This Is The Best Drill You Should Be Doing Right Now

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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+

75 Responses to “This Is The Best Drill You Should Be Doing Right Now”

  1. Hi Paul, I can turn my hands and arms off, but it feels like I turn off my hip turn as well. It seems that’s not right. Should I just concentrate on turning off hands and arms for now, and if hip turn turns off, just keep working on it?

    Frank

    • Yes, keep trying to hit shots with the arms turned off. Get used to it. Then gradually increase only the rotational speed of your body.

  2. Paul

    playing and practicing….If you are trying to improve with your method, how do you integrate the drill as practice and still play? Should you just work on the drill, even though its not “integrated” yet

    Thanks

    Dom

    • Dom, you are going to do this drill when on the range. When you go to the course you are going to swing no harder than about 80% if you are a better player and 50% if you are a poorer player. This way you will tone it down on the course as well.

  3. Paul, I am surprised you did not mention when practicing this drill uncoil from the bottom not just swing with the arms. I have been following your Swing Machine Golf for over a year now. I have stopped reading the golf magazines with all the “experts” giving different methods of swing the golf club. I now have only one teacher. You’re the man. Keep it up.

    Peter

    • Peter, I may have forgotten. I think I was just totally into getting this tip done. I did it in a past tip but wanted a standalone tip to send people who are having problems taking the arms out of the swing.

      Thank you for your support. I truly appreciate it.

  4. July 31, 2012

    JaySchwarz

    Hey Paul,

    You often use the analogy of twirling a weight on a string. I was practicing the other day, and got to wondering where you think the precise center of swing should be?

    I’m working very hard on your technique, and am getting better at turning off the arms, but I still manage to get over the top a bit, especially under pressure. As I initiate the downswing with the proper lower body motion, I’m trying to lock into a feeling for the upper body. Even with a good lower body turn and passive arms, I still manage to do different things with my torso to mess it up.

    Hence the question on what is the epicenter of a good swing? Hope this makes sense.

    • August 2, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Jay, I am not seeing your body as flat. I am seeing your body as a cylinder or circular. Just imagine a big tube overtop of your body. The center would be the center of the tube. The spine would be off center to the one edge of the tube.

      I think you really have to see the coil and uncoil. You are good enough. You just have to get the move to repeat. Coiling and uncoiling repeats. As you keep focusing on this your arms will keep relaxing because you are never trying to hit anything.

      So coil back with a stable lower body. Feel the stretch in the left side. Once you feel the stretch … uncoil.

  5. August 27, 2012

    barrybower

    In doing this drill are we concentrating on just hitting easy ,will we automatically use lower body or do we do both swing easy and try physically to start lower body first .

    • August 28, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      This drill will get the arms and any hitting out of your golf swing. You cannot hit it hard and keep it short of your actual distance. If you feel you are using your arms then do this drill constantly until you are good it it. I can do it instantly on the very first ball will all clubs including driver. If you can do this you do not have to work on this drill anymore.

      You are not even thinking body here. You are thinking to hit it easy. If you turn your arms off completely you will have to use your body because you have no other way to hit it.

  6. May 31, 2013

    Jos

    Paul, thanks for recommending me this tip. I already started practising with very good results. Hitting nice and easy is the key to get great results.

    • Jose,

      Glad you liked it and tried it. Most people cannot do this drill. If you can do it you are on your way to taking the arms out. Keep doing it and keep letting the arms relax. Then once you are good at it turn only the lower body a little faster to get more power. Then do it again and you will be at top speed.

  7. August 30, 2013

    BarryReeder

    Paul, I purchased your Swing Machine Golf book in April. I worked through every chapter with good results but still have a lot of work to do. I have been an ‘arm swinger’ for 10 years so this drill is certainly a challenge. I just started it last week and already having moderate success hitting my 7 iron 100 yards. However, could you please clarify something for me? I am rotating my lower body but I still feel like I’m still ‘swinging my arms’, I’m just swinging them slower/easier. Is this acceptable or should I feel nothing in my arms? Again, I just started the drill last week. Thanks for everything, Paul…you’ve made a huge difference in my swing and I quit listening to other instructors.
    Barry

    • August 31, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Barry,

      If you are at the stage where you have worked on my positions and you feel like you are trying to put it all together you need the arms powerless. This does not mean they are flopping all over the place. It means you are not trying to hit or help the shot in any way with your arms. They are connected to your body. They will move when you uncoil.

      If you are only hitting your 7 iron 100 yards there is work to do. I would be doing my swing positions every night in a mirror making sure they are perfect. Start with grip, setup and follow through. Stick to this for quite a while until you are good at it. These positions alone should have you hitting it better than you even have in your life. Get used to them. The start working on coiling and hinging into the backswing until they are perfect too. At this stage it is about about swinging from point A to point B with powerless arms. Stick with it. It seems like you want to get better. With a little effort you will make some important changes to your swing that will allow you to hit some great shots. Once you see them you will never want to stop seeing them.

      • September 2, 2013

        BarryReeder

        Paul, thanks for taking the time to answer my question. Just FYI, I can hit my 7 iron 140 to 150 yds using my arms. I am trying to hit it only 100 yards like in your drill by taking my arms out of the swing and using only a slow rotation of my hips. I am getting much better at that. Anyway, you answered my question. I can’t feel like I’m just ‘hitting he ball easier with my arms’ in this drill. Got to rotate the lower body slower for a smooth, easy, no arms swing. Thanks again, Paul.

        • September 2, 2013

          Paul Wilson

          Barry,

          Okay this is good you are just trying to hit it 2/3 of your normal 7 iron. Stick to this until it does not feel like it is difficult to do. If you told me to do it I can do it on the first ball. I don’t have to try it 5 times before I can do it. Once you are at this level you are then in control of your swing so gradually start to turn faster. Get used to it then go faster again. When you do you should be hitting it farther than your old shots.

  8. September 28, 2013

    richmosney

    HEY HEY PAUL,THAT ADVICE IS ALL VERY WELL AND GOOD,BUT WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND TO STOP A DOWNSWING,POST IMPACT SWAYING-(NOT TURNING) RATHER THAN ON THE BACKSWING?? IN OTHER WORDS,BY PUSHING OFF MY RIGHT BIG TOE AND FOOT DURING THE DOWNSWING,I FIND THAT I SWAY,NOT TURN,AND MY HEAD MOVES PAST THE BALL AND LEAD (LEFT ) LEG…SUGGESTIONS,OTHER THAN USING A GUILLOTINE TO REMOVE MY HEAD-HAHA

    • September 29, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Rich,

      If you are moving left and ahead of the ball when pushing from the back instep you are not doing it right. It’s not a lateral motion. It is a turn. Just pick up a ball and throw it overhand. I guarantee you will not move too much laterally if you do this. You will feel the weight on the back instep and you will use this weight to turn your body. So do this throwing motion a few times and get used to it (with a 7 iron stance). Then apply it to your shots. If you still cannot do this maybe you should think about a different downswing trigger.

  9. September 30, 2013

    BarryHooper

    Hello Paul, Thanks for fixing the glitch. I have practised the above tip this morning and hit about 150 balls with my 7 iron. Normal distance is about 140/50yds and I had a practice green at 100yds away and did the easy swing. The feeling from the beginning was SO good and easy and hit the green right away. I felt I could hit balls like this all day. Like you say you won’t want to hit balls any other way. I’m just afraid it won’t happen again tomorrow. I was aware of my backswing using the connected tip to the wrist hinge and then I was not conscious of the downswing, only finishing with my weight on my left side and the club parallel with my ears and the ball going straight to the small green. I reckon 2/3rds of the balls landed on the green and a few to each side. Do you think this can continue? Thank you so much for your teaching ability.

    Regards Barry Hooper

    • September 30, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Barry,

      Just always start off hitting your shots slow and easy gradually building up to top speed with the body rotation. This is how you don’t lose it because you wil always be remembering that effortless feeling.

  10. October 2, 2013

    BobODell

    thanks for all the tips. I have back problems and am 67. I recently retired and started to play golf on a regular basis and took some lessons on stack and tilt and it didn’t work and I started using your approach and feel much better. I’m still trying to learn the concept of passive arms but I hit pushes and sometimes slices-club face is open . I have looked at your videos on cures and will contine to practice those tips. However it seems that when I rotate, my arms and hands stay behind, hence the open club face. I have tried to roll my wrists earlier but then that get’s me thinking about my hands and arms again and thet don’t remain passive. Are there any additional drills to focus on? I certainly am doing much better with your approach and will continue to practice. Thanks Bob

    • October 2, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Bob,

      When you do the roll over drill you will feel your arms. This is a drill. It is designed to get you manually rolling the clubface closed so you no longer leave it open. Once you do this enough times you then train this to occur without thinking of it. At this point you can turn them back off and they will still roll. This may take a few shots, a few buckets, days or weeks. For people taking weeks I would think they are doing it wrong because this should not take that long at all.

      Getting ahead of it like this is telling me you are trying to drive the hips hard which is fine but if you take this approach you are going to have to do the roll over drill and hit lots of hooks. This will catch the arms back up to the speed the body is rotating at. This will allow you to keep the power you are swinging at instead of having to slow down your rotation and build it up slowly.

      So, keep driving the legs as fast as you are. This is not your main thought though. Your main thought is to roll the wrists right from the top of the backswing. As you do this you will feel your arms but more importantly feel what this rolling feels like. I would also be doing this at home at night and even when you play knowing that I need repetitions of the movement to make it stick.

      Now, after you are getting is consistently hooking. I am talking 99.9% of your shots with hook spin you are ready to make the switch to the legs. So, you switch the thought. You relax the arms and focus on starting the downswing with the legs. As you hit your first shot you watch it. If it goes left you need the legs to start sooner (more legs). If the ball pushes or push fades you drove them to hard or you have not rolled it enough that you are used to the feeling. So on the next shot you still drive the legs but not quite as hard. Watch your next shot. If one still goes right immediately go back to rolling it. I say this because I need you to stop hitting this shot out to the right. So hook about 5 more shots then try again. So right now it will be back and forth between them until you have this wrist release mastered. I get the impression you are close because it is so rare when someone is getting the lower body too far ahead of the arms. Get the release and you should hit it better than ever.

  11. October 7, 2013

    Raoul Bintner

    Hi Paul
    I love this one. I was alone on the course last night and played 9 nine holes this way. Great feeling !
    Raoul

    • October 8, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Raoul,

      This is a great drill. Everyone no matter how good or bad should do this from time to time. I hope you’re doing well.

  12. November 5, 2013

    DerekReveley

    Paul,
    I recently saw a tip/drill of yours which worked well for me. This concerned 2 thoughts where we focus on the club head going back and the belt buckle on the downswing. I need to freshen up on this but cannot now find the tip. Can you help or give the name of the tip so I can retrace it.Thanks

  13. December 31, 2013

    GeraldJoyce

    Paul,

    One thing I have noticed and do not do is your own personal take-a-way during all of your lessons. What I see after you are set up and ready to do a complete swing you move all the clubs slightly back and sort of roll your wrists up and the club rises up. You then set up and swing away. I assume this is your way of taking taking feel out of your hands and arms but you do it so with such rhythm that I cannot see what you are doing with that warm up drill. Is there some way you can get my swing started with the same warm up drill.

    Looks so smooth and great that I would like to simply copy that part of the swing while I work on the range doing other drills.

    Best regards,

    Gerald (JJ)

    • December 31, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Gerald,

      I am really just turning my body to take the club back. My arms are dead. Due to the momentum of the club swinging back it starts to go up. Just stay relaxed at set up. Keep the grip at 2 out of 10 and your arms at 0 out of 10. If you are too tight when you start you have no chance of keeping your arms out of the swing.

      Watch:

      Are You Behind the 8 Ball?: http://ignitiongolf.com/8-ball/

  14. March 29, 2014

    Rick g.

    Paul: I noticed that on the follow through your left arm bends pretty early on a slow swing but on a full out swing your arms stay straight almost to the top of the swing. Can you comment. Because I’ve been trying to bend the left arm early. Thanks.

  15. September 6, 2014

    AndrewKeaton

    Here’s a quick success story for you.
    I played last week with a friend who’s been playing just a little longer than me. Before we started I told myself, I’m sick of having this slice when I try to hit it hard so I’m just going to swing easy and make them go straight.

    Each time we teed off my friend would swing ad hard as he could and his ball would fly left off the tee and and the spin would bring it right back to the middle of the fairway.
    I did as I said and didn’t even try to hit the ball. They flew straight and landed only about 5 to 10 yards short of his shots.
    Halfway through the game he commented, “You’re not even trying to swing that hard are you?”
    Nope, I said.
    It was then I finally realized exactly what this technique is all about. I love it.
    Thank you for all the great videos and advice!

    Andrew

    • September 7, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Andrew,

      Great story. I love hearing it.

      Got to turn these no believers into believers.

      You story is this tip:

      DRILL: More In the Tank http://ignitiongolf.com/more-in-tank/

      Now that you have experienced it keep swinging at this level. As you gain confidence you will be able to increase the body a little it to hit it by him by 10-30 yards. Then he will really be freaking out. Can’t wait.

  16. RalphWilkinson

    September 6, 2014

    RalphWilkinson

    Thanks Paul for the reminder. Its easy to start using arms again for sure. It sure looks like we use the arms doesnt it? I have days I feel a lot of control.

  17. September 6, 2014

    paulelliott

    I am using powerless arms but I am finding at times I am coming out of my shots and I cut or slice the ball most of the time I am swinging about 60 per cent
    am I still swinging too hard?

    • September 7, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Paul,

      If you are coming out of your shots you are not using powerless arms. You would come out of it because you are hitting. The harder you hit, the more you will look to see what you hit. If you are not trying to hit anything why would you look?

      What you are feeling is you swinging a little easier but your easy is still way too hard.

      The other tell-tale sign if that you are slicing it. To slice it you need the face open to the path. An open face means resistance because a hinge in ral life would hinge and re-hinge 100% of the time.

      If you are slice you need to immediate stop doing that (I can’t believe you are still hiyting this shot as long as you have been a member). So immediately start doing these drills:

      Please Learn How to Hook It: http://ignitiongolf.com/please-learn-hook/
      How to Release the Golf Club: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-wrist-release
      DRILL: 3 Ways To Roll It Over: http://ignitiongolf.com/3-ways-to-roll/
      Still Slicing Even After Rolling?: http://ignitiongolf.com/slicing-after-rolling/

      Yes, you will feel your arms when you do them. These are drills. Once you get rid of the slice you gradually add lower body to straight it out.

      Watch:

      Release Progression: http://ignitiongolf.com/release-progression/

      So do the wrist and roll over drills at home, the range and when you play on a daily basis. This does not even take that long to get rid of it but you just have to commit to doing it as much as you can.

  18. September 7, 2014

    Chris

    Hey Paul,

    I’m wondering what your thoughts are on training with weighted clubs.
    I guess you could still work on your hips and legs with the clubs, but wouldn’t
    you actually happen to use hands and arms unconsciously if you suddenly switch
    to normal clubs after training with weighted clubs?

    Thanks.

  19. September 9, 2014

    paulelliott

    Paul,

    My one piece take away is good, my top of the back swing position is good, wrist hinge is good.When I start the downswing by turning my hips to the left (belt buckle)
    I watched the club and for some reason I seem to be swinging left cutting across the ball!
    Maybe I should think about Skype? How do I go about it
    Regards
    Paul

  20. September 9, 2014

    paulelliott

    Paul
    I went to the range today determined to sort out my driver once and for all and I GOT IT! effortless swing legs turning properly I think previously Paul I was spinning out of shots . I wasn’t using my legs and hips properly that’s why everything was going left.
    On the range I had ” the experts” telling me to “hit out, you are not hitting out”
    What exactly does this mean?!
    I ignored them and carried on with your teaching after 20 buckets I GOT IT
    THANKS ALOT AGAIN

    • September 9, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Paul,

      Great. If you turn your arms OFF you have to use your legs because you have no other way to hit the ball.

      In just replying to your other comment then seeing this comment you certainly had work to do. The spin out would certainly be causing a pull. This would certainly be you swinging way too hard with your arms.

      Hitting out is swinging to first base. The problem is they are giving you a band aid. Your body tilt (right or left) determines the path of the club. Tilt left you will swing it left. Tilt right and you will swing it right. So how do you swing out to first base? Answer: You tilt your body right in the downswing. Why does this happen” Answer: It happens because when you fire your lower body your whole upper body will hang back slightly into the downswing. It is like hitting the accelerator on a car. Fire the lower and your upper goes back. This creates the path. Plus keeping the arms turned off allows the mass to flatten to 90 degrees to the axis which means it will be swinging out at the ball in the downswing using simple physics (mass swinging around and axis). If you turn and axis mass will always want to swing at 90 degrees to it.

      Watch:

      Flatten Plane 1: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane

      Flatten Plane 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane-2

      Keep ignoring them because they are not even explaining why or how you need to do this.

  21. September 10, 2014

    paulelliott

    thanks a lot Paul

  22. September 12, 2014

    PaulKwon

    Hi Paul

    Just had brilliant rounds (two rounds in one windy day) with the driver and fairway woods yesterday. Irons not bad but not as amazing.

    About 3 months since the last really good round but this time it felt much better in that I KNEW that my swing had changed. Even after the two rounds in the wind the whole of my upper body is sore-free and relaxed next day. Amazing.

    The Skype lesson I had a few weeks ago was good in that I felt reassured that my swing change was moving towards right direction.

    It all started to click for me after I fixed my stiff wrists through your hook drill enabling me to release properly. I could release before but not consciously. Now when ever there are any slice tendencies I can fix it immediately next shot. Amazing.

    I need to loosen the wrists even more for extra distance but that is something I can work on later. It just feels so good to not worry about slices.

    Next I worked on the pull problem which I first thought would be easy but fixing that proved to be very illuminating in that the feeling during downswing has changed completely. Keeping the head still through impact by keeping the weight on the right foot until impact makes me feel in control, simple and smooth unlike before when I felt out of control, complicated and jerky. I am making way less effort for much better consistency which was the aim of my swing change.

    I am quite skeptical by nature and it feels good to be learning from a pro with whom I have nearly absolute(and growing) confidence in. Confidence that you know your stuff and more importantly you know the best known way to transmit that knowledge. Thanks.

    ps: what should I work on next ?

    • September 12, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Paul,

      Sounds like you are really moving in the right direction.

      I would be more concerned with consistency and getting used to these changes right now as opposed to distance. You can be doing the legs drills and swinging off the ground at home in practice swings at night. This will get you used to more power gradually.

      So, just keep refining your positions at a pace you can do them at. My one tip confidence breeds distance hold true. If you keep the ball in play will start to swing harder without realizing it. Just be patient right now. Positions and perfect movement are you thoughts.

  23. October 17, 2015

    RaymondCHASTEL

    Paul,When you do the pivot ,e.g turning YOUR body back And forh ,do you consciously try to keep YOUR shoulders on a Level plane ,or do you ” dip ” slightly YOUR left shoulder going back And YOUR right shoulder going through ,It seems to me ,but I might br wrong ,That there’s a slight tilt in YOUR shoulders ,as I mention above ,when you swing .

  24. Paul, after following your swing method started improving my distance.Main problem with me is my back problems.Now I am more interested in straight drive rather than long drive

  25. Bri

    October 17, 2015

    BrianGeissinger

    Great Tip! I will be on this one for sure.
    Say, where are some slow motion clips of Paul’s real speed, full swing? I am sure it would really help me to see and study Paul’s full speed, real swing in slow motion with a 7i, maybe a 5 wood, and yes, certainly a Driver.

    Thanks for this excellent tip.

  26. October 17, 2015

    TomBlanton

    Paul i am still working on turning off my arms, i fight the dreaded pop up with my driver, I’m a decent golfer, low 80’s most days, but really fight to hit the driver. My ‘pop up’ hits are dead straight, no slice, so I’m beginning to think that i may be causing this by trying to over release in the attempt to draw the ball, HELP.

    • October 18, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Tom,

      Are you not using the Dashboard. Skying is in the CURE section. Go to Dashboard > Cures > Skying

      Skying is you hitting from the top with your arms. When you do you whole body moves ahead of the ball. If so, your driver is descending too much as it is approaching the ball.

      This is really easy to fix.

      Watch:

      Skying: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-skying

  27. October 17, 2015

    RaymondCHASTEL

    Paul ,There is a.training aid with which you CAN perform only ” POWERLESS ARMS ” swings .
    It’s called the ” SNAG SNAPPER “.It’ s just a short shaft with a Red ribbon attached to,it.
    When you swing it ,it makes the exact sound OF a WHIP .As there” s nô Weight to it ,you CAN concentrate on YOUR body only movement ,taking the club out OF the équation .
    I found this training aid on BEN JACKSON’s site .
    BEN JACKSON is a well known US physiotherapist .in the NEW YORK région .
    Among other things ,hé teaches you how to swing faster .
    He’s recommended by AL DILZ ,the owner OF SPORT SENSORS ,the people who make the DOPPLER RADARS ,SSR And SSRTT ,which you yourself recommend ( I have a Bunch OF them ,pretty accurate )

  28. BenjaminBerry

    October 22, 2015

    BenjaminBerry

    Hi Paul,
    Every time i try to do this drill I shank it. Should I try one of the shank fixes? I also shanked a pitch on the course on Monday (yes, there was water right!). I watched the pitching shank fix and when I tried staying behind it this am everything was super chunky, Then when I concentrate on turning the wrists over its a severe hook. A lot seems broken here. It seem this drill exposes my flaws, which is good because now we can fix them. Any extra help would be appreciated.

    Second Item, When I try to concentrate of swinging to a the follow through position I top or blade it.

    Thanks
    Ben

    • October 22, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Benjanmin,

      Yes, you have problems in your swing. I go through this all of the time. Everyone I get to try this either hits their normal speed or tries to do a half swing. You need to keep doing it until you are good at it. The fact you cannot do it tells me you are hitting hard and you care about distance.

      Shanking is usually from setting up too low and/or rolling onto your toes into the downswing. I would first make sure you are doing my taller set up even with shorter clubs. This allows you to coil and uncoil without leaning forward.

      The fat shot is too much weight on your back foot through impact. You could have fixed this by getting off the back foot more through impact. Rolling your wrists would be to unlock them. You would do this a few times to unlock them then add body to straighten it out. Of course, doing this when you play would products a hook so I would be doing the roll over in practice swings but when you hit your shots you should be thinking legs and hips. I think you should be doing this roll over drill with a mid iron when practicing. You are doing this until you no longer have slice spin on your shots. Once that step is completed you move on to working on lower body to straighten it back out. You should also be doing this at home on a nightly basis. This really doesn’t take a long to master.

      I have this cure in the dashboard under CURES > SHANK so you might want to watch those tips.

      Also, do the taller set up here:

      A New Way To Get The Taller Setup: http://ignitiongolf.com/new-way-taller-setup/

      Sit On The Edge Of A Bar Stool To Set Up: http://ignitiongolf.com/setup-edge-of-bar-stool/

      Taller Setup: http://ignitiongolf.com/bartender-setup/

      Stand Tall with Short Clubs: http://ignitiongolf.com/stand-tall-short-clubs/

  29. BenjaminBerry

    October 23, 2015

    BenjaminBerry

    Thanks Paul, You are absolutely right about me hitting hard, and everything else. I’ll continue with the every day approach. Just practicing now at home I notice that it’s a really easy swing and can’t be done hard or fast, at least at first. When it’s done with the arms ACTUALLY powerless the result is amazing. Regarding the set up, was there an intro I missed? Is there a step by step begin at the beginning progressive series of tips I should have started with? I’m just cruising along doing all the dailies but I feel like when I signed up I must have missed an introduction. I’m also not clear about the dashboard vs the site itself. Thanks, Ben

    • October 23, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Ben,

      For step-by-step go to the Dashboard. Under FULL SWING – 1st slide – you will find the 8 lessons I teach all students that come to me. Start there and follow the steps then supplement with other tips.

  30. BenjaminBerry

    October 24, 2015

    BenjaminBerry

    Thanks Paul!

  31. October 28, 2015

    JunaidOdubeko

    Paul,

    Can you suggest any good tips or drills for putting, chipping, and pitching that I can work on indoors during the winter?

    As always, thanks for your help. Your instruction has helped my game immeasurably.

    • October 28, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Junaid,

      The best thing to do is set up an area in your home. I used to putt on the carpet all of the time. When putting you can put tape on the carpet for alignment. I used to chip on the carpet as well. There you put tape on the ground representing the edge of the green. Chip onto the green then let it roll to the hole. Chip with different clubs. Hopefully, you know my chipping technique. You can find it in the Dashbaord > Short Game > Chipping

      For pitching I did short pitches into my couch. You can get a spare piece of shag type carpet if your carpet is too tight of a lie.

      Just keep doing this practice constantly and by spring you should have a great short game.

  32. November 3, 2015

    RobertGibson

    Trying to get there, but some days are better than others.

    My question is: does the club head cause the wrists to break
    or do you break the wrists to swing the club head?

  33. BenjaminBerry

    November 5, 2015

    BenjaminBerry

    Hi Paul, Practice and playing is going fantastic. It is interesting though, using my swing speed radar I am still at 83 MPH . Now whats great is I was at 83 MPH swinging with my arms as hard as I could and now I’m only turning my hips and it is still at 83, but a dead straight baby draw. Beautiful. Do I just need to be patient about adding speed and distance? will it occur naturally? Thanks, Ben

    • November 5, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Ben,

      Very good. I love hearing it. Once you are confident (which I think you are) it’s time to increase the leg and hip drive. Before you do this you need to hook a few first. Once you can hit a few big hooks you fire the lower harder. If you just fire the hips harder without hooking it first you will blow it right. I did a tip on this here:

      Golf Swing Timing For More Distance: http://ignitiongolf.com/timing-more-distance/

      Expect some wayward shots until you are used to it.

      • BenjaminBerry

        November 6, 2015

        BenjaminBerry

        Thanks Paul, Boy am I hitting it great,especially my pitches, they actually help a lot with the full swing. But I was hitting it dead straight but still stuck at 83 MPH at the the range this AM. I think yesterday’s variation on your favorite drill tip might help. I never thought of “pushing” off the instep.I think it is also time for a Skype lesson!
        Best,
        Ben

        • November 7, 2015

          Paul Wilson

          Ben,

          It is hard for me to express how hard I am driving the legs and hips. I am really moving it just doesn’t look like it because I have done it for so long. Just got to keep making the club sound faster and faster in the drill. This will gradually get you faster and faster. You have to do this every night though. No days off.

  34. BenjaminBerry

    November 7, 2015

    BenjaminBerry

    Thanks Paul, One more question. When doing the drill every night should I use my “orange whip” trainer or a club? If a club which one ? Driver? Also how many reps is ideal? Inquisitively yours, Ben

    • November 8, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Ben,

      If you are doing swings off the ground use driver so you can hear the wind resistance. If you are working on swing positions then use a mid-iron.

  35. January 15, 2016

    JimBaker

    Hi Paul. Thank you for the Lesson ( explanation ) on what is happening when we are using the rotation of our
    lower body in powering the swing while taking the arms and hands out of the swing. Your statement ” Swinging the
    arms by not swinging the arms” seem to really click for me. Suddenly I seem to have got the idea ( and feeling ) with
    your demonstration. Excellent lesson. I will let you know how I make out. Thanks.
    Jim

    • January 17, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      Jim,

      Very good. People often don’t get what “powerless arms” is. It is you not helping the shot with your arms. If your arms are connected to your body and you turn your body they will move. This is powerless arms. 99.9% of the people I see for lesson are hitting with their arms. Until they get this concept they will not get to the next level. Glad you are seeing it. Just don’t hit the ball with your arms. Hit it with your legs and hips.

  36. April 17, 2017

    DavidWalters

    Hi Paul
    Thanks for this tip. As you say it is very difficult to do this at first. Do you still sometimes revert to to hitting with your arms when you have a pressure shot etc. Is it something that even you have to guard against and watch out for even after all these years ? It iseems such a natural thing to hit with the arms
    All the best
    David

    • Paul Wilson

      April 18, 2017

      Paul Wilson

      David,

      Yes, I still tell myself not to hit. I don’t play much so I start doing stupid things which is stupid. Go to remind myself … hit the fairway … hit the green and be content with writing low numbers on the scorecard.

  37. Hiya Paul my name is Mark and live in the UK and am a 4 hcp golfer and have been playing now for 50 years.
    Firstly I would like to congratulate you on how fantastic your drills and videos are they have totally transformed my game. I first came across your site looking for back pain cures in golf having watched dozens prior to accidentally coming across yours on youtube.
    I was intrigued from the very start with your technique on powerless arms!
    I have a question, when I started watching your videos I bought myself a swing speed radar and my swing then averaged around 97 mph. Having said that I have trained rigorously for 7-8 weeks (as I am retired and 59 years old) and am now averaging 108 -112 with my best at 117 and constantly hitting it over 300 yards.
    What I am finding is if I go at nearly full speed with my irons they are turning over to the left, is this due to wrong flex as they are regular?
    Again, thanks so much for all these tips they are priceless!.
    Best regards
    Mark Bird

    • Mark,

      Thank you for your kind words and joining Ignition Golf. I truly appreciate it.

      Yes, you could have the wrong flex. You are in around my swing speed now. I pull/pull hook regular clubs. I am using an x stiff driver/3wood and hubrid shafts and stiff steel irons (KBS 120 Tour). I would certainly try a stiff right beside your regular and see if there is a noticeable difference. I would think so. If you still pull/pull hook the stiff then you are using your arms. Turn them off and you will straighten it out.

  38. May 10, 2017

    MarkBird

    Thanks for the advice, I will go check out the KBS 120 shafts..
    Mark

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