How To Check Your Lateral Hip Motion

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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+

22 Responses to “How To Check Your Lateral Hip Motion”

  1. Hi Paul, Just lucked out and got two golf shafts the other day. Will definitely try this drill. One comment and one question. Comment first, my game has been improving steadily with your help. I discovered that when extending my arms at set-up, I was not as loose or powerless enough in the beginning and consequently not as powerless as I thought. What a difference it made when I set up totally powerless to my swing. I also just realized that I am not focusing on the ball anymore. Now the question, is there ant chance Paul Wilson golf shirts are available for sale?
    Swing Machine Mike signing off.

    • Yes, the arms should be extended but not tight. I’m glad you caught this because if you start out tight how can you keep them powerless throughout the swing.

      Not sure about shirts. I was thinking about this. I will let you and everyone else know if I do. Thanks. I think Ignition Golf shirts would look cool.


  2. August 17, 2016


    Straightening the right leg (for a right-handed player), starting the moment the downswing begins, is an excellent tip. Turning the hips or belt buckle, or pushing off the instep of the right foot, don’t automatically prevent sway. Straightening the leg does, because it creates a pivot right from the top.

    My problem is excess motion in my backswing and downswing. My bad shots (especially pulls and pull-fades) occur when I don’t rotate properly. So this is an excellent vid for me.

    Thanks, Paul.

    • August 18, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it. Need to keep it tight and simple going back for sure. See that backswing as setting it up to go the other way.

      Coil, load and hinge.

  3. March 14, 2017


    this is great paul. re: your indoor practice series….i worked out an indoor version for this lateral motion tip at the gym with two foam rollers and standing in the mirror with a club or the Momentus traveling club. these would be 36 inch rollers. works well!

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      March 14, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Good idea. I have one of those. Tried to kill a bug with it last night. Now I have another use for it.

  4. March 15, 2017


    Multitasking….just like my practice sessions! My fellow gym goers are staring?! Hope it’s the quality of my/your swing!

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      March 15, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      With your swing people will ask you where you got it. Great swing. Hopefully, you’re numbers are starting to show it.

  5. Hi Paul

    “Your swing” has done wonders for my long game game. However there are two issues I still face:

    1. Sometime I shank with the wedges. I think this is because of the aggressive hip turn that now, thanks to you, dominates my swing. So how do I adjust for the wedges?

    2. With fairway woods, and rarely with the driver, instead of the hip, the energy seems to go higher, to the shoulders, and I end up killing all the worms at about the 10 O’clock direction. Should I do something proactively about this or accept this mishit once in a while?

    David Weinstein

  6. Paul,
    Great lesson here. This is my problem on my backswing that I sway to much instead of turn. I will be working with the two clubs to concentrate on my turn. BTW, I am golfing better than I ever have before since I started working on your lessons. I am a very good athlete but golf has been the hardest sport for me up to this point. Wish I had found you years ago. Also, I would buy your shirt as well 🙂
    Dave H.

  7. Thanks for demonstrating how keeping the head too still on the backswing leads to a sway. Now I know what you meant when you said I was doing that in my video.

  8. I appreciate this lesson as I have been pushing the ball to the right with a huge sweeping hook back (up to 35 yards with driver and hybrids). I need to stay “in the barrel” with more turn as it appears I have been laterally shifting too much. I have no problem with turning my hands over. Thanks for this tip.

  9. Paul,
    What about Mike Austin swing?

    • Charles,

      What about it? I just fixed a long time Mike Austin follower a few weeks ago. He was hitting it sideways.

      This student used to be long, he hit it sideways and was in pain.

      I want long and straight with minimal effort and pain free.

  10. I’ve been working on this a lot. Trying all of the different triggers – watched all the videos I could find on the left leg and hip turn. I find almost no matter what I do I get some soreness (not PAIN – like ouch that REALLY hurts – but tenderness) on the inside of my left knee. This even happens when I turn my left foot out some. I’m in good shape and never had any knee issues.

    Have you ever encountered a student that had a similar complaint?

    Thanks Paul, my swing is much-improved thanks to you.

    • Jeff,

      Anyone that tells me they are in pain is doing it either too hard or wrong. I have a bad left knee and it never hurts doing this. Send me a video of you doing and it I will check it.

      Also, do this stuff slowly if you are just learning it. Once you can do it slowly you speed it up.

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