Checkpoints – Top – Overview

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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+

12 Responses to “Checkpoints – Top – Overview”

  1. February 21, 2016


    Paul, can you explain the correct position(s) for the right arm up to the top of the backswing and coming down thru impact? Do you have any videos or drills? I feel at times my elbow is too flared out.

  2. February 21, 2016


    GREETINGS COACH You were right I was turning past 45 degrees on the back swing.I glued two alignment sticks together at 90 degrees and sure enough on my backswing I was probably going maybe 50 degrees causing the gap in my knees.Iv’e got some retooling to do.After almost three years with you I hate to admit that it took me this long to feel my weight load on the instep of my right foot, better late than never right. This old dog is still learning.THANKS COACH

    • February 22, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you found it. This should tighten up the backswing.

      Glad you are sticking with it. Some people get it faster than others. Funny how that works.

  3. February 22, 2016


    Hi Coach

    What is your view on what Chamblee has been saying a lot on the Golf magazine?

    That his best swing was ruined by trying to fix his lower body and coiling the body.

    That it is medically proven that it is not possible to generate torque by coiling the body.

    That he has gone back to his old swing (based on the old masters) of moving the legs in the backswing and that it has been much easier on the body and also more consistent.

    I do have some sympathy with this view because I finding the feeling of coiling difficult to maintain and find easier to drive the leg/hip if I intentionally fully coil the hips as the main driver for the backswing.

    • February 22, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      I guess you didn’t read my reply to the other gentleman about this. Here it is:


      We know more about the golf swing now as opposed to 30-50 years ago. You are coiling to get torque. You are not over coiling or hurting yourself. Once you have torque you will uncoil consistently. You do not and will never hit 300-500 balls per day. How, with no torque and trying to hit the golf ball with your arms are you ever going to repeat your golf swing. When you lift the heel your lower body turns too much. This gives you power in the arms to hit the ball with your arms.

      I did this swing when I was a kid. I hit the ball everywhere. I hit 1000 balls per day everyday for over 2 years and never got it.

      I just watched Chamblee’s golf swing. He has not clue what is problem is/was. He changes his grip as soon as he takes the club back. This actives the arms and shuts the face at the top. He then has to slide to square the face which is very inconsistent. He also hangs back way too much on this back foot. He decline was not about maintaining a stable lower body.

      I have always said, never get a lesson from tour pros or rocket scientists. They have no clue.

      Why the follow through is the most important position is because if I can get people to only do that they hit the ball better than they ever have in their life. This is tried and tested over 25 years. Not one word about the backswing. How does that happen?


      No torque huh? So how can one turn their shoulders more than the hips. If there was no torque no muscles would stretch and your hips would turn the same amount as the shoulders.

      I keep telling people who are guessing and struggling to do a swing analysis with us. For all of $20 we can clear up any confusion.

  4. I am not able to do the follow through,the minit I hit the ground,the club looses the momentum,ball goes straight and turns right.

  5. Paul,
    I’m working on the positions. I notice that my club points to the right of the target line at the top of my backswing instead of straight down the line. Is this a problem? If so do you have any tips for a correction? Thanks, keep up the good work, I’m learning a lot.
    All the best,

  6. In the front view the club is above Paul’s head but in the side view it is partially blocked by his head Which is correct ?
    Thank you

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      April 28, 2022

      Paul Wilson

      The front view would be correct, it is probably just camera angle that could change the view point. You generally want the golf club slightly above your head, I usually say just above the ears, in around this area. Some people are lower some people are slightly higher.

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