Power Leak Series – Foot Position

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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+

11 Responses to “Power Leak Series – Foot Position”

  1. December 6, 2015


    Excellent refreshing course ,Paul.For the forward foot George KNUDSON would tell you to experiment different positions to find out which one would allow you to face the target without feeling strained when going in the thoughswing.
    For the back foot ,BEN HOGAN initially taught to have the foot at right Angles to the target Line ,then when hé got Older And less supple ,after his terrible accident ,hé would splay it open slightly as you recommend .
    Now you didn’t Touch at all on the relative positions OF the feet with regard to the ball to target Line .
    You recommend them to be at Even distance from the ball to target Line .
    Others ,BEN HOGAN ,DAVID LEADBETTER among them ,advise to have the back foot slightly back from the forward foot ( At least with the Driver in hand )
    DAVID LEADBETTER tells you to have the tip OF the right shoe at the distance OF the left shoe shoestrings relative to the ball to target line.
    I trie to keep it simple ,And I do as you say we should ,do ,tips pf the shoes parallèll to the ball to target line ,whatever the shot ,driver ,FAIRWAY Woods ,long ,médium And short irons .And evidently the putter also.
    Now ,You should cover ( I’m sure you Will in a forthcoming video ) what distance there should be between the feet .
    I,had the width OF m’y shoulders measured ,I put marks on an Alignment stick .And I took m’y stance with it ( The markings inside m’y shoes ).I found this uncomfortable ,too wide ,And I chopped off two inches ( Driver And FAIRWAY Woods ) With the irons ,m’y stance is shorter .With a short stance ,you rotate better in the throughswing .
    To end with ,JOHN DALY would splay out wildly both feet ,hé is So flexible That hé hé has a tremendous torque whatever he does.

    • December 8, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I really don’t like that back foot straight. It totally hampers the backswing. Don’t see many, if any, keeping it straight anymore.

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    December 7, 2015


    Hey Paul, I find your feet position advice perfect and very comfortable. I to, in looking at Hogan’s book, was keeping my my back foot perpendicular to ‘the line’. I found the 5 degrees a little more comfortable and allows me to torque up a little more. I have this ridiculous major problem: my front foot seems to want to move in the back swing. I can’t even feel it, but when I video myself, I see it move. I start with about a 25 degree open angle and finish at about 40 degrees – Help! Do you have a tip or a portion of a tip that would explain how to address this? I notice when I watch you swing, your feet do not move or even come off the ground (except at the end of the swing, as they should) – Thanks so much – Matt

  3. December 9, 2015


    Hi Paul,

    I tried this at the range tonight and all of a sudden I’m hitting it well again including driver. Thank you! All of a sudden I could reach the finish position with alot more ease.

    If you look at some of the great golfers their feet point out when they walk, that’s their natural position. Adam Scott is one, Ian Baker Finch definitely another.

    I think a lot of neutral or ‘pidgeon toed’ people could benefit from this tip. Having just watched a bit of pro golf down here in Melbourne, I don’t reckon I saw one who walked inwardly.

    Man, thanks for your tips. If I could buy you a beer I would.


  4. Hey Paul,
    Another great “little” tip. The small things are HUGE in the golf swing. Anyway, I was watching a Jim Flick/ Bob Toski lesson and they really taught LOOSE wrists. But . . . and this has been bugging me mentally, they taught that the body “supports’ the arm swing. You teach “torque” with resistance, as this tip teaches, too. Turn the feet at the correct angles to produce more TORQUE. Okay . . .

    But that torque can tighten up the upper body, arms, wrists, etc. At least it can for me. The Toski/Flick school of thought is free-wheeling arms with an established body allowed to “naturally” turn. The arms MAKE the body “dance” along with them. Not the other way around. Same thing with the backswing. if you just turn your shoulders and don’t feel the free swinging of the arms, your timing (or at least mine) is screwed up! The body, they say, SUPPORTS, not drives, the free-swinging arms.

    So, which is it? Does the body drive the mass or do the freely swinging arms “support” and allow you to produce club head speed? Are these guys just plain wrong as far as physics? Yet they could hit it a mile with a smooth, “slow” buttery swing. With VERY LOOSE WRISTS and a great release.

    Still playing well!


  5. Paul
    Thanks so much for the foot position tip. I had been thinking so much about the grip, ball position and swing components that I forgot to check my foot position each time. Now I understand how foot position affects distance, and at 75 I need all the distance I can get! My question is whether the foot angle is the same on all full shots from driver to wedge?

  6. Never paid too much attention before seeing this tip. I followed this instruction on the course today and it really helped. Thanks.

    • Richard,

      Very good. All of the answers are here. It starts with the grip and setup. So always be constantly checking it.

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