How Human Nature Affects 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+

9 Responses to “How Human Nature Affects The Backswing”

  1. October 19, 2012


    Paul. I wrote to you about my incredibly flat backswing last week. I have been working on trying to get the club higher every night, but today, on the course, I thought about your idea of imagining dropping a water melon out from under my right arm and wow, the difference in the distance, accuracy, and ball flight was amazing. I knew I was too flat for years but never knew how to fix it. I will keep working on it. Thanks for the great tip. Ralph

    • October 20, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great that you had a breakthrough. I truly is amazing once you get it. Keep at it. In about 2 weeks the club will be going up without you thinking about it.

  2. October 19, 2012


    Hi again Paul! Early morning in Sweden…..This tip was just what I needed…as I wrote yesterday my backswing is way to long due to too much hip rotation. I will try this tip this afternoon and I just know that I will feel “this isn

    • October 20, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Lotta, Yes, this tip goes hand in hand with my previous one. It will feel shorter and that you have less power but remember you get the power on the way through by using your body (motor) not by trying to hit with your arms.

      Yes, you need to be relaxed everything you swing whether it be a practice swing or real swing.

      You are getting it. The signs are there. When you hit some good shots you will want more power. Find more power in the legs not the arms. If you can at least think that the power is coming from the legs you are then thinking about what I am thinking about. Now we are on the same page.

  3. October 21, 2012


    Hi Paul
    Just want to say thanks for all the great tips.
    I originally found you on Youtube then on Revolution golf. Made a lot of effort to improve my game using some less than “orthodox” swings off some sites but finally settled on yours because it makes so much sense ( I’m an engineer by education). It can get really confusing if you look at too many different ideas. I find teaching that concentrates on lots of positions difficult to achieve but your approach is simple and just flows. I have no idea what position I am in in the backswing, but I expect it’s a good one because I have allowed it to happen.
    There are a lot of good things to say about the way you teach. The video quality is first class, your videos are of good length and you seem to engage with the viewer and seem to detect the thoughts I’m having as you explain.
    The idea of powerless arms really came home to me one day when I went on my course with a few clubs in my bag.
    Our 5th, a par 3, is a raised island type green with a valley between, if you are short then its a sand wedge to get high enough to get on the green.
    For me its a 4 iron or my Sunday best 5. Looked in my bag only had a 6.
    So I thought – easy swing, lay up. Took an easy swing and really thought of the hips turning to power the swing with arms so relaxed as I wasn’t tense trying to reach the green – nothing in the arms at all they just felt loose. In fact they felt they were being left behind – must be the feeling of lag
    The problem was the ball hit the middle of the green – a beautiful strike with no effort at all.
    Now my problem is getting the right club as my ball striking has improved so much.
    I’m in the UK so not practical to visit you but I look forward to a game improvement during the winter through this website.
    All the best for the future

    • October 22, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for the kind words about my teaching. I truly appreciate it.

      Glad you felt powerless arms. Once people feel it they never want to go back to hitting. This is why this swing never hurts your body and you get tremendous power with minimal effort.

      As you are experiencing you will shoot some higher numbers for a little while until you get used to and trust the new yardages. This is good problems to have. In not time you will have them dialed in. Once you do you will take your game to a whole new level. This is a great feeling.

      Keep up the good work.

  4. November 23, 2014


    Hi Paul; my golf game is unrecognisable from when I fist joined your programme (previously Elvis Legs have now “left the building”); my shots now range from brilliant to dismal rather than dismal to more dismal and I’ve isolated this (through feedback from my playing partners and the local Pro) to overswinging on the dismal shots; this takes me into the reverse pivot and a whole list of other areas causing my swing to collapse. This is like a virus in that I can feel it happening but once I’m feeling it it’s almost always too late to stop myself and save the shot; I’m gioing to try the butt of the club to belt height trigger and I’ll feed back in a couple of weeks; if we can iron this out, I think I may actually become a fairly decent golfer, which I never thought possible until I discovered your programme. All the best from a very wet London!

    • November 23, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you are doing well and starting o see the possibilities.

      A real long backswing can be a major problem. You are doing this because you are looking for power in your arms. Just realize the purpose of the backswing is to set the club up in a great position to come down. So go slow and feel it set. Once set, then switch your thought to the legs and hips as you start down. If you are not thinking of using the legs you will not use them. So start now doing what feels like really short backswings. Tee it up to make it easy. Just keep hitting ball and doing swing until you love this shorter backswing. You can always lengthen later if you need to. This shouldn’t take you longer than 2 weeks.

      Remember, to me it is an unmistakable feeling I am using my legs to hit the ball not my arms. Keep this in mind and keep trying to feel it. You will be glad you did.

  5. May 15, 2021


    “A longer golf club creates more momentum when it swings back”– I have never been able to mimic your back-swing and do it by momentum. I have to manually hinge.

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