Why You Can’t Stop Hitting With Your Arms

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Paul Wilson

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. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

16 Responses to “Why You Can’t Stop Hitting With Your Arms”

  1. Hi Paul In the Drill swinging 50% ,can you swing too slow would swinging 25% stop the hitting with arms sooner. My swing is improving but still can feel myself tensining in arms at follow through position when on course.Stopped slicing ball , my big miss now is pull hook and on these shots i really feel my arms so i know how to fix it but arms creep in 5, 6 times a round so i was wondering practice at 25% might help any thoughts.

    • Barry,

      You need to swing at a level where you are not hitting. I get the feeling your 25% is my 50%. So go even slower. It can only help.

  2. Try just one round. Wow you’re asking a lot, but I think it will be worth it.

    • Gregory,

      Getting people to do something for one round is like pulling teeth. Glad you are going to try it.

  3. Paul ,I subscribe fully to your “POWERLESS ARMS “method ,and (I think but I’m not quite sure !)that’s how I play now .However ,I endeavor to utilize the most I can ,my “fingers ” and my “wrists to improve the whipping action .My wrists and fingers are very ,very loose at the takeaway up to the top of the backswing ,I try at that moment to feel in my right forefinger the weight of the club at the top of the backswing :then starting back in the downswing ,I “activate ” my fingers and my wrists fastest possible to get the clubhead to whip through ,without using the arms
    Is this consistent with your method ?
    I should add that I’m always very ,very straight ,no fading ,no slicing ,occasionally a slight draw ,so utilizing my wrists and fingers doesn’t create havoc to my game ,which is contrary to what most Golf Instructors say !
    This way of playing has added quite some distance to my shots !
    I’m curious to have your comments on this “unorthodox ” method !

    • Paul Wilson

      September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      So feel your hands, arms, fingers etc. to get the club whipping properly then turn them off again once you master it. Some things you may have to train to do the right movement. Just by turning them off it may take you forever to get it. If helping it helps you master it quicker I am all for it.

  4. August 30, 2014


    when lining up a shot, be it iron or hybrid should my eyes be looking at the back of the ball, not the top, and if it is the back, is it at the bottom of the ball, when I’m lining up for a shot.

  5. Hi Paul;
    I’ve seen this tip numerous times before & try to work on it on the range. Why would it make a difference if you try t play that way? When I practice,I start with a lob wedge & move up thru the bag till I get to my driver. When I’m hitting the lob wedge I can do this perfectly & the feeling is amazing but I’m only trying to hit the ball 50 yds. so I’m just shortening my swing & swinging as easy as possible. That’s when I make my best swings. Then I start hitting the lob farther rather than changing clubs & my swing still feels great. After that I normally go to an 8 & that’s when the trouble starts. You’ve told me in the past that at that point I’m thinking “distance.” I’m hitting an 8 125,130 with my best swing. Then when I go to a 6, I don’t hit it any farther than the 8 & it’s driving me nuts. Even though I have a good deal of lag, but I can’t seem to be able to keep my wrists loose enough to give me more speed & no matter how hard I try, I can’t release the club properly by letting my wrists roll over but on the few occasions I do it, I hit a pull. I read, at some point you had a guy in his 80s hitting his driver 250. My carry distance is rarely more than 180 & I only occasionally feel like I’m using my arms. It feels like I’m turning my body faster but it makes no difference in my yardages. It’s gotten to the point that I moved to the senior tees to be able to reach greens in regulation. I’m 61 but you say that shouldn’t make much difference. I take a lesson when I have a specific issue but the pro never tells me I’m swinging to hard so I’m pretty much at a loss.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You are thinking distance with longer clubs. I am thinking power my swing by driving my legs harder. I have said it in the past it an “unmistakable feeling” you are hitting that ball with your legs NOT your arms. I guarantee you cannot say this. You go for a little more power and you do so with (maybe) your legs but your arms as well.

      Keep in mind you are not good at using your legs. Unless you are constantly working on them you will NEVER get it. This is because you have had a lifetime of hitting with your arms. You need to be working on using your legs EVERY night until you are good at it. If you have ever thrown a ball you have done the correct leg action before. In throwing a ball you would drive your legs HARD. In golf you have he ball sitting there. If it is sitting there you will try to hit it. This is natural. The golf swing is unnatural because you have to go against human nature and YOU wanting to hit the object. To master this you need to be CONSTANTLY working on it. Every day. You can just do this in your back yard. Do my favorite drill every night until you are god at it.

      I have tons of drills on this. Make a list and start doing them immediately. Forget where the ball is going and get the distance increased. You can get it in the fairway later. Watch this tip first:

      It’s An Unmistakable Feeling In Your Legs: http://ignitiongolf.com/unmistakable-feeling-legs/

      DRILLS YOU NEED TO BE DOING EVERY NIGHT (focus on these 3 for now):

      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
      DRILL: Swing Up with Driver: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-up-driver/
      DRILL Lift Heel For 2 Weeks: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lift-heel-2-weeks/

      Also, why don’t you just do a Skype lesson with us so we can tell you what you are doing? It is mind boggling to me why people are not using this service. I would be all over it.

  6. August 30, 2014


    I agree with the above comment. The powerless arms work great on wedges, but the longer clubs are not carrying. The driver is just impossible. I have longer shots with my 3 wood. I’m sure it’s just my arms activating since I’m probably mentally trying too hard to get distance rather than letting the club do the work. Also still having trouble taking it to the course. The range I use has mats. When I get on the course I have gotten worse. This spring I was hitting very well with irons, scored a 34 on a par 27 executive course, but now for some reason I’m back up to around 40! Ach, mental block. I must go out on the course and take your suggestion of shooting an entire round at slow speed.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      It is not impossible. You are jut not working on it the right way or working on the right things enough to master it.

      First things first, you MUST MUST MUST get the driver hooking. If you do you are fixing one of the 2 things. If it is hooking you are releasing it. If you are releasing it you are taking one side of the course out of play. Okay, this is at least something that is now happening consistently. How long does this take? No idea. I can get people to release it consistently in 3 balls. Others 300 balls or 3 months. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. What matters is if you are CONSTANTLY AND CONSISTENTLY working on it until you MASTER it. Once you do you are focused ONLY on your body rotation.

      I guarantee right now you are hitting it left, right, left, right and so on. So you have not mastered releasing it which means you have to keep working on both the hands and arms AND the body. Because you are working on 2 things you never master anything so you just spin your wheels. MASTER 1 thing then work on the other.

      So many people out there keep caring about how they are playing. This is truly mind boggling to me. Who cares where you hit it on the course if you are trying to make changes. Watch the ball and it will tell you if you are doing things right or not. Be patient and understand that if you are working on 1 thing you are not going to play well. You will hit some good shots but not all of them will be good. These good shots are telling you what it to come in the future if you keep working on it.

      So focus on the release. Get the hardest club in your bag to release … releasing. Once you can do this. THEN and ONLY THEN start working on body rotation to straighten it out.

      You know you can do this because you did it. Once people do it they think they’ve got it. If you think like this you will go right back to your old swing. You need to be CONSTANTLY working on all of this stuff. Even then you NEVER get it 100% of the time.

  7. August 30, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    Well I’m getting it but it is amazing how hard it is to stop wanting to hit the ball. First I loosened my wrists and really swung without hand input. That took a while. Now I’m working on using my body to drive the arms. That’s going pretty well. Lastly, I’m working on the lower body as the motor. I could not make the leap from lower body driving powerless arms directly. Apparentely, that was too much for my brain to process. Perhaps this is why a lot of folks have so much trouble. Unless your a very good athelete like a pro golfer, it is impossible for the rest of us to get our bodies to do it in one shot. I tell my brain what to do but instinct takes over. It’s like learning a new language. Your asking for us to write an essay and we can barely speak a word. At least for me I need to crawl before I can walk and I’m a decent athlete.


    • Paul Wilson

      September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Think about this from now on … In the past have you not hit that one shot that went 30-50 yards farther than any other shot? I ask this to most of my students. They all answer “yes.” Next, what did you feel when you hit this shot? The all answer “nothing” “effortless””easy”. I am sure you are nodding your head right now. If you are why would you want to swing any other way than this? You hit your best shot with nothing. It was effortless. This is powerless arms!

      So if you are not thinking easy, effortless, nothing on every shot you are doing he opposite to what made you hit the best shot of your life. If you are thinking of the opposite how do you ever think you are going replicate it in the future?

      So, I like what you are saying in your comment. I like how you are working on the lower body. You need to be working on this EVERY night until you are good at it. Use what I just said above as your NEW mental thought when you go to play. You do not care if you hit your best shot. You care if every shot felt easy, like nothing and effortless because these are the feelings associated with your best shot. If you keep saying and feeling this you will keep them turned off and power your shots with your legs and hips.


      Have Good Thoughts: http://ignitiongolf.com/have-good-thoughts/


      It’s An Unmistakable Feeling In Your Legs: http://ignitiongolf.com/unmistakable-feeling-legs/

      Constantly do these drills (every night):

      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
      DRILL: Swing Up with Driver: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-up-driver/
      DRILL Lift Heel For 2 Weeks: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lift-heel-2-weeks/

  8. August 31, 2014


    Paul I watched a segment on Golf Channel with Fred Couples & according to him his swing is all lower body.
    He stated that his body was going as hard as he could & he still hits the driver around 300 yards, so you must have something here.
    When I tske the arms out I do get effortless power.
    Unfortunately I also hit the ball dead right which causes me to go back to the arm swing.
    Any ideas?????


    • Paul Wilson

      September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, Freddy would be a great example of what I teach. See how he is in his 50′s and still hits it a mile?

      If you are hitting it right YOU are not releasing it. Have you not watched these tips?

      DRILL: Smooth Wrist Release: http://ignitiongolf.com/smooth-wrist-release/

      Please Learn How to Hook It: http://ignitiongolf.com/please-learn-hook/

      You need to immediately start hooking it until it never goes right. If so, your release is working and you DO NOT have to keep working on it. You would then be working on using your lower body to power your swing.

      As you add body you may blow it right again. If so, slow down or roll it again to get the wrists unlocked.

      Here is the release progression:

      Driving Hips Too Hard – Release Progression: http://ignitiongolf.com/release-progression/

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