What To Do If You Lose Your Swing

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  1. TIMADAMS, 1 year ago

    I lost my swing (this was the 2nd time this happened)tues,so that night i reviewed 3 videos then went back to the range today(thurs)i got it back,but i noticed a swing key for me which was the thought HINGE,HINGE start wrists: it seems if I don’t conciously think this I don’t hit the ball consistantly.Of course I’m keeping my arms and wrists loose and thinking turn for downswing.This is creating a more solid hit with a straight or slight fade tajectory with the short irons.What are your thoughts about this.I’m still not satisfied with my distance w/Sw.lw,aw.Im big waisted guy(54″)so I do have trouble turning also 62 years young

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      We have all lost our swing. Not fun. Hinge is a good thought as you near the top of the backswing. Hinging is critical to generating the power in the swing. So yes, as you go to the top HINGE. After you work on this for a while you won’t have to work on it anymore then you can think of coil/uncoil.

      It is not about turning and how big you are. To generate more power you need to swing loser not harder. I done tons of tips on this. So keep working on technique and the distance will come in the future. By your description I know you are not hinging your wrists properly. They are way too tight so you are casting and chicken winging it through impact.

      3 Ways to Set The Top of the Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-top-3-ways


      DRILL: Grip Down Drill: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-grip-down

      Drill: Grip Down Drill 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-feel-wrist-release/

      Stay focused on hinging and re-hinging and loosening your wrists. Then couple that with your body rotation.


      Effortless Golf Swing: http://ignitiongolf.com/powerful-effortless-golf-swing

      Here is a tip I did on losing your swing:

      Lose Your Swing: http://ignitiongolf.com/lose-your-golf-swing

  2. paulelliott, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul,

    I have a nice hinge at top of backswing in practice swing BUT as soon as I set a ball down i dont hinge properly?
    Any advice?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      You are thinking of hitting the ball so you are tightening up. You need to be thinking of the swing position not the ball. So think of the position until you master the position. Take the club back super slow and set the position making sure its perfect. Once you feel it set start the downswing. Tee the ball up as you do this to make it easier.

      You another person that is trying to hit good shots. Forget the ball and where it going. Focus on the position until it is mastered.

  3. ERIABBERA, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for keeping an eye on me!!!

  4. RaymondCHASTEL, 1 year ago

    Dear Paul ,I have several questions :
    -I see in this tip (Lose your swing ) that you recommend to “roll the wrists “BEN HOGAN said this move gave him a lot of power .I had however a Golf Instructor who disadvised rolling the wrists ,so I don’t do so .What is the truth?
    -You don’t seem to insist in keeping the left arm straight during the backswing ;in photos of the “greats” of the past I see that their left arm is very ,very straight.(BEN HOGAN ‘s left arm is straight as an arrow )There exists training aids which teach you to keep that left arm straight .What are your thoughts on this ?
    -I agree on the source of distance and clubhead speed being to rotate your lower body as fast as possible ,starting with the right knee pushing towards the ball.This is easier said than done!How do you train the proper muscles(Lateral abdominals and hips )to acheive more rotating speed ?What are the corresponding exercises ?
    -Some top golfers say that you shouldn’t lift too much your right heel during the throughswing .This contradicts more or less what you teach .What again is the truth ?
    Thanks in advance for your no nonsense teaching

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      1. I want you to roll your wrists purposely until you have mastered rolling your wrists. Mastering the wrist roll means you are no spinning it right anymore. After that you are keeping the hands and arms powerless which is my whole concept.


      How to Release the Golf Club: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-wrist-release

      Manually Square the Clubface: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface

      Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up

      2. If you use your legs to uncoil your upper body will follow. It is a spring-like effect.


      Shoulders in downswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/shoulders-downswing

      3. The right heel should be about 3-4 inches off the ground with irons and 5-6 inches off the ground with woods. There are plenty of pictures online off golfers from all eras doing this. The heel is coming off the ground through the rotation of the lower body. People who keep it flat on the ground or angled on the inner edge are usually sliders example: Tom Lehman, Phil Mickelson. I would not suggest you slide. Let the heel come off the ground as I suggest. I have see far too many pros with it off the ground and rarely do I see amateurs with it off the ground.


      Right Heel: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-back-foot

  5. PETERMCMULLEN, 1 year ago

    My thanks to you and Pete for the four days I spent with you this past week. I made the lesson appointments with you because I had lost my swing. And yes, you are and were correct. I wanted more and the harder I tried to get more the more I was using my arms. Watching this video session might have helped, but spending two hours a day for four days in a row was better. I have come away with a much better understanding of your method of leaning and doing a golf swing. Thanks again. I know I am back on track to enjoying the game of golf.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      It was great seeing and working with you. I truly appreciate you coming for lessons.

      I think 4 days of us going over it with sink in and you will now have a clear thought of what to work on. You have a good swing (don’t let anyone tell you different). Now you can make it even better.

      Yes, keep the arms out of it. If it was as easy as whacking at the ball with your arms you would be a scratch golfer. There is a different way to do it. That way is using your body and letting the arms become powerless.

  6. barrybower, 1 year ago

    Paul this is a question on grip . I watched your tips on grip, i am finding that my grip starts out proper ,but when i check it at the finished it has changed to a very strong grip which causes my shot to hook to much. how do i prevent this from happening without gripping the club to hard and creating to much tension in arms, are there any drills .

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      This is tough. My grip always moved on the club until the day I turned my arms off then it never moved ever again.

      Here is a drill you should be doing:

      Secure Top of Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/secure-top-backswing

      I did the tee drill for 1 month back in the day. Just remember the grip is secure and the wrists are loose. This is a fine line but it can be done.

  7. RichardGentry, 1 year ago

    Thank for this great tip Paul. I “lost” my swing over the last few months. In mid summer and early fall I was hitting the ball really well…and effortlessly! My confidence was up and I did just what you discribed…tried to hit the ball harder/farther. I’m been struggling to get my swing back, but I’m finally starting to slow down again and striking the ball much better again.


    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      Everyone will want more and more. I have gone through this a million times. It is just knowing to slow back down and build it back up with the legs. Now you know this you can get it back in a few shots instead of a few months.

  8. ThomasRaftery, 1 year ago

    Is the rotation of the hips the first element of the downswing? Is the rotation initiated by a shift?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      The lower body starts the downswing. This has been proven by the Titleist TPI center as well as other sources with sensors on the body. Every better player have the same sequence. I like people to get it by doing my touch the legs position:


      Legs Touching: http://ignitiongolf.com/touch-knees

      To get the feeling just throw some balls overahnd out in front of you with a narrower stance. When you do you will see that you do this exact move. So do this for a bit then apply it to your golf swing.

      There is lateral motion in the swing however, I don’t want you thinking about it. I just did a couple of tips on this. I know the weight shift will occur because you will end up on the very tip of your back toe. The thing I don’t know is if you will turn. Therefore, I want you thinking TURN not SHIFT.


      There Is Lateral Motion In The Downswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/lateral-motion-downswing/

      Bump or No Bump?: http://ignitiongolf.com/bump-or-no-bump/

  9. RichardGentry, 1 year ago

    Amazing how hard it is to slow down! I was out playing a round yesterday, hitting the ball fairly well. About the 11 hole I hit my first “duck hook”. Next hole, I told myself slow down, swing easy, then proceeded to hit another duck hook. On the next tee box, I again told myself to slow down, swing easy and swung at what felt like about 1/2 speed. Hit the ball straight down the middle, maybe slightly shorter than usually, but dead center. Finished the round swinging at 1/2 speed and hitting every fairway. Good news is it only took me 2 holes to correct. Now all I need to do is try to ingrain that slow swing into my daily routine.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      Yes, it is hard for people to slow down. This is because everyone wants distance. Glad you got the feeling. Next time you go to practice start off slow. If you keeping swinging like this you will get used to it and gain total control of your swing.

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