DRILL – Lift Heel For 2 Weeks

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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+

29 Responses to “DRILL – Lift Heel For 2 Weeks”

  1. November 22, 2013


    How much of an increase in swing speed can be expected when doing this drill for two weeks?

    • November 23, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      This would depend on how fast you increase the leg drive as well as how lose your wrists are plus other factors. When I first did this I saw a 50+ yard increase. This was when I was 15 or 16. From that point on I never stopped doing it.


      Power: How I Got Power In My Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/power-dig-foot-in/

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  3. November 22, 2013


    Paul,Lifting the left Heel comes naturally if you
    (a) move your Weight from the back leg to the front leg
    (b) rotate fully your hips
    Isn’t so?

    • November 23, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      If this was the case why are 90+ percent of all golfer flat footed when they hit the ball. Surely, there can’t be that many people not shifting and turning. Unfortunately, the great majority of people do not turn nor shift. I need them to manually lift the heel.

  4. November 22, 2013


    Sorry ,I should have written the right Heel ,of course !

  5. Hi Paul, when you say to touch the legs are you not saying to shift the weight to the left side and so why not just put your weight on the left side. Also, other sites all say a short lateral move left then a turn to clear the hips. Does touching the legs or pushing off on the right foot the same thing? But how can it be? Thanks Michelle

    • November 23, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      I do not have to tell you to shift your weight. You are going to end up on the very tip of your back big toe when you are finished right? If so, your weight would have had to have shifted. See, I can make things happen without you even thinking about it. If you are thinking about shifting when are you thinking about turning. Remember, you only have 1/4 of a second from the top to impact. You blink your eyes in .33 of a second.

  6. November 22, 2013


    I would assume this might be a good routine to follow during a round where you take some practice swings before you actually set up to hit the ball. Similar to practice swings with rolling your wrists early to help square the club when you take your actual swing, I would think the feeling of lifting your right heal during practice swings has a better chance of carrying through to the actual swing.


    • November 23, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      This would be a good thing to do in practice swings to get you feeling your leg drive. Give it a shot.

  7. November 22, 2013


    Why does the heel come off the ground more with the driver and less with irons.


  8. December 1, 2013


    Paul, Silly question, but do you notice more creases in the front toe of your right shoe than the left one. My new shoes are very different looking after a month of use. I am concentrating on touching my knees and can lift my right toe after shots. Does that seem to make sense to you?

    • December 1, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      I do notice this but I use this the right foot/toe to trigger my swing. If you are getting on the very tip of your back toe then you do not need to worry about it (unless it is really wearing out compared to the other one). This occurs because there is a bend in this shoe just before you get onto the tip of the toe. The left foot never bends like this so it looks quite new when compared to the right.

  9. Hey Paul,

    Looking for more distance I did the heel lift drill for about two hours yesterday. I mean LIFT I made sure my right toe was the only part of my foot on the ground ann turned my hips as fast as I could.

    Now getting late out here in San Diego I loaded up and went to an open hole tee on a par five. Lined up took a practice swing with the big heel lift and turn addressed the ball and swung!

    I hit the ball well over 200 yards about 60 yards right so far out of bounds over trees and into a parking lot adjacent to the course!

    Unbelievable I have not sliced or faded the ball in the last six months. I teed up a second ball slowed everything down and hit again same thing out of bounds. Took some slow breaths tried again out of bounds into the parking lot?

    Got off the course too late to go back to the range went home growling.

    What have I done? Heading to the now new day but do not know what to expect?


    • JayJay,

      1. You did a drill for 2 hours thinking you got it.

      2. You worked on your swing on the course.

      3. You did not know that the face was open as you hit these shots.

      4. You increase only the rotational speed of your body without rolling the wrists first (I recently did a tip on this).
      Watch: Release Progression: https://ignitiongolf.com/release-progression/

      5. You cared about missing 2 shots.

      So roll never do this again. Roll your wrists first and get it hooking. Then and only then do you try to increase the rotational speed of your body so it matches your new release.

      Work on this on the range NOT on the course.

  10. January 7, 2015


    I was just wondering how I know when I am using my hips correctly. I have been practicing many of the rotational drills for weeks. Also I turn my hips quickly and eventually they stop turning in the downswing so my upper body can catch up. What am I doing wrong?

  11. March 1, 2016


    Went to look at Zubak and some of the other long drive champs as you mentioned in video. Zubak = Wow… Totally off the right foot and ‘committing’ as he puts it into the turn. Watched the other LD champs and all are same with that lift clearly before impact. Started Day 1 last night of this and will report back once I have completed 2 straight weeks of drills/practice. Expect I will be getting my distance back in mid irons…Thanks!

    • Kim,

      Exactly. Just watch the people who hit it the longest and incorporate their moves. Now way they would be hitting it flat footed.

  12. Hi Paul, I am taking Skype lessons with Pete so i’ll ask him too, he sent this drill over to me because I am a flat footed swinger, but when I lift my heel first I find myself miles ahead of the ball, out of balance and trying to look back at the ball out of my dominant left eye. It’s a disaster. When I try to turn my hips harder it gets even uglier I hit tops, nasty low skull pull hooks pull slices and push slices with horrible distance. This AM at the range 100 yard 9 irons. I can’t seem to figure out how to stay behind the ball and how to turn my hips first and fast without throwing my right shoulder out over the ball. Am I missing something with the sequencing? The great news is that by trying to speed up my hip turn I’m actually simulating what happens on the golf course at the range, so now we can fix it:) Thanks as always! Ben

    • Ben,

      So start out slowly and just get it lifting. Then gradually go faster. Need to crawl before you can run. Just need the heel off the ground instead of being flat footed.

      You are shifting your weight too soon. It is not an immediate shift. It is gradual.


      Weight Distribution: https://ignitiongolf.com/weight-distribution
      It’s a Turn Not A Jump: https://ignitiongolf.com/turn-not-jump/

      If you have thrown a ball in your life you have done the correct move. You would never lean forward throwing a ball. If so, you would throw it in the ground. As you threw a ball you would do so with your legs and hips. Your whole upper body would hand back. Then it would come forward on top of the lead leg to finish the motion. So if you have done this before why not keep doing it? This means making the throwing motion tons of times until you memorize the movement. Then you do practice swings ONLY applying the same move. Go back to throwing if you have to until you are doing it with a club.

      This takes constant and consistent practice because this is the opposite to what you have been doing for many years.

      Do these 2 drills constantly:

      DRILL: Swing Up with Driver: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-up-driver/
      DRILL: Stop Coming Over The Top: https://ignitiongolf.com/stop-coming-over-the-top/

      You cannot do these 2 drills if your upper body is leaning forward.

  13. Thanks Paul!

  14. March 23, 2017


    Hi Paul Great tip! By concentrating on really turning your hips fast would that automatically make your heel come off the ground at impact

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      March 23, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it. Thanks.

      Well, it should but this is often not the case if they person is hanging back on this foot. I would video you swing after getting the feeling of firing the hips. You should be 3-4″ with iron and 5-6″ with woods. If you aren’t then help it a little. You really don’t want to be flat footed at impact.

  15. Paul for some reason I have a very hard time unhinging the wrist. I can take 50 practice swings and do it but when I go to get the ball does not happen. HELP Tom

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      August 18, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      That is because you are trying to hit the ball when you have the ball in front of you. The harder you hit, the tighter you the hinge. If the hinge was loose it would re-hinge 100% of the time.

      You need to think beyond the ball. Why not work on my touch the head position? You cannot do this if your wrists are too tight. This is why I teach this position.

      One Of The Secrets To The Golf Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/secrets-to-golf-swing/

      So you get to the top. Use your body to start the uncoil then take the club and physically touch the back of your head doing this position.

      How Far Around Should You Swing?: https://ignitiongolf.com/swing-how-far-around/
      When Is Your Swing Over?: https://ignitiongolf.com/swing-club-touching-head/

      Thinking of this takes your mind off of hitting the ball. So you do this at home in mirror. If you cannot do it in a practice swing you cannot do it in reality so start there. Make it important and make it perfect. If you make it important you will then be able to do it with a ball. If it is not important you will just keep hitting. See beyond the ball. This position gives you power and consistency.

  16. December 30, 2021


    Yes, on my way to better golf with improved swing thoughts and drills.

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