How to Master the Follow Through Positions

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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 “How to Master the Follow Through Positions”

  1. Paul,

    I wrote to you several months ago when you were last working on the website letting you know that you monthly archival play back does not work.

    Unless I am misunderstanding something it still does not work. I selected “Dec 2012” and May comes up. I noticed there were a few pages and thought “It must start with the current and go all the way back.” It did not. There were only three pages and here is the link to the third…

    The title says “Browsing Dec 2012” but in fact May and April 2013 are what display.

    When are you going to fix this problem?

    Beth Wallace

  2. Paul, great reminder of how important this is…it’s very easy to forget how the follow through position tells all about the most important part of the swing.

    • Bob,

      It sure is easy to forget how important it is especially when on one (but me) is stressing it. Glad you see it.

  3. May 29, 2013


    Hi Paul,
    CONFIRMED! This player is really good.

  4. Great reminder Paul. Using this with my new green golfers working well and they have such a nice looking photo finish…..going to be a solid golf team members in the fall. Wanted you to know that Don the 93 year old gentleman that helps me coach Has changed his swing at 93 and says he wishes he knew your techniques and drills when he was younger. He can still shoot in mid 40’s he has adopted the Jack Nicklaus “tee it forward” but he is a left hander whom plays right hand and before “Paul Wilson” he hooked the ball a great % of time …..not now straight down the middle …..!
    I may record him with the IPAD and sent you a clip. Don is living proof that golf is a sport you can play for a lifetime. We are both gearing up for the kick off to our Junior golf program next week 80 golfers between age 6 & 16. They will be learning from day one to chip the Paul Wilson way! Thank you!!!! Coach Ahrns. Ohio

    • Deborah,

      Good hear you have the team using my technique. Let’s see how they do. Should be interesting.

      That’s also great news about Don. I love hearing stories like this. My other senior start is 82 and shot in 39 for nine holes on a tough course. When he came here last for a lesson he was flying it over 250. It can be done. There are no excuses. I can you can record him and send it to me that would be great. Thanks.

  5. Hi Paul,

    I notice that I often can not hold the follow through position because I feel that I am falling over (towards the impact area). If on the tee box I fall to picking up my tee (!) but it also happens w long irons/hybrids on the fairway. I do not notice this w short irons or pitches. I’ll keep working on it. Any thoughts you might have re:being balanced in the follow through position would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • Craig,

      If you are falling over you need to slow down. Remember, the touching of the legs position is the same movement you would do when throwing a ball overhand. Are you falling over throwing a ball. I highly doubt it. When you put a club in your hand you are swinging way too hard focusing on hitting. So slow down and get the positions first. Once you get them speed it up. You have to crawl before you can run. Do this nightly in practice swings until you are good at it. This should not take that long. Stay focused on the movement not the ball.

  6. Paul ,I do what you recommend with the ” photo finish ” except for the knees touching each other ,due to the lack of flexibility of my knees which each carry a full prothesis ,and maybe a too wide a stance .
    In some of my very good shots off the TEE with the driver ,I am Carried through ,I ” Walk through ” the shot :GARY PLAYER use to say it was all right to “Walk through ”
    What is your opinion ?

    • Raymond,

      I want the legs to touch so you can repeat the exact same position. If you cannot physically touch you need to find a spot that you can replicate every time. I recently taught a 50+ gentleman with 2 replacement knees. He did not have trouble touching them at all. You may want to narrow your stance to make it easy to touch them otherwise find a position you can repeat. Stepping through it is too inconsistent although it is telling you that you shifted your weight.

  7. Seem like I recently had someone constantly reminding me to “touch my knees, touch the club to the back of my head!” Oh, Wait, that was you. Thanks for the great lesson. I’m still practicing everyday and what do you know, sometimes I find my knees together and club at the back of my head without even thinking about it. It’s a constant work in progress, but getting easier and better all the time.

    Thanks again Paul.

    • Rich,

      That’s great news and that was a good time when you and Emily were here. I am glad you are working on it as much as possible. This is what it takes. Then you will have it forever.

  8. Paul, I am using Safari 6.04 and the player works fine. Please continue to support Safari as I only use that on all my devices.

    • Barry,

      Just trying to find the best player for the videos. This one makes mobile versions which is where everything is heading. Now I just have to switch hundreds of videos around.

  9. Paul,

    I’m a pretty big guy (similar to your build) and I’m having a bit of an issue getting the club to the back of my head regularly. I guess I can describe my finish as a Zach Johnson type. I have spinal stenosis and right now am waiting for them to give me 3 epidurals (Yeah!). Once the pain is gone, I think things will be different.

    In the meantime I’m really trying to get the finish. Sometimes I can hit it, but I have a built in back protector (LOL!!!) that keeps me from turning through. I’m getting great distance even though I’m not finishing with the club on my head.

    Additionally I’ve found the belly button tells no lies! I’m always hitting it to where it points. The problem with that is if I line up parallel, or slightly open, it ends up pointing left and that’s where it goes. Am I over rotating? It doesn’t feel as though I am, but how does one tell.

    BTW, I started down this path with Steve January 1st 2013 at an 8.7 index. GHIN sent me my new index today, 6.9!!! Almost two full strokes!!!

    I’m playing the majority of my rounds from 7004 yds with a slope of 131. Having started to trust what I’m doing is a great feeling. If anybody doesn’t believe in this program, then they are missing out on one of the best swing methods IMHO. (No I’m not sucking up, I truly believe it! The proof is in the numbers.)

    • Dan,


      Glad to hear you are improving. Stories like this make it all worthwhile. I just hope others find out about it. There are a lot of people that need help out there.

      In your case you need to be touching your left shoulder with the clubshaft. The whole point of it touching is so you hit the exact same position each time. I also want the clubshaft at 90 degrees to your body because mass moves its fastest at 90 degrees. If the shaft points to the sky you are putting the brakes on through impact.

      If you are pulling it you are starting the arms first in the downswing. The lower body rotation has to be quick enough to get ahead of the club coming down. If it down the plane flattens and the club swings out at the ball. This is why I want the arms turned off. If you are not trying to hit anything the lower body should be ahead of the club every time.

      In your case you are protecting your back so I could see how you would not turn your body as fast as you should which causes the club to come a little over the top. The shots to the right are you just not turning through it enough. If you don’t fully get through it you will be hanging back thus tilting your body to the right in the downswing. Tilt right and you will hit it right.



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  10. Thanks Paul, looking now…

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