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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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July 4, 2014
After following your method for almost a year, now, I have, until the last 2 or so weeks, seen steady improvement. The arms off, solid contact, straight shots, the works. Then disaster. I lost the swing entirely, to the point I am thinking, “Any game but this. Any game.”
At the range, I go to work on my positions and proper motions. And something happens, and I squirt weak shots to the right. Maybe shanks (I have occasional marks on the hosel), maybe blading, maybe pushes. I have tried without lasting success the fixes you recommend for all three. I have tried to slow my swing down to 1 mph. Same result. My face is wide open at impact, striking on the inside third of the face. Ack.
I am doing rollover drills (without the ball) morning and night; same with shoulders back legs through. Touching the neck, touching the legs, going slow, powerless arms, the whole works. It feels great. Soon as I get a ball on the tee (or especially) on the ground, back to this terrible shot shape. Nothing seems to be able to shake this terrible bout of awful shots.
Oddly enough, the swings are much better during a round. On the practice tee, however, and especially with any iron at all (not so much the hybrids or woods), the monster rears its ugly head.
I am out of my mind with frustration. Do I have to take up bowling, do you think?
You lost it because you thought you had it and started to swing too hard. This happens to everyone. I have done tips on it here:
Lose Your Swing: http://ignitiongolf.com/lose-your-golf-swing
You Will Top It: http://ignitiongolf.com/you-will-top-it/
Weak shots right is you trying to hit the ball. Remember, if the face is open your wrists are locked. A loose hinge would square the face consistently.
Shanking. This is you with the weight on your toes as you come down. So you are either too close to the ball. Too tilted at address. Too tilted going back. Or hitting with you arms coming down.
How To Cure the Shanks: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-shanks/
You should be splitting your ears on your head not on you neck.
As I have said in the past if you are working on certain positions you should be feeling your arms. It is not until you master these positions that you turn then off and you should be able to still do it. Right now I think you are trying to make them powerless at the range and you are not good enough to do this. You need to MANUALLY roll it at the range and get the face rolling over so you HOOK IT. Tee up your ball and try to manually roll it from the top. Forget about hitting a great shot. A great shot in this case is you hooking it. As you do this feel how it feels. I need you to remember this feeling because every shot should feel like this. This releasing feeling feels completely different thank locking everything up.
So let this be the main thought. This means you are not thinking about touching the legs right now. If you do so at the end of your swing that’s fine but you are not thinking about it. What you are thinking about is going to the top and as soon as you start down you are rolling it so the face is closed as you hit the ball. Do this slow at first but at least do it. This will produce low left shots. KEEP DOING IT. And keep FEELING IT. Then gradually go a little fast and a little faster. Yes, you will be feeling your arms. Once you can get these hooks at close to your top speed and ball after ball is hooking then and ONLY then do you start to switch the focus on your legs and hips. Add some legs and hips and watch your ball. If you blow it right you have not hooked enough shots yet. Go back to step 1.
If you try to add legs and you still hook it GREAT! This means you can start to think of something else and the release is still working. Now all you have to do is get the legs to start ahead of the club and you will hit it DEAD straight.
Again, tee up your ball to make this easy. Get rid of the tee once you are better at it.
Also, you have done this in the past so you can do it. Quit worrying about it. Any good player have gone through this at some point in their learning. Just do it like I said and you will get it back in no time.
July 5, 2014
Thanks for the encouraging words. For whatever reason, the thought I had of rolling the wrists was not working for me–I went to the range today with the notion not of rolling the wrists, or of thumbs up to thumbs up, or any of the other images I had tried over the last little bit, but of turning the clubface around the axis of the shaft so that the face pointed down at the end of my swing, like turning a screwdriver to loosen a screw. A goofy image, maybe, but it worked! Bang, I’m back–maybe not to full speed, but hooking balls like crazy and getting contact somewhere on the face and with the face closing.
I appreciate your being patient with this; I know as a teacher it must get wearing to hear your students whine. (So you don’t think I haven’t been paying attention, when I said “club to neck,” it is because the midpoint of my ears means the club contacts me where my neck enters that rear base of the skull, where the tendons attach to it. I am trying very hard to follow your instructions precisely–mainly because they have been of such inestimable help to me.)
July 6, 2014
Whatever works. Any time you see the ball slicing off the face has to be open so close it. This means not just to square. Otherwise you always have to think of squaring it. I want you thinking body. So overdoing it will allow you to master the release. Then you can think of body to straighten it out. Stay focuses on the spin on a daily basis until you are good at it. Then focus on body rotation. You are close. Oh yeah, never say you’ve got it. This is the kiss of death.
I have a problèm which surges in a round on the course when I get tired:i’ll describe it as follows:when going in my backswing ,I feel my left knee suddenly moving(I don’t know exactly how !).This puts me off balance ,and I top the ball (Happens with the FAIRWAY Woods )
To fight this ,I endeavor to press on my left foot ,as if I was crushing a béer CAN .
This restricts the backswing ,but the knee doesn’t move ,and I don’t miss .
Could you be kind enough to explain what’s going on and what I should look after ?
When the left knee is moving is it usually the person looking to relieve the tension of the torque. Why would you wind your body up tight if someone didn’t tell you to do this? It wouldn’t so you are naturally relieving this tension instead of using it to give you the spring-like affect in your swing. I wouldn’t press down on this foot going back. This will keep too much weight on this side. If you have been doing this it would explain when you are not getting more power. You need to be coiling and loading the weight onto the back foot. Once coiled and loaded at the top you uncoil. Here are tips I did on slowing down the lower body as you go back.
How To Stabilize The Lower Body In The Backswing (belt buckle at ball): http://ignitiongolf.com/stabilize-lower-body/
Let’s Go Surfing: http://ignitiongolf.com/lets-go-surfing/
thumbs to the target
bottom wrist first over the finishing line
both have same meaning
but “thumbs” concept easier to get for me
great work Paul
In doing this for so long and seeing the haze glaze over people’s eyes as they try one way other options must be presented. The key is recognizing this haze and moving to Plan B or Plan C. I find it amazing how people learn (or don’t learn).
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