Say Yes – 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+

12 Responses to “Say Yes – Backswing Length”

  1. April 12, 2017


    I have a big problem with my back swing, at times when I start my forward movement, my arms or wrist want to keep dropping back and I cannot catch up with my body.

  2. This is the area where I experience the most difficulties in my swing.When I take the practice swing before the real swing ,my club goes back high enough:it’s perfect (That’s what I see in the Mirror when I practice ) .When I take my “real “swing I shorten unconsciously the backswing (according to my playing partners) to the extent my club may go not higher than the right shoulder .
    It’s clear that for some unknown reasons (Impatience ?)I am “ball bound”.
    To combat this bad habit ,I endeavor to turn my back as much as I am able to go , so it faces the target l.I also have a picture in my mind of JIM FURYK ,DUSTIN JOHNSON and HIDEKI MATSUYAMA who each have a high backswing .
    I also slow the backswing to get enough time to turn back properly .
    Do you have any other suggestions to combat this bad defect .
    It also helps to put the weight on the back foot (To gain time !)

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      April 13, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Anyone with a backswing that is too short is rushing the backswing trying to hit the ball. You need to do this tip or like you said switch the though to the coil and not worry about it. This is tricky. People with shorter backswing never want to go longer. It feels out of control.

  3. April 12, 2017


    Hi Paul

    I am enjoying the “say yes” tips very much so please keep them coming. I have a problem with the length of my back swing being too long. I have a good shoulder turn but my swing is way past parallel and my left arm is bent almost to 90 degrees and I have a flying right elbow. Pete has a video of my swing if you want to have a look. I have tried to keep my left arm straight at the top but that makes me tense up and I cant hit the ball. I have tried to feel that I am only taking the club back until my left are is parallel to the ground but that does not work either. I will give this tip a try but I was wondering if you have any other advice for me as I am at my wits end!! Thanks for all your great tips my short game is vastly improved.

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      April 13, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks for the feedback. They give you bite size nuggets to learn. I thought it was a great idea for a series. You can thank my assistant Pete for the idea.

      How To Shorten Backswing:

      The problem is that when you shorten someone up they feel they have less power so they don’t like it. Remember, you are setting the backswing in perfect position to find power in the legs and hips in the downswing.

      The Importance of Setting the Backswing:

      So slow down. Understand that it will feel like less power but once you make the switch you will hit it even longer with what feels like half a backswing.

      When To Shorten Your Swing:

      I would be almost stopping at the top in the shorter position then hitting shots. You could also think butt end of grip to belt line then hit it. You could do the medium pitch shot but drive hard with the lower to get it moving.

      To shorten people up when they come here I hold my club at bicept level. They can come up to my club but not knock it out of the way (hope you understand it). We tee it up and I have them hit at least 30 balls like this. Within this tip they end up hitting it just as far with what feels like a half backswing. Have a friend do this. I think we did a tip on it. Not sure if it’s in one of the ones I included.

  4. I am enjoying the say yes lessons. Would you list all the say yes lessons in one area of the web site, or do a review lesson with all the say yes lessons stating the highlights of each?

    • Dennis,

      Glad you like them. I just have a few more to go. Once finished, I will list them all. Good idea.

  5. February 19, 2020


    Hi Paul,
    When I take my club back at the top the club goes over too far because I am trying to keep my grip loose and thus my wrists loose. if I tighten my grip, my wrists tighten and then the club face is blocked open and the ball goes off to the right. Consequently I also don’t get the release which would add distance. Do you have any suggestions?

  6. March 10, 2020


    Hi Paul,
    I did the test and failed miserably. It is going to take some to learn how to get loose wrists and a firm grip, but at least I now know that is what is required to play well.

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      March 19, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      Go slow with the tests and the cures for them. Don’t try to rush them, just like a real life test.

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