Arm Tension At Top of 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+

8 Responses to “Arm Tension At Top of Backswing”

  1. Great tip. I see the same thing with most guys I play with. For me I don’t think about grip pressure except at address. I’m definitely 2 out of 10. I concentrate on relaxed arms throughout the swing. My grip pressure must occur naturally or I would lose the club on the downswing no way I could hold onto it with a 2 out of 10. I think if I consciously tried to control grip pressure I would mess up something but I get your point. Most amateurs have a horrible grip to start with let alone proper pressure.

    On a side note, I shot 36 last night in my golf league. Two birdies wit 2 bogeys and 5 pars. I hit 6 out of 9 fairways, 6 greens in regulation. Best round I’ve had in about 10 years. Even my misses were not bad at all.

    What I love about your teaching is that it’s so simplified. Learning how to fix your own swing is priceless and Ignition Golf is the best way to learn how to do it. Thank you for your dedication to teaching. I recommend you to anybody that asks for advice. I know I still have a lot of room for improvement but it’s so much more fun and rewarding to see things coming around and golf is FUN once again.

    • Glenn,

      Exactly. It all starts with the grip yet few check it.

      Nice round. I love hearing it.

      Sounds like you are ready to go deep. Just have to be there enough where that is what you expect. Once you expect to be there you will break par.

  2. To keep the pressure on the grip low ,one way to do it and to have at the same time a long ,low ,smooth and lazy backswing is to imagine your drawing a mop back from your address position towards a tee planted several feet back .When you can’t go any further back ,you instinctively have to tighten the grip to lift the club up while turning the hips and shpulders .

    • Raymond,

      I shot a tip on grip pressure going back. It is a gradual tightening but I see people do this wrong all of the time. I have a tip coming shortly about it. Stay tuned.

  3. So I have been practicing the body swing tips every day for a couple of weeks now. Every day working on developing the swing and I think I finally feel powerless arms. I feel that when I start the downswing that my arms just fall into position and when my wrists hinges at the bottom the momentum of the heavy club automatically brings me up into the finish position where I can touch my head. Am I feeling the correct things? My shots have dramatically improved where I hit the majority of the shots better than I ever have. Still topping and slicing a few here and there but now I can recognize the problem, slow down and make the necessary adjustments. Paul, this has truly been such a great experience and I’m just getting started!! Grateful to have found you!!


    • Frank,

      Glad you are practicing daily. This is what it takes.

      Yes, the arms go along for the ride. In no way are you helping it with the arms. This is the feeling. I also feel a heavy golf club.

      Keep up the good work. I love hearing it.

  4. June 11, 2019


    Love your teaching and how you explain things. Learning the body swing has been challenging but it has made golf easier and much more fun. Not too long ago I was struggling to be in the lower 80’s playing at 5500 yards. Two days ago I shot 80 from 6600 yards in a howling wind including a 5-iron laser into the wind to the middle of an island green. My key seems to be to slow down to keep the arms turned off and avoid sliding over my front foot. Hopefully someday I will be able to speed up the rotation for a little more distance but even if that doesn’t happen it has been well worth it.

    • Michael,

      So glad you are doing well. I love hearing it.

      Yes, it takes work. It took me 10 years to get my swing back after I started to take lessons (and I was doing it everyday). So if you can learn from my experience and do it in a a few months or a year or so then you are way ahead of me. I would stick to perfecting what you are doing and get it into the 70’s. Then go for more power. When you do you will lose consistency for a little bit but you will know that you can shoot in the 70’s because you will have done it. Once you get the power then go back to perfect movement for long and straight.

      If you do want more power you need to follow these tips:

      DRILL: Golf Swing Timing For More Distance:
      Driving Hips Harder But Hook It First:

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