Back Knee at the Top of the Backswing

By | on June 7, 2018 | 15 Comments | Array


Sorry, this content is for members only.

Click here to get access.


Already a member? Login below

Remember me (for 2 weeks)

Forgot Password


Author Description

Avatar photo

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+

15 Responses to “Back Knee at the Top of the Backswing”

  1. November 30, 2017


    sHi Paul,

    It’s starting to sink in! I was riding with the longest golf ball driver in our swat.
    I hit an almost perfect drive a little left but solid. My finish was perfect and I could feel my body turn. He hit a big drive down the middle with a slight draw. Everyone commented how huge his drive was. As we were approaching our drives he was heading to the left rough where my ball was and he commented how he blew past me by 20 yds. As we got closer I could see my ball was ahead of his. I out drove his good drive by 5 yds. Still a lot of work to do but I’m getting close. I practice hours everyday, hitting balls , chipping and putting. I know this training is working. I use to hit effortless with swinging my shoulders. Lower body wood kick in but not like it’s doing when I swing with your lower body move.
    Playing tomorrow cant wait to see if I have a better swing. We are having exceptional weather here in Pittsburgh for this time of year. I’m in FL for all of March staying at a private club with full membership privileges. Between now and end of March I plan on having a solid golf game. Sorry for the lengthy comments!

    Thank for your help,

    • Avatar photo

      December 1, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      I love stories like that. I had a similar thing happen to me many years ago. Great feeling.

      Just stick to the plan. It gets exciting which can lead to hitting harder and harder. If this happens slow back down to 50% and build it back up.

  2. December 20, 2017


    To get the stable base, is it a good idea to feel the knees pointing forward going back? Feels like it is way easier to start down with minimal movement in the lower body.

  3. Thanks for this tip it made me realise where I was losing my weight in the back swing I was rolling it into the outside of my right foot when I keep the knee bent I can feel the weight in the legs looking forward to see how I go in comp tomorrow thanks

    • Joshua,

      Very good. This is combined with loading the weight on the instep so glad you see that and are working on it. You get this and you will start hitting it longer (and more consistent too).

  4. Enjoying the lessons and tips.

  5. November 1, 2018


    I must have missed this tip previously. What a difference it has made. Trying to fire the hips from a straight back leg was giving me a sore knee and leg and was forcing me onto the front leg to get the rotation hence pulling the ball to the right (I am a lefty). Now with the flexed knee I am finding the rotation much easier and without the pain. Thanks for the tip Paul it has really made a difference to my game.

    • Avatar photo

      November 2, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, this is very important. Glad you found it. There are actually some teachers out there telling people to straighten it. Yikes. Won’t take you long to master it now that you are thinking about it. I used to work on this flex nightly in a mirror off my right hip making sure it didn’t straighten. Might want to do that too.

  6. August 30, 2020


    I missed this too Paul
    I think it might be confusing for many people to hear that the ‘knees turn 22.5 degrees’
    that suggested to me that both knees turn the same amount.
    To do that, I was straightening right leg and not loading the instep
    I am now thinking that the left knee has to turn more than the right knee ie. turn into the resistance?
    many thanks Rob

    • Avatar photo

      September 1, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      The knees are not really an area that you should be thinking about, I would be using either your hips or shoulders to get them to turn. If you get the shoulders to turn 90* and the hips at 45* then the knees will be the same. Why work on turning a body part that does not turn the most like the knees. Check out this tip:

      Golf Hip Turn In The Backswing:

  7. September 1, 2020


    Thanks Paul
    Had a really great practice yesterday following these.
    So I let my hips and knees be passive to the shoulders (not resisting against)
    But in doing so, ensure the side if the left knee points behind the ball…thats the bit that wasnt happening ..but if I give myself more time and wait for that perfect shots are almost guaranteed!
    Great coaching as ever !

You must be logged in to post a comment.