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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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July 2, 2013
This is similar to your “favorite drill” which I have been doing and, indeed, is having an impact. The only issue I have is with loose arms and using my rotating core, I starting topping the ball. Of course, trying to avoid that slows down my rotation, as I am hit downwords.
I don’t creat chicken wings at all, but it seems that when I rotate, the straightening of the left leg, brings me up a bit, which causes the topping.
Any thoughts about it?
Finally a comment: would be nice to have some more course management tips. The ones you did in the past, here and at Revolution, were great.
Thank you for keeping the pressure on us to perfect this swing.
There is no way you should be topping it doing this unless you are going so fast you are coming out of it. This is simple to fix. You just have to get this position in your swing as you turn with loose arms:
Spine Angle Follow Through: http://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-eyes-tilted
If you have this position in your swing you can only top it if your arms buckle. You say they are not buckling so the problem should be solved.
You say you are lifting up when doing the left leg trigger. This means you are not doing the left leg trigger properly. There is not way you should be standing up while doing this trigger. I just did a tip on this:
Great tip Paul. My question is do you feel any resistance in your hips as you are coiling in the takeaway? Do you try to coil the upper body far more than the legs and thus feel a tighter spring? Sorry if you have already covered this. Thanks.
July 3, 2013
Yes, I am resiting the lower body rotation knowing full well that my shoulders will pull my lower body into place. The shoulders move the most so you should be coiling them back around a stable base.
Here are the tips I did on this:
How To Stabilize The Lower Body In The Backswing (belt buckle at ball): http://ignitiongolf.com/stabilize-lower-body/
Be careful. Although you are trying to keep the lower body stable as you turn the shoulders back the head moves and the weight loads.
I think this is a great exercise. It really helps you to start feel the whipping motion.
Glad you see it and like it. I thought this would simplify it for people.
Thanks for continuing your explanations and adding new items for us to understand, they really help. As I progress my swing is improving and I just need the patience to let the body turn happen and bring the arms with the club come around.
Patience is huge. If you have used the arms for a while using the body is totally new. Just realize that hitting is not working. This is new and it is different to what you have been doing. As you get the coordination and experience it becomes easier.
I hit some balls today and I am starting to feel the whipping action.
I am hitting the ball pretty solid, but with the thought of 50% power
I am a bit shorter but really not that much. When I try to speed up
my hips everything goes bad. Do you have a specific drill to speed
Up the hips ?
Paul talks about how he has developed a feeling for 3 different speeds he can dial in. I think that fast should just be about 80% of your quickest turn, then 60, then 40. Full speed I believe is never recommended.
I sure could use something to help me get that greater speed without losing the feeling of the body powering the stroke.
Correct. Top speed should be 80% of your ability. You should never go 100%. If you do you are entering a gray area where the ball could literally go anywhere.
This is the drill you should be doing as hard and as fast as you can:
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
When you do you will get good at firing the legs hard. You will not do it this fast in reality. The point is to do it hard in practice knowing it will gradually increase the rotational speed of the core. If you never do this you will never get it. This is due to wanting to hit and never working on powering the swing with the legs to the degree you need to.
Yes, I have a drill … swing at 50%.
You are not good at this. Keep doing it until you are good at it. Then gradually turn your hips .5mph faster. Get good at that. Then go another .5 mph and so on. You are trying to go full speed when you are not good at it so your arms comes back and it you lose it.
Crawl before you can run. The body only rotates at approx. 2.5 mph. So small increments although imperceptible to the naked eye are huge in the great scheme of things.
Also, you should be doing this drill nightly until you are good at using your legs:
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
This reminds me of your favorite drill before hitting while on the course. I know that I am going to have a good day when I decide to do this little routine a few times before I decide to actually hit the ball. I swing a few times above the ball with a nice body movement that clearly uses all the big muscles in the legs and hips to get the club traveling in a circle. Feeling this axis and focusing on the inner core remaining still as the rest spins around the hub, is a GREAT way to improve play on the course. Do you still subscribe to this as one of your favorites and do you find yourself using this drill during play?
Swinging off the ground is most certainly still my favorite drill. It is still the drill that people try 3 times and stop doing.
I’m glad you are not in this category. Keep swinging above the ball to feel the legs (center core) powering the swing.
Thanks for this great tip. I have recently been swinging about 50% and occasionly feeling that I am momentarily pausing at the top of my backswing. This gives me more time to think “uncoil ” with my lower body first. I am feeling the “letting go ” experience so that is very encouraging for me. I must say that swinging at 50% was essential for me as I am just back playing on the course after an operation for a hernia.Some good does come out adversity!!
But this tip has simplified everything and I shall be practicing this daily.
Thanks once again Paul.
Glad you liked this tip and glad you had an operation that stops you from swinging hard. Now that you have no choice you are seeing how important this is and how the pause allows you to uncoil. These are all great things. Once you are better please stick to this feeling. To get more power is to just turn only the lower body a little faster. I think you get it but just be sure you don’t fall into the trap of hitting harder and harder with the arms.
I’m now playing on THE Golf Course THE “PAUL WILSON “way .not only do I carry THE ball farther and more accurately ,but I tire much less ,as you teach”effortless “golf .
Thank you for this improvement to my already pretty good game.
Now regarding THE wrists ,should they be flat ,bowed or cupped at THE top .
I personally cup my wrists ,then bow THE left one at impact while tightening THE three last fingers to “snap “at THE ball.
What do you recommend doing ?
Glad you are doing even by with my way. I want the lead wrist to be slightly cupped at the top.
I did a tip on it here:
Cupped or Flat: http://ignitiongolf.com/top-backswing-cupped-flat
You do not have to bow the lead wrist coming down. It bows due to the club not being at its widest point at impact.
I did a tip on this here:
Knuckles Down At Impact: http://ignitiongolf.com/knuckles-down-impact
I’ve been experimenting with increasing my coiling motion. I can put more effort to turning back more. Then problem becomes going back. My body gets confused how to uncoil from such a significant coiling up. Your swing looks very natural and balanced. It seems like either I’m overcoiling OR I just need to keep training my body to become comfortable with a greater coil followed by the lower body uncoil. I know it’s hard to comment without seeing me.
Just coil back to the amount you can coil back. It is about the ratio not necessarily how far you are coiling back.
If this is a new thing you are doing you will not be good at it. Maybe you just have to keep doing it a little longer until more coil is what you are used to. I would already have the thought of uncoiling in my mind and ready to go even as I was going back. Once I felt the tightness of the coil, then I would uncoil. Not sure if this uncoil is a crystal clear thought in your mind. I have the feeling you are thinking more of the coil than the uncoil.
Maybe this will help you coil back:
Increase Shoulder Turn (seam on shirt): http://ignitiongolf.com/increase-your-shoulder-turn
Also, make sure you are doing lots of practice swings while working on this. I think this would be the easiest way to get the timing. When you do them just hold the club at approx. knee high. Get it up in the air first then gradually lower the club once are good at it. Then add the ball later.
Your good.please keep the Simple stuff coming.
Can you re do this lesson with a bent over spine.
I have problems letting my wrists swing in the back swing without going over the top on the thru swing.
Thanks. Glad you like it. I can’t quit understand what you were asking.
Here are a bunch of tips I have done on curing the over the top move:
Stop Coming Over the Top: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-stop-over-the-top/
Pull 2 (expanding on it): http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pulling
Remembering How Cure Pulled Shots: http://ignitiongolf.com/remembering-cure-pulled-shots/
This is one of the best tips ever. I got such a great feeling doing the drill this morning, that I went to the driving range at lunch to work on it. I alternated between the drill and hitting balls. Very cool!
What I found is that this drill helps isolate all the moving parts. I hit some really nice shots, but when I didn’t, I zeroed in on two specific problems. The first is that when I initiate the lower body on the downswing, my upper body wants to immediately turn with the lower body. I feel the arms and hands are passive, but I think the left shoulder starts moving too soon and kills any chance of separation. I tried keeping the left shoulder in place as the lower body fires, and that seemed to help. Is that the right thing to do? Anything else to try?
The second problem is that I’m simply firing the lower body too soon such that the upper body hasn’t fully coiled. I’ve always fought that tendency (maybe I want to hit the ball before it moves!?!). I tried counting “one-two-three” on the backswing to get really coiled up with the wrists hinging. Is that the right thing to do? Watching Freddy last weekend, it almost looks like he fully coils, and then continues back just a bit more.
Thanks! This is a great tip series. Looking forward to more!
Glad you liked it. Thanks.
The initial move has to be quick to get ahead of the upper body. Just remember that when you do this your whole upper body would be tilting behind the ball so manually tilt your upper body behind the ball when you do this to get a feel for it. If you never lean left in the downswing you will never pull it. So if you have to help it a little then do so until you are good at making the transition with the lower body.
To get the right amount of shoulder rotation do this:
This is what I do. Then there is no guessing. You do not want to be moving 2 directions at once. If you are thinking like this it will do more hard than good. I did a tip on it here:
Should You Be Moving 2 Directions At Once?: http://ignitiongolf.com/2-directions/
July 8, 2013
I am having a problem with pull hooking the golf ball. I try to maintain the no arms through my swing but sometimes the ball gets pulled to the left. Can you help me figure out what I am doing wrong with your swing.
Here are 4 tips I did on pulling:
Body Tilt – Left Right: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pulling
You can find these by searching the red nav bar under “Cures”
July 10, 2013
Is there a way to measure THE hip Speed ?If you want to increase it ,there has to be a way to monitor THE improvement !
July 11, 2013
I have an app for hip speed but not sure how accurate it is. It’s called: Golf MTRx. Great interface. Haven’t used it enough to determine how accurate it is.
July 23, 2013
Great videos, your free videos helped me alot with my game!
I have a question now though. While doing the golf swing in the air, much like in the video above, everything feels great, my wrists feels like they are hinging and unhinging perfectly the club feels heavy as you mentioned before and it really feels like i have great clubhead speed. But now the problem, my brain can’t really comprehend changing my golfswing when setting up at the ball. When I’m looking at the ball I really can’t start the downswing with my hips and i tense up in my arms and the ball flys all over the place. Have you got any tips for how I can think or help my brain overcome my trained golf swing? Keep in mind I have only been playing golf since May this year so my swing can’t be that locked in my muscle memory 🙂
Once again, great videos!
July 24, 2013
Glad you like the tips. I appreciate the feedback.
You brain is thinking hit the ball instead of doing the positions and looking for the feedback telling you that you are doing the positions. So when you go to play you forget your score and you forget distance. Your thought is hit the ball hold it and check it. Once you have done this long enough you can eliminate these thoughts but for now you are trying to take it to the course so you have to at least try it.
It’s best to do this by yourself late a night. Put a few balls in your pocket and hit multiple shots if you feel it is necessary until you do it right.
In order to get this fast you need to do what Lance is doing. That is doing lots of practice swings at home on a nightly basis. My technique gives you very precise positions all with feedback to tell if you are doing them right. So, focus on grip, setup and follow through for right now. Master these firs and you should be hitting some good shots. Then on to coiling in the backswing, moving your head to keep the spine angle and then hinging your wrists. Do 25-50 practice swings at home each night (if you can do more do more). If you can do them in a mirror or window use it to check your positions. Your goal is to do the positions like I am doing them (I cannot do them better than you). If you do you will look like a pro. Pros have the right fundamentals. Get the right fundamentals and you will play great golf.
How To Take Your Swing From The Range To The Course http://ignitiongolf.com/swing-range/
What to think about when playing golf: http://ignitiongolf.com/playing-what-to-think
And do this drill for right now:
DRILL: Touch Legs Touch Head: http://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-sequence-drill/
September 7, 2013
Hi, Paul –
I know you told me not to be confused but I am confused about the wrists. I’ve watched several of your videos where you focus on the wrists and just have a question I’m quite sure you can answer.
I have been under the impression that we weren’t supposed to roll the wrists in the swing but you have exercises (which I’ve been doing) in which we roll the wrists. Are these just exercises or do we actually roll the wrists in the swing (which I assume we do)? I have actually tried to keep them from not rolling in my swing. Am I losing swing speed?
September 8, 2013
You are rolling the wrists purposely to get them loose and if you are putting slice spin on your shots. If you are slicing it how you are ever going to hit the ball straight if you don’t do something about it? Just loosening will not do it because most people have no clue what this feels like or how loose they need to be. So to save time I want them rolling it from the top of the backswing immediately as they start down. There is no way you can do this without manually doing it. So you roll, roll, roll and hook, hook, hook until you get rid the slice spin. At the same time you are doing that you are unlocking your wrists because if the wrists are tight you are going to slice it.
Once you no longer put slice spin on the ball you no longer manually roll the wrists. You just let them be loose. Hopefully, you have rolled them enough that they do this on their own without you rolling them. If so, you are then focused on powerless arms and using the lower body to power the swing.
You need to be rolling the wrists until you are good at it. Focus on rolling them. Focus on making this rolling action smooth. I did a tip on this here:
Drill – Smooth Wrist Release: http://ignitiongolf.com/smooth-wrist-release/
Thank you very much Paul. I’ll keep working at it.
October 3, 2013
I recently had a 3 hour lesson in Toronto with Mark (Swing Machine Instructor for Canada). Unfortunately, I’m more confused than ever. I asked him about the circular body rotation during the take-away and he said the club stays in front of my body along the toe line and not around the body as described in the video above. Does the club swing around the body, or does it swing up and down infront of the toe line?
Thank you for your time,
That tip is not even about the takeaway. I was describing how your arms are connected to your body. If you turn your body your arms will move because they are connected to one another. If you use your hands as soon as you take the club back you are going to break the letter Y.
I think Mark was generalizing in the fact that the club is going back on a slight arc. The only way it could go straight back is by picking up the club which no teaching in the world would teach you to do.
So the club is going to go on a slight arc for approx. the first 2 feet (not exactly straight back) but it is doing so because of your body rotation not because you are using your hands in any way.
I did 2 tips on the takeaway here:
One Piece Takeaway: http://ignitiongolf.com/master-one-piece-takeaway
One-Piece Takeaway Drill: http://ignitiongolf.com/one-piece-takeaway-drill/
October 4, 2013
Sorry about the confusion, but would I be able to coil up like a baseball swing as long as I leave my arms powerless?
You are going to coil the shoulders like in baseball (although to 90 degrees because you don’t have to watch the pitcher in golf). Once the club gets to parallel to the target line you are literally lifting the club up into position. If you don’t you will get trapped too deep and too far inside. From here, the backswing will most likely be too flat or crossing the line at the top if you don’t lift it up.
Once you have lifted the club up it will go there in the future with powerless arms (in no way am I thinking of lifting it up there). So yes, you are feeling arms at first lifting the club up. Once you get used to doing his you are then not thinking of doing this and allowing it to go up there through the rotation of your body. Hopefully, this explains it better for you.
Halfway Back: http://ignitiongolf.com/halfway-back
DRILL: Half back and up: http://ignitiongolf.com/half-back-and-up
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