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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.
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September 11, 2013
Hi Paul, many golfers have said that they keep their right leg flexed in the same position as at address when taking the backswing to prevent swaying. Is that a bad idea. Thanks, Michelle
This is a very important position. If you lose the flex you lose the torque so definitely work on keeping it flexed. This is easier said than done.
I did tips on this here:
Flex Right Knee: https://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-back-knee
Flexed Right Knee Holding Knee: https://ignitiongolf.com/lower-body-stability/
DRILL: Bounce On Back Knee: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-bounce-knee/
September 12, 2013
Hi Paul, I don’t actually sway but one of the things I have been working on is to get the feel of the unmistakable leg drive you have mentioned in the past. Recently you posted that discussed using a trigger to start the down swing that makes sure you are using your legs to start the down swing. I was using the straightening the left leg vs using the rotation of the right knee because I found it worked a little better for me. But when I saw this video I tried pushing with my right toe. The result was very interesting. I certainly know I using my legs when I do that and it seems to rotate my right knee automatically and straighten my left leg. I was practicing this at the range today and the results were pretty amazing. Especially with the driver.
However, I my question is whether or not using this method to initiate the down swing, pushing with the right toe, will potentially cause any issues down the road and what I should look for in that regard.
In any case very effective drill. Thank you.
This is the way I have started my downswing for over 30 years so no it will not cause issues if you keep touching the legs into the follow through. If you slide you will be in for big problems hitting pushes and push fades. If you driver too hard before you are used to it you may disconnect under the lea armpit and push or push fade it as well.
Just get used to it. Don’t overdo it when you are learning it and watch your ball. It will tell you if it is working or not.
Pulls, pull hooks, pull slices = starting down with arms
Push, push fades = driving lower body too hard
I tried several practice swings “pushing off the back, toe. Thank you great tip. The key is to get to the right foot instep through rotation (whatever way you rotate) which will naturally cause the “push” off the back toe. I find the key word is “naturally” 100% of the time. I am starting to sound like you. 🙂
Glad you tried it and liked it. I remember way back when I first did it. I think I was 15. I instantly went from hitting it about 220 to 270+. After that I never stopped doing it.
I wish it would be natural for people. Unfortunately, the golf swing is not natural. People have to work on it. If it was natural there would be a lot more good golfers out there. This is not to say the movement is not natural when throwing or hitting a moving object. It is. As soon as you put the ball in front of someone human nature takes over. So in golf you have to tell yourself to do these things.
October 2, 2013
GOOD EVENING PAUL WHAT WOULD U SUGGEST FOR THE OPPOSITE PROBLEM.I.E. NO SWAY ON THE BACKSWING,BUT RATHER ON THE DOWNSWING,PAST IMPACT..THERE IS NO NOTICEABLE TURNING,BUT RATHER A SWAYING PAST THE BALL,HOW DOES ONE STOP THAT???
This is not necessarily a sway you are sliding laterally.
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