Golf Backswing: How To Coil

Hi my name’s Paul Wilson. I’m the creator of Swing Machine Golf and the director of the Paul Wilson Golf School at
Bear’s Best Las Vegas. 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
to base the swing on things in life that repeat a hundred
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’d be a lot more good golfers out there. So there has to be a different way of hitting a golf ball
consistently because there’s 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 hundred percent of the time. So two of
those things are what’s called torque and forces. Okay 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 okay? It’s pretty
simple so imagine the coils like this all the way
up to your shoulders. Now if we took the
very top 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 in the
spring like that and then we just let it go it with
snapback the other way a 100 percent of the time. So to illustrate
that I’ve got this head cover here and I’ll show you exactly what I
mean so from right here if this is the top of the head cover,
the top of the head cover is our
shoulders and this is our feet okay, 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 snapback 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’re turning
that to 90 degrees, the middle of the spring is going to
move exactly 45 degrees. Halfway between the middle in the ground
is going to move twenty two and a half 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 twenty two and a half 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 ninety degrees either and I have no problem hitting the ball — I
fly it upwards of 280, with roll its 300 no problem okay? And I don’t even turn ninety degrees.
So what I’ve done though, I’ve created the same ratio as somebody that can turn 90 degrees. So for me i’d only
turned the shoulders eighty degrees maybe 85 but my hips always move half that amount and my knees move half of that amount, so if you’re someone can only go eighty
you’re thinking eighty 40 20 and zero, that’s the same ratio as somebody
going ninety 45 twenty two and a half 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; its how much torque you create that’s
going to help you unwind faster and its also going to
create consistency because you’re basing it on
something in life that is consistent okay? So we understand now that we’re
creating a spring-like effect in our backs 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 will talk
about in another tip. Okay, just for now though I want you
learning how to coil back in your backswing. Okay, so now we understand the spring-like effect — we understand that work using torque. We’re not just
hammering away at that golf ball anymore okay how do we get this? Well it’s real
simple; what we want to try and do first before
you hit any golf balls or do any swings, I want you to take the golf club and
we’re gonna put it on the back of our neck right here. Now I call this the
helicopter drill. Now it’s called a helicopter
drill because I want you to feel like these are the blades of the helicopter okay?
Right here and we’re gonna make our helicopter
takeoff going up we’re not gonna crash a helicopter so
what that means is from right here I go into my setup
position and now just like the blades on the helicopter I’m going to turn them in a circular
motion Okay? 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 in 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 okay so it feels like the shoulders are level to the ground so that’s a
great way to understand the feeling of this winding or coiling
and uncoiling in the back, well, coiling in
the backswing okay so 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 okay
too many times I see people they set up 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 opposed to a circular movement okay 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 okay so from right here if I’m in my setup position like this the
way I am bringing it back I personally think about my left
shoulder I take this left shoulder and I
literally just crank it this way, okay? 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 okay 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’m gonna go with. So from
right here my lower body’s 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 backswing so I’m not even thinking
up here I’m thinking I’m gonna take this and
crank it around until it gets tight okay so let me just
hit one here for you and you’ll see what I’m getting at okay so that’s right on target or
just a hair left of target but pretty good shot not bad so hopefully you saw it 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 eighty to 90
degrees without this moving so I’m making this move this which moves this and the feet remain planted okay? So from right here
I’m going to the top of the swing I’m gonna 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’re straightening the right leg, turning
the hips too much all of these things will cause you to lose
that torque okay plus your body doesn’t like to be
tight like that if your body doesn’t like to be tight
it will look for a way to avoid it. Don’t avoid the tightness we are using
that tightness to hit the shot okay? And that’s going to
be very very consistent. So we coil up until
we’re tight and then we’re gonna uncoil to hit
the shot. So from right here I’m turning my shoulders and then I uncoil my lower body. Okay? It’s really that simple so let’s just
recap: We’re gonna coil, were creating
a 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 but that doesn’t work because
you’re probably not getting any better. So we need to do something completely
different. We’re 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
arms right now okay? So imagine your body is like a giant spring okay? We’ve got the coils like this if you took a spring and you coiled up
only the top it would start to get tight the middle
of the spring with me 45 then my halfway between the middle in
the ground would move twenty two and a half 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 a being a level if you’re in a situation
where you’re going like this there is no way that that is going to
work because your shoulders are in a see-sawing position which is what
we’re trying to avoid remember the helicopter drill we want to
feel this circular at movement of our shoulders not a see-sawing
movement okay? So were here at our dress position we’ve got the lower body stable. We’re only think over 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 the backswing. Keep the
lower body stable okay? Let the upper pull the lower body
into position. Once we get that we’re gonna start basing our golf swing
on the creation of torque instead of just hitting at the golf ball
okay? If you can go out and work a little bit on this, do
some practice swings, start with this first okay? Get get a
feeling for this I would probably do this every time you
warmed up too. Do some practice swings, get the winding and unwinding concept in
your mind then get feeling it and then apply it to your golf swing okay?
It’ll take a few minutes to get the the switchover 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’ve ever hit it in your life okay?
Ask your questions, leave your comments below, and I’ll try
to get to as many as I can.

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