Drill – Recreating The Y At Impact To Cure Chicken Wing

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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+

13 Responses to “Drill – Recreating The Y At Impact To Cure Chicken Wing”

  1. September 21, 2016


    Hi Paul, would using an impact back help confirm the Y position at the bottom?

    • September 21, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Never use and impact bag. This is hitting. I don’t want you to hit anything.

  2. September 21, 2016


    So I was shooting in the low 90’s until three weeks ago. Then I couldn’t get off the tee without slicing and drives were going 150 yards. I tried a lot of stuff to get rid of that slice but nothing was working. Till I watched this tip. Now my slice is gone and I’m carrying drives 190 to 220 which is even better that I was doing before. There is a definite snap back in my drive and I’m hitting more in the center than not. My irons have moved up too. My 7 is carrying 140 to 150 now. Before 110 to 120. What the hell happened? 🙂 Oh, and I know this because I have a SkyTrack I’m not just guessing where the ball is landing on the driving range.

  3. September 22, 2016


    Hi Paul,
    been a member for 3 years & still working to get better! After swinging with my arms for about 34 years it’s been a struggle to turn them off the last 3, but I’ll get there. Watch your tips each day, bought your original Swing Machine set & have taken Skype lessons with Pete so I’m all in. Always try to work on one thing at a time. Thank you for your help.

    I’ve got an off topic question but I couldn’t find a more appropriate place to ask. Now that you’ve had them for a while, do you still like your Sterling Single Length irons? Serendipitously, I was researching them when I saw your review. I’ve got a fitting on Monday & may pull the trigger.

    Thanks for any advice.

    • September 22, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you are still with us. It really amazes me that people can’t stop hitting. That ball and wanting to hit the ball a long way is great. You have to start at the bottom and work your way up. If you don’t do something completely different you will want to go right back to what you have always done.

      As far as Sterling Irons are concerned, I really like them and I’m still using them. I just find the longer irons so easy to hit. Can’t wait for the 4 iron this fall. No guessing or feeling anything different in your set up for any club. It did take a while to get used to them but now I am at least 10 rounds in and they are feeling great.

      It took a while because I have hit so many balls over the years. I grab a pitching wedge and feel I have to get lower yet I don’t which is weird at first. It’s a visual thing too. Longer short clubs and shorter long clubs. You’ll see what I mean.

      I didn’t like the ring they had to them so I glued a small piece of foam in the back and now they don’t ring. I highly doubt foam added any measurable weight to the club.

      I’m so glad I go them.

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    August 4, 2018


    I love these chicken wing videos. Could you comment on how this affects consistency? Once the chicken wing is fixed, I would think consistency would be helped dramatically.

    Also, I see you’re using the Sterling Irons. Did you try the Cobra version? Thanks Paul.

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      August 4, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      I actually switch to PXG because they are even more awesome. Yes, I have the Cobra’s as well. Although they look at lot better I hit them everywhere. Might have been the wrong shafts. They look great though and I do like single length clubs. With PXG I can swing easy and hit a 7 iron 170. With the others I have to give it my best. I like swinging easy.

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      August 4, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Gad you like them. These tip might explain the consistency factor:

      Squaring Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/square-clubface/

      I will have to re-shoot this one.

  5. August 4, 2018

    Bob Richter

    this works really well. I exaggerate it even more to get the feel. I use a couple clubs and swing. I am sure the chicken wing came from hitting at a driving range in the winter and the mats were near frozen. To protect against the jolt when it hit the mat I started to pull up or lift up out of my stance. Chicken wing almost totally gone wit all the video drills

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      August 4, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you like that one. I can’t believe how many people have a chicken wing and are not working on fixing it. Yes, people do have issues with mats. For me I really don’t mind them but I know others hate them. Be careful next time. Just do practice swings at home. I don’t need you to hit balls in the winter. 25 practice swings 3 times per week and you will keep your swing (I would be doing daily practice swings trying to make all positions perfect then I would have a perfect swing next season but that’s just me).

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    August 4, 2018

    Paul Wilson

    test reply. see it works!

  7. Hey Paul. Thanks for the Chicken Wing Series. Been a member for about 3 years and was playing pretty well until about 9 months ago. Just could not figure out what the heck was going on. Became inconsistent, thin shots, blah, blah, blah.

    Anyway, decided to video myself with my Live View Pro and found I was buckling my left arm at impact. Truth is, I hadn’t even considered this. It was almost imperceptible but it was definitely happening when I looked frame by frame. Couldn’t really feel it either. I always assumed that it would be more pronounced like when you demonstrate it.

    I just wanted to point out that even very subtle chicken winging can really hose up your swing and your consistency. And it can come and go! Helpful reminder to me to make damn sure I’m not doing this when I get in a rut again. Thanks for all your help over the years.

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