DRILL – Fire Knee Ahead Of Ball For Power

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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+

19 Responses to “DRILL – Fire Knee Ahead Of Ball For Power”

  1. April 13, 2013


    Hi Paul,
    Could you please tell me what i should feel in the toes during the
    back swing.

    • April 15, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You should be feeling the weight go to the instep right heel 80%. This means the weight is on the inner edge of the shoe from the ball of your right foot to the heel. Your left foot has only 20% of the weight on it. This weight is evenly distributed throughout the whole boot of your foot.

  2. Hi Paul,
    Before you have become my “golf guru” Jimmy Ballard was. so I am glad that you mentioned him. I have seen a lot the same ideas about the “coiling” and using the body in your swing. But I like your way of explication with the 3 elements of The Iron Byron. After your last 2 – 3 lessons I really have started to feel powerless arms. I am looking forward to see the spring come to Denmark and start to work at the driving range. :-))

    Keep up the good work _ I wished I have started with your swing 40 years ago.


    • April 15, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      I read Jimmy Ballards book when growing up. I remember too much about it other than hitting the golf cart with the back of the hand and a bit about the coiling. Oh yeah the firing of the right knee of course. Interesting character. I have a video with him somewhere around here. I should watch it.

      Glad you are following me.

      I wish I would have started with my swing 40 years ago too. I only thought of it in 1999. Before that the thought was to make people look like they could shoot 65.

  3. Paul. I noticed lately that you dont really pay much attention to the swing plane. You say, bring the club back a lot, without ever much emphasis on
    WHERE the club goes. I am getting a lot of info and input lately from different sources that a lot of attention should also go to keeping the angle at setup equal to the angle that is created at the top of the swing so that the arc stays intact from back to forward. Why do you seem to ignore his in your teaching. Is it really a given that people will develop the right angle at the top of the swing??

  4. Hi Paul,
    Not sure if my earlier message went through, can you recommend a pro instructor in the northeast? One that is qualified to instruct the “powerless arms” technique. I’m located in NH – 30 miles north of Boston.
    Bob McGuire

  5. Hi Paul. I like this particular video because it gives me a ” target” for the beginning of the downswing. I’m mentally aware of what yo want at the end of the swing, the rotation of the hips, and touching of the knees. But this aiming of the right knee at a target to begin the downswing is very effective in my case.

    Thanks, Ron

    • Ron,

      Glad you like this one. I remember doing this many years ago the Ballard way. Pretty effective because you have something to think about. Keep using it if you like it.

  6. Paul ,This is an opportune “remake ” of your previous video “MY FAVORITE DRILL “,which I practise when waiting for my turn to come when waiting on the tee.
    I just dug out of the back of a basement cupboard a Training aid devised some 30 years ago by JIM Mc LEAN,called “THE PIVOT PRO”:it’s simply a slanted plastic contraption you put your right foot in,and which forces you to put the weight of your right leg on the right instep:from there you push forwards hard as you show .
    I just happened too see a “MOE NORMAN,ONE PLANE SWING “adept swinging :his right foot was GLUED TO THE GROUND !How could he swing this way wthout hurting himself really baffles me ?

    • Raymond, This is a very important aspect of the golf swing that takes immense concentration and tons or practice. I used to do this in practice swings feeling the instep every night. Just takes time but puts you in a great position to start the downswing.

  7. Hi Paul,

    I find it also effective to bump the left knee to trigger the down swing. I get the same result as firing the right knee ahead of the ball. Is initiating with the right knee better for accuracy?


    • Peter,

      You would have to tell if it is better for accuracy. I am just giving you another trigger to start the uncoiling process. If you feel it is more accurate then use it if you want. I find it gets the lower body moving and generates more power for most people.

  8. May 18, 2015



    On my downswing, my front foot tends to spin out. Why does this happen? Is there a problem with weight transfer?



  9. January 6, 2018


    I would like explanation on turning the hips and using the right leg to push off the ground. your belt buckle looks level as you turn. When I use power in my right leg, I feel like I have to drop or bend my the knee more in order to push off the ground. Thanks, Jim

  10. October 8, 2018


    Can I use this a my downswing trigger or is this just a drill? It seems that this raises the right heal further of the ground at impact than what you might prefer.

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