How To Cure A Chicken Wing – Part 5

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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+

11 Responses to “How To Cure A Chicken Wing – Part 5”

  1. Hi Paul
    I think this is one of the best tips ever! Especially the part about the hands not crossing over until past contact with the ball. I have had the chicken wing for so long, but this tip was the best. In my round last week I only had one drive that I correctly released and the result was a perfect draw right down the heart of the fairway. This image in this tip is so exciting, I can’t wait to start practicing. Thanks so much,
    Swing Machine Mike heading for my club and the garage right now!

    • This is a huge part of the swing. It really needs to be worked on non-stop for years and years. This will get it smooth. You see me do it and there is no resistance. This is the goal. Just do it at home, at the range etc. Anywhere and anytime you can. You will know that you are there when you rarely ever spin it right.

  2. June 20, 2012


    Hi Paul
    This is off topic but i am hoping you can help me finish up on my right big toe without a bend at the finish of my full swing. I can do it every time with my practice swing but put a ball down and i finish with too much weight on my right side (bent toe). I have old videos that indicate that my left hip bows out towards the target and my head flops back to the right on my downswing. I tried to access your video on getting up on the back big toe at the finish but cannot get it to play. Any help is appreciated.

    • If you have thrown a ball you have done this move before. You would always lock the lead lead and the other leg would come around because you are turning to make a throwing motion. So throw some balls out in front of you first with a little narrower stance. Get them to touch and feel the move that you make. Once you do this you will see that you can do it.

      I fixed the video. Please watch it here: Thanks for catching that.

      The thing that holds people back in getting this is the left leg. Once you hit the top of the backswing, you need to feel the left leg (back of the knee) go straight back. As it does the right leg will come around to touch it. If this knee starts towards the target you will not do the position. Again, throw some balls overhand out in front of you. As you do feel what this knee is doing. You will see that it goes back. So feel this throwing more balls then do it in practice swings. Then do it in real swings with the ball. Start out slow. Hit your shot and hold it. Then check it. Correct it if it is wrong. It may take some work but I rarely ever have a problem getting people to do this. This is the motor of the swing so you have to be sure to work on it until you master it.

  3. Great tip Paul. When discussing your hands/wrists releasing (along with your tip on RG about the club setting in the V in the right hand at the top of the backswing) it made me wonder if you ever consciously think of the wrists setting at the top and/or releasing/whipping through impact. Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m getting that set or release whip, but if I consciously think about it I tend to activate my arms. It’s such a fine line this powerless arms thing sometimes 🙂

    • You do consciously think of setting it at the top until you have trained it to go there. Just watch yourself do it in a mirror every night. I would watch myself with the mirror off the right hip or front on. This was a nightly ritual. You will activate the arms at first while you are learning it. Once you have trained it to go there it will go there on its own with powerless arms.

  4. February 20, 2013


    Decided to invest in a couple of lessons over here owing to my inability to hit a wood properly. Instructor said ‘your chicken winging’ never said me, he said look at the camera and it was there, not too obvious, but it was there. Your series of tips are very informative and many thanks for your time and effort. Ok we pay but in my mind worth every penny (sorry cent your side of the water).

    • February 21, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Most people have a chicken wing while pros do not so it is vital you cure this. Glad you found the “how to cure a chicken wing” videos. Stay focused and take your time with it. If you do you will fix it. It takes time and constant work.

  5. I have achieved loose wrists to the point that the ball hooks consistently. I use the straighten left leg thought at top of back swing. If I try lifting my back leg heel quicker, then my timing is off for front leg being straight. How do I straighten the ball flight?

    • I would slow down first until the position is more consistent then slowly speed up. Try some faster, your body is not used to a faster speed in your swing yet.

  6. This is the quintessential tip to both loosen the wrists and cure the chicken wing. I am loving this series and your teaching is very straightforward, Paul. I will be striving replicate the tilt necessary for a great release. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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