The Backswing In Golf

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The backswing in golf is one of the most important moves because it not only allows you to create torque which gives you the springlike effect in your swing but it also sets you up in the right position for when you start down. This video shows you what to look for so you know that you have properly coiled your body into the backswing. Once you know what to look for please try it in practice swings in a mirror to check it so you can start developing torque and generate the power and consistency you are looking for.

Transcription: The Backswing In Golf

In this tip I want to talk about the body coil in the backswing.

So, what is this coil thing all about. Well, the way I teach the golf swing, is the base the swing on things in life that repeat a 100 percent of the time. You see, the golf swing isn’t just as easy as just you hitting that golf ball as hard as you can. If that was the way to do it, there would be a lot more good golfers out there. So, it has to be a different way of hitting the golf ball consistently. Because there is so few people in the world that can do it on a consistent basis. So, what I’m getting at is, in our golf swing, we’re going to base it on things that repeat a 100 percent of the time. So, two of those things are what’s called torque, and forces. Those are two things that repeat 100 percent of the time in life. So, what we’re talking about today is the torque aspect. So, in order to understand torque, what I want you to do is imagine your body is like a giant spring. It’s pretty simple. So, imagine the coils like this, all the way up to your shoulders. Now, if we took the very top of a giant spring and we cranked it around to 90 degrees in that process it would start to get tight. Now, this tightness, that is the creation of torque. So, if we took the top of the spring like that, and then we just let it go, it would snap back the other way a 100 percent of the time. So, to illustrate that I have this head cover here, and I’ll show you exactly what I mean. So, from right here, if this is the top, top of the head cover is our shoulders, and this is our feet. If we go to the top like this, and we turn the top of the head cover like that. If I let go of that, every single time it will snap back the other way. Every time. See.

So, that’s something that is very consistent. And that’s what we want to be basing our golf swing on. Well, one of the two things we want to be basing our golf swing on. So, how does this relate to our body? Well, if we take the top of the spring, and we turning that to 90 degrees, the middle of the spring is going to move exactly 45 degrees. Halfway between the middle and the ground is going to move 22, 5 degrees, 100 percent of the time. So, that relates to our body in the sense that, if we take our shoulders, and we turn these to 90 degrees, our hips would turn 45 degrees. Our knees would move 22, 5 degrees, and our feet would remain planted on the ground. In that process we’re starting to get tight. Now, I know there’s people out there that can’t go to 90 degrees. And that’s fine. I can’t go to 90 degrees either. And I have no problem hitting the ball, I fly it upwards of 2,80, it would roll, it’s 300 no problem. OK? And I don’t even turn 90 degrees. So, what I’ve done though, I’ve created the same ratio as somebody that can turn 90 degrees. So, for me, I only turn the shoulders 80 degrees, maybe 85, but my hips always moves half that amount, and my knees move half of that amount. So, if you’re someone who can only go 80, you can go 80, 40, 20 and zero. That’s the same ratio with somebody going 90, 45, 22, 5 and zero. It’s all about this creation of torque. So, it’s not necessarily how far you go back, that equates to how far you’re going to hit the ball. It’s how much torque you create. That’s going to help you unwind faster, and it’s also going to create consistency, because you’re basing it on something in life that is consistent. So, we understand now that we’re creating a spring like effect in our back swing. We’re taking our shoulders and we’re coiling them up, until they get tight. And once we get tight, then we’re going to uncoil using our lower body, which I would talk about in another tip. Just for now though, I want you learning how to coil back in your backswing. So, now we understand this spring like effect, we understand that we’re using torque, we’re not just hammering away at that golf ball anymore. How do we get this. Well, it’s really simple. What we want and try to do first, before you hit any golf balls, or do any swings. I want you to take a golf club and we’re going to put it on the back of our neck right here. Now, I call this a helicopter drill. It’s called a helicopter drill because I want you to feel that these are the blades of the helicopter.

Right here. And we’re going to make our helicopter take off, going up. We’re not going to crash a helicopter. So, what that means is, from right here I’m going to my setup position, and now, just like a blades on helicopter I’m going to turn them in a circular motion. If I’m turning in a circular motion I start to feel tight, as I wind up. You notice that I’m not moving my legs as I go back. I’m keeping them firmly planted, I’m only taking the very top and just moving it until I feel tight. In the process of moving the shoulders, the lower body moves into position. So, it feel like the shoulders are level to the ground. So, that’s the great way to understand the felling of this winding or coiling and uncoiling in the backswing. Once you understand that feeling, I want you to then do it in practice swings. Now, we’re going to take a look from this angle here. What I want you to get, even though you’re tilted, I want you to still feel like the shoulders are coiling like the blades on that helicopter. Too many times I see people, they setup to the ball like this, and because they’re tilted, they force their shoulders in a position where they are working like a seesaw. They’re going up and down here, as oppose to a circular movement. So, to get that spring like effect we can’t be moving our shoulders like a seesaw. We have to coil them up like the blades on the helicopter. So, from right here. If I’m in my setup position like this, the way I’m bringing it back, I personally think about my left shoulder. I take this left shoulder, and I literally just crank it this way. I’m just turning this shoulder until I feel that tightness. You can feel the right shoulder if you want to as well. Now, the sensation there is that this shoulder is not going up. It’s going back and around. Back and around, like this. You can see that my left shoulder comes around when I do that. Personally, I just prefer thinking about it with the left shoulder. So, that’s what I want to go with. So, from right here. My lower body is stable. I’m in my setup position. I take my left shoulder and I crank it around until it feels tight. Right here I’m not even focused on my arms at all in my golf swing. I’m focusing only on that tightness, and as you can see, my arms went up into the proper position in my back swing. So, I’m not even thinking up here. I’m thinking I’m going to take this, and crank it around, until it gets tight.

So, let me just hit one here for you, and you’ll see what I’m getting at… So, that’s right on target, well, just a hair left to target, but pretty good shot, not bad. You saw there, all I did, I took my upper body like this, lower body is very stable, I’m not lifting my left heel, I’m not moving sideways, I’m not turning way too much. I’m keeping this very, very stable. I know that this will move if this moves. This is moving the most. I don’t have to move this. This will move because this can’t get to 80 to 90 degrees without this moving. So, I’m making this move this, which moves this, and the feet remain planted. So, from right here, I’m going to the top of the swing, I’m going to crank this around, until I feel this tightness. And from this angle, the tightness is right in around here. In this area right here. If you’re not feeling that tightness, you’re lifting your foot, you’re raising up, you’re moving sideways, you’re not coiling enough, you straightening the right leg, turning the hips too much, all of these things will cause you to lose that torque. Plus, your body doesn’t like to be tight like that. If you’re body doesn’t like to be tight, it will look for a way to avoid that. Don’t avoid the tightness. We are using that tightness to hit the shots. And that’s going to be very, very consistent. So, we coil up until we’re tight, and never going to uncoil to hit the shot. So, from right here, I’m turning my shoulders…and then I uncoil my lower body. It’s really that simple. So, let’s just recap.

We’re going to coil, we’re creating these spring like effect in our backswing. No longer are we just sitting there hammering golf balls. That is never going to work. And if you’ve played golf for a long time, you know that that doesn’t work. Because you’re probably not getting any better. So, we need to do something completely different, or going to focus on coiling and uncoiling our body, not hitting with our hands and arms. We don’t even care about our hands and our arms right now. So, imagine your body is like a giant spring. We’ve got the coils like this. If you took a spring, and you coil up only the top, it would start to get tight. The middle of the spring would move 45, halfway between the middle and the ground would move 22, 5 degrees, 100 percent of the time. So, that is a consistent movement. We coil the top until it’s tight.

Once it’s tight, we unwind with our lower body. The correct feeling is that our shoulders are going to turn back what feels like level to the ground. They’re not going to be, because we tilted our body in the beginning. It’s a feeling of being level. If you’re in situation where you’re going like this, there is no way that that is going to work. Because your shoulders are in a seesaw position, which is what we trying to avoid. Remember the helicopter drill, we want to feel this circular movement of our shoulders, not a seesaw movement. So, we’re here at our address position. I’ve got the lower body stable, we’re only thinking of our shoulders. Personally, I take this shoulder, I move it around, until I feel tight. You may think of this shoulder, it doesn’t matter, just so long as the shoulders are moving in a backswing. Keep the lower body stable. Let the upper, pull the lower body into position. Once we get that…we’re going to start basing our golf swing on a creation of torque instead of just hitting at the golf ball. If you can go out and work a little bit on this, do some practice swings, start with this first. Get a feeling of this, I would probably do this every time you warmed up too. Do some practice swings, get the winding and the unwinding concept in your mind. Then get feeling it and then apply it to your golf swing. It will take you few minutes to get the switch over, from hitting with your arms, to using your body. But I’m telling you, if you do, you will hit the ball better than you ever hit it in your life. Ask your questions, leave your comments below, and I’ll try to get it as many as I can.


All the best,

Paul Wilson

Founder - Ignition Golf
Creator - The Body Swing
Creator - Swing Machine Golf