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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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November 22, 2013
How much of an increase in swing speed can be expected when doing this drill for two weeks?
November 23, 2013
This would depend on how fast you increase the leg drive as well as how lose your wrists are plus other factors. When I first did this I saw a 50+ yard increase. This was when I was 15 or 16. From that point on I never stopped doing it.
Power: How I Got Power In My Swing: http://ignitiongolf.com/power-dig-foot-in/
i WOULD PRESUME,THAT IF BY LIFTING MY RIGHT HEEL,I THEN LOSE MY BALANCE AND I SEEM TO SWAY TO THE LEFT AND,NOT TURN,HOW DO I CORRECT THIS??? STIFFEN THE LEFT LEG,OR JUST NOT TURN (SWAY) AS FAST??
You need to be turning. The weight should be sifting on its own due to you getting on the very tip of you right big toe. You should not be immediately shifting the weight to this forward leg. It is a turn not a lean.
Weight Distribution: http://ignitiongolf.com/weight-distribution
Paul,Lifting the left Heel comes naturally if you
(a) move your Weight from the back leg to the front leg
(b) rotate fully your hips
If this was the case why are 90+ percent of all golfer flat footed when they hit the ball. Surely, there can’t be that many people not shifting and turning. Unfortunately, the great majority of people do not turn nor shift. I need them to manually lift the heel.
Sorry ,I should have written the right Heel ,of course !
Hi Paul, when you say to touch the legs are you not saying to shift the weight to the left side and so why not just put your weight on the left side. Also, other sites all say a short lateral move left then a turn to clear the hips. Does touching the legs or pushing off on the right foot the same thing? But how can it be? Thanks Michelle
I do not have to tell you to shift your weight. You are going to end up on the very tip of your back big toe when you are finished right? If so, your weight would have had to have shifted. See, I can make things happen without you even thinking about it. If you are thinking about shifting when are you thinking about turning. Remember, you only have 1/4 of a second from the top to impact. You blink your eyes in .33 of a second.
I would assume this might be a good routine to follow during a round where you take some practice swings before you actually set up to hit the ball. Similar to practice swings with rolling your wrists early to help square the club when you take your actual swing, I would think the feeling of lifting your right heal during practice swings has a better chance of carrying through to the actual swing.
This would be a good thing to do in practice swings to get you feeling your leg drive. Give it a shot.
Why does the heel come off the ground more with the driver and less with irons.
Because you are driving your legs harder trying to hit it 300 yards.
December 1, 2013
Paul, Silly question, but do you notice more creases in the front toe of your right shoe than the left one. My new shoes are very different looking after a month of use. I am concentrating on touching my knees and can lift my right toe after shots. Does that seem to make sense to you?
I do notice this but I use this the right foot/toe to trigger my swing. If you are getting on the very tip of your back toe then you do not need to worry about it (unless it is really wearing out compared to the other one). This occurs because there is a bend in this shoe just before you get onto the tip of the toe. The left foot never bends like this so it looks quite new when compared to the right.
March 7, 2014
Looking for more distance I did the heel lift drill for about two hours yesterday. I mean LIFT I made sure my right toe was the only part of my foot on the ground ann turned my hips as fast as I could.
Now getting late out here in San Diego I loaded up and went to an open hole tee on a par five. Lined up took a practice swing with the big heel lift and turn addressed the ball and swung!
I hit the ball well over 200 yards about 60 yards right so far out of bounds over trees and into a parking lot adjacent to the course!
Unbelievable I have not sliced or faded the ball in the last six months. I teed up a second ball slowed everything down and hit again same thing out of bounds. Took some slow breaths tried again out of bounds into the parking lot?
Got off the course too late to go back to the range went home growling.
What have I done? Heading to the now new day but do not know what to expect?
March 8, 2014
1. You did a drill for 2 hours thinking you got it.
2. You worked on your swing on the course.
3. You did not know that the face was open as you hit these shots.
4. You increase only the rotational speed of your body without rolling the wrists first (I recently did a tip on this).
Watch: Release Progression: http://ignitiongolf.com/release-progression/
5. You cared about missing 2 shots.
So roll never do this again. Roll your wrists first and get it hooking. Then and only then do you try to increase the rotational speed of your body so it matches your new release.
Work on this on the range NOT on the course.
January 7, 2015
I was just wondering how I know when I am using my hips correctly. I have been practicing many of the rotational drills for weeks. Also I turn my hips quickly and eventually they stop turning in the downswing so my upper body can catch up. What am I doing wrong?
That’s great you are working the hips but are you working on the Touch the Legs position? If you were trying to take your back leg and physically touch your forward leg why would not get to the ending point? You wouldn’t. So you not only need to start down by moving the hips but you need to work on the ending point (Touch the Legs Position) so you go to the exact same position each time.
Also, keep in mind that your hips do actually stop in the golf swing just after you hit the ball. From there the start moving again and complete the follow through touching the legs position.
Impact Hip Rotation (at camera): http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-hip-rotation/
Also, here is how you can tell if you are powering your swing with your legs and hips or not.
Advanced – Driving Hips Check: http://ignitiongolf.com/driving-hips-check/
Also, if you are arms are coming in you would be pulling it. This is due to your whole body tilting left in the downswing. When you fire the lower body it is like hitting an accelerator on a car. This leg drive forces your upper body to angle behind the ball in the downswing. The harder you drive them the more angle you create:
Impact Tilt With Different Clubs: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-tilt-different-clubs/
I would think that as you are driving your hips you are immediately shifting your weight to the forward leg in the downswing. If so, you will come way over the top. You do not shift the weight immediately. It is a gradual shift.
Weight Distribution: http://ignitiongolf.com/weight-distribution
I have a bunch of tips on curing a pull if you are pulling:
Pull 2 (expanding on it): http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pulling
Stop Coming Over the Top: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-stop-over-the-top/
Body Tilt – Left Right: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pulling
Cures – Manually Tilt To Stop Pulling: http://ignitiongolf.com/manually-tilt-cure-pull/
Remembering How Cure Pulled Shots: http://ignitiongolf.com/remembering-cure-pulled-shots/
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