Knee Position Affects Your Swing

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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+

18 Responses to “Knee Position Affects Your Swing”

  1. June 10, 2018



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    • June 10, 2018


      Thanks Paul,

      Greetings from Australia

      I found bodyswing set me back for a while, but I have persevered and am slowly improving.
      I remain a believer. I’m back to playing to my handicap and sure to improve.
      Target is a single figure Handicap.

      Wish me luck

      Alan Emblin
      Noosa Heads Qld

      • Alan,

        Glad you are starting to get it. Just take it one step at a time. Imagine working on your grip for 1 month. Then the setup for 1 month. Position 1 etc. If so, you would have a great swing now. A month is just an example. If you focus on mastering 1 thing it can be done in days or weeks. When it takes a long time to get it I know people are either not working on it, working on too many things, not understanding what to work on, hitting too many balls and/or not doing the practice swings. Focus on each piece. Put the pieces together and you see the full picture. Hit way less balls and do way more practice swings. This is the fastest way to get it.

  2. Thanks for the tips for both knees. I need to practice moving the leading knee behind the ball, in doing so I sometimes get anxious and caused my hip to shift.
    Both tips make the lower body rotation more fluid/simpler. Keep sending more tips thanks

  3. Hi Paul

    Virtually every tip you send out is priceless. I have learned more and improved more since I started taking Bodyswing lessons than I have in all the other self guided golf instruction I’ve had, and I’m 74.

    Can’t tell you how much I appreciate the straight forward, coming sense and physics based lessons. As I always jokingly tell my wife “it’s physics”. A good golf stroke is all about physics and you have figured that out as well as anyone and know how to demonstrate it.

    I also appreciate that once I signed up I was still getting up to date and regular updates. Many websites ascribe to the “pay us today and then go away” theory. You don’t and obviously care about what you’re doing.

    So job well done Paul, keep up the good work.

    Thank you.

    Larry Allen
    San Antonio, TX

    • June 11, 2018


      Yes. He is the BEST that you will ever see !

    • Larry,

      Thanks. I appreciate the feedback. I really do want people to get it. I struggled for many years and tried absolutely everything and I was doing it daily. For the average player hitting a bucket a week with no idea what to work on they have no chance. You need to be doing regular practice swings working on each piece of the swing. You need to understand it as well (it’s really simple but simple is difficult). Glad you get that part too.

  4. Amen to that. I have been with Paul for over 10 years. I switched briefly to another “method” because I wasn’t getting the distance I wanted. Then, I realized I was not much longer and all over the fairway. I used to hit fairways and greens consistently. Now that I am “back,” I am progressing daily! Shots are crisper, compression is so much better. And it’s an easy swing. My challenge remains the same: to learn how to turn my lower body FASTER to gain distance. I am about a club off for my handicap and strength and ability – currently about a 7. I used to sport a 3 handicap.

    Knee position is critical for all golfers. I am so flexible I don’t always see my left knee turning toward or behind the ball! I do now because of this tip. I PUT it there. And you know what – if you put it in the proper position you teach your body to more efficiently transfer that weight. I used to keep my weight on the insides of my feet like Nicklaus but then got away from this fundamental. Now that I’m back to doing this, I rotate better and ball-striking is improving.

    Paul,i am back to hitting SW about 95 yards. Not bad for a guy in his 50s. 7 iron about 160-165. I have to kill it to get over 170. Not there yet.

    I agree with Larry Allen. You are the BEST teacher out there for me. Always teaching fundamentals, always teaching simply.

    • John,

      Yes, it has been at least 10 years maybe longer. Again, glad you are back.

      SW at 95 is good and the 7 iron is good too. I am not much longer. I only hit SW 90 yards (because I don’t want to hit it longer) and 7 iron 170 so you are right there. Just do this drill nightly:

      DRILL: How To Really Increase Power:

  5. Boy I sure needed this. I used to let my knee turn behind the ball but somehow I got the idea that it should say as unmoved as possible to get more torque. It is a very uncomfortable position. Glad to know my knee should move.

    • Norman,

      Yes, this can really restrict your hips and coil in general. This really doesn’t take long to master.

  6. Hi Paul,
    When you are fully coiled and the lead kneecap is facing 22.5° right of a line perpendicular to the target line, then the back of that lead knee is facing 22.5° left of that same line. So, if your downswing trigger is “straighten the lead leg by pushing the knee straight back” (your words), what direction is”straight back”? I.e. is it back along the line perpendicular to the target line, or is it along the 22.5° angled line?

    • Stephen,

      First, the right knee would not be going 22.5 degrees inside the line. The right knee is on the line. It only swivels.

      Next, the straightening of the knee is making you turn the other way so as soon as you start to straight it it would come back to the line. Now both knees would be matched up with the same flex and parallel to the line. Then the knee continues back until it locks. So see it as you inside a cylinder which is the width of your feet. You need to turn inside this cylinder. Imagine this and see the path of the knee.

  7. Paul,

    I didn’t think I could be even more impressed by the the analysis underpinning your recommendations! I could feel the rotation but was worried that possibly going in two directions at the same time would injure my knee. I didn’t take into consideration that the rotation prevented that problem.

    Just for info, this lead knee positioning tip has pulled all the trigger and rotation information together for me so I can finally stop trying one combination after another.


    • Stephen,

      That’s great. A lightbulb moment! They are exciting. Glad you see it. Now you just have to get used to it.

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