Drill: Use Your Shadow to Check Your Backswing Length

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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+

6 Responses to “Drill: Use Your Shadow to Check Your Backswing Length”

  1. January 9, 2013


    Hi Paul,

    That frozen image on the video of you during your coil looks just like the Swing machine Iron Byron.

    The shadow was good photography and helpful.

    Maybe consider a side by side comparison of you and the Iron Byron swing frame by frame in unison.

    I learned a lot in your “Learn How to Coil Your Body In Backswing” using shoulder(s) as helicopter blades tip. That tip is a classic tip in your body of work. I found using first the right shoulder back to square and then the left shoulder first to paralell then rotational (circular) really works for me. Its one big PIVOT move like the old fashioned center did many years ago. Same PIVOT movement. I think most righties actually release the basketball for the HOOK SHOT with their left hand at the end in the coiling back movement..

    • January 9, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it.

      The coiling and uncoiling is a huge part of the swing. Latching on to this will definitely take your game to a new level. Keep at it.

  2. February 10, 2013


    Paul I have trouble getting the backswing in proper position. How high should the hands be in relation to the head. I end up really short due to flexibility which hurts swing speed and other things I am sure. Thanks. Chris

    • February 10, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You need to go up as high as you can go up. As you take the club back you will start to feel a stretch in the left lat area. Once you feel this stretch you are turned as much as you are going to turn. If the wrists are fully hinged when you feel this stretch that is all you need to go back. So do a few practice swings facing a mirror so you can see how far you are going back. A good guideline is that your hands will feel like the are ear high at the top. If you can get this far that would be fine for a minimum backswing length. Plus, this is an easy thought.

  3. Each time I become frustrated in a particular change of my much needed changes, I review one of your tips. It is great to be able to find one each time. Still have a ways to go, but your reminder about what to expect fits every time.

    I received your notice about the opening in May for the school, but could not make it. I would still like to come out for one of your next sessions. Sam McMichael.

    • Sam,

      Glad you are finding the answers. That is what this site is all about. I have literally covered every morsel of the golf swing probably numerous times. Can you please email me about the school. I have a list going and will let you know when I have my fall dates. Be great to meet and work with you.

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