Powerless Arms Test

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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+

21 Responses to “Powerless Arms Test”

  1. February 12, 2014


    “….you’ll just sit there whackin away at it, and, you’ll never improve.”

    This quote needs to be in everyone’s head before every round/practice session.

    • February 12, 2014


      PS, i was just thinking, would you support taking the focus off your arms by starting the back swing by thinking of your left shoulder coiling to the right side and then trigger the hips and touch the legs position? This would make only two thoughts: shoulder coiled to the right side ( which would load the weight to the right side) and then belt buckle to the target. thoughts?

    • Paul Wilson

      February 12, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Someone is listening to me … I like it!

  2. February 13, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    Would it be possible in the future, to do a tip where you hit your driver and it actually show that you carry the ball 270 yards. This would further drive home your point that you don’t have to kill the ball or rather powerless arms really work!!!

    I am sure a lot of your subscribers would be in owe…….

    Thank you.

  3. February 13, 2014


    Coach I get it. Can you run a tip on the actual release of the wrists? One has to maintain a flat left wrist at contact with forward lean of shaft on iron shots. But can you go over the hinging release so as to not confuse it with a flipping of wrists? I have seen so many tips that wrist hinge is always up and down and not side to side(flipping) that it would help to see your tip in slow motion accentuating the wrist release? As always great job.

  4. February 13, 2014


    Hey Paul,l

    This is just what I needed at the point of my attempt to learn the correct after 40 years coming over the top and hitting at the ball.

    Couple this with your 3:1 swings on the practice tee and wow you can actually feel and see the increase in distance.

    As I swing downward and out toward the target the unhinging of my wrists happens so fast I cannot see or feel this section. Is there a drill whereby I can set the backswing with my left shoulder and to a position maybe half way back where I can swing back and get more feel of the unhinging? Maybe this is to much to think about and I should just trust that it is happening.

    Great work keep it up.

    Best regards Gerald (JJ) Joyce

    • Paul Wilson

      February 14, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      It’s a different way to swing for sure. Now you understand it you just have to get used to it. Keep focused on doing practice swings working on the swing positions and trying to make them perfect. As your swing gets better so will your shots.

      You should be doing this drill:

      Lag And Release Drill: http://ignitiongolf.com/lag-release-drill

  5. This is the best tip ever. Thx Paul.

  6. March 23, 2014


    Been Playing golf for 10 years with a 10 year break (7 handicap previously ) , just getting back to it . Looking over internet for refreshers . Without doubt Paul’s instruction is a stand out. The Powerless Arms video had me enthralled , I have never seen such a great explanation of the swing . Just signed up today , will definitely continue. Many Thanks

  7. March 23, 2014


    Reminds me of something I heard many years ago, not sure where , but definitely applies her… “Effortless Power, not Powerless Effort”

    • Paul Wilson

      March 23, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      If you see a pro hit a ball with what appears to be an effortless swing why would you want to swing real hard at it? Everyone should be trying to swing easy. Hopefully everyone here is trying to work on it. It’s incredible once you get it.

  8. Hi Paul;
    When I start my practice session, I always start with my lob wedge. When hitting balls with this club, everything feels incredibly loose & I can easily hit it 70-75 yds with little effort, but can’t keep my swing that loose for other clubs. This just drives me crazy due to the fact when I go to the next club requiring more distance, I immediately start swinging harder. I tried your tip on using your full swing to hit 75% shots which as you stated, is really hard to do. I just watched the video with touching the basket which I haven’t yet tried but will as soon as I finish this e-mail. Why is it that putting a ball in front of someone immediately changes a great practice swing to trying to hit harder. The pro I occasionally work with put it this way. “I’ve seen a thousand great swings ruined by a golf ball.” I totally understand the powerless arms concept but just can’t make it happen with anything but a lob wedge. I know this isn’t something you can solve, I just needed to vent my frustration. Grrrr! Thanks for listening.

    • Michael,

      This is a because as you move to longer clubs your thought switches to distance. You actually care about where the ball is going instead of caring about your movement. I keep telling everyone this … FORGET THE BALL. You are there to develop the right movement. Perfect movement will hit perfect shots. Are you going to be great at it at first? NO. Does this mean you stop doing it? NO. So you keep trying to swing at 75% until you can do it (tee it up). IT IS A DRILL. Get good at doing the drill. Understand you are doing this drill to stop hitting. AS you do it you are turning your arms off. Once you do this, you will then be speeding up ONLY the lower body rotation to hit it farther (legs and hips).

      So doing it this way you are crawling before you can run. Just baby it off the tee with all clubs saying to yourself you are going to get power later. For now, you are doing this drill to turn your arms off.

      Another way you can work on it (which works incredibly well yet no one listens to me) is to immediately stop hitting practice balls. You can play and work on your short game all you want but DO NOT HIT ANY PRACTICE BALLS WITH A FULL SWING (other than a few to warm up before you play). At home every night you work on my swing positions. You start with grip, setup and my follow through positions (touch leg, touch head). That is is until you have them mastered. Then you work on coiling and finally hinging at the top. You must do it in this exact order and not think about the backswing positions until you master the follow through. Just do whatever you are currently doing in the backswing. I do not care about the backswing at this time if you are working on it this way. Tell yourself that what you are doing is building a great looking golf swing. You do 25-50 practice swings minimum per night preferably while watching yourself in a mirror. Check the positions. Check the feedback I teach. Make it perfect.

      Practice swings means there is no ball. No ball means you are not trying to hit anything because there is nothing there to hit. As you keep doing this every movement means something to you. After a while the practice swings and building a great swing means something to you. Then you get mad when you don’t do the right move NOT when you hit a bad shot.

      Get to work.

  9. Thanks for the reply Paul. Will keep working!

  10. July 25, 2014


    Hello Paul…
    I tore my left bicep completely from the radius. I just came out of major reconstructive surgery. I can’t even hold a club for 4-6 months. So what can I do with just my right arm that will keep me improving my golf swing or putting motion during these months of rehab? Are there any drills or any part of the game that I can work on with one arm?

    • Gary,

      No there are no swings you should be doing. Take a break. Once you get feeling better putt, then chip. then pitch, the once you are completely healed do practice swings, then hit easy real shots, then gradually increase it. There is no messy around with injuries. If you do the wrong thing you could be out for life or feeling it for life when this is totally unnecessary. Be very careful. Just keep watching the tips and understand how the golf swing works. Use your brain to work on your swing. Imagine you making perfect swings.

  11. February 10, 2015


    Hi Paul watching the powerless arms video to me it is very noticeable your left elbow is bent at the top is this correct.? Paul Blake

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