Simple Coiling and Uncoiling Thought

By | on January 8, 2017 | 22 Comments | Array


Sorry, this content is for members only.

Click here to get access.


Already a member? Login below

Remember me (for 2 weeks)

Forgot Password


Author Description

Avatar photo

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+

22 Responses to “Simple Coiling and Uncoiling Thought”

  1. January 8, 2017


    Hey Paul.
    This reminds me of your bunker video marking a spot (in the sand) that you end up / finish with your belt buckle directed/ pointed towards. Same idea?

  2. January 8, 2017


    Thanks Paul.

    Your tip here is worth the price of your program. 🙂

    I use Right (rear) shoulder back and Left (front) Hip forward.

  3. Paul,
    this is similar to “coil the spring, uncoil the spring”. sounds really easy in theory but in practice, I’m having trouble uncoiling properly, especially with mid and long irons. With these longer clubs, I get kinda stuck on my right side, cant get my hips turning properly, and end up flipping at the ball with my hands and arms. As you might expect, the results are not pretty: horrendous fats or thins; weak pushes and push fades, I never hit a solid shot. Then I confused myself further by looking at ‘sequencing’ articles and trying to open my left knee away from my right knee in the transition. But you’ve only got 1/4 sec from the top to impact and by the time I’ve consciously bowed open my left knee, my brain has told my brain “this sucker doesn’t know what he’s doing, arms take over!

    please help!


    • Avatar photo

      January 9, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Sure it. Just a different that that my student latched on to.

      You only have one swing so it should matter what club you are hitting. So something is obviously wrong. Stabilize your lower. Then turn only your shoulders back.

      Once coiled you should be thinking of a trigger or simply to touch the legs at the ending. If you are stick you cannot be thinking of this. So find something that will make you move you legs in the downswing. This tip may help. Slow down and actually do it. There is no point doing it a top speed if you can’t do it. Like the previous tip I did … slow it down. So keep that as the focus.

      Not sure why you are thinking to move your left knee bowing it in the downswing. Wrong teacher. In no way have I ever told anyone to do this. I tried it years ago and I couldn’t do it so I never tell anyone else to either.

      You need to know the touch the legs position. From the top this is what you are thinking about. I think you need to start here:

      Lesson 3

      Exactly How To Do Touch The Legs Position:

      • January 10, 2017


        Paul,This ” move THE left leg “idéa was brought on by NICK FALDO ,taking it from DAVID LEADBETTER .Hé would say “. KNEE SEPARATION ,LEFT LEG PULL ” in THE transition between backswing and downswing .I tried it a long ,long Time ago ,when FALDO was at his top .It didn’t work for me ,I go with your rotation around a straight left leg ,and pushing off THE right instep .It works fine for me .

        • Avatar photo

          January 10, 2017

          Paul Wilson


          I certainly know it was a Leadbetter move because I used to go there. That’s what they told me to do. I tried it and it gave me a very weak lower body action. I did a tip on this a long time ago but I can’t seem to find it. I really don’t want people doing this knee separation in any way.

          • January 11, 2017


            I fully âgree .THE ” KNEE SEPARATION” move makes THE leg work More complicated .I stick to your method : straighten THE left leg and push off your right instep.Do you have any trick to utilize THE ground better ( Action/ Réaction physical principle : THE More you push down ,THE More you generate Power : lowering THE core is supposed to do exactly That !)

          • Avatar photo

            January 11, 2017

            Paul Wilson


            The trick is to dig in and push from the right instep which I have explained before.

  4. At this point I am a level one Visualiser, visualizing swing mechanics and as a senior I will probably stay level 1. My current visualization thought is Load (coil), Trigger (hips) and Pull (rt shoulder thru). I have just changed my Visualization thought to Back to Target, Trigger, Hips to target. Very simple but at the same time very A to B.

    Thanks Paul

    • Avatar photo

      January 9, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      You don’t need to think shoulders in the downswing. They will uncoil on their own if you uncoil the lower body.

      Uncoil 1:
      Uncoil 2:

      Glad you are making it simple. Too many thoughts will get you nowhere. Do this and get some good shots and confidence under your belt. Then try to prefect each movement to take you to a new level and so on. Everyone started golf at your level. It’s just where do you want to take it? With minimal work you can get to mod to low 80’s.

  5. Paul, I have been trying applied the same thinking before you published this tip. The results are great!

    But the way I did it has been to first make the commitment of coiling with the back to the target. I find that if I do this everything falls into place. If I do not coil back and try to be aggressive with the hips, I end up with a push.

    Does this make sense?


    • Avatar photo

      January 9, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, getting into a good position by the time you hit the top certainly helps. Back to the target is just such and easy thought. If you are not fully coiled you don’t have torque or “spring’like” effect so you end up using the arms. Just stay focused and know the spot as well as looking for the tightness of the coil. Sounds like you are close to consistently hitting the right spot. Just keep doing lots of practice backswings to ingrain it.

  6. January 10, 2017


    Hi Paul –

    Great tip…just out of curiosity are you still playing the single-length irons? If so, how are you finding they work for you? If not, what made you go back to variable-length irons?


    • Avatar photo

      January 11, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you like it.

      Yes, still playing the single length irons. Just got the 4 iron. Haven’t hit it yet. They are so easy to hit. I just can’t see myself going back to variable length irons.

  7. Hey Paul
    Here in Denmark I do enjoy your every day lessons
    But I wonder
    You talk about using the muscles of the pelvis to uncoil. But you must have a lot of turning power in the upper part of the body, the thorax and the shoulders to increase the uncoil of the now square pelvis so that more power can pass through the relaxed right arm

  8. January 13, 2017


    I just have to tell you, this is my most favourite tip at the moment, it has really helped me. I was always seemed to turn my shoulders differently. Now I really feel the coil. When I get my hips turning correctly facing the target, I hit some great shots.
    When are you coming to Australia, I need some lessons.:)

    • Avatar photo

      January 15, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. I knew there was a reason I did this tip. These are just such simple thoughts with dramatic effect.

      I have a great following in Australia. I may have to make the trip at some point. If so, I will certainly let you know.

      Keep up the good work.

  9. Slowly improving but still working on integrating a full back swing coil. Recently I have experimented with stable lower body and turning the CHEST to fully face away from the target (similar, but opposite, to turning the back to face the target). I am finding it easier to feel than the other back swing triggers. Will this lead to any unintended consequences?

    • Mike,

      Yes, you can do that too. Same thing. This takes effort because it is tight. You have to accept this is the feeling you want.

You must be logged in to post a comment.