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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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August 12, 2012
When i first saw the title of your video i got excited, thinking it was going to address right eye dominance when putting. I am very right eye dominant and when i stand over a putt I tend to aim way right of my target. I have a hard time making an adjustment because, dependant on slope, it isn’t always the same amount of varience. I would be interested in what has worked for the majority of your students with a similar problem. Thanks in advance.
August 13, 2012
Jim, in 20 years of teaching golf not one person has mentioned this. We all have a dominant eye when putting and/or swinging. Off the top of my head I am thinking of using the alignment stick threaded through your belt loops like I did in the tip I posted on RG. With the stick on the hips you can check your alignment on straight putts first. You may be mis-aligned on regular putts. If you are it will effect the other putts too. So make sure you are aligned square or a little open. with the lower body. Shoulders should be square (you could even have someone check this for you). Then hit sloped putts with it and see how off you align. It may be a simple as you having to remember how much you compensate on various putts and their slope.
I never really think about it and I am totally right eye dominant. I am thinking of the right hand making a throwing motion. Hopefully, you have seen my putting video. If you have you should be focused on your target and make the motion towards the target. If you do you should be able to get the ball pretty close regardless of being perfectly aligned or not. Make sure you try my putting technique and check your alignment too.
The Secret to Great Putting: http://ignitiongolf.com/putting-stroke
It’s wonderful to know that I am one of a kind. lol
One more bit of information and question. I currently use a belly putter and wonder if that changes anything about your philosophy on the underhand throwing of the ball feel of the putting stroke? Thanks again.
August 14, 2012
I have not really used on for any period of time. From just grabbing one in trying it in the pro shop I think you can still do the right hand throwing motion with this putter. If you are not doing a grip where the palm is to the target think of what is facing the target (fingers, thumb, side of hand etc.) and focus on that moving to the target. The whole idea is to take your mind off of the putter head and get you thinking of the target.
OK Guru, your esp again hit the spot. I am Left Eye dominate. I always thought I was right eye dominate! My short game sufferes the most. I hit behind the ball on pitches and chips and blade the ball in sand shots. Do you have any suggestions???
If you are hitting behind the ball you have too much weight on your back foot at impact. Turn your lower body and allow the weight to shift off this foot with pitches.
How to Pitch: http://ignitiongolf.com/pitch-ball
When chipping you need to set up with at least 70% of your weight on the left foot.
How to Chip: http://ignitiongolf.com/chipping-how
Blading your sand shots is from you trying to hit the ball or scoop it out of the bunker. In doing so your arms are buckling causing the club to come off the ground.
Bunker Technique: http://ignitiongolf.com/bunker-shots
Body and Club Alignment: http://ignitiongolf.com/bunker-setup
Dear Guru, I thought my miss hits was because of me being left eye dominate. In the backswing, it seems i loose sight of the ball, as you described in the your Tip. I really work on your teaching of how to preform the different shots and cures. I wanted to know if the eye thing was causing the miss hits and any suggestions for my short game besides the one you gave on the Tip above. Thank you in advance. Have Fun.
August 15, 2012
Dennis, If you are losing sight of the ball you are lifting up as you go back. You should be tilted enough to still see the ball. So make sure you tilt more but no so much that you clearly see your feet. If you see them from your peripheral that’s fine but I don’t want you clearly seeing them.
More tips on the short game can be found be going to red nav bar at the top of the page. Search Full Swing > pick any topic. All the tips are under each section. This is why I designed the site this way so you could find tips for each section easily.
August 2, 2014
I’m left eye dominant as a left handed golfer. I have the same question for putting rather than the swing. Do you use your dominant eye to read putts or both equally? When I read a putt I actually read it a little from the side of the ball if there’s a break in either direction rather than straight behind it to see the break. If I think the putt will break left to right, I look for the line from a slight angle from the right & vice versa for a putt breaking right to left. Is this how you do it or do you read from straight behind the ball?
August 4, 2014
I am not even thinking dominant eye when putting. I’m sure I do read loo through this eye because it is my dominant eye. I am doing what I naturally do. There is no magical way to read greens. It is experience, understanding as well as calculating and guessing. If you can see the break doing it this way and you are a good putter then keep doing it. If you do it this way and keep getting the beak wrong then I would be looking from behind it.
Another excellent lesson ,Paul :I always play with a large Australian leather hat,so the “brim of the hat “tip is useful to me .However,I never look at the ball “per se” ,I think you already said in another video that no one should be “ball bound “,the ball just happens to be there ,on the path of your swing .
You pick it up on the way through when swinging .
I use the” AIM POINT “technique whatever shot I play ,be it chipping ,putting ,pitching ,full shot :I look at a point 4 to 6 inches in front of the ball ,target Wise ,and I never “look at ” the ball .This way I accelerate in the ball and I’m sure I move my body forwards .
Glad you liked it. Different people look at different things. If you are moving your head in the backswing to load the weight and not losing your spine angle when you hit the ball I am okay with what you are doing. Not sure looking ahead of the ball is making you swing any better though.
Wow I am left eye dominant and was not aware of the effect it has on my back swing! I am now very aware of the head not moving back to the correct position and I really have to exaggerate it to get back. It also accounts for the difficulty I have in touching my left leg as the incorrect move back works against a crisp hip turn as it causes me to move the left leg sideways instead of back! I have found another way to work on this problem by simply using your helicopter move with my driver across my shoulders it takes me back to where I am looking at the ball with my left eye when fully coiled.
Great input had no idea of the problem.
Glad you found this is an issue with your swing. People who are left eye dominant really have some work to do to move their head. I feel weird but if you keep doing it the feeling goes away after a while. My helicopter drill certainly gets the head moving because as I have said to create circular rotation you need and axis to move around. So doing this drill will get the head moving automatically. Adding the ball gets it stuck over top of the ball. If you can do the drill and visually see how the ball should look once you hit the top then apply this very feeling and visual to your actual swing. I will do a tip on this. I think it’s important.
I heard many years ago that Jack Nicklaus was left-eyed, and that this was the reason he cocked his head to the left as a key in taking the club back.
Any truth to that? And would doing so help with the issues you raised?
This may very well be why he did that. I would suspect it was from years of Jack Grout holding his head still. I really don’t like this because it tilts you towards the target in the backswing. We all know Jack used his legs to start the downswing. In doing so he got his body moving first which flattened the plane from severely steep going back to close to on plane in the downswing. Unfortunately, most amateurs do not use their lower body to start the downswing. With no lower body and just arms whacking at it is causes the club to swing severely over the top. I like people to move their head going back even if they are left eye dominant. This loads the weight into the back leg like you would do in any other sport naturally. Due to the ball being stationary in golf you have to tell and train yourself to move it. Once you do it is much easier to get the legs moving in the downswing. In other words, move your head in the backswing.
Yes this tip is really important! I already see and feel a big difference
when I feel like I am looking at the ball with my left eye I am getting 10
yards more by sighting a line to the back of the ball with an exaggerated
right tilt of my head. I was born left handed and my poor parents actually
tied my left hand down to force me to use the right hand as they believed
we all live in a right handed world! I had trouble hitting when I went out
for baseball and did not make the team. I did better with boxing as my left
jab was very strong. Wow this tip is extraordinary really has me thinking.
Keep up the good work!
Best Jay Jay
August 6, 2014
Thanks. This is very important. I had a guy once who could do the move of the head when I worked with him. When he came back for the next lesson his head was tilted the wrong way again. This went on for 15 lessons. I finally have him do a left handed swing (it never dawned on my he may be left handed because he was about an 8hdcp). Sure enough he was and did the move perfectly left handed. Unfortunately, he did no want to switch so I assumes he is still doing it wrong to this day. Oh well. I have another guy right now who fixed it who was a lefty. He worked on it every day for 5 weeks to break the habit. So if you want to fix it just start doing it but do it constantly and consistently until you master it. You can do it.
August 27, 2014
Hi Paul, I’m a new member and love the web site. Last night I watch your video on the follow through with the knees touching and rolled up on the back toe. I am 63 years old and have had two back surgeries. Therefore I have a difficult time with a complete turn and touching the knees completely in the follow through. Also I have some difficulty in getting a good shoulder turn in the backswing. Would you have any suggestion for me on turning? By the way I’m a left handed golfer and I’m right eye dominate….thanks for this tip.
thanks Steve Boone
You are going to have to try to do the best you can. I want the legs touching so you can repeat exactly the same position every day, every shot, forever. If you cannot get all the way around you will have to check it more than others because those able to touch can just feel them touching. Also, realize that not coming around may cause you to push it a little.
Limited Hip Turn? Power Is No Problem: http://ignitiongolf.com/limited-hip-turn/
Here are a couple of tips on shoulder turn:
Limited Shoulder Turn? Power Is No Problem: http://ignitiongolf.com/limited-shoulder-turn/
Increase Shoulder Turn (seam on shirt): http://ignitiongolf.com/increase-your-shoulder-turn/
I don’t turn to 90 degrees and my driver average is 281 using my GAME GOLF unit. It is about the ratio of torque you create and how fast you uncoil it not necessarily how far you turn your shoulders back.
Hopefully, these tips help you out. I would really be concentrating on loose wrists too. You really need their whipping action to potentially make up for other power losses.
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