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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 28, 2012
Hi Paul. It’s about 32 degrees in Chicago so I’ll have to wait to see how far the ball goes with loose arms and wrists. Your technique certainly proves why a 165 LB fellow like Mclroy bombs the ball 325 yards, while I struggle to reach 240 yards at 240 LBS! Increasing club head speed is obviously not a matter of strength if all that’s required is rotating the upper torso a little faster. I’m finally understanding why the pros hit wedges 140 or more yards with seemingly no effort.
Thanks. I can’t wait until Spring. Ron.
November 29, 2012
That’s great that you are seeing how it is done. This is half the battle. Once you have it in your mind you will keep trying to do it. If you don’t get it you will just keep hitting with the arms.
Hopefully, throughout the winter you keep doing lots of practice swings in a mirror working on your swing positions. If you do you will develop a great swing by the spring.
Once again, thanks for the tip! My question is, as you are loosening the wrists you are doing a whipping action, how close is this to the actual whipping motion of the real swing? It appears to be very close except you have the lower body moving as you hit the ball. I hope this question makes sense.
This is the same release it is just you are not turning as fast. As you increase the rotational speed of the center the wrists will whip faster. If the wrists are loose they are loose. If the arms are powerless they are powerless.
hey,hey paul,,2 questions:firstly,on initially maintaining the “y” in the takeaway, how long in the swing before the right arm bends up,and u lose the “y”,i.e.,how much past the right leg does it bend?? #2. what starts the rotation (turn),lt. leg,rt leg,lt hip,rt hip.or something else???
You will start to lose the Y just after the takeaway (right leg) because the right elbow will be folding a little.
What starts the rotation in the backswing? Shoulders. They move the most. Why move something that does not move the most. Your shoulders cannot turn upwards of 90 degrees without the lower body moving approx. half that amount. So turn your shoulders to turn the lower body into position.
What is a good swing speed for the seniors/ 65y/o. In other words as we work on this drill where should we set our goal/
I would think the first goal would be mid 90 mph. Once you can get that you then set your sights on breaking 100mph.
What stops you from rotating lower body to fast on start of downswing,what kind of shots are most likely if rotating to fast,is this what they call spinning out of it.
November 30, 2012
What stops you from driving the legs too hard is you telling yourself not to drive them too hard. If you do drive them too hard you will hit pushes and push fades. Once you see these shots you need to slow down. You should be trying to drive the lower body hard if you have never done it and you are trying to get used to it but once you get it you should be driving the lower body at about 80% of you top speed. I never go as hard as I can.
How Much To Use Your Legs: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-how-much-legs
February 15, 2013
Paul, in addition turning the lower body faster (hips and legs) to gain more power, should you also consciously try to move your upper trunk faster as well??…..or is that too difficult to coordinate. My sense is that you shouldn’t really try to move the trunk faster….as this will naturally occur when the hips and legs move faster??. Would be interested in your thoughts on this.
February 17, 2013
No you do not have to do this. The upper body will uncoil all on its own if you use the lower body properly.
Shoulders in downswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/shoulders-downswing
Uncoil 1: http://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil
Uncoil 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil-follow-up
Thanks for everything Paul. My question is similar to Chris’s. I’m focusing on turning my hips. Should I also focus on turning the shoulders– or trunk? Thanks again.
No. The shoulders will uncoil on their own:
Shoulders in downswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/shoulders-downswing
February 16, 2013
Love your advice to me to drive my hips faster even if I haven’t mastered the powerless arms part if my swing. I started to use that advice on the course today and two things occurred. I hit the ball further and most, especially my drives, started out straight and then cut or faded to the right. I can assume from reading past responses by you that you feel that the fade is caused by too much tension in my wrists and that I need to loosen them in my swing. But now I am not tentative about turning my lower body faster after trying to keep my hands stationary at the top of my backswing while my lower body begins to rotate.
I forgot to mention that I ROTATE my left hip after going laterally back with my right shoulder.
I just made a further adjustment using an ALL SHOULDER COILING as you recommend by going laterally back to parallel with the right shoulder and then laterally back with the left shoulder which automatically rotates my left hip to the right foot instep.
Now we’re talking. Keep doing this if it is working.
I would think you are getting a little fade because you are driving the hips a lot faster and you are not used to it. To straighten the shots out you simply do the roll over drill about 10 times then go back to driving the hips again. This will loosen the wrists and allow the club to release with the faster legs drive. Any tiem you are spinning it too much right you are too tight (wrists). Do the roll over drill to cure it (always).
Manually Square the Clubface: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface
Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up
I found that if on every swing I go with my right shoulder back to parallel and the coil with my left hip (that is where I get torque) I am fine surprising good too on chips and pitches besides drives. In effect I have two levers go over my back (right) foot first the right shoulder then the left hip. That part is th COIL. When I reach the right foot instep with my left hip I automatically UNCOIL. This differs from complete shoulder COILING you teach. Please tell me if my revamped swing can be an alternative and if not where I can get in trouble. Paul I really would appreciate a reply. Thanks in advance.
If this works and allows you to feel the torque I am talking about then keep doing it. I just think it may be too many thoughts into the future. Also, you are looking for thoughts that are consistent and you can do every day, every shot, every swing. Can you and will you think about this 5 years from now? Not sure but you are already coiling your shoulders. Why not just continue coiling them. They cannot get to 90 degrees without pulling the hips around into position. So work on it the way you are for now then keep in mind that your shoulders (which coil the most) should be pulling your hips into perfect position 100% of the time.
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