The Halfway Back Position Effects the Top of the Backswing

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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+

13 Responses to “The Halfway Back Position Effects the Top of the Backswing”

  1. March 29, 2014


    Thanks Paul, another critical position, I had forgotten his move, now getting lovely contact sound and powerless arms feeling. I think this a critical move for me going back to stop hitting with arms. Thanks again!

    • March 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. All positions are important. We should all be working on them a little long into the future so they don’t fall apart. Glad you are doing well.

  2. November 29, 2016


    Hi, Paul. I am posting this comment here because commenting on the full swing has been temporarily closed. Pete critiqued a video of my swing a few days ago, and one of the points he made was that I was hingeing too soon in the backswing. Not dramatically, but enough so that it could open up the club face leading to either a push fade or if I tried to use my hands to correct, a pull. What I want to comment on is the effort it takes to get into the right position at the top of the backswing. What I have found is that this is actually physically demanding, a fact that is not emphasized in your tips. At the school, I mentioned to you that in keeping the knee of my back leg facing forward, not allowing my hips to turn any more than about 23°, making sure my spine angle stays the same, and keeping my left leg from straightening requires a significant effort. The coil is quite tight and requires a lot of abdominal strength; it’s not comfortable, which is why so many of us never learn it properly. I worked with Jeremy on it yesterday for an hour. It was exhausting. No doubt it will get easier, but this is a point I think people need to know. Coiling properly requires real effort. The tension you feel at the top of the backswing requires resistance in the back leg and from the abdominal muscles to prevent over-rotation. Whew! But when I let it loose, I feel the power. But it comes at a price I was never aware of.

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      November 30, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      I actually talk a lot about this tight wound up feeling whenever I am talking about coiling. I say it is hard to breath if you are holding it for any period of time at the top. The tightness is felt int he left lat area. This tightness is not to be avoided but used. This tightness says you have torque and torque repeats 100% of the time in life.

      Pros Know Its A Tight Coil:

      Now, don’t hurt yourself. It is a tight feeling because you are coiling the amount you can coil. Just get the ratio between the shoulders, hips, knees and feet and you will be fine. Keep in mind you are not holding it at the top for more than a few milliseconds so this does not hurt.

  3. November 30, 2016


    Hi, Paul. The feeling of tightness in the left lat area is quite prominent when I extend my arms properly in the takeaway and also keep my hips and legs in the right positions. My abs come noticeably into play, as well as my right quads in order to keep my weight on the right instep. When I see your swing or Ernie Els’ or Fred Couples, the backswing doesn’t look nearly as athletic as it actually is. I guess that was the point of my comment. It looks deceptively easy.. What I’ve learned is that it takes exertion to put myself into the correct position at the top of the backswing with my shoulders turned to 90 degrees and keeping my hips and knees held firmly in the right ratios. In the past I always either over-rotated my hips or else let my right knee away turn away from the target, thus sacrificing the tension in my coil. Put another way, I had no coil! I am willing to bet that my experience matches that of a lot of amateurs. As you kept pointing out, it’s human nature not to cause oneself any discomfort, and performing the backswing in the correct manner requires effort and momentary discomfort at the top. But it’s creating an enormous improvement in my power and consistency. Once again, you’re the best, hombre.

  4. November 5, 2018



    Going back is a component of the swing that many of us neglect. This tip is a great reminder. Some people seem to be teaching taking the club head back outside of the hands (e.g., Leadbetter’s A-Swing). Your straight back and square method is much simpler to execute and has a sound basis in swing physics. Thanks for keeping us all straight.

    Another reason why I listen to no instruction other than Paul Wilson.


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      November 6, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Oh the A swing. Does anyone really want to swing like that? Really??? I saw a video of it and nearly fell off my chair. Some of the best golfers of all time to it inside going back. Try telling them to do the A swing. Thanks for your support.

      • Paul,

        I tried the A swing and felt like a pretzel. Leadbetter presents it as “something much simpler.” I’m like you: “Really?”


  5. Paul,

    I have recently stumbled onto these May 2011 videos. They appear to be your initial videos on Ignition Golf and are presented in a very straightforward and simple manner. I love them.

    Is there any way we can search for these dates or can you provide a list of them? I’d like to capture them in my favorites. They have nice rudimentary, simple presentation style. Keeps our head from getting too full of info.


  6. October 13, 2020


    Paul– It feels so effortless doing this half-way back. Please tell me what videos I need to see for getting to the top of the backswing with powerless arms until I feel the compression hinge in my weaker left wrist. My main weakness in golf is how to get to the top with powerless arms and loose wrists. For ONE game a month ago I was doing this and played the best, effortless game of my life. But I lost that feeling of getting to the top with powerless arms. Help. Thx, Paul B

  7. May 30, 2021


    This was actually the breakthrough video for me. Now I understand that you don’t worry about your right arm folding because it happens automatically. I am hinging towards my right ear and doing a rotational body swing, My trigger is pushing my right foot and right hip in a circular motion and touching my legs. My left arm is powerless and pressed against my pec as I begin the downswing and rehinge. The club is still not touching my neck, but its close. I also outgrew my basement now that I finishing the swing….even with a wedge, I will bang against the ceiling and pipes–not good!

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