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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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July 17, 2013
Excellent instruction ,Paul:I used some Time ago to plant two tees in front and behind in THE turf as a visual aid .Now two questions:some teachers say THE backstroke and THE thru stroke in THE putting stroke should be equal .You (and others )say THE thru stroke should be longer .Who is right !
There ‘s even THE pop stroke technique where you “pop” THE ball ! (I don’ t do it .)
Second question :Speed of THE green:should you train for different Green speeds :stimpmeter readings from 8 to 12 feet .
You CAN find exercise mats which CAN simulate different stimpmeter speeds .Is it worth THE money to have one ?Or even a stimpmeter ?
Finally there’s THE tempo of THE stroke to take care of .
The through stroke should be longer than the backstroke. If you were trying to get them the same length you would have to be thinking about your stroke. Plus, a throwing motion would have you going further through than going back.
It would be way too much work to practice the different speeds of greens. This is just a feel thing. You could grip down a little on your putter if the greens are fast or imagine the hole being a little closer. If you are not consistently playing all these different speed greens there is no way you are going to be able to switch to that putting speed instantly. I really think it’s going to have to be a feel thing.
July 18, 2013
Thank you ,Paul ,for your advice.I’ll do it your way.Thinking of throwing THE ball at THE hole is a very good and useful tip ,it keeps you from tightening up!
August 4, 2013
Just watched Tiger win the Bridgestone. Didn’t realize until today that both Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley must be poor putters. Mallets…………I couldn’t help myself.
Yeah, I better change back to my other putter. Tiger better watch out.
April 1, 2015
Just dipped into your putting tips.As a senior still playing off a lowish handicap my weakness is short putts 3,4 and 5 footers which I get tense over and miss way too many.
Deceleration is likely the flaw but also I usually see them miss which makes me think I might be looking up too quickly. I’ll try the A to B drill but do you also advocate keeping the head still until well after the stroke. Gary Player used to say he didn’t look until he heard the ball in the hole.
I may have said it before but your tips are really helping my all round game and look forward to all of your tips. Even when I’m playing badly I think I now have some better idea why.
September 7, 2015
On longer putts should we increase the length of our back swing or just awing a little harder (throw the ball longer)?
Yes, if you were to throw a ball farther you would take your hand back farther. Same thing in putting. Too short and you will have a jabby stroke.
April 14, 2016
Thanks, Paul. This is a good tip to help with the “yips”! Stopping on the backswing helps eliminate the urge to stab at the ball. I’ve noticed that some of the young PGA phenols are using the left hand low putting technique, Spieth being the most prominent. What do you think of this technique?
I don’t think much of it. All you have to do is become target oriented with the throwing motion or backhanding motion. You can do it if you want.
April 20, 2016
Thanks for the tip Paul. Have you had any thoughts on Jordan Spieth’s technique of looking at the hole instead of the ball when putting. Would this tend to get you to follow through to the target? Have you ever tried it for a while? Is it a bad habit to get into?
All the best
Although I have never really tried it for any period of time I like it. It is exactly what I teach. It makes you target oriented not stoke oriented. If it works for you I am totally fine with it. I would hope you would be doing my technique in conjunction with it.
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