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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.
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May 15, 2016
Forgive me if I’m being redundant, but this tip raises again a question I posed in response to another tip: What are your thoughts about using two triggers, simultaneously? I find I get my best results when I think simultaneously about straightening my forward, right leg (I’m a lefty), and coming around with my left knee and touching my legs. If I try to do only one, the other does NOT happen “automatically.” It just seems more comfortable, and more effective for me to visualize getting ready to do the ENTIRE lower body move you teach, as I’m coiling back, rather than just one trigger. Should I stick with this approach if it seems to be working?
May 16, 2016
I kind of answered this in the previous questions. No matter which trigger you use the others need to happen as well. Whatever it takes to do that is fine.
You need to be repeating this on a nightly basis. If it were me learning this I would have done it 1000 times per night and in 3 days I would have mastered it but I know to work on things this way and that as you keep repeating it it becomes easier and natural.
How many swings in the air have you done with Driver? This takes the ball out of the picture and gets you feeling and using the legs. Need to do this tens of thousands of times as well.
In the forward swing there is a discernable pause in my hip movement ( like they are waiting for my arms to catch up)
No matter how hard I try I can’t stop this happening . Perhaps you have come across this before and have a fix or at least some suggestions?
You are not hitting anything with your arms. Your arms are connected to your body. So if you turned your body your arms would follow. So yes, the arms lag behind but not too much. If it was too much you would be disconnected under your lead armpit. This is very rare and cause by driving the lower body too hard which if you are asking this question you are not doing.
Keep in mind, you are not good at using your legs and hip so you need to work on it way more. You have had a lifetime of hitting with arms. I have had a lifetime of using my legs and hips. So you need to do the 2 drills below literally tens of thousands of times to get good at using your legs:
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club/
DRILL: Swing Up with Driver: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-up-driver/
With the club in the air there is no ball to hit. Turn off your arms and feel the legs and hips making the club swing.
It’s An Unmistakable Feeling In Your Legs: http://ignitiongolf.com/unmistakable-feeling-legs/
Understand that when you fire your lower body your whole upper body will hang back. It’s like hitting the accelerator on a car. You cannot use the legs and hips and immediately shift on the forward leg. This would produce a feeling of using the legs but you would still be way over the top.
2 Things Flatten the Plane: http://ignitiongolf.com/2-things-flatten-plane/
Also, throw balls over hand to get the feeling. There is no way your whole body would lean forward if you threw a ball. It would hand back 100% of the time. This is the same move in golf and you have already done it. You just need to transfer it to practice swings. Then your real swing.
It’s Like A Throwing Motion: http://ignitiongolf.com/like-throwing-motion/
DRILL: Stop Coming Over The Top: http://ignitiongolf.com/stop-coming-over-the-top/
You need to be constantly doing this drills. This means every night. I would be doing it 500-1000 times per night but that’s just me wanting to get it fast. You do what you can. It needs to be at least 25.
Greetings Coach just before I feel like the backswing has reached its fullest i say to myself “TURN.” I am saying turn before the backswing is complete. I feel that because there is such a short time between backswing and follow through, I want to be sure I get it started. What do you say? Thanks Coach.
That is great. If you say it a little early it takes a millisecond for your brain to react so that should be perfect timing.
I am a little confused. When coiling, your shoulder will automatically turn your hips, is the same principle applies to the downswing by turning your hips your arms and shoulders moves?.
I may be doing this trigger backward, my trigger is don’t grip the club thigh, when I am fully coiled my hips turn with no problem.
You are exactly right. You do not even have to think shoulders in the downswing. It will happen if you uncoil.
Shoulders in downswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/shoulders-downswing/
May 17, 2016
i think i am having a timing issue, but it may be other issues too. i am really working on getting my lower body restricted (i was too loosey-goosey before), but now i get fat shots because i think i don’t get onto my left foot or maybe trying to hit it with my arms which are trying to catch up with my hips. OR i top it which is either chicken wings or coming up to soon. Will these maladies go away with practice? i thought i had them beat down, but with the restricted lower body, they are showing up again. i know what you teach is correct, because when i do it correctly the ball really comes off the club better and goes farther. i think that mostly occurs when i really try to slow down; again that is timing. Any other thoughts/tips i could watch?
May 18, 2016
You will get fat shots working on stabilizing the lower body. This is because you are thinking about stabilizing the lower body you are not even thinking about firing the lower body to hit the shot. This is exactly what I am saying to everyone. Working on the swing means you are working on the swing. In this case you were working on stabilizing the lower body. Once you master that then you think about firing the lower getting you off of the back foot at impact. The goal right now is to stabilize the lower. So just keep working on that and that only. Forget the ball. Tee it up so you give yourself a little room for error. Do tons of practice swings at night. This shouldn’t even take the long. Once you get it add “touch the legs’ and you will start hitting it better.
Focus. It’s about the movement. Perfect movement = perfect shots.
Thanks Paul. That is such an important and germain comment. i go to the range trying to master one aspect of the swing, but then i watch the ball’s path to see where i am making mistakes, and voila, i’m off on a tangent and have wasted my time at the range. Thanks again.
So master one thing at a time. Then you will not be wasting your time. Forget the ball. It is about building a great swing. Focus.
May 22, 2016
I am using the pre-trigger of thinking “hips” in the 3 o’ clock position of my backswing. On my practice mat, I find that I don’t brush the mat on my swing. Out on the golf course, I top the ball too much. I find that if I move the ball back in my stance to short of the bottom of my pendulum that I consistently hit the mat or the ball. Is moving the ball back okay? How can I fix the problem? Thank you.
Not sure what pre-trigger you are taking about. This to me seems like you are moving the hips too much going back. If so you will have not torque and hit with arms in the downswing.
Topping is you trying to hit the ball with your arms. Harder you hit, the more you will look to see what you hit. The harder you hit, the more your arms will buckle through impact causing a chicken wing.
So you need to stop hitting by turning your arms off. Think about it. When do you top it. I guarantee it’s when you are tying to hit it hard. Topping is a clue you are swinging too hard so slow down.
Work on this:
Spine Angle Follow Through: http://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-eyes-tilted/
Are You Practicing Looking Early?: http://ignitiongolf.com/practice-looking-early/
Stop Thin and Topped Shots: http://ignitiongolf.com/stop-thin-and-topped/
Stop Topping Your Fairway Woods: http://ignitiongolf.com/stop-topping-fairway-woods/
Topping: Watch for the Blur: http://ignitiongolf.com/watch-for-the-blur/
Do not change the ball position. This is a band aid that will not work. Get to the root of the problem. You are hitting with your arms. Focus on the tips above. Also, keep doing practice swings working on swing positions. You need to develop a great swing.
Also, don’t try to hit your mat. This is hitting. I need you to not hit anything. Forget impact. Work on the positions. You will get a great swing. A great swing will hit great shots.
November 16, 2016
Are there drills you can give us to increase the speed of our hip turn and swing speed of the club. Presently my swing speed is about 70mph. I am 72. I think average for golfers is eighty from what I read.
There are tons of drills on this. You should be using the Dashboard. There is a whole section there on Distance.
Here you go:
DRILL: Distance Series – Turn Faster: http://ignitiongolf.com/distance-series-turn-faster/
DRILL: Swing Off Ground: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground/
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: How To Really Increase Power: http://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-really-increase-power/
DRILL: Driving Hips Harder But Hook It First: http://ignitiongolf.com/driving-hips-hook-first/
DRILL: How To Get Faster Hip Rotation: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-faster-hip-rotation/
DRILL: Hips To Target Feeling: http://ignitiongolf.com/hips-to-target-feeling/
DRILL: Lift Heel For 2 Weeks: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lift-heel-2-weeks/
DRILL: Lift Then Hit: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lift-hit/
DRILL: Belt Buckle Clubhead: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-belt-buckle-clubhead/
DRILL: Firing Legs in Downswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-knee-ball-power/
DRILL: Move Hips: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-hips-moving/
DRILL: Advanced – Driving Hips Check: http://ignitiongolf.com/driving-hips-check/
DRILL: Faster Hip Rotation (UST): http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-faster-hip-rotation/
DRILL: 2 Ways To Work On Your Hip Rotation: http://ignitiongolf.com/2-ways-hip-rotation/
DRILL: How To Get Your Hips Moving: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-hips-moving/ (FREE TIP)
DRILL: Golf Swing Timing For More Distance: http://ignitiongolf.com/timing-more-distance/
DRILL: Super Short Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-super-short-backswing/
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