The transition is a critical moment in your golf swing. You need the right thoughts before you start down so you can use your body not your arms to hit the ball.
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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September 29, 2016
This is not new. We’ve seen good players like Ernie Els or Adam Scott do this. At the PGA in Rochester, I saw Scott hit a 9 iron about 170 yards; he looked like he was barely moving – as though he was doing stretching exercises in his bedroom.
Tour players, good players, teaching pros know this. Even high handicap golfers know this from watching it. Teachers try to instruct this, and can’t. Because it’s the hardest thing to teach and they can’t teach it. (Like Stan Musial on hitting: “Pick out a pitch you can drive and hit it.” Impressive but not very instructive.) Teaching golf is harder than teaching law, piano, wealth accumulation, woodworking – anything. Other instructors can do it, but they can’t teach it.
Ask me. I know. I’ve had all the bad and, at best, lukewarm golf instructors out there. Ready to quit, I saw a Paul Wilson YouTube video in a motel room in Morristown, NJ. Finally, in about 40 seconds, there was the answer.
Here’s what’s new here – Wilson knows how to explain it. And he knows he needs to repeat it because he also knows that human nature fights us when we try to do this. He has methods for the human nature part too, because without them we’ll eventually drift back to trying to “hit.” Most instructors, if they even know how critical this powerless arms factor is, mention it once. Then you drift. Wilson knows that tendency. He seems to know every tendency if fact. And he’ll get you past all of them. He knows not just the absolute proper golf swing (other pros know that), but he understands completely what it’s like to be a student who doesn’t know. That’s the revelation; that’s what’s “new” here.
Once we get to the point where the powerless arms idea requires no thought, then we strike the ball repeatably well, and with ease. Ball striking gets wonderfully consistent, it’s almost miraculous. Then we can work on power – and too, by then power isn’t such a big deal because we’re not continuously frustrated with ball striking anymore. After a bad shot or two? – practice swings, then the top of backswing thought “touch the legs, touch the head”. The next strike is true – with that full heavy easy “click” and the ball rockets off, on target.
This guy can do it. But you have to work his method. Success is a doing; you have to actually do it. It’s not so difficult, not as boring as piano scales, but you have to do it. You can’t shortcut. But if you follow this process, you’ll get satisfaction and enjoyment from golf that you’ve never had before. (I played 9 quick holes the other night, completely enjoying it; that hasn’t happened in far too many years.)
Hats off to Paul Wilson. Finally, a golf instructor that knows as much about teaching as he does about the golf swing; finally, finally . . .
Thank you for the kind words. That about summed it up.
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