2 Axis in Your Swing

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Paul Wilson

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+

28 Responses to “2 Axis in Your Swing”

  1. October 26, 2015

    johnhoyle

    Greetings Coach An update I am having trouble keeping my head down during impact.My swing trigger is HINGE AND TURN .I start the turn, the club starts to come down and my head goes along with the turn before the club meets the ball. I tell myself DON’T DO THAT .but I am having trouble keeping my head down before follow through.I know I should be able to stop doing this BUT

    • October 26, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      John,

      You’re swinging too hard. The harder you hit, the more you will try to see what you hit. Immediately slow down to 50%. Hit solid shots then speed up ONLY the lower body to gain more power. Slowing down will get the arms and hitting out of your swing. Tee it up on the range to make it a little easier.

  2. October 26, 2015

    markhancock

    hi Paul since I’ve been coiling with my shoulder and uncoiling by firing my belt buckle to the target I seem to hit a lot of thin push fades and push slices. many shots are coming off excellent but there is a lot of inconsistency right now. am I doing this because Im sliding too much or trying to hit too hard maybe? or does trying to fire my lower body too fast or hard causing the sliding and thin shots? I know you cant say without seeing my swing but is this a tendency when transitioning from arm swinging to coil and uncoiling to hit with powerless arms? hope that med some sense haha

  3. October 26, 2015

    RYDGJR

    Very well explained & the special effects were helpful (not to mention pretty cool). Having a “birdie” show up at the end of the lesson is always a good thing too.

    • October 26, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Gary,

      I was talking all that time and didn’t know it was there. Pretty funny when it showed up.

  4. October 26, 2015

    DavidWeinstein

    Hi Paul

    I have a question about the finish of the swing. In your swing, which I am emulating, you end with the club touching your head at the level of the ears. From above, the club is cutting the target line, at the end, at a 90 degrees angle.

    When looking at a lot of pros and top amateur players, I notice that they end with their club close to parallel to the target line or a little less. Michel Wie is an extreme case. She really ends with her club pointing at the target.

    Is this something that we should or should not aspire to, or it is simply a result of how flexible these people are and we, older people should not try it?

    Thanks Paul

    David

  5. October 26, 2015

    DavidWeinstein

    Thanks for a great clarification.

  6. October 27, 2015

    terrybadger

    Hi Paul,
    Talk about a timely tip! i have been working on powerlees arms by using my lower body, and transferring my weight, and keeping my head down till my shoulders come through. The result of this has been a lot of pulls and pull hooks. i think this tip might be the secret ingredient to a better swing. i may be too focused on keeping my head still and transferring my weight that i am coming over the top. When i am at the range i try to imitate your swing, but haven’t picked up on all of the subtleties yet.
    thanks,
    ter

    • October 28, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Terry,

      Never keep the head still. Taller setup. Rotate shoulder instead of dipping them down and the head should move. As you coil you feel the weight load into the back instep 80%.

      If you are over the top you are leaning forward in the downswing. Just work on the tilt behind it then turn to the touch the legs position. Watch your ball and you can tell if you are doing it or not.

  7. October 28, 2015

    terrybadger

    Hi Paul,
    i went out yesterday with this tip in mind and there was a huge improvement. As an engineer, i really appreciate the mechanical analogies you use in explaining various aspects of the swing. i just watched the “how to cure a slide” tip, which i think i may be doing occasionally. What i noticed that also made a difference is when i am able to keep the angle of tilt between my upper body and my legs through the shot. i believe on my bad shots i come up and out of the shot too soon. Some of that may be me still trying to hit with my arms or it may be my lack of flexibility. i’ll keep plugging away.
    thanks,
    ter

  8. October 28, 2015

    RaymondCHASTEL

    Marvelous pictures ,Paul: Great ENGLISH Teacher ,PERCY BOOMER ( He was from the Isle OF WIGHT ) ,prewar WW2 is known as the ” TURN IN A BARRELL “Man. ,you” ll be known to posterity as the ” TWO BARRELL ” Man or ” TWO CYLINDER “Man.
    It couldn’t be better demonstrated .
    Now you have to ” fire ” the two cylinders in succession full Speed to acheive great distance straight shots .

    • October 29, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      Glad you liked it. I like cylinder as opposed to barrel as the sides of a barrel are curved. Stay within the cylinder and you will achieve great power (loose wrists too).

  9. October 28, 2015

    rubenlopez

    Hey Paul,

    You may remember that I attended the school Nov 14, 15, & 16 last year. I’m still struggling because of inconsistency I think because of a slide however I’m working on it. This tip struck a chord with me since I tend to pull a lot of shots or push fade. The question I have for you is: should you straighten and lock your left knee when you reach the top of your backswing to act as a post or axis for you to rotate around?
    That birdie liked the tip too!
    Thanks,
    Ruben Lopez

    • October 29, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Ruben,

      Great to hear from you.

      You are thinking about firing the lower body from the top of the backswing. You only have 1/4 of a second to impact. If you start down not thinking about it you will hit the ball then try to do it. This is way too late. The push is sliding so this is definitely important to fix. The pull is you pulling the club down with your arms tilting your whole body forward in the downswing. Firing the lower is like hitting the accelerator on a car. It forces the upper body back creating the tilt through impact. You need to fix one of these problems. Then you work on the other. I would fix the slide first. This shot can get you in a lot of trouble.

      Watch:

      2 Things Flatten the Plane: http://ignitiongolf.com/2-things-flatten-plane/

      Then:

      Slide: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-slide
      You Better Check This Especially If You Slide: http://ignitiongolf.com/slide-turn-foot-out/
      Easy Way To Cure A Slide: http://ignitiongolf.com/easy-way-cure-slide/

  10. DrewBulkin

    October 31, 2015

    Drew

    Ok Paul,
    Love the tube graphics. I have not played in a while, but when I practice on simulator my mishit is the same. My club coming too far from inside 6 or 7 degree and clubface closed 3 to 5 degrees which causes pulls, pull hooks. Obviously not over top, I turn my hips and do not slide, ive worked on this for years and my knees do touch in follow through, so i know thats not the issue. I feel its coming from decent turn but not enough weight shift. Could you give me your thoughts as well and a list of the best videos i need to watch and work on.

    • November 1, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Drew,

      I find it hard to believe you don’t slide. You are attacking way from the inside. This means your whole body is tilted too much right as you are attacking the ball. This is from sliding. Some people slide and don’t realize they are sliding. The initially slide, the left leg buckles through impact then they lock it. This give them the impressing they are not sliding when really they are.

      You need to get your body less tiled back as you hit the ball. Check your back foot to see if your back heel is 3-4 inches off the ground with irons and 5-6″ off with Driver and woods. If so there is not way you are going to be too tilted when you hit the ball. Also, the lead leg need to be locking as soon as you start the downswing. It is 1/4 of a second from the top to impact. If you start locking is as soon as you come down it will still be a little bent at impact. It should be locked at 3/4 through when your back arm is parallel to the ground. So start locking it as soon as you come down knowing full well it will not be locked until the 3/4 through point.

      Also hit a few balls in the simulator feeling your whole upper body not leaning back as you hit the ball. When you do you will see the numbers change. Report your findings.

      BTW – It took me all day every day for 2 months to cure my slide so as much as you think you may have been working on the right thing you may not have been. If you were not thinking of locking the lead lead at the start of the downswing you may be deceived into thinking you are not sliding. I have seen this many times in the past.

      • DrewBulkin

        March 4, 2016

        Drew

        Paul.

        You were exactly right. Pete identified a slight slide on my swing analysis and that is the reason I am coming too much in to out. He also pointed out that the slide is causing the club to be more down my back and not parallel to the ears in the finish. So I am going to change my downswing trigger to locking the leg instead of turn the hips. His analysis was awesome and really pointed out the things I need to be working on. The swing analysis is a great service!

        Drew

  11. November 4, 2015

    RobertGibson

    OUTSTANDING!

  12. November 12, 2015

    RobertSimon

    Paul – thanks for the tips. The tilting makes sense to me and will practice a bit. Lately, I have been hitting the ground behind the ball. Would this mean I am tilting forward too much or not enough.

    Any suggestions on making better contact?

    Thank you,

    Bob

  13. Hi Paul,
    It is that transitional process between the backswing and the follow through that is the toughest for me. When i do the tilting coming forward i think i have too much weight on the back foot and i end up hitting it fat. When i try to make sure i’m hitting off my left foot i pull it left or top it. Sometimes i slide and i’m out to the right. (i thought that result was from turning my hips too fast, but another tip made me realize i was sliding.) i am signed up with my golf course to get a bucket every day, so i will be practicing, but is there some other tip that can help me make that transition from one axis to the other? i have lots of other problems, but this one is the hardest for me to overcome.
    thanks,
    ter

    • Terry,

      Hanging back is too much weight on the back foot. Sliding is certainly not great either. Keep in mind you have had a lifetime of trying to hit the ball with your arms. In doing so this tilts your whole body forward in the downswing which sends the club over the top so you need your whole upper body angled behind the ball as you hit the ball. Every pro in the world does this. Yes, if you get the tilt but keep all of the weight on the back foot you will hit it fat but if all pros do this then this is the area you want to focus on. I get this tilt due to rapidly firing the lower body. It is like hitting the accelerator on a car. When I fire my upper body hang back. To get this just take it in 2 stages. This does not mean you are going to hit great shots. Get the first part. Then get the second to hit great shots. This is because you will hit some fat from hanging back too much and some pushes from tilting too much. Who cares though. You are trying to master a piece of the swing. Staying behind the ball is so dramatically different than tilting forward it should only take you a few days to get this. Once you do then working on getting off of the back foot by turning.

      Slow down and get the tilt. Then get off the back foot. Then drive the lower body faster for more power.

      Here is the tip on manually tilting:

      Cures – Manually Tilt To Stop Pulling: http://ignitiongolf.com/manually-tilt-cure-pull/

      Also:

      2 Things Flatten the Plane: http://ignitiongolf.com/2-things-flatten-plane/

      You could also do these drill constantly:

      DRILL: Stop Coming Over The Top: http://ignitiongolf.com/stop-coming-over-the-top/
      Drill: Swing Up with Driver: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-up-driver/

      Then these for more leg drive:

      DRILL: My Favorite Drill – Variation 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/favorite-drill-variation-2/

      DRILL: Swing Off Ground Variation: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-variation-favorite-drill/

      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club/

      DRILL: How To Really Increase Power: http://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-really-increase-power/

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