Power Leak Series – Backswing Length

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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+

20 Responses to “Power Leak Series – Backswing Length”

  1. December 18, 2015


    Hi Paul. This was helpful because I realize I’ve been breaking down the left arm to reach a point beyond parallel. Frequently, I can see the driver club head in the corner of my left eye and sort of sling it down from there, using my arms. I’ll concentrate on the shoulder turn and stop as soon as the shoulders stop turning and see what happens.

    Thanks, Ron

    • December 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, this is certainly too long. You may have to feel a 3/4 backswing to get it to parallel. In other words, over do it to get it just right.

  2. December 18, 2015


    I have been unable to increase my club head speed by turning my hips faster. My backswing may be a little too long although I think I keep my left arm straight. Could this be why my club head speed is not going up?

    Any other ideas or drills for increasing my club head speed?

    • December 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      A long backswing will have you pulling the club down with your arms. The harder you hit the tighter your wrists, the slower the club will swing. So you need to have the driver parallel on a 90 degree shoulder rotation.

      Turning your hips faster is 1 way to increase speed. There are many others. Loose wrists would be the next thing. Keep in mind if you just increase your hips alone you will hit pushes and push fades because your release is not timed for a leg drive that hard. You need to watch this tip asap.

      Golf Swing Timing For More Distance: https://ignitiongolf.com/timing-more-distance/

      In the DASHBOARD there is a whole section on distance. On the original site there is a whole section on the distance. Just hover over the red navigation bar under SWING TIPS.

  3. December 18, 2015


    Greetings COACH I was pleased when you wrote play and not keep score because I did that very thing the next day after my disaster round,and when I play alone I never keep score.The result is like night and day.I agree,as you said, you are only looking for good shots.My struggle is taking that thought when I am in a group,it does happen now and then and I can feel it. THANKS PAUL

    • December 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You just have to do it enough times that you can do it all the time. Keep doing the positions and take advantage of swing analysis with my assistant Pete. Can’t get a better deal than what he is offering right now. This way you will know exactly what to work on.

      • October 21, 2021


        I think everyone has a phone with video. I would suggest you do a whole series of “freeze frame” positions so we can compare your positions with ours. E. G. Lag angle half way down, hand and club face position at impact. Hip rotation at impact. Heel position at impact, etc. It seems impossible to stop your videos to see where you are. I would like to compare my lag angle with yours half way down. I think I am casting too much. Not sure my hips are turning as much as yours at impact. All of that would be helpful. Enjoy your tips and have gotten a lot of improvement in length with the Driver (not with irons yet) I am committed at age 84 and still flexible to lower my handicap!! Anyway just a suggestion. Thanks for this tip.

  4. December 18, 2015


    Well, I have a long back swing and to shorten it changes my timing i.e., the time from the top to impact. So how does one cope not only with shortening the swing but also the timing?

    Later, Ken

    • December 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Roll your wrists and hook it first. Shortening your swing gets your body moving. Body affects direction, wrists affect spin. So you hook, hook, hook then shorten it up to get the body moving and straighten it out. To shorten it maybe takes 3 practice sessions. Done. Move on.

  5. December 18, 2015


    I notice when coiling a proper extended back swing near 90 degrees in a loaded position my upper body swings back spontaneously on plane without any conscious effort from the lower body. . . demonstrating the difference between swinging with the arms and letting the arms do what they want as a result of torque. Is it actually necessary to feel you are starting the down swing with the lower body?

  6. December 19, 2015


    Above you referenced swing timing for distance. Can you review swing timing where your belt buckle should be at the time your club hits the ball and is there a thought you should envision that synchronizes the hip turn and where the club head should be as well as the release. I know this gets into too much or not enough lag, but sometimes I feel my body has turned to fast and the club lags to contact and I hit a weak shot, especially with the driver or the longer clubs

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    December 20, 2015


    Paul, I am in my 70’s and I don’t go all the way back; probably that is because my shoulders might go back only 75 degrees. Now with irons, I noticed that a lot of pros don’t go all the way back at all. I’ve watched Bubba with his irons and he went back maybe half ways and hit the ball a good distance.

    • December 20, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, they are pros and are firing the lower body hard and fast. You are not a pro. You are not doing this. In the video I said when I do a short swing it takes everything I’ve got to get power this way. When I was younger I could do it too. Not anymore. It hurts and takes every ounce of energy I’ve got.

      So if I have a hard time hitting it a long way with a short swing there is no way you are going to do it. For the sake of a couple of weeks of learning it you will have so much more power in the future.

  8. July 11, 2019


    Should the lead arm be straight with the full back swing?

  9. Should the length of the backswing be identical for every club on full shots? How do I prevent over rotating hips in my backswing?

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