Good Habit Series – Sway

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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+

10 Responses to “Good Habit Series – Sway”

  1. February 20, 2015



    I find pivoting my trail hip back while turning my shoulders in the back swing gives me the loaded-up feeling on the inside heel of the trail foot at the same time I get a full 90 degree back swing from the shoulders. That seems contrary to your instruction to resist turning the hips but doing so gives me a feeling of separation allowing me to rotate the lower body with full force through the down swing and release. With the full turn my shoulders move about twice the distance of the hips while the legs remain stable. If I try to resist clearing the trail hip I do not get a full back swing on plane or much power.

    Are we on the same page?


    • February 21, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      The hip should be moving back if you are moving your head. You are keeping the lower body stable so you create torque. Although you are keeping the lower body is stable it doesn’t mean you are keeping your head still. Move your head and you will have to load. I get the feeling you are keep the lower body too stable not letting the shoulders pull the hips into position. If you did nothing with your lower of course you wouldn’t have any power. You shoulders move the most in the coil. If you turn your shoulders 90 degrees you hips would move half and your knees would move half of the hips and I would do this 100% of the time creating the torque I want. You are holding the lower too still which is not allowing you to coil to 90 degrees.

      Move Head:
      Shoulder Rotation – Learning To Coil:

  2. February 20, 2015


    Peter, i have recently discovered, with the help of Mike Bender, on the Golf Channel show Lesson Tee Live, that allowing your hips to move an inch or two towards the target in the back swing while remaining tilted away from the target slightly really helps you hit from the inside on plane. I’ll look for the lesson on Facebook and i will put in here in my next comment. The reason I’m commenting is the tremendous change this move made for my driving, i was over the top a bit with my head in front of the ball because i restricted my hips too much, now I’m killing it with a nice draw. Hope this helps you.

    • February 21, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Why would you move the hips to the target on the way back? This is just another band aid to get our body to over tilt in the downswing. The more you tilt right the more from the inside the club will swing.

      All you had to do was coil and load into the backswing. Then turn the arms off and start your lower body first as you come down. IF so, you would be on a perfect downswing plane hitting it dead straight this is because you would have moved he axis (body) before the mass (club). This is simple physics. If you turn the axis first and allow the mass to do whatever it would fall to 90 degrees to the axis 100% of the time. You were still hitting so you were moving the mass before the axis. This way tilting you left in the downswing causing you to come over the top.

      Flatten Plane 1:

      Flatten Plane 2:

      Although the draw looks like a cool shot, you need to flaws to hit it (slide and strong grip or wrist roll over). This takes a lo of practice to dial in perfectly so be prepared. Once this stops working, let me know and I will get you back on track. I give it a month or less. I won’t be too hard on you.

  3. February 20, 2015


    Peter, its called ” Find the right turn action ” Its by Mike Bender and you can view it on Lesson Tee Live, i liked the show on Facebook and shared the video so that i can not only share it but review it in the future. I’ve been hitting my driver high and both left and right. You don’t have to turn, too much, just get your backside to the target a wee bit. PAUL, i really appreciate your simple swing instruction, i also like Shawn Clement he can easily be found on You tube and teaches a feel swing with few positions or mechanical drills. Both of you have lowered by handicap by half and have caused me to fall in love with golf all over again.

    • February 21, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Can’t find the tip. Glad you are improving. Love hearing it. Be careful with the bump to the target going back.

  4. February 22, 2015


    Paul,You’ve hit here a point which concerne me :sometimes ( not often ,happily ) ,when I’m careless ,I sway :to prevent it ,I do what you don’t like :I angle in m’y right knee at address ,on top of being careful to have m’y Weight on the right Instep .Should I forsake this angling in as you recommend ,and just keep in mind the ” bouncing on the right leg at the top “thought?
    Also ,Flexing a bit more the right knee helps me to push more off the right foot when starting the rotation forwards .
    Correct or not?

    • February 22, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You need to find the balance point of the instep. Knocking the knee in creates to much resistance which either hampers the shoulder rotation or still causes you to sway. Just do tons of backswings feeling the weight on the instep. Take time but you will get it.

  5. Jimmy Ballard always spoke of coiling into the brace of the right leg, which required setting up with some tension in the inside of the right leg and foot. I understand your preference is to set up without any tension in the right leg, but to find the balance on the backswing. Isn’t the weight shift to the inside of the right leg and foot easier to repeat by setting up with some tension in the inside of the foot and leg?

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