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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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October 11, 2012
This is the tip that helped me finally put it all together. I was doing a good job of turning the arms off, but because they were disconnected and powerless my body was rotating and it felt like I was leaving the arms way behind the body in the downswing. The result was a nasty block slice. After I made the change in this tip I instantly started hitting it straight and with incredible distance (290 yards with driver). Not sure how I missed this tip the first time through, but I’m glad I found it.
I am still occassionally hitting high fades and low cuts on my mishits with driver and 3 wood, but the result is not terrible. This doesn’t happen with my irons. Any thoughts? I suspect you’ll say that I’m not getting the weight off of my right foot soon enough with these longer clubs.
October 12, 2012
Adam, I’m glad you found this one. Yes, you can drive the lower body too hard and become disconnected.
Low fades and cuts you are trying to hit it too hard. This locks your wrists and leaves the face open. So roll the wrists over a few times, loosen up and focus on the body to hit the shot. Stay within yourself. If you play with fire you have to expect to get burned.
October 27, 2012
When I stay connected I find it difficult to maintain the powerless arms & wrists…tendency is to tense up slightly…any suggestions on staying connected with the arm pits against side of chest & keeping arms & wrists powerless?
October 28, 2012
Harvey, If you are finding it difficult to keep the arms powerless when trying to stay connected you are trying to connect too tightly. It is a slight pressure. If you jam this into your side you may lock up. Check your pressure and don’t force it.
Great tip, I have seen it about 4-5 times before and I have to agree with one of the two comments above and dis-agree with the other (not saying he was wrong, just different for me). First off when I finally stayed connected it also came together for me. Secondly for me, when I stayed connected it was much easier to turn off the arms. It is funny how many times I have seen this video, yet managed to continue swinging with the arms. After viewing it last night, I went to practice this A.M. And had the best session ever! I think of it as opening and closing a door with my upper body while using the lower body for power.
Thanks for the review, it made all the diifernce in the world for me!
Mike, I wondered where you went.
This is a huge part of the swing. People often try to over do it and keep it too tight. Doing so will certainly affect their swing.
Keep at it. I like breakthroughs.
November 4, 2012
Paul, which swing is preferred the, higher or flatter one?
November 5, 2012
Barry, I like the swing which is slightly above the shoulder line at the top not flat. Why? Because the best players of all time used this type of swing.
December 31, 2012
You mention in the above video that if you have a higher plane (two plane)swing that the arm slides up a little.
In the downswing does that mean the left arm slides backdown on the inside but still stays connected? Also is that dependant on whether you have a one plane (lower) or two plane swing?
Hope to hear from you soon.
If you fire the lower body the arm will be compressed against the pec muscle. The clubshaft will flatten due to mass trying to swing at 90 degrees to the axis (body).
Flatten Plane 1: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane
Flatten Plane 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane-2
It is not dependent on plane. It is dependent on starting the body rotation first. If you start the body rotation the mass will follow. This will cause the flattening no matter what swing you are using.
January 1, 2013
Many thanks for the quick reply.
August 11, 2013
Hi paul, I’m trying to get my swing above the shoulder line like you mentionned, but every time I do (its fell wrong)and i get a wrong swing, those that mean I’m more comfortable on a flatter swing or I’m a just doing it wrong. I’m not a tall person will that effect the swing plane?
This is a major change and will take time. It took me 2 weeks. All I did to get it was nightly practice swings watching for the whole clubshaft above my head from the front view while looking in a mirror. I also felt the right arm untuck from the side of my body. If you do this too for 2 weeks or so straight you should become comfortable with it.
If you still can’t get it just just be a little flat. You can still do a great swing being a little flat. I just don’t see any long drivers doing this swing plus my experience doing this swing had me losing power, hitting pushes and duck hooks. I prefer the lead arm to be slightly above the shoulder line. I would keep at it if I were you but you will have to make this decision.
August 15, 2013
Thank you for the reply Paul, I will for sure work on it until I get more comfortable!
September 1, 2014
As many others have stated this is a great lesson. My question is not with the shoulders and arms being connected in the back swing (this i could follow and execute fairly well and consistently), but with the downswing. Are the arms lagging the shoulders, or are they connected?
Yes, your left armpit would be tightly connected. The right arm is tucking so it will not be connected until later in the downswing.
You might want to watch this:
Too Flat: http://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-are-you-too-flat
Back Elbow: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-right-elbow
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