1 Leg in the Backswing

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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+

22 Responses to “1 Leg in the Backswing”

  1. Paul,

    I am still a work in process. I find that my main weakness in adopting your swing comes from a baseball background. I still tend to slide forward instead of pivoting on the left leg. It’s like taking a stride to hit a pitch. As I see the ball going high and to the right, I know (thanks to one of your tips) what has caused it. The only thing that can fix it is practice, practice, practice. I’ll be in the back yard again tonight.


    • Len,

      If you are a ex-baseball player just throw a few balls overhand out in front of you with a narrower stance. When you do you will see the back leg come around and touch the forward (locked) leg. After you do this keep doing it over and over again until you get used to it. Once you do, apply it to practice golf swings. You just have to turn not slide. By doing the throwing motion you should be able to latch on to it. I get the feeling your stance is too wide.

  2. Good reminder ,Paul ,to those who were taught initially (Like me ) to keep the head from moving ,going in the backswing .
    Now ,when performing the throughswing ,do you let the head “look ” forward in front of the ball,targetwise ,like DAVE DUVAL and ANNIKA SORENSTAM ,or should you keep your eyes on the ball ?
    Also ,when doing the backswing,going to the top ,do you let your left Heel come off the ground to get more turn ,or keep it on the groun for more stabilty ?
    Mike BAUMANN ,of whom you recommend the ULTIMATE SWING TRAINER (I bought it !) says you should lift slightly the left Heel (His Video shows h

  3. Hi Paul,

    ALL Your Lessons are sensational, but this one verifies what I always believed, your head moves in the Golf Swing,

    So many of my golf Buddies have said keep your head still, I knew they were not giving me the right advice,

    Thankx again for your CLEAR and Precise instructions.

    You still remain the best teacher of Golf in the World.

    Earl Gissing

    • Earl,

      Glad you like the tips. Thanks.

      Don’t listen to your buddies. Jim McLean did an article in 2001 called the Y factor where he measured the head position at address then at the top of the backswing. Tour average head movement was 3.6 inches. Amateur average was .6 of an inch. So keep moving your head.

  4. Hi Paul another great tip. My question is when you move your head 3 to 5 inches would that not reduce the amount of resistance you are suppose to have between the upper and lower body?


    • Greg,

      No this will not lose torque. You will only lose torque when you over-rotate the lower body and/or stand up and/or move sideways. When you are moving your head you are creating an axis between your head, body and back leg. Keep moving your head. This is important.

  5. Hey Paul, can you talk a little about the need (as I recall you saying) to keep you right knee flexed and your weight on the right instep at the top of the back swing. I believe you note this is critical to prevent swaying to the right. Am I on target?

  6. BEN HOGAN ,THE best golfer ever ,moved his head in THE backswing .
    Slow Motion camera shows this move perfectly .

  7. November 13, 2013


    paul does the right knee stayed flexed or straight in the full coil for the backswing

  8. November 22, 2014


    Hi Paul, I Watch all your videos and find them very interesting. I notice in your d√©monstrations, that when you do your back swing,your left arm is not straight (it is bent a bit like a baseball player). Is it allright or should’n we do that. Thank you.

    Michel Leduc

  9. November 25, 2014


    Thank you for your reply. You look so smouth on your swing I am working hard trying to emulate that. Michel

    • November 26, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Stick to smooth. This keeps your arms out of your swing. A fast looking swing is a swing using arms.

  10. January 16, 2016



    I fully agree with the supreme importance of moving the head and coiling the weight into the right side but I find that the real end of the backswing is when I firmly re-plant my weight on my left leg as I set my wrists at the top which provides a very solid base to fire the hips. Just semantics?


    • January 17, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      You should be feeling the top of your backswing once you are fully coiled. If you are thinking about the foot you’re not thinking about the coil. So I would think coil first to make sure you have torque then think of the foot if you want.

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