Follow Through – Lock Leg and 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+

19 Responses to “Follow Through – Lock Leg and Turn”

  1. Paul – as I straighten and lock the leg it feels like I am jumping in order to accomplish the straight leg from the bent leg – ugg – it is as if I am some how pulling my body up so it can go around the locked leg! Any ideas on what I might be doing??? Debra

    • Debra,

      Yes, I have ideas. You are jumping not turning. I did say this in the tip. The leg is straightening because you are turning. I did a tip on this very subject here:

      It’s a Turn Not A Jump:

      So focus on coiling the shoulders back around a stable base. Then uncoil (circular) ending up with the legs touching and on the very tip of the back toe.

  2. Great tip – great reminder – good timing!!!

  3. March 9, 2015

    Steven D

    I’m not a very close follower of Tiger Woods and his injuries but I don’t believe his knee injur(ies) have ever been attributed to his rapid straightening of his left leg. It may have been a running injury or a military-style training injury, according to unverified information that I’ve read. His latest, “old-style” swing – straight left leg – is giving him tremendous distance and the back pain may or may not be connected to his back surgery.
    Do you know any more about this, Paul?

    • March 10, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I thought it was from straightening the left leg to hard/fast.

      • March 10, 2015

        Steven D

        I guess neither of us knows how Tiger hurt his knee. I hope he returns to competitive form. He’s an artist like no other when he’s himself.
        Meanwhile, this is a really great tip. It’s warming up in NYC and I’m expecting to add actual outdoor ball striking to my practice regimen.

  4. March 9, 2015


    Great reminder to an extremely important part of what you teach. When I first joined up, I found this move to be a little difficult to accomplish on a regular basis, but I started seeing good shots even when I wasn’t very smooth at it.
    The main reason that I struggled with it at the early stages was due to not turning my left foot out a bit. Once I reviewed the tip again, I saw what I had missed and corrected it. Now, after a relatively short period of time, it comes pretty natural and the good shots come much more often. It is so nice to be able to finish in a nice, balanced position now instead of falling back or whatever. The drill in this tip is a good one to learn the position and I think it might be valuable on the course to do this drill while waiting for your turn to play. (notice I didn’t say “hit”). The whole “touch your legs . . . touch your head” mantra is simple and effective for me and I can’t thank you enough.

    • March 10, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      The turning out of the foot is vital. Not doing this is a true swing killer because you can’t turn fully without the foot open. Glad you caught that. Now it should be a whole new ball game for you.

  5. Hey Paul ! The last few tips have really cleared up a lot of guess work on what was to happen at the top of the back swing and fallow through with the hip rotation!

    Thanks for keeping these drills simple !


  6. Great tip! Finally understand it enough to repeat with confidence. Thanks your patience in teaching the proper golf swing.


    • March 10, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. This is why I keep doing tips on it. I know there are people still not doing this right. I have another one coming tomorrow that should give you the feeling. Stay tuned.

  7. Paul ,I’ve two prosthetic knees ,and straighthening the left leg doesn’t hurt at all:proof That TIGER WOODS left knee issue was due to another factor ( M’y prosthetic knees come from playing High Level soccer as a young boy circa 15/ 20 years of AGE ,as what was called ” FORWARD CENTER” ,the player at the center of the attack who puts in the most goals :of course the adverse défense players kick him all over ,and you end up with torn knee tendons : in the ‘ 50 ‘s there was nô proper sugery for That !).
    I have a tip to straighten That left knee ,it’s pushing m’y left ” cheek ” backwards when I ‘m in the forward rotation :it gives quite some pep to the shot .
    By THE way ,looking at BUBBA WATSO’s extraordinary play at the CADILLAC/TRUMP OPEN at DORAL ,hé turns as hell on his right leg ( He’s a lefty )and élevates himself in the air ,the soles of his golf shoes are off the ground ,and hé his on the tips of his toes !
    Not an example to imitate unless you have the POWER to shoot it 310 Yards !
    that’s the ” Jumping Fault ” you describe in another video lesson .

    • March 10, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      This is where the power comes from so if people want power they have to learn this move with the lower body. Tiger and Buddy as well as Rory are great examples of how fast you need to do this move. Not that the average player is going to do it as fast as them but they have to at least have to do it. It is an acquired move with a golf ball sitting in front of the person.

  8. Paul ,would you say That MIKE AUSTIN who had a lot of lower body action was an early proponent of this way of swinging ?

  9. Hi Paul
    As you mentioned that the left foot should be open 25-30degrees to allow for locking of the knee. In my case as I complete the follow through the left foot is getting more open almost pointing towards target. Is there anything I can do to stop it.


    • Venu,

      If the foot is twisting like this there is not enough weight on it. More weight on it and it is harder to twist. So feel more shift as you come down and less turn. Do it in slow practice swings until you get used to it. As a drill you can turn the toe in as you do these swings. This will feel very restrictive so when you open it back up it will feel okay. Then it just takes focus and practice. For the next while forget the ball and fix the position. Too many people care about their shots so they forget about positions. Do the positions and the ball will be perfect.


      Left Foot Impact:
      Forward Foot:
      Weight Distribution:

  10. March 20, 2017


    I find I can accomplish the tip with the right side Hip and thigh uncoiling with my left (front) foot heel slight up at impact. My legs touch too. Yes I coil with my left (front shoulder after a shift of my right (back) hip. The old throwing a ball analogy. Please respond. Thanks Paul.

    Is this the feeling you have.

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      March 20, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      It is definitely like a throwing motion. I did a tip on it here:

      It’s Like A Throwing Motion:

      I feel my hips firing but I am really isolating my right instep firing from there. So I am more focused on this as my trigger. It sounds like you are feeling the uncoil from the lower body and you are getting to the touch the legs position so I think you are in on the right track.

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