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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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February 9, 2013
Thanks, I like it when you touch on specialty shots too. You mentioned hinge several times but not shoulder turn or load. Hard to tell in video but is this less turn and more of an arm swing on the backswing? I understand you still want the forward swing initiated with lower body.
February 10, 2013
You are doing basically the same turn (maybe a little less) because you are not quite going to parallel. The reason I am only talking about the hinge in the backswing is because I don’t want you thinking of 5 things as go back. I want the wrists to hinge so you generate the power to cut through the sand. If you hinge as I suggest you should be turning without thinking about it.
So you are hinging. Once hinged you are turning. You are not hitting anything. It will be hit if you turn. Keep it simple.
Hi Paul. I suspect the sand in Nevada is somewhat dryer and lighter than the more moist stuff we experience in Illinois. What alterations in technique do you recommend for wet or clumpy sand? I tend to skull the ball in these situations, turning a bogey at worst into a nightmare. Does squaring the clubface solve the problem?
Thanks, Ron Calabrese
I will do a tip on this in the future. For now:
Square up the face. Aim square. Do not grip down unless you cannot dig your feet in. Feel like you are picking it up more vertical going back. Turn through it as I suggest and feel the club descending. This should pop it out.
February 18, 2013
Hi Paul. Love the fact that you’re basically using the same principles as you do for full shots, etc. But I was wondering how do you adjust for different distances out of the bunker? Assuming one is using the same sand wedge everytime, it seems like hinging and swinging the arms to the same position and then turning your hips/belt buckle to the same follow thru position it would produce the same distance every time. Does it become a function of adjusting the club face and stance positions (open vs square)?
I will be doing a tip on this in the future. Basically, you can do it 4 ways:
1. Dig your feet in more or less.
2. Vary the degree the face is open.
3. Turn your hips faster or slower.
4. Use a combination of any of the above.
October 12, 2013
Pros have been telling me for 50 years to hit behind the ball. I just reviewed this tip and it’s fabulous. It makes clear to me for the first time for me why “hit behind the ball” is such bad advice. Just dig in your feet, hit the ball, and you will naturally hit behind it just as you want.
October 13, 2013
Exactly. Why hit if you don’t have to. If you do you are changing your normal golf swing. If you hit in bunkers you are activating your arms. Yikes!
February 21, 2014
May 17, 2014
Hi Paul. We play on a fairly nice public course, greens and fairways, but the bunkers are atrocious. Typically a mixture of some sand, mud, and clay. It’s very thick stuff, and many times we don’t even have to rake out our footsteps. When you try get under the ball, either the club bounces and you skull it, or the club loses all of its speed unless you really smash through it, leaving with you a variety of results. When you are just trying to pop it out, it seems almost impossible. Any tips or advice? Thanks. Mike
Here you go:
How to Hit Bunker Shots from Hard or Wet Sand: http://ignitiongolf.com/bunker-hard-wet/
I’am waiting for the video about distance control.
Here is the one for tucked pins.
How To Hit Short Greenside Bunker Shots to a Tight Pin: http://ignitiongolf.com/short-greenside-bunker-shots/
Longer pins don’t open the face much and turn faster.
May 18, 2014
Thanks again Paul.
Sorry, i had forgotten all these videos are already available.
Paul ,I believe the m
I am enjoying your tips and have put them into practice. I am getting better with your help. So many times when you are explaining what to do and what NOT to do and WHY not to do, a light bulb pops in my head! Yes of course you are correct. I just wanted to say Thank you for now!!
I have always been an arm hitter, now I am a golfer!!
May 19, 2014
I’m glad you are understanding the swing. I spent years with no answers so when I hear people have a better understanding of it I love hearing it.
I SAW THIS VIDEO ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND SINCE THEN I HAVE RARELY FAILED TO HIT A GREAT SAND SHOT. MY FRIENDS ARE AMAZED AND I HAVE RECOMMENDED YOU MANY TIMES. IT WORKS PERFECT. NOW I NEED TO HIT LONGER AND SHORTER BUNKER SHOTS AND WILL WATCH THE VIDEO. THANKS A MILLION!
Good stuff. Bunker shots really are easy. So many people try to change their swing hitting these shots or they try to hit the sand. Once they stop hitting the ball pops right out.
Here is the bunker tip when the pin is cut close:
May 26, 2014
Paul…You definately didn’t overly state how quick this lesson could be learned. Today after taking two practice swings in the range bunker I headed to my tee time. I found myself in a greenside bunker three times and with my new found skills I got out of each one and actually one putted two of them. I decided to take this new skill to the flop shot and used t successfully several times to my surprise, since I have been having trouble with that shot. This tip and lesson was the greatest and now I will really give it some practice time to fine tune the swing and even vary how much I can open the club face oN different shots. Question: Is it always best to open your stance approximately the same degee as you are opening your CLUBFAC
I never guess or joke about the golf swing. It really is that simple as you found out. The problem people have is that they do a different swing in the bunker. If so, they would have to practice twice as hard. People don’t have time to practice 1 swing never mind 2. If you can use your normal swing and get the ball out consistently why learn another one? I’m glad you see it and are confident with it.
I like the face to be aimed a little right of the target not right at it. I will have to explain why in a future tip but basically yes, your body is left the amount the face is open or thereabouts.
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