Drill – Head Back Arms Out

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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+

17 Responses to “Drill – Head Back Arms Out”

  1. July 27, 2017


    Greetings Coach. I had to start over because my whole game fell apart,everything that I learned from you seemed to leave me.The only thing I could think of was to start over, go back to the begining of swing machine golf.I went to your book.Checked the grip,not a full two knuckles,ok fixed that,right hand not in proper position on left hand ,ok fixed that,arms not shut off,ok fixed that,the last flaw was looking up too soon and as I have said before my BIGGEST flaw. What to do, I had tried everything I could think of to stop it nothing helped then I remembered you saying “at least stay down until you hear the click”.I said that’s too simple but I tried it and it is working.I take two of three practice swings and say CLICK as the club reaches the bottom of the swing,then I set up and swing,i don’t think of anything except waiting to hear the CLICK. It’s not perfect yet I still PUSH FADE sometimes but I am getting happy once again.This is a long comment but I wanted you to know,Thanks Coach.

    • John,

      I may be wrong but if you lost it you most likely took a break from golf for a bit. Need to keep doing the practice swings nightly. If you take a break you will hit once you come back to hitting the ball. The practice swings keep you remembering the positions and movement so you will be less likely to hit.

      You are looking because you are hitting. The harder you hit the more you look.

      Listening for the click is fine. You can do this too:

      Topping: Watch for the Blur: https://ignitiongolf.com/watch-for-the-blur/

      Keep checking positions daily even if you don’t lose your swing. You need to know these positions like the back of your hand.

    • October 18, 2017


      I’ve been doing drills and training the body sequence finishing on my left heal in balance. My arms feel powerless and after double checking your drills it seems true.
      My swing speed isn’t going very fast however; I’m averaging around 85mph to 90.
      I’m coiling with the shoulders to 90 degrees and going as fast I can with touch the knees, touch the head. My grip is loose through out the swing giving me what seems to be a good hinge. I’ve made a very conscience effort to roll the hands on the downswing but my results are not what I what. HELP!
      I’m 71, so maybe that’s my problem, but I’m hoping for more speed.
      Thank you, Jerry

  2. How do you keep the arms poweless when they are stretched out

    • Susan,

      The weight of the club would be stretching your arms out. If your clubs feel light you too tight. If your arms are turned off all clubs would feel heavy.

      The club is mass your arms are like string. Your body is like your hand twirling it. There is no power in string yet it is pulled taught every time when you twirl your hand. Same thing in golf. Sure, you can manually work on full extension too but at some point you must just let the club swing to its widest point.

      It is a Letting Go Experience: https://ignitiongolf.com/letting-go-experience/

      • Many thanks. And great tips to practise the drills and then ‘forget’ them and concentrate just on the powerless arms when playing

        • Susan,

          That is certainly a good thought as well as coiling and uncoiling.

          • July 30, 2017


            Thank you for your comment.

            What I have found also as really tremendous is your tip of going back very slowly, waiting… and then simply straightening my left leg.

            I wonder if anyone else has found this helpful

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            July 31, 2017

            Paul Wilson


            I do remember numerous people saying going back slow helps (which is does). The faster you go back, the tighter the arms. Plus, this gives you time to fire the lower body as you have found out. Keep at it.

  3. July 28, 2017


    I could use an idiot proof method or drill to keep from looking up for the ball in flight too early. Almost all my problems stem from this life long bad habit and I am able to exercise some control about 50% of the time. HELP!!!

  4. July 28, 2017


    Greetings Coach: you are correct, we have one year and two months old twin grandsons,need I say more. Thanks coach I can’t say enough good things about your method.

    • John,

      You cannot take breaks.

      If you take a break in the future I still need you to do 25 practice swings at least 3 times per week to remember the swing. This way it never falls apart.

  5. Hi Paul,

    Head back arms out has become my favorite drill. The positive by products of it when I take it into the full swing are that my hips come around easily, my knees are touching and and I’m easily up on my back toe with my my body tilted towards the ball in the touch your head potion in perfect balance. This one is a keeper for me.

    • Fred,

      Glad you liked it. Everyone needs to find things that they like doing so they will make them a “good” habit and do them forever. It is all about repetition.

  6. November 6, 2017

    Chang hoSung

    Hi paul

    I am not good at english, but i will try explain my problem

    I’ve been slinding my hip for a long time so i really have bad contact on my golf swing. But for a few weeks i am practicing your touch leg position and it really help me to eliminate my hip sliding

    Here’s my question
    After impact, your body axis is quite still until 3/4 through position. But in my case, i am overtilted before impact, and head is rapidly going ahead after impact.

    Could you explain cause of that problem? And Can this drill help to fix that problem? Or is there some your video clips that i have to see?

    I’m not sure you can understand my expressions because my elbad english ..

    But you are the best teacher i’ve ever seen in online thank you

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      November 6, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Not so bad.

      Glad you are fixing the slide. This is a serious problem.

      Head moving ahead of the ball is a serious problem too. It could be that you are just excited to see the shot. You could also be doing a reverse pivot in the backswing causing you to lean forward. Hitting with arms will cause it too.

      That drill will help. I would be doing this one though:

      Watch Back of The Golf Ball: https://ignitiongolf.com/watch-backside-golf-ball/

      You don’t have to do this forever. Just until you know you are staying behind it through impact.

      Keep in mind when you first do this you will probably start the ball right. You can do a few roll over drills to unlock the wrists:

      DRILL: 3 Ways To Roll It Over: https://ignitiongolf.com/3-ways-to-roll/
      Roll Around The Stick: https://ignitiongolf.com/roll-around-stick/

      The body tilt affects the path. The wrists affect the spin.

      Hope this helps.

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