Learn How To Coil In 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+

15 Responses to “Learn How To Coil In The Backswing”

  1. October 5, 2012


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  2. October 13, 2012


    Hi Paul,
    So true that review is very important! It made me realize that when I don’t feel the torque, that I have to manufacture speed by swinging my arms which really slows it all down. I intend to return to the helicopter drill until the torque feeling is in-grained in my swing. Truly great idea on your part for Fri review.
    Thanks, Mike

    • October 16, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Mike, I have a ton of content on this site that needs to be watched so I think 1 day a week we go over a previous tip. I think it makes sense. I think you get it too. There is a lot to remember.

  3. November 22, 2012


    hey paul,,,i will guess that i am the only student you have that cannot do the helicopter drill.i have been a weightlifter/bodybuilder for so long now (45 YRS),that i do not have the flexibility to simply put the clubshaft in back of my neck…so other than trying to circularly turn my left shoulder until i feel that tension in my left ribcage….anything else????

    • November 22, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      If you can’t do the helicopter drill as I show then put the club across your chest with crossed arms. This way it will indicate the shoulder rotation as well although you won’t get quite the same rotation.

  4. November 17, 2014


    Hi Paul

    I am using my left shoulder to coil. Which part of the shoulder do you focus on eg, I think of the top of the left arm, where it joins my shoulder. Do I coil against the middle of my chest for eg, the buttons of the Tee shirt? Will the Letter Y made by the arms move in that shape automatically as I coil from the left shoulder? I played rubbish golf today. Embarrassed to tell you what I shot!! I was in confusion whether just to move the letter Y from my buttons, from the middle of the chest or to coil from the shoulder against the buttons. Thinking of both did not work.


  5. Good morning, Paul,
    Question…when you coil on your takeaway, does your back leg (right) straighten out or is it still flexed??


  6. Hi Paul. Im trying to get the tall set up, but find myself either shanking or topping. Should it feel like the coil is perfectly flat to the ground? Trying to get the sense that I’m swinging “above” the ball with my chin up but I’m not keeping my spine angle the way I should throughout the swing.

    • Stian,

      You would not be shanking it from the tall set up. This is one of the cures for shanking so you must be rolling onto your toes in the downswing. Just think if you are shanking it you are getting closer to the ball. This usually occurs with shorter clubs because people bend over too much. So you want a taller setup even with shorter clubs. I have seen your swing. I can’t believe your setup is too tilted. Once in the set up you are coiling. This coil should feel level to the ground not that this is reality because you are tilted at setup. If you are trying to move the left shoulder down as you take the club back this is the wrong feeling and could lead to shanking.

      Just coil back as I said. Don’t see your toes at all at the top of the backswing. If you see your toes your too low. Simple. Once coiled you uncoil to the touch the legs position. You were working with Pete on your swing. I can’t believe you are having these issues.

      • Thanks. As you said im probably rolling over to my toes these days. Should be easy to fix. I will try to feel the weight more central 🙂

  7. March 20, 2018


    Hi Paul

    When you coil back how do you stop the club from going on the inside path?


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