3 Steps To A Great Setup 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+

12 Responses to “3 Steps To A Great Setup Position”

  1. December 19, 2012


    how low should the hands be? is there an angle between the hands and arms at address?

  2. September 24, 2014


    Hi Paul

    You have some great early videos.

    My conceptual problem at setup is you say in other videos that the toe of the club should be up and also that the posture does not change with the club selection only the wrist angle.

    That is fine with woods, mid-long irons but with shorter irons and wedges I cannot get the club toe up without bending at the knee. Straightening the wrist makes the club toe go down instead of up. Do I need to get new wedges?

  3. September 24, 2014


    Two questions. 1) using this set up is it correct to feel ones weigh over the arches or where?
    2) also using this set up I recently developed a rash of consecutive shanks with my wedges which I have pretty much corrected by extending the club face one face past the ball; getting my balance; then bringing the face behind the ball. Have I just band aided a coil, uncoil problem?

  4. December 18, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    I understand everything in this video. But you do not address how far “left to right” the hands are at set up. I ask this because my club face looks closed to me when my hands are at my zipper, which is more normal set up position.

    But if I move my hands to the inside of my left thigh, it makes the club face appear more square to the target line. Is that the right way to set up?



    • December 18, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      There are many setup tips. This one is just the steps and not necessarily about hand position. You hand should be ahead of the face not ahead of the ball. This would put them left of center with irons. Some woods purposely put your hands slightly behind the ball to promote swinging up at it. In this case let the sole plate of the driver sit flush then apply your grip.

      Here it the tip that addresses this:

      Hand Position: https://ignitiongolf.com/hand-position-at-address/

  5. December 20, 2014


    Perfect! Thanks.

  6. October 31, 2016


    Hi Paul. I’m struggling to maintain my spine angle through the swing. You think it will help me to focus on the stivking the rear end out? Feels like it is easier to “lock” the angle this way. You agree?

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      October 31, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      No. You can fix spine angle by turning your arms off. If you try to hit, you will look to see what you hit. The harder you hit, the more you will look. The harder you hit, the more your arm muscles will contract.

      You should definitely be checking your setup posture anyway. Sounds like you may have been out of position. I think you are doing lessons with Pete. If something wrong he would be mentioning it to you.

  7. August 26, 2019


    Hi Paul,
    I had taken your tall stance all wrong. I was actually standing too tall with my butt tucked in. I don’t know how this affected my swing but my shots have been erratic. I’m looking forward to trying my new stance when I go to the range. Can you comment on how my faulty stance (standing tall with back arched in) was affecting my swing?

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