Pro Versus Am – Swivel Your Head

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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 “Pro Versus Am – Swivel Your Head”

  1. December 16, 2013


    G’day Paul,
    When I set up for putting I rotate my head and look along the line with my left eye closed (right eye dominant). I have tried the same thing with checking my line for irons and woods it give me a good indication of how much I aiming/offset to the target. In your videos you suggest we should appear to be certain distances to the left of the target depending on which clubs we are using.

  2. December 17, 2013


    Hi Paul,

    Perhaps this is a daft question, but in this setup tip are you swiveling/ looking to your target only, or possibly down the line , or to something further in the distance?

    I would be interested also in this slight angle in the setup position and swivel and how to progress to this angle from your “start high build low” tutorial (which has been very helpful). Perhaps the answer to this is the barstool idea-but would be curious how you see the connection between the slight angle for the swivel and the start talk.

    Thanks and happy holidays!

    • December 18, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      From this setup position when you swivel your head you would be looking at the target.

      Not sure why you are having a problem with start high and the head swivel. Start high is a drill. When you set up you are on an angle. You swivel your head with your body on an angle your head would be tilted. The only way to not have your head on at tilt would be if you lifted your head up. Just setup on an angle and turn your head to the target. When you do you will see you will be looking on an angle.

      Make sure you are not standing too tall when setting up.

  3. December 17, 2013


    Sorry-that’s “start tall” not talk.

  4. December 17, 2013


    Quite an an unusual and therefore interesting instruction session ,Paul .You answer more or less THE question of how long one should keep his eyes fixed on THE ball ,or where THE ball was ,after you have hit it .
    Initially ,you were taught to keep your eyes on THE place THE ball was ,after hitting it .Now ,as you show ,THE head swivels after THE shot (Some Pros Like ANNIKA SORENSTAM and DAVID DUVAL even swivelled THE head before hitting ) .
    Am I correct in saying THE head swivels withTHE ball leaving THE clubhead ?

    • December 18, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Contact happens so fast and your head moves so slow that after you hit the ball you would most likely be looking where the ball is after it is hit. Duval and Anika look early but they are not coming out of it. That is what swiveling your head does. If you end up level with your eye you looked early promoting thin and topped shots.

  5. April 23, 2014


    Thanks Paul. This makes a lot of sense

    People are beginning to say I have a good swing as a result of my subscription to this site but sometimes I slice and top shots out of nowhere.

    This could be it! Great.

    • April 23, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great. This happens to people who follow my technique a lot. You must be very close to getting it.

      Think about when you top or slice it. It will be wen you give it that little extra. So stick to 80% or just know to slow down if these shots happen. The shot is telling you what you are doing.

  6. August 28, 2020


    Hi Paul,

    Working with you I’ve been trying to “deflatten” my swing. After viewing this tip, I’ve tried to swivel my head more, but doing that makes It more difficult to take the club back high (unless I bend my forward arm more, which I’m reluctant to do in case that would cause different problems). Am I missing something?



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