Lesson – Touch Your Knees For Power and Consistency

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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+

10 Responses to “Lesson – Touch Your Knees For Power and Consistency”

  1. February 25, 2015


    Hi Paul,
    OK, i can see where some of my problems are, and the reasons for them: too wide a stance – easy to correct; knees not touching will require practice, because when i throw a ball i usually am taking a step. i am using my hips, but i am sliding. All of this sounds like i’m doing nothing right, but i am at least some of the time. (my golfing buddies tell me i have a beautiful swing like Els – when i hit it right.) Now when my swing goes astray the reason will be recognizable – thank you.
    One other question: does springing off your right foot provide more power than either of the other two methods you described. i’ll keep working on all your tips.

    • February 26, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you are figuring it out. Stance too wide is huge. How did you not see this? Slide? Huge too. Can’t touch the legs when you slide. You really need to focus on my follow through. This alone will make you amazing. Then your buddies really will think you are Ernie Els.


      Not sure if springing off the right foot increases power more than the other 2. To me, I am loading onto my right so it makes sense to spring from it. The other ways you are loading but then have to think of hips or belt buckle or left leg. This takes time to switch this thought. Well, you only have a millisecond to make this transition so every millisecond counts. To me this is a very powerful feeling. Try it and see if you like it.

  2. February 26, 2015


    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for all of you answers, but i have another: What effect (problems) does turning your toes out make to your swing? i am a bit pigeon toed, but i can make them go out. i think when i hit now they are pointed straight ahead.
    Understand this, i will always follow your advice because i know that another way may work, but then compromises will be made and thousands of more shots required to make it work. i taught tennis and that was always my experience with people who could’t/wouldn’t comply.

    • February 26, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I have done tips on both feet. Basically, if your lead foot is straight you cannot turn without blowing out your lead knee, jumping or twisting your foot.


      Front Foot Out: https://ignitiongolf.com/foot-position

      Turn the back foot out more than 5 degrees and you will turn your hips too much reducing torque. Foot position alone can stop you from learning a great golf swing. This is serious stuff although it may not seem like it.

      Back Foot: https://ignitiongolf.com/back-foot-position

  3. August 13, 2016


    Hi Paul,
    Quick question. I seem to touch my legs pretty well, but often my right leg goes past my left. What is this telling me? I’m really trying to learn the body swing and it seems that when I’m balanced on my left side without either hanging back and hitting fat or over rotating and cutting across, I hit the ball so straight!

  4. February 26, 2019


    Hi Paul,
    your videos are amazing, I was struggling to trigger downswing with my hips (bet buckle, left knee, etc) and it was not accurate, but then I simply did the touching leg position i.e. all I am thinking to initiate my downswing is to take my right knee to touch my left leg (always maintaining very loose grip and powerless arms) and BOOM ! starting shooting more consistent and farther! I was using S&T but now definitively switched to your swing as more natural and smoothly. Thank you!

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      February 26, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks. I appreciate it.

      That is one of the downswing triggers I teach. 6 in total. You need to pick one (which you now have) and do it forever.

      Keep doing what you are doing.

  5. January 10, 2021


    I’m very bow legged and having a tough time touching my legs. Anything I can do to help this?

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      January 11, 2021

      Paul Wilson

      Unfortunately not. I have seen many golfers like this, but you need to try to get to YOUR maximum. If that is a few inches apart..then this is your maximum. Some people can not physically get to the touching of the legs position and this is fine. Keep working on the other positions and using your lower body.

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