through. This is not the whole follow through. Of course your elbows have to bend when you get to the follow through. There is no way to do it if you don’t. Here you are swinging at the chair. That’s it. If you get this and the club keeps going to the follow through it should split the ears.

      At this point, the clubshaft would be parallel to the target line.

      How can people make such a simple drill so difficult? Just try to hit the chair. That’s it. If you do your arms will stretch out. There is nothing more to it. It is a drill.

  5. February 5, 2014


    Paul ,I have a question not related to this drill.
    It concerns THE preparatory rotation going back.
    I played THE day before yesterday with a fairly good player:though I hit my drives fairly long off THE TEE-230 Yards in average-this player was outdriving me by a mile:his shots were 270 Yards .

    • Paul Wilson

      February 6, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      This is not a backswing drill. It is a through swing drill. Do what you do going back. I don’t care. What I do care about is if your arms are extending through and past impact as I am showing in this drill. When you are working on backswing positions you would be thinking of backswing positions.

      Was this guy you played with 80 years old? I think you are doing well for your age. If he is bigger with more strength he is hitting harder using brute force. Let’s pout him beside me where I swing at what appears like half his speed and hit it by him all day. It is not strength it is technique. I keep saying this.

      You should be loosening your wrists and turning faster. That is all there is to it. If you are 80 and you cannot turn any faster then that’s all you’ve got. Work on loosening the wrists more.

  6. October 15, 2014


    Hi Paul;
    I was talking with another golfer at the driving range who gave me a tip on how to achieve this as well as to release the club fully which is the flaw in my swing. All you have to do is use a split grip. Start with the bottom hand touching the shaft below the grip while keeping the top hand in it’s normal position & swing thru from a half swing position. Then gradually move the bottom hand up the shaft towards your top hand keeping the split grip until you get back to the normal grip position. It works really well. You can also hit balls with this grip but only with 1/4 to 1/2 shots until you have your extension where it needs to be consistently. If you feel this is a good drill, I hope you would consider using it in a future video.

    • Paul Wilson

      October 15, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      This may work for you while others it does not. If it were that easy everyone would be releasing it.

      I did the split grip as a lag tip a long time ago:

      Old But Good Lag Drill:

      If it works for you keep doing it. I have most success getting people to release it from the top.

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