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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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September 18, 2013
Hi Paul, today’s tip along with others on the subject of the down swing are really helpful to guys like me who played a lot of baseball, but no golf until 18 or so. Starting the downswing with the arms is a tough habit to break and initiating things with the hip turn is both unnatural and physically difficult for we older less flexible fellows. Holding the club in the hitting position with the hips turned 45 degrees is mentally helpful, but getting to that position from the top is easier said than done. At least I finally understand why so many well struct shots go 10 to 20 degrees to the left and why I look like I’m addressing the ball when hitting it. Little or no hip turn. Knowing a major fault is a good step in the right direction.
September 20, 2013
I love it when people have a baseball background. It is mind boggling to me when people say the baseball swing is nothing like golf.
I guarantee when you hit a baseball you turned your hips. If so, you need to incorporate this very same movement into your golf swing. Watching your ball tells you if you are doing it right or not.
In your case I would be doing tons of swings off the ground. Think about your baseball movement then gradually lower the club. See golf as having to hit a baseball over center field every time. To do this you need to base it on torque (coiling and uncoiling). Without having to look at the pitcher as in baseball you can get this coil in golf. Hope you see it.
I’m a CPA. Therefore, my world is basically numbers. I have been following your tips for 8 or 9 months now. I do not play or practice very often due to lack of free time, but do practice the swing. My original goals were to cut my handicap in half – from 15 to 7.5 – and shoot my age some day. At 67 that is a pretty lofty goal, but I believe that if I continue to improve, by the time I turn 70, it will be doable, especially from the senior tees. I thought the handicap would spike upwards at first, but it did not. My last four rounds have been 85, 83, 83, and 82. This followed five rounds where my average score was 97. My swing is still not close to where it needs to be so I am excited about the future. I have heard you speak of “good” players. For a numbers junky like me, at what handicap does one fit your definition of “good”? I realize that there is more to being “good” than the handicap number, but it is the only tangible measure we have.
First, in saying you do not have time to play or practice I hope you are doing practice swings at home. This is one of the reasons I tell people do practice this way. Do 25-50 per night. If you can do more do so. Everyone has time for this. The hard part is getting people off the couch to go do them. Small price to pay for a great swing. So make sure you have 5-10 mins. to work on your game every night. This is what it is going to take to get you into the 70’s.
Next, you have had a few good rounds. Be very careful that you do not start trying to hit the ball too hard. If start hitting it thin, topping or slicing it you are using the arms. Immediately slow down, swing easier and keep the arms relaxed.
Good players to me would be a low single digit player. I would say a 4 hdcp or better. To get to this level requires the right fundamentals.
September 19, 2013
Thanks again for your insight. To me being real loose helps me make the powerless arms work. Now i noticed that my arms can be powerless but the swing can still be driven by my upper body. This results in a hit to the right. Im working down to the hips but it is tough to turn everything else off
Powerless arms means you are not hitting or helping it in any way with your arms. If you are using the upper body to hit the ball you would be hitting it left unless the face was severely open. I highly doubt you are doing this so I think you are disconnecting by getting your body too far ahead of the club which is causing it to be open through impact. If the face is ever open you need to manually roll the face over (feeling your arms) to get the clubface squaring. Once you get the spin fixed you then focus on the body rotation to straighten it out.
Manually Square the Clubface: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface
Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up
DRILL: Connection: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-head-cover-armpit
September 21, 2013
Thank you for your response. It will help me get back on track. I will
do considerably more practice swings. I believe that I have a fear of
failure. But now I have new inspiration because I have a new goal – to
get my handicap to three point something. It would make me very
proud to get to a level where Paul Wilson considers me a “better”
player. Maybe someday you will tell people of the nearly 70
year old that you took from a 15 to a three in a year and a half.
I am going into the yard to practice my swing now.
Thank you so much.
September 22, 2013
It can be done. Just stick to the plan. You are going to build a great looking golf swing (like a pro). The more you look like a pro the more you have the right fundamentals.
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