Power Leak Series – Chicken Wing

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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+

7 Responses to “Power Leak Series – Chicken Wing”

  1. January 3, 2016


    GREETINGS COACH I have been doing a lot of your favorite drill swings and I have started to actually feel my left knee lock in place I slowed down my swing to see if my hips moved the way I thought they should.Once in a while it looked like I might have slid left but my finish was correct.Not a major slid but slight.When I made the swing at my normal tempo all went well and finished in the right position. I like that swing feeling but want to know of anything to watch out for. I am indoors so there is no ball.

    • January 4, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. This is what is going to power your swing. The practice swings are the best/easiest way to master it. Keep up the good work.

  2. January 4, 2016


    Hi Paul,
    I am 72 years old with a driver swing speed of about 90mph. Assuming I can achieve powerless arms should I expect to drive 240-250 on average?

    • Dear John ,I read your question to PAUL,about distance off the tee with the driver .You have the same preoccupations as I do.I’m older than you are (Over 81 ) but the limits are the same:aging body ,loss of flexibilty ,lack of explosiveness .
      I believe what Paul says ,improve your swing technique first ,by swinging 200 swings a day in “dry run “without a ball,in front of a Mirror or window pane to check if you are practising well ;your swing has to approach perfection ,so as to get the most out of your body’s physical possibilries.At the same time work on your body with JEREMY KLINKHAMER’s drills ,strenghten the core (MIKE BAUMANN’s Rubber tubings )and improve your flexibilty .
      Speed of the clubhead can be learned ,with Paul’s sound exercises ,but also with such “gimmicks” as the SUPERSPEED STICKS of MIKE NAPOLEON(See his site )or the MOMENTUS SWING WHOOSH .
      Speed of the cluhhead is not enough ,the “SMASH FACTOR “has to be optimized (How good is the contact between the club face and the ball)
      You have to train with a SSRTT to ascertain you improve your speed .
      But most of all you have to hit it straight on the golf course and do so consistently ,no need to hit it far if it’s in the rough ,the bushes ,the water or the woods .
      Then there’s the short game ,the half of your scoring.
      With all this training you’ll get over 100 MPH from your present 90 ,and with that you’ll hit 230 yards which is fairly good .
      Good luck!

    • January 4, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Powerless arms plus driving your legs and hips faster would get you there. This is not out of reach. Too many people are just whacking at the ball and hitting it 220 yet I teach a 14 year hold who hits it over 250. It is not about strength. It’s about technique.

  3. February 9, 2018


    Hi Paul,
    I would love hit it 250. I buried my 6 iron into the ground up to the shaft at the driving range the other day because I was so mad at myself for not being able to get rid of the chicken wing. I need to consciously lock my left arm straight to stop doing it, but then it leads to other problems. if I relax the arm and I don’t do a chicken wing, the elbow bends way too much at the top of the backswing and then the ball goes way off to the right. This happens with all of the clubs. What is your suggestion?

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      February 9, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      You need to fully understand why you are doing it.

      It is human nature to hit the object sitting in front of you.

      It is human nature to hit the object hard.

      It is human nature to be comfortable.

      It is human nature to be in control.

      So you are not getting it because you are falling victim to human nature.

      1. If you are hitting ball after ball you will never get it. This is because you are always hitting and hitting hard.
      2. If you don’t know the right feeling you will never get it. This is because you will want to do what is comfortable. This is not comfortable. You need to get used to it and do it so many times you make it comfortable.


      It is a Letting Go Experience: https://ignitiongolf.com/letting-go-experience/

      So why would you want an out of control feeling unless someone told you to do it? I am telling you this is the correct feeling and you need to get used to it. So if you have to swing super slow then just do it.

      Just Try It: https://ignitiongolf.com/just-try-it/

      DRILL: This Is The Best Drill You Should Be Doing Right Now: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-three-quarter-distance/

      3. You need to stop doing the old and do the new. Even if you have to hit the ball a little less distance for a while just do it. If you never do it you will never do it.

      4. Tee the ball up when practicing.

      5. Do this every night at home until you love the feeling of fun arm extension. Get used to it.

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