Swing Comparison – Head Position Backswing

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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+

23 Responses to “Swing Comparison – Head Position Backswing”

  1. January 13, 2016


    Great stuff Paul-and thanks Jim.


  2. January 13, 2016


    Just a few weeks ago I ran across your dominate eye video. I have always had a hard time moving my head. Sure enough, I’m left eye dominante. It’s winter here in Chicago. I am practing my swing (no ball) by actually closing my left eye at set up and moving my head like I was going to hand the club off in the backswing. Would u agree with that approac as a method to fix this problem?

    • January 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      You can do that. Also do practice swings while watching your head move. One student of mine didn’t realize what it took to get it so he kept coming back with no change. Then he did it every night for 5 weeks and finally got it. For some this can take a lot of effort. Just keep doing it until you do it without thinking about it.

  3. January 14, 2016


    GREETINGS COACH I have been doing favorite drill a good number of times twice a day,i won’t say how much but a lot.I have developed a slight pause at the top of the back swing,i like the feeling because it gives me a split second to think about starting the down swing with posting my left leg,locking the left leg. I hope it’s ok because as I said I like it but don’t want to develop a wrong move. THANKS P.S. My finish is shaft to the ears legs together

    • January 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Pausing is fine if this is what it takes to think about how to power the downswing. Smoothen it out later.

      You can also swing up slightly with the club. This will work on the tilt behind the ball too.

      Okay, that is good head movement. Keep doing it.

  4. January 14, 2016


    one more thing I’m watching the tip right now and it got me wondering what do I do.I went to a mirror . Before the start of the backswing I tilt my head to the left so that I am looking at the ball more with my right eye.At the start of the backswing my head does move about three inches away from the target and stays there until I start the downswing.Is the head tilt ok?

  5. January 14, 2016


    Wonderful video Paul. I am right eye dominant but tilt my head like your student (although my head does move back), but at the top my right eye cannot see the ball. Might explain a bit of my slight over the top move on the downswing as it allows my right eye to once again see the ball.

    More to work on.


    • January 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it. Thanks.

      Yes, you need to be working this immediately. Watch your head in mirror so you know you’re doing it right and the feelings and visual change that you need to get used to. Do this every night. No joke. For some it takes a lot of work but once you get it you have a whole new swing.

  6. January 14, 2016


    Hi Paul, my swing is a bit like Jim in that I also pre set my weight. But at the top of the swing I am more in your position rather than Jim’s. I am hitting the ball very well doing it this way. I find if I try to get to this position without pre setting, I often get it wrong and do a bad shot. Is it a problem to pre set if you get the correct top setup?

    I know it does not look as good as how you do it, but I am getting the result.

    • January 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      I am more okay with pre-setting if you get to the top like I am. This back and forth tilting of the spine is difficult and inconsistent. So if it is working for you keep doing it.

  7. January 14, 2016


    I’m a leftie and left eye dominant but in virtually every other activity I am right handed. Without getting my self totally confused, is this a good combination for my golf.
    Your tips coupled with my trips to the dashboard have made me a much more consistent player and even now I’m my seventies I am hanging on to single figures and have never enjoyed my golf more!

    • January 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Your situation is exactly what I have. I am right handed and right eye dominant. I feel this is easier to see the ball from the position behind the ball. You are in the same situation but from a left handed position. You shouldn’t have a problem doing the head move. Just check if you are moving it. I would think you are if you are shooting in the 70’s. Next goal … low 70’s. Then it becomes even more fun.

  8. January 14, 2016


    You read my mind. This is exactly what I had hoped you would do with this comparison. Hope next tip will be comparing hip turn. Thanks as always.

    • January 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      No hip turn yet until down the line but I will be going through everything. I like the comparisons myself. I think people need to know the differences.

  9. January 14, 2016


    Fantastic. This has been the best set of videos for people to understand how you critique and what you look at in the swing. I can say we are all LEARNING a lot.

  10. January 14, 2016


    Thank you for the great educational format! I encourage you to pursue more educational videos of this type.

  11. January 15, 2016


    Hi Paul,
    I’ve been working on this and coiling. I find that if I try to coil back to where the club is almost parallel and alot of tension in left shoulder, I dip towards target.
    But if I stop with just a gentle stretch in left shoulder and club almost vertical, I can move head away a lttle bit and get better contact. Any thoughts?

    • January 17, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      You need to coil until you are tight. This is not a hurting stretch or overdoing it in any way. It takes effort though because you get tight as you coil. Once you feel this tightness you are at the top. This will vary from person to person. I think you are overdoing it.

  12. January 17, 2016


    This was awesome. I am unfortunately left eye dominant as you mention, BUT, the level eye notation you made here will pay dividends. I really think that was some of the issue I have been having of late, but just couldn’t put a finger on it. Will be out in the pactice net tomorrow to work on it some more. As always, you descriptions are easy to understand and put into practice/changes that I need to make. Thanks so much and Happy New Year.

    • January 17, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it. Just keep doing practice swings in a mirror and watch your eyes. You can also watch the brim on your hat when you are at the course. This will stop any reverse pivot as you hit the top.

      Happy New Year to you too!

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