Use Your Shadow to Learn the Hip Turn

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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+

20 Responses to “Use Your Shadow to Learn the Hip Turn”

  1. February 15, 2013


    I have been using my shadow for the backswing length and swing arc and it gives me a lot of feedback and confidence. I really like swing and look at my shadow.

    I think I have good hip movement but I will add this to my repertoire to confirm.


  2. February 15, 2013


    Hi Paul. This is a good exercise to start everything with the lower body and not the arms, but the shadow part can be a problem in the Midwest. We don’t see our shadows from November through April! Sunny days are as rare as double eagles!

    Best Regards, Ron

    • February 15, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Just remember it for those sunny days when you can see it. You could use a mirror too!

  3. February 15, 2013


    Dear Paul .What is the proper s

  4. February 16, 2013


    Hi Paul
    Can you clarify – for a right handed golfer – does the left leg start to straighten before you start to move hips.
    Thanks for all the great tips.

    • February 17, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      No the left leg does not straighten before you turn your hips. You are thinking about straightening it from the top of the backswing. From the top to impact is 1/4 of a second. You cannot straighten the leg this fast. If you start to straighten it from the top it will be locked in the through swing when your right arm is parallel to the ground. In this process your weight has shifted and your hips have turned.

      It sounds like you are not seeing this move right. It is a shift and a turn. I want the thought of doing this to be with one of the triggers:

      1. Turn the left hip left.

      2. Straighten the left leg.

      3. Turn the belt buckle left.

      4. Spring from the instep of the right foot.

      No matter which one of these you choose the others still happen. To understand it just over hand a ball out in front of you with a narrower stance. When you overhand a ball you will see that your left leg will lock dead straight. You didn’t lock it then turn. It all happened together. So do this a few times then apply this very same feeling to your golf swing. Everyone has done this exact move before. It’s just in golf you have to tell yourself to do it. If you throw a ball you will do it without even thinking about it.

  5. February 17, 2013


    I can do this on the practice tee, but in the excitement of a real stroke, I rush the swing and by the end of the round I am pretty much swinging with my arms. Is there a good specific swing thought you would suggest to stop this?

    • February 17, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You cannot do this on the course because you are thinking about hitting the ball and getting distance. If you are working on your swing work on your swing. Forget the ball and where is going. Play late night by yourself. Carry a few balls with you. Hit the shot working on your swing. If you hit a ball one pull out another ball. Make the swing and hold the positions. You need to do this enough that you can do the positions on the course.


      How To Take Your Swing From The Range To The Course:

  6. February 17, 2014


    About shadows in not so sunny places….A tips from right now “not so sunny Sweden”: Use a streetlight at night! Works perfect for seeing the move of hips in the shadow!!

    • February 18, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Great idea. I especially like the fact that this would suggest practicing at night and without a ball!

  7. October 31, 2015


    Hi Paul great tips, you always manage to focus on something I’m doing wrong! Could you talk sometime about lag and any good drills? I could do with some direction.
    Many thanks

  8. October 31, 2015


    me and my shadow

  9. November 1, 2015


    Hey Paul,

    I hope as is well with you. I played today and really got the hips involved and hit some awesome shots. I have been working on this for a while but the big breakthrough can when I realized my hip range of motion was limited. It’s tough to use the lower body when it has a very limited range and it is stiff. The motor range is just too small and the body

    I did stretches and increased my internal hip rotation from 30 to over 60 degrees. This allows me to completely face the target with my hips at the end of my swing (with a flair on my left foot).

    Frankly without increasing my hip range of motion, I don’t think I would ever get it.

    Perhaps this is why getting the lower body drive is so hard for folks.

    What do you think?


    • November 1, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I run into people with tight hips (mine are super tight) and can’t turn through it all of the time. Once they lock the lead leg and get fully through it they loosen up and have no problems. Keep in mind I have people regularly saying they cannot do my touch the legs position. Then I have them throw a ball overhand and voila they can do it! Amazing. It is the same move you would do when throwing a ball. So anyone and everyone can do my swing positions. The problem is the ball. They are hitting. I am not. I am thinking of the position and physically touching my legs. If they person is hitting they stop the momentum of the body rotation which takes them through to the ending so they end up stopping short. This is yet another reason I tell people to do tons of practice swings. No ball = no hitting. Now they can think of the positions and master them.


      It’s Like A Throwing Motion:

      Stretching can definitely help. That is why Jeremy is part of the site. Glad it helped you get to the position. Now you just have to keep regularly stretching so you don’t get tight again.

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