Easy Way to Check Width of Stance

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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+

15 Responses to “Easy Way to Check Width of Stance”

  1. December 16, 2012


    If anything I have narrowed my stance quite a bit as I find it’s easier to follow through and touch the legs. The pay off is balance as sometimes I do lose my balance slightly but it doesn’t seem to effect the ball flight. The bodyturn and followthrough done correctly is brilliant especially with shorter to medium irons, 8/7/6 I’ll make them sing. Put a wood in my hand then the problem is more acute. Fairway off the deck is a lottery, hitting too hard Never, well maybe sometimes, driver at least you got a tee. I know you say one swing for all, but I don’t feel like it’s one. Raised the swing plane on my irons a couple of weeks ago following your tip and a vast improvement but not for the woods.

    Definitely will send Pete some video clips shortly when I persuade somebody to stand and film me. Watching your final lesson on “the swing” which is brilliant but worth it all for the last sequence where you are full on in slow motion. I reckon it’s all in the bodyturn bringing your weight through creating that whipping action just at the right time. You make it look so easy and I can do it with a 7 but those longer woody things…. Left-handed & 24h and thanks.

    • December 18, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      As I said in the video the knees will be even with irons and dropped back a little with driver. Just be careful you are not narrower than this because keeping your balance is important.

      Just take it one step at a time. You are getting there and seeing results. Just stick to swinging slower for now and hold the follow through. As you keep doing it you will gain the balance. Also, make sure you are watching yourself in a mirror and checking the swing positions. You should always be thinking about making your swing better and better. Sometimes people who are out of one position has it affecting other positions thus causing them to be out of balance. If you can send Pete some video that would be great. Then we can make sure you are on track.

  2. December 16, 2012


    Hi Paul. Today I found that letting my wrists cock natuall at the top has helped tremendously. I feel like it puts me in better position to not hit from the top. I played much better today 38 on the back nine. 😉

    • December 17, 2012


      Good job Ralph!

    • December 18, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, this is huge in generating effortless power. When letting the wrists fully hinge it does feel out of control but only for a while. Once you let them fully hinge you will wonder how you ever hit a ball with them tight. This will certainly help to get your swing to another level.

  3. December 17, 2012


    Hi Paul,
    I’m having a problem with my driver. I tend to get under the ball too much and I’m hitting the ball way too high. Can adjusting the position of the ball in my stance solve this problem? I use a 10* driver.

    Gary Brace

  4. Hi Paul,
    One simple question. Why doesn’t the “leg touching” come up a tad short with the 3 wood through the seven iron and 2 tads short on the driver?


    • Len,

      The right leg is dropped back with driver yet still touching as I have described in previous videos. The 3 wood – Lob Wedge has your stance narrow enough your legs would be even when you are done. If they are not your stance is too wide. I want them to touch will all clubs so you can do the exact same position every time.

  5. Paul ,I had THE width of THE outside of m’y shoulders measured ,then I marked THE exact positions on THE alignment rod I use ,which I put behind m’y heels ,not in front ,as I was taught to .
    When taking this position ,which I adopt

    • Raymond

      You need to touch the legs. So narrow your stance until they are touching. They should touch with the distances I have given. The secret is the locking of hte left leg. If it locks they touch. If it is bent it moves away from the other leg.

  6. Hi Paul,
    At address, should your hands be behind the ball? What happens if they are ahead of the ball?

  7. Hi Paul, if I lock my left leg or left knee in the follow-through, won’t that put a lot of stress on that left knee and possibly cause injury? I have found the twisting of the torso until the knees touch has added distance to my shots but I also find the outside of my left thigh feels much tighter as I make that motion. Thoughts?

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      March 30, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Not at all. The knees goes straight back which is what your knee is meant to do. This doesn’t mean you start out doing it as hard as you can. You do it slowly until your mind accepts it is not going to hurt. Then you go a little faster and so on.

      Never heard anyone mention anything about the left thigh. Make sure your lead foot is turned out. It might be too straight. This would put pressure on the outside of this leg. Try turning it out too much as a test then turn it in a little until you find the right amount. Should be about 25-30 degrees.

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