Are You Square At The Top Of 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+

23 Responses to “Are You Square At The Top Of The Backswing”

  1. December 15, 2012


    Hi I can’t view this video it says it’s private. Please help. Tks

  2. December 15, 2012


    Hi Paul some of the videos I try to watch have a prohibited type symbol ovrer the arrow to start the video. One of the vides was how to stop pulling the ball you recommended I watch. I am viewing on an I touch Can this be avoided? Thanks. Ralph

  3. December 16, 2012



    • December 16, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      Not sure what you were trying to post here. Please re-post your question.

  4. December 17, 2012


    Hi Paul,

    My grip has always been neutral. Personally, I was using an inter-lock grip and found that I had problem releasing the club causing side spin and hitting it off to the right. I then decided to change it to a baseball grip and it really helped me release the club better making it more on line. Could it be that the inter-locking grip makes it more difficult to release the ball?? I know great players such as Jack and Tiger uses this inter-locking grip. What do you think?


    • December 18, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      The ten finger grip has won professional golf tournaments so it is a grip you can do. I just don’t prefer it. In doing the interlocking and overlapping you are taking one finger of your strongest hand off the club. This allows it then wrists to hinge and re-hinge properly. If you kept slicing the ball with the interlocking grip you were holding on too tight which was locking your wrists. For some reason the ten finger allows them to release which is a good thing. I’ve found very few good golfers with this grip so you may want to change to an overlapping grip in the future. For now, stick with it and get used to releasing it. This is more important right now.

  5. December 17, 2012


    I’m trying the neutral position but I feel that after having hinged the wrist the club is a little open. Maybe because after hinging my hand is not as flat as it should. I have more angle between my hand and the arm at the top after having hinged than at the start. Maybe I’m hinging too much, but I’m trying to have the wrist loose and that’s the position they are achieving

    Shall I manually try to flatten the wrist and not hinging so much?

    And thanks again for this wonderful tips!

  6. December 18, 2012



    I noticed that at the top of your backswing, your left wrist appears to be much flatter than in the past. Previously, you talked about seeing some wrinkles.

    Is this a camera angle issue, or has something changed?

    • December 18, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      My wrist is cupped the same amount as always. You can’t see the wrinkles from this view. It is when you take the club to the top and turn your head to look at your wrists. When hinged correctly the wrinkles will be present.

  7. March 14, 2013



    At the range today working on powerless arms. The local high school golf coach asked me if I wanted some advice. He told me I should try a compact golf swing. I guess you could have a compact swing and still have loose wrist and powerless arms…what’s your thought?


    • March 15, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      What is his definition of a compact golf swing? What is he trying to get you to do? I would keep working on the swing positions I have taught for over 20 years. If you do you will build a swing that will make you look like you can shoot 65. Turning the arms off should be done with every kind of swing.

  8. Paul ,
    I joined your site in February 2013 only ,so I missed quite some

    • Raymond,

      Glad you liked it. Thanks.

      I like people to understand why they have to do things. If you know why hopefully you will think it is important and actually do it.

      I don’t refer to it as long or short. I want the left thumb against the side of your hand. Then you put the hand on focusing on a 2 knuckle position. So this is not long. The thumb should not be curled up so it is not short. It is neutral. If you are hitting it straight with your grip and long enough then don’t change it. Just keep doing what you are doing.

  9. September 9, 2013


    Do you have a video regarding swing plane?

  10. September 22, 2017



    Do you need to always check the parallel in a mirror?

    Is there any way of knowing how to get it ‘right’ on the course when there isn’t a mirror?

    I have been following you for 9mts now and people keep ‘going on’about my swing!! There is no doubt my ball flight is better, but not always


    • September 22, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      You would be checking this until you have it mastered. I would also check it every now and again especially if I wasn’t hitting the ball all that well. Just watch tonight’s tip. This should help you be able to check it. Hopefully they are saying good things about your swing. I am assuming so which is a good thing. This is how you know you are getting it.


      How To Tell If You Have An Ugly Swing:

  11. September 25, 2017


    Hi Paul,

    Interested to see that from the top of your backswing to impact your head drops (or appears to drop) about 2 to 3 inches, is this a conscious movement? I’m not aware you’ve ever mentioned it in other videos/tips? I tend to stand up out of my shots so for me this is an important movement.


  12. November 19, 2018


    Paul, how is the right arm to be positioned at the top of the back swing. Should the humerus be 90 degrees to the rib cage or should it be tucked along the rib cage or somewhere in between. Should the hands be higher then the ears. How far behind the head should the hands be.

    • November 19, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      I like the right arm parallel to the spine or a little more vertical. Never beyond parallel. If so, it is flying.

      I guess you haven’t gotten to Position 4 of The Body Swing. This is what that position is all about. Make sure you refer to it.

      Back Elbow Position At The Top (grapefruit):

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