Arrow On The Back Knee

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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+

16 Responses to “Arrow On The Back Knee”

  1. November 3, 2016


    Hi, Paul,

    I understand the concept of keeping the back knee flexed in order to avoid making moves that destroy the torque created by turning the shoulders, etc. I watched related videos about the creation of torque and back knee position at the top of the backswing.

    In the “arrow” video, the back knee points forward. In the coiling video, that portion of the body should rotate automatically to 22.5 degrees or 1/4 of shoulder turn. In the “coiling” video, you do mention that the flexed back knee may swivel.

    In the sense of the “helicopter drill”, am I correct to assume that the idea of the “arrow video” is to create the perception rather than the physical reality in order to maximize the student’s commitment to keep the back knee flexed at the top of the backswing?



  2. November 3, 2016


    Hi Paul ,
    I don’t feel I am creating an effective coil . I don’t feel the tightness on my left Side you describe as a check point to make sure
    one is getting a good coil. I tried turning y left foot in as you suggest in another tip. Would this arrow drill help with this problem of too much hip rotation

    The best


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      November 4, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, this is what it’s going to do as well as keeping the flex in the knee. It’s tricky but you have to turn the upper around and stable lower body. Some people do say they feel it in the left hip area but this is rare and the person is probably not doing it right.

      Really lock in that knee as you coil the upper.

      • I noticed that once I took my arms back on a higher plane (above shoulder level) the sensation of stretch in the left side increased greatly. Maybe give that a go Noah.

        • Very good. You need the stretch. You are right. You may have been way too flat. Keep doing this more upright plane. The best golfers of all time did this type of backswing.

  3. November 3, 2016


    If you load your weight on your instep, for me it automatically take care of the swaying and the straightened of my back leg. I wish u send this tip before, thanks but l learned the hard way and I am currently practising this routine every day.

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      November 4, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      That would be great if I could get everyone doing it right by just feeling the weight on the instep but it usually doesn’t happen. The flex in the knee usually takes care of it.

  4. November 4, 2016


    I meant right foot turned in not left


  5. January 31, 2019


    After your tip about keeping my weight on the instep I felt suddenly out of balance trying to concentrate making sure I did that. I felt like I was fighting against a force stopping me do that. I think I know why now, my right leg was locked straight. Can’t wait to get out and figure this out. Thanks for this valuable insight, I must have missed it before.

    I could get away with it on a driver and a fairway wood as i seem to swing easier and slower and can feel the weight of the club head. and my body gets round. But irons I used to “hit” well are not so good as I transition to less hit and more swing.

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      February 2, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Sounds like this is a huge missing piece of your swing. Stay focused on this until you start getting it. It takes work but the payoff is well worth it.

  6. February 1, 2019


    Keeping the right knee flexed is something I’ve been working very hard on since quite a long time .
    Initially I used to straighten the right leg to get more rotation of the upper body ,not understanding it was the “torque ” (The “X” factor ) which counted ,not the “turn “.
    Some ancient golfers I saw on the the INTERNET and in books with photos of them did straighten their right leg when going in the backswing
    What you Paul,and BEN HOGAN said and wrote on the subject brought me back to reason ;
    Now I have a simpler way to ingrain this move,apart from keeping the right instep dug in the ground when going in the backswing .
    I use a training aid called “LOAD n’FIRE ” you wrap it around the knee :it keeps the right knee flexed in a brace .After practicing day after day you perform the knee flex without even thinking about it .
    Now I have your “ARROW ” idea to keep me watching my right knee

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      February 2, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Gad you worked on this. So many people straighten the knee. You must see the difference. It is night and day.

  7. February 5, 2019


    Paul-I’ve been a “right leg straightener” forever and I know this drill will, in time, help me correct it.

    Also, could you comment on how long a person should focus on the ball during the swing? Thanks.


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      February 7, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Most everyone I see is out of position at the top so they have little chance to hit great shots. This knee is especially important so yes, keep working on it.

      Here is what I see as I hit the ball:

      What I See As I Hit Shots:

  8. February 8, 2019


    Hi Paul. These backswing to set (footwork) vids have been great. I am often coming around off of this set position (back foot) and touching the knees to fast or actually getting up on my back foot toes too quickly…rather than 3 inches I’m almost finished and on top of the toe. I concentrate on the arrow forward going back and the arrow back coming down (front leg)…when I do keep the foot down a bit longer I feel a more solid shot with the body coming through….any other footwork videos out there about this? thanks! Craig

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