Understanding Power In The Swing

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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+

24 Responses to “Understanding Power In The Swing”

  1. Useful tipp.But when I try to turn my hip like you do,I started hooking the ball goes towards left.Iam 60,may be I can’t synchronising properly

  2. January 19, 2015

    johnhoyle

    Greetings Coach Thanks for the reply Im in preschool with this computer so i had my wife Molly help me/we were not sure we had everything because we went to the sight you suggested but not sure we got it right /must have all back to normal now/

    • January 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      John,

      You just go to update. It downloads the program and click on it to install it. There would be plenty of YouTube videos that would walk you through it.

      Contact us through our email instead of posting on the site to let us know it is working again.

  3. January 19, 2015

    GerryCarriere

    Hi Paul. Another good tip. This may sound crazy, but I do your favorite drill but I am also scared of it. As I swinging with effortless arms and touching my knee, many thoughts go thru my head. There is no ball to see the results. I am thinking of keeping my head behind a point in the floor; am I practising wrong; am I going over the top that would create a pull; am I sliding my hips which would make a ball go right: and finally, if I do you favorite drill too much and the club is up above the ground, am I going top the ball when I actually go out and play golf. I know this may sound crazy but I just don’t want to do the drill wrong if, in doing so, I may be creating another problem once on the course. What do you think and what are your swing thoughts when you do the drill?

    • January 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Gerry,

      The favorite drill is to get you feeling you are using your legs and how they power the swing. You are not looking for perfection.

      You need to be doing the drill an listening to the sound of the club. Drive the legs harder to hear the club swoosh faster.

      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club

      Next, to stop coming over the top swing slightly up as you come through.

      DRILL: Swing Up with Driver: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-up-driver/

      When you lower the club and do real practice swings you should and would be working on perfect positioning.

  4. January 19, 2015

    RaymondCHASTEL

    Paul,I get you loud and clear,but it’s very difficult to Speed up YOUR lower body as you show ,Even when training regularly every day as I do .I train with various training aids which do help ,such as the SUPERSPEED TRAINING STICKS.But you also have to strengthen the muscles in YOUR Arms ,triceps and biceps ,So they CAN cope with the additional Speed of YOUR core.I feel the most useful instruction you point out is the flexibility of the wrists ,which tend to slow down the Speed of the Clubhead.
    I’m gaining regularly Speed and I do see it on the FAIRWAY ,I get much easier to the greens than before and m’y scores are dropping .
    Thanks for the fine instruction yo give us !

    • January 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      So how do you explain a kid or petite person who can hit it 250+ The muscles are showing in my arms because I am holding onto the club and not letting go. My wrists are still loose and as I have said many times I am not trying to hit it or help in any way with my arms.

      I have told you before you need to send us video of your swing so we can see what you are doing. I guarantee you are losing lag, have tighter wrists and not turning fast enough.

  5. January 19, 2015

    chrisbodden

    Hi Paul,
    Just wondering if your favourite drill simulates the full swing as your book and DVD’S say the take away should feel like a 30 foot putt?
    Thank you

    • January 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Chis,

      My favorite drill is to get you feeling and increasing you leg drive. If you want to do the one-piece putting takeaway too then do so.

  6. January 19, 2015

    HermanKoh

    Hi Paul,

    Apart from turning fast to generate all those club head speed, you have a tremendous amount of lag and the looses wrist I have ever seen.

    For me I can drive my body hard but I am no where near creating that lag angle and having such loose wrist like you. I am trying hard daily practicing to loosen the wrist further and creating more lag.

    How long did it take you to have those loose wrist and practice creating so much lag?

    Thanks.
    Herman

    • January 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Herman,

      You don’t have to be strong to be loose so anyone can loosen up. The problem is people want to whack at the ball. Keep in mind I was not loose when I first started golf. I stopped trying to hit in 1999 when I saw Iron Byron. For many years before that, I purposely worked on my lag angle. I would suggest you doing this too.

      Do this drill nightly for a month or two and you will get it:

      DRILL: Lag Ear to Ear: http://ignitiongolf.com/lag-release-drill

      I worked on lag everyday I would hit balls. In one of the tips I explain how I got it.

      It might be one of these:

      How to Feel Lag: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-lag-1/

      How To Feel Lag 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/lag-follow-up/

  7. January 20, 2015

    BillFreeman

    Hi Paul,

    I understand. I believe. I have practiced a lot. My air swings seems good…I feel the lower body lead, the arms feel relatively powerless. Swings to a spot on a carpet in the garage are the same. Generally, they feel good. Although, granted, I often catch myself doing something wrong. Even at the range, many–the majority–are pretty good. But even on the range there are some really bad swings.

    And then the course. A few good shots where I sense everything has worked the way you teach. But 50% or more are pretty bad.

    Anything to suggest other than just keep practicing the right things and be patient?

    Bill

  8. Kenneth Bova

    January 21, 2015

    KennthBova

    Paul, your analogy of being in the middle of the skaters was most enlightening and I think I am beginning to understand the concept of the wip action in the swing. That was an excellent video. I do have a small trainer with a weight on the end which simulates a driver and can practice in my living room without worrying that I am going to hit something. It does feel heavy, so maybe I might be doing it properly. Keep up these great videos,.

    • January 22, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Kenneth,

      This is a description I explain to my students from time to time. Seems everyone gets it and it’s a great image to understand where the power comes from. Glad you got it. Keep focused on the center and the club feeling heavy. This is the right thought.

  9. JohnBenson

    October 13, 2016

    JohnBenson

    It was great to go back and see this video. Definitely a bookmark for me. This advice I need to listen to over and over again. I really think it will start improving my swing. I spent my first year inside a practice room at home and at an indoor driving range. ( very cold in Minnesota!)
    It’s hard to tell where the ball is going when you’re inside. So I was practicing permanent using my arms instead of my body.
    your video where you’re showing your swing down the line, showing the cheek drill is really help me pushing off my right instep, working to get my knees together and rotating my hips before starting my arms. I can really start feeling the difference!

    • Paul Wilson

      October 13, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      John,

      Glad you bookmarked it. This year, don’t hit that many balls. Just work on the positions and build a great swing. No balls means you are not hitting so you can clearly focus on the positions and make them perfect. Keep in mind each position has feedback so you can check it on your own. Once the next season starts, you should be good to go.

  10. Would using a weighted club when doing the above the ground
    drill be of any benefit?

    • Tom,

      No. You never want to use a weighted club. They have already proven that swinging a weighted obeject decreases clubhead speed. Plus, when you swing something heavy your clubs feel light which is exactly the opposite to how your clubs should feel. You need you clubs to feel heavy not light. Swing something lighter and yours will feel heavy.

      Go to 4:30 of this video:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_vR8U_KrhY

      I have a review of a new product that would be more beneficial coming in the near future that I will be letting everyone know about. You might want to consider that.

  11. Hi, Paul.

    After having worked through The Body Swing and listening to probably a zillion of your tips and studying with personally twice, I know everything you said in this tip backwards and forwards. up and down, and sideways. Intellectually. But it is HARD for me after a lifetime of whacking at it to get my hands and arms totally out of my golf swing. Doing the body swing correctly is so freaking counterintuitive. The club feels out of control, and I can’t help looking at the ball and feeling in my bones that I have to take it on. I’m a LOT better than I was, but I’m not getting the distance and the power I know I’m capable of. Maybe Xanax? In handy dispensers at the range?

    • Will,

      It only took me 3 practice swings to get it. This was me telling myself not to hit it in any way with my arms. Yes, this was a weird feeling but the result was amazing so I keep doing it. Why did it work for me? Because I was already good at using my lower body. This is how The Body Swing is laid out. Work on the positions first. This means you will use arms and legs. Once you build a great swing (which yours is very good now) your final step is to turn the arms off. So put less importance on turning the arms off until you know for a fact you are driving your legs and hips hard. How many practice swings in the air at knee high have you done or are doing? I say this takes thousands of repeptions to used to and coordinated with driving the legs and hips hard and fast:

      DRILL: How To Really Increase Power: http://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-really-increase-power/

      Keep in mind if you are trying to only speed up the lower when you hit the ball you will push it. So you do this first:

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

      So focus on really moving the lower body hard and fast. You will give up consistency for a while. Then, you go back to turning the arms off.

  12. July 2. No tips in the last week???

    • John,

      AOL must be blocking our emails or they are in your spam. I wrote them and told them to not block us and they said they wouldn’t. Check your spam folder maybe they are in there. All tips are posted on the homepage in order. Just log in an catch back up. I have now put you on an alternate list which is through gmail. If you do not get them from this email you will have to set up another email (not AOL) as there is nothing else we can do on our end.

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