How Long Should The Backswing Be

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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+

9 Responses to “How Long Should The Backswing Be”

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    December 9, 2013


    I was trying to turn too much in the back swing and my left heel was coming up off the ground. Now I understand how the back swing mechanics work. I’ll try this as soon as the weather clears and warms slightly here in Charlotte! Thanks Paul….

    • December 9, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      If the forward foot comes up you lose torque. It does give you are nice powerful feeling though because you are turning too much going back. For some, it is hard to give up this powerful feeling. Once you understand it though it becomes clear that in the backswing you are just setting it up to go the other way.

  2. When I train with the SSRTT ,I notice immediately that (a)when I turn more the shoulders going back (b ) when lift my left arm well above my right shoulder.
    then my swing speed is augmented by a considerable amount .
    When I play on he Golf course ,I tend to be tired at the end of the round ,or simply I get lazy ,and my shots immediately get shorter !!

    • April 15, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      This is why I don’t teach a flat golf swing. This is why I have never seen a long driver do a flat swing either.

  3. Paul ,Yes :BUBBA WATSON ,RORY Mc ILROY have upright swings .It seems to me (But I’m not quite sure ) that JB HOLMES ,a very long hitter (310 Yards plus when he won in the play off at THE SHELL HOUSTON OPEN bettering his opponent WAGNER by 23 yards in the last play off hole )has aflatter swing . A notable exception is BEN HOGAN who did have a flat swing .

    • April 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      JB Holmes is very upright. This is usually how upright competitive long drivers are. Here is his swing:

      Hogan could hit it well but I guarantee he was no where near Jack Nicklaus. I’m sure he was longer with his old swing although not as accurate.

      I hit 3 iron over the back of the green from where he hit 1 iron at Merion. They have a plaque in the fairway and I hit my ball from that exact spot.

  4. June 7, 2018


    I would love to see a video of your 3 iron – must have been quite a thrill. I have picked up almost a club in distance using you system. Thanks so much

    • John,

      Glad you are doing well. I love hearing it. Just stay focused and do the practice swings working on the positions and drills. It will get even better.

  5. December 11, 2020


    Hello Paul,

    Do you think it can help to be able to see the head of the club with the left eye at the maximum of the backswing to figure out if it is parallel to the ground ?

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