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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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March 9, 2013
Last Wednesday playing Par I was 4 up on the 15th. I hit an 8iron to the 16th par3, got it a bit thin, the ball flew straight but went onto the top tier of the green. It was like putting off the roof of the car and trying to stop the ball on the bonnet. What the heck, 3up two to play. 17th Guess what, push fade, played down adjacent fairway, wedge over tree and two putts for half. 18th push fade (par 5), 5 wood back onto 18th, pull hook 5iron into bunker. So so lie under revetted face, 60 deg wedge over green into a scruffy lie – a wipe.
The Old Scottish Caddy said “Spit where you hit”, a bit like you say “wait for the sound” only thing was – I wasn’t listening at that time.
Still hot and dry here. Lots of run to get the ball off the sloping fairway. My handicap is down to 13 from 22 two years ago, thanks for the instruction.
March 10, 2013
Sounds like you were getting a little anxious to see your miraculous finish. This is exact what Friday’s replay tip was all about. In situations like this in the future you need to swing a little easier. If you are max’d out you will look early. This is human nature especially in this situation. So do a few easy practice swings on the tee deck. Focus on swinging no more than 80% even a little less would be ideal in case you go a little faster. Then don’t even watch the ball take off. As you/I said, listen for the club to hit it then turn and watch for it.
Hopefully, you will remember this the next time you are coming down the stretch.
Saturday Comp Stableford, I was in with the big hitters, Quentin on 2, Grant on 4, Roger on 9. Wonderful players, long & straight, great with their irons, beautiful putting. I just played my game, chipped well (2 chip in birdies) one 3 putt. The best bit I scored on every hole and I didn’t fall apart towards the end of the round.
Good job. Better than the other round. I like it.
Keep at it.
This series of tips has really been great. It’s nice to have a plan of correction on the course rather having a bad day with no idea about how to correct bad shots and only thinking……I really need to go to the range and practice.
Thanks Paul, keep them coming!
Don’t forget to do the practice swings at home. This is even more important.
Glad you liked them. When you come for lessons I will go over it again with you.
Paul Great tip , should come in handy anytime, i have one quick question, i notice it more later in round,but some what present on most of my shots, i feel like weight at address on balls of feet ,as i swing i feel like weight gravitates towards my toes more so than heels,(at finish, feel like weight very balanced on left foot rather than most on heel where i think it should be),. Does mean i am starting swing with my upper body rather than lower body. would it help to practise with my weight at address on heels and try to keep it there throughout shot, when i try this my swing feels completly different ,almost like i am coming out of shot even though i am not, should this be something that i should continue practising. hdc 6
Yes, this is you trying to hit the ball with your arms. Do it a little more and you have a shank on your hands. Keeping the weight on the heels throughout the shot is a drill I sometimes give to shankers to get them to stop the weight from rolling forward. Do about 20 shots this way and see is this helps. I would also look into how you are making the transition. If you were to throw a ball you would never do this. So you should not be doing it in golf either. Get the throwing motion with the stance a little narrower (so you can touch the legs). Do this for a few then do it with a club. It’s the same move.
Also, maybe take some easy swings with and without the ball. This will give you more time to feel the weight distribution. If you swing fast you have very little time to recognize where the weight is. Once you get the feeling gradually speed it up.
Make sure you are doing this drill too:
DRILL: Swing Off Ground: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground
Drill: Swing Off Ground Variation: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-variation-favorite-drill/
Drill: My Favorite Drill
May 5, 2014
Whenever I see your finish, your club shaft touch the middle part of your head at the end.
But, I think I touch my neck. Only when I intentionally try to put my hands high I feel like my shaft touch my head. Does it because my swing plane is still flatter than ideal? (I recently switched from one-plane-swing to your teaching method.)
May 6, 2014
It could be because your swing is too flat. I just taught a guy today who is also switching from 1 plane to my method and he too was touching the neck not splitting the ears. So it is likely this is what is happening to you too. Other times I see this is when people chicken wing it through impact or just don’t care enough about the position to perfect it. I would be trying to get it to touch under the strap on the back of your hat. Just manually set it there and I will go there on its own. If you are making the switch work on grip, setup and follow through right now. Once you get this focus on a more level shoulder turn going back to get the proper coil then finally work on getting the arms up into the correct top of the backswing position. You need to do it in this exact order.
Your comment is really helpful. I really appreciate it.
Yesterday, I focused on two things: tall setup and powerless arms. I tried to slow down my swing speed maybe 60-70%. Then, my shaft started touching my head instead of my neck.
The tall setup gives me a feeling that I stand too upright, but I think that’s because I switch from 1 plane. However, the result of the ball hitting is getting much better, now.
Very good. Looser arms allows the club to swing at 90 degrees to your body thus splitting your ears in the follow through. I’m glad you see this.
Be careful. I do want a tall set up but not too tall.
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/
I would think you are right. The 1 plane swing has you quite tilted. This taller feeling should go away after a few practice sessions.
September 24, 2016
Paul ,I watch the PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP on the TV .After 36 holes ,on Friday night DUSTIN JOHNSON is in the lead ‘(- 7,) KEVIN CHAPELL second (-6).Those guys don’t touch the head ,nor the neck ,at he end of their swing ,they stop the club high over their left shoulder
As for this video lesson it’s excellent.My problem in the last holes (from hole 15 on )when I get tired ,is not pull hooking or slicing ,all my shots remain prety much straight ,but I seem to rush the swing from the top ,I obliterate the smooth transition ,and as a result ,with the fairway woods ,not the driver ,I thin the ball .I’l try your remedies next time it happens,keep the head on the ball waiting for the sound of the ball !
September 25, 2016
When they are stopping short they are hitting a knock down shot.
Are you saying this is not splitting his ears:
I want the average person to split the ears so they club is moving on plane, they are re-hinging their wrists and they can hit the exact same position ever time because they can feel the club end in the exact same position (there is only 1 parallel). If the person is not touching the head splitting the ears how on earth can they ever do the same swing?
So if you see someone stopping short keep looking at different pictures or video of their swing and you will see them parallel to the ears.
February 5, 2018
Good day Paul, yesterday I had the perfect first 6 holes of my life applying what I learned from your videos. I hit every fairway and green (did not made any birdie) with perfect timing & precision. At hole 7th par 5, 8th par 4, 9th par 4 (the most difficult two par 4s), all my drives went push fade/slice to the right and OB 7th, into the bunker 8th and into the water 9th. All of them pushed slice right….. still shot 41….
And this video tips tells me what I was doing wrong. I was thinking wow I made 6 straight pars and got too excited, starting to swing harder and look up quicker to see my drive….
Anyway, I just want to thank you again for your teachings and video lessons. I am a completely differ golfer today then I was 3 months ago. Amazing!!!
This was you getting in over your head. Once you are there numerous times you will jump the hurdle and expect to hit the ball like this. I have a similar description in my Swing Machine Golf book.
Push Fade: Looking Early Locks The Hinge: http://ignitiongolf.com/looking-early-locks-hinge/
It gets exciting when you are in transition. You will get used to it.
Watch this too:
You Will Top It: http://ignitiongolf.com/you-will-top-it/
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