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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 30, 2016
Would you expect a little divot on the 3/4 swing or does it come more naturally when you speed up past that point? I can honestly say that my arms still do engage typically with the longer irons. Is the drill here club agnostic? I am guessing that it is. Got a giant bucket ready to go again. :).
March 31, 2016
You may take a slight divot but your are swinging so slow you might not generate enough speed to cut through the turf.
Here you go:
How to Hit Long Irons: http://ignitiongolf.com/hit-long-irons/
I am very glad you put this tip on line because it matches perfectly one of my local pro’s favourite exercise when I work with her at the range. It takes time but things are gradually improving (I am still short of being able to master this beyond the first step ie arms at horizontal). Another benefit I see is that it is good for slowing the pace.
One thing I noticed is that ball fly is lower at first, but you seem to consider this a normal process.
So again, great stuff (by the way, you did an excellent sequence about short game).
Glad you liked it. If you are having trouble slowing down its a tell-tale sign you were hitting with your arms. Got to keep doing it until you’re good at it.
Hi Paul, I’m having trouble with pitch shots and longer pitch shots. They have completely destroyed good rounds I’ve had lately. I don’t shank them off the hozel but some how I will have the face completely open on impact and they will shoot straight to the right. Even standing over the ball I have fear of this happening and will try to consciously roll my wrists over to close the face and I will still do it. I’m not sure if I’m turning my body through to soon or what is going on. It’s extremely frustrating. Any ideas? I’ll keep watching your pitch videos and working on this at the range as I will have decent practice sessions yet on the course this snake keeps biting me. Thanks
You are hinging. You are turning. That is my pitching technique. If the face is open you are holding it open. A hinge in life (your wrists) is loose. It would hinge and rehinge 100% of the time. If it is open you are tightening it. So way looser with your wrists. You are not hitting anything. You go into the backswing and hinge the club at the appropriate backswing length. Once hinged, you turn your belt buckle left of target to hit the shot.
Now, if you are hitting the toe and its squirting right then you are looking up too early. So watch your club hit the ball delaying the reaction. Hit it then look for it.
Watch all my pitching videos. I have all distances covered. You can find them on the original site > red nav bar > pitching. Or the dashboard under Short Game > Pitching.
How to Pitch: http://ignitiongolf.com/pitch-ball/
Short Game – Long Pitch Shot: http://ignitiongolf.com/long-pitch/
Short Game – Medium Pitch Shot: http://ignitiongolf.com/medium-pitch/
Short Game – Short Pitch Shot: http://ignitiongolf.com/short-pitch/
Thank you Paul, I will refocus on having loose wrists. I have a good feeling I was tense over those shots and tightened up as you say. I hit 40 pitches at the range today and was very loose and didn’t do this once. I have the distances down fairly well when I execute. Thanks again for your thoughts. Love this site and all the changes I’ve made are really starting to make a difference!
Very good. Most golfers are way too tight. Now you have a feel for it keep doing it and keep this looseness in your full swing too.
What a terrific drill! I’ve been trying to slow down the swing, take out the arms and get the hip turn working. It’s going to take time but I found the drill great for all three. I spent an hour on the range really felt I made some progress. Many thanks.
I assume the next step (once I’m ready) is to finish the swing with the club aligned with the ears and the final piece is adding the full back swing. Is that a good approach?
Glad you liked it.
Yes, follow that progress and you should be doing a pretty good swing. If you loose it … slow back down.
April 1, 2016
Great drill Paul ! I Had one of the worsed chicken wing ever ! Still working it out !
April 2, 2016
Glad you liked it. Just keep doing it and get rid of that chicken wing.
April 3, 2016
Paul,You can do this exercise without a club in the hands but with the ARMS together ,at home ,if yo lack the space needed to swing a club .
Do you have a video where’s you show the dissociation between the hips and the shoulders? Should you consciously ,when training ,keep back the hips when the upper body ( shoulders ) turn first ?
April 4, 2016
This drill is really to get the arms fully extending and get the rid of the chicken wing.
Here is the separation tip:
The upper body is not starting first. I think you may have this reversed.
April 11, 2016
I have been following you since RG days. Saw this drill last week when it was published, did practice swings in my office and at home. Finally went to the range Friday night to try it with balls. Ah Ha moment. I finally know what powerless arms feels like. Hit some of the best shots ever this weekend that felt effortless.
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