How The Weight Shift Affects Power

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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 “How The Weight Shift Affects Power”

  1. September 24, 2012


    Hi Paul,
    Another good reminder for us. If I reverse weight shift does that make the plane of the backswing too upright? I think that the driving of the lower body is what drops the club on the correct plane, so I better get that weight shift right.
    Thanks Mike

    • September 24, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Mike, The reverse can definitely make you go too upright. Just be careful. Loading the weight is critical.

  2. September 24, 2012


    Hi Paul
    I’m finding when I hit with my driver moving my left foot (I’m a lefty) back a bit and turning the right foot out towards the target a bit does help with the body turn. Whether it aids the shot or not is a bit early but do you have a comment about this? Cheers paul

    • September 25, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Paul, If you are dropping your left foot back as a lefty you are now pulling it. So you are getting a false sense of whether or not you are improving. If you do hit a perfect shot with this set up it would go left of target. So why would you want to hit a perfect shot? You wouldn’t. You would want to keep pulling it which means you will be using your arms.



      Nice try though.

      • September 26, 2012


        Whoops, the driver is still a very untamed animal that I’m still tending to slice. My 5 wood that I can hit a country (UK) mile also goes left but not with a spin. I put it down to two things not closing the club face quick enough and not turning my body fully though impact. This self analysis seems like a good idea especially is if I get myself video’d.
        Separate thing just watched a clip on Iron Bryon, love to see the thing in action. Reckon you guys might want an Iron Bryon or two in Chicago this weekend? Thanks again Paul

        • September 26, 2012

          Paul Wilson

          Paul, you are bang on. Your wrists are still late and your body is still late. So you have to immediately slow down the downswing and get the face closing. Who cares where you hit your golf ball. The objective is to get the face closing.

          Sure, the face is too closed but who cares at least it’s not open. When you do this you are going to hit very bad looking shots that are going low left, pull hooked left or worm burners going along the ground left. Again, the beauty of this is that they are going left not right. So go slow, forget about hitting great shots, and just get the wrists rolling over. Do this at the range and do it at home in practice swings until you are good at it. Once you are then switch the thought to the lower body. There is no sense thinking about the lower body until you can get the wrists turning over. So take it in stages and you will get it in no time.

          With the five wood you can turn it over because it shorter. All you have to do with that club is get the body starting first. If you do you’ll be hitting it dead straight. Make sure you do if you practice swings holding the golf club off the ground before you hit each shot. If you do you’ll get the body activated then apply the same feeling when you hit your shot.

          Yes, watching Iron Byron is incredible. Totally mesmerizing. I wish I could find one but they are very expensive and very rare. One day I’ll come across one.

  3. September 24, 2012


    Paul I am having big time trouble with distance right now. I can hit it straight every time using your advice but my drives are at least 50 yards shorter then they use to be. My irons are playing 2 clubs more then they use to as well. I can’t seem to be able to generate more power using my lower body. When ever I do, I tighten up and the ball could go anywhere. Will my lower body and hips get faster in time with more reps?


    • September 25, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Johnathan, There is now way you are using your lower body fast enough. You need to be turning your lower body faster and keeping the wrists looser to allow the club to whip faster. Does it look like I am swinging hard? No. Although deceiving I am turning my body as hard as I can. It looks slow because the body moves slow in life (approx. 2.5 mph).

      You need to immediately start doing this drill until you are good at it.

      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging:

      This will get you used to using your lower body. Once you are used to it you apply this to your swing while keeping the arms powerless.

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