Arm Positions Drill

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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+

13 Responses to “Arm Positions Drill”

  1. January 13, 2019


    Paul, could you address the angle of the shaft at address and at impact? I set up with the shaft at about 45 degrees from ball to hands. At impact I’m at approx. 50-55 degrees. Should I work on coming back to 45 degrees at impact?

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      January 14, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Working on this will drive you crazy. The body angle changes in the downswing so the angle would be more up. Check out Jack Nicklaus’ angle from set up then impact. He is up too.

  2. January 13, 2019


    Your tips make a lot of sense if I keep practicing the drills I will be carrying the whins on the Old Course easier,
    Charlie Ferguson.

  3. January 13, 2019


    Hello Paul,
    Assuming as an instructor you want feedback just like we students do ( by looking at ball flight, right?). This one drill has helped with my accuracy and distance. Thanks for slowing me down and making me think through the whole swing. This is the one drill that I have seen the most improvement with.

    Appreciate all you do. Cheers.


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    January 13, 2019


    Great tip/drill Paul. One can do the half to half inside.

    Could I get a link to the golf shirts please??

  5. January 14, 2019


    Hi Paul, I notice when you do the L90 in backswing, (could be camera angle,) it appears that you club is pointing straight up. I thought is should be more layer back to enable the circular path.

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      January 15, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, this is the camera. I like the butt pointing just inside the target line at 3/4 back.

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    January 21, 2019


    Hey Paul, Great tip! I have to avert my eyes when you imitate the chicken wing and over the top etc. – while playing, rather than watch a bad swing over and over, I pretend I am looking for something in my bag because it’s just too painful. From now on, when someone turns to me and asks “what am I doing wrong” – I will direct them immediately to Ignition Golf! 🙂

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      January 22, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Here is the reply from David:

      Hi Susan,

      Yes–definitely apply when practicing.
      Give yourself short focus periods (3 – 5 shots at a time) and see if it “frees” you up!

      Let us know!

      David Breslow

  7. March 4, 2019


    When does the right arm begin to fold on the backswing?


  8. PAUL, what I have a tendency to do, is keep my right hand on top of the club too long in the backswing, and I also start moving my right elbow back, instead of down, to keep this going. Then at some point in the backswing, I have to make this unnatural transition to get the club in the proper position at the top. Your tip about pointing the thumbs at the right ear, is very helpful to avoid this pitfall, but it always feels like I am opening the club face as I do this. My tendency, when I make this error, is to hit the ball left. So I love your tip about pointing the thumbs at the right ear. But I am just wondering, whether you have encountered this fault in your students?

    • Mike,

      Not really. A few have right elbow issues but this is pretty easy to fix. There is usually another issue that is causing it.

      You should not even thinking of this back elbow coming away from your side until about 3/4 back. This is just to set the hinge in the wrists as you hit the top. Sounds like right elbow is flying. From down the line I like it parallel to the spine or a little more vertical than the spine. Never more horizontal. As you go back immediately tuck the right arm against your side. It should stay there until 3/4 back then you drop a grapefruit from the armpit and set the thing. You might want to watch these tips:

      Back Elbow Position At The Top (grapefruit):

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