Cause and Effect – Straightening the Back Leg

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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+

8 Responses to “Cause and Effect – Straightening the Back Leg”

  1. October 8, 2014


    Hi Paul. I’ve continued to have considerable difficulty initiating the downswing by FIRST rotating the hips or the right knee toward the left. This causes all my short irons to go left of the target because the club head is not square to the target line. When I strike the ball, I’m almost in the address position, instead of with the belt buckle rotated past the ball. You illustrated this poor position in your video, so I’m hoping my problem is caused by straightening the right leg in the backswing. This makes a lot of sense, because I can rotate the hips/knee doing half swings, but feel ” hip locked” with a full backswing. After your video, I immediately took some practice swings concentrating on the right leg flex. It felt different, which, of course, is very good news.

    Thanks, Ron

    • October 8, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      First, are you constantly and consistently doing practice swings at home doing these drills:

      DRILL: Swing Off Ground:

      DRILL: My Favorite Drill – Variation 2:

      DRILL: Swing Off Ground Variation:

      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging:

      You have to realize if you ave spent a lifetime hitting with your arms you are not good a using you legs so you have to constantly and consistently work on it. Do this at home NO BALL every night.

      Next, shorter shots do not require a huge leg drive. So use your hips to initiate the downswing. Focus on your belt buckle. Once you hit the top you turn to start down.

      If your back leg is straightening you are out of position so yes, it will be tough if not impossible for you to initiate with the lower body.

      Also, understand why you are pulling it. If you tilt left starting down the club will swing left. I have said this in numerous videos. When you start the lower, your whole upper should be leaning right or staying behind the ball in the downswing. Tilt right and you will swing it right. So manually tilt right if you have to until you get used to it. I am okay with your purposely tilting right if you cannot tilt due to driving your legs. Then get the legs moving once you get the tilt.


      Body Tilt – Left Right:

  2. Hi Paul;
    I recently submitted a question regarding over rotation of my hips in the backswing. I was rotating my hips nearly as much as my shoulders which you told me was too much. Although not every time, I do straighten my rear leg so I’ll definitely be checking this on the range very soon.

  3. October 8, 2014


    This seems to be REALLY important to YOUR swing method.Ive been doing Video golf lessons with you guys since April and having a hard time “getting it”After seeing this tip I went back and reviewed my video clips and I am straightening my right knee!I have been trying to add more knee flex(per instruction)But I didn’t realize I was doing this.My right foot was rolling slightly and I guess this was the reason.On practice sessions most of my shots go reasonably high BUT 10-15 yards LEFT to target with hardly any power(IE:8 iron=90yds)So I hope this was a major flaw on why everything wasn’t working(especially lower body transfer(uncoiling)I’m hoping anyway

  4. November 6, 2017


    Hi Paul,

    I’ve come the realization that straightening my right leg is the primary culprit responsible for flaws in my swing- it is glaring on video – lots of ‘grass between the legs’. It promotes hip over-rotation, which leads me to whip the club inside and behind my torso, which also makes it much easier for me to roll the club open with my wrists (producing occasional shanks when combined with violently inside out path).

    Firstly – I could have never realized this without your guidance and instruction. Secondly, how the hell do I get rid of this?!? I am having a very difficult time keeping the knee flexed – are there additional drills / thoughts you recommend??



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