Taking Powerless Arms to the Course

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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+

19 Responses to “Taking Powerless Arms to the Course”

  1. Thanks for this Paul. Timely!

    Working hard (and having fun) on being “tall.”

    Best-Craig Smith

    • Craig,

      Very good. Just understand the taller you are the more coil you will be able to do. This is what you are basing your swing on. Coil … uncoil.

  2. You’re right Paul, it is so hard to not swing hard with your arms on the course. Everything in you is telling you to swing hard.
    It does take a lot of practice and discipline. I am finding that when I can turn down the swing I am hitting the ball much better.

    • Steve,

      It’s funny that people experience a few shots with no arms yet insist on going back to whacking away at it. If you whacked at it and got double the result I could see doing it but the pay off is nill or minimum yet the chance of error goes through the roof.

  3. Paul,

    Have been studying and practicing your philosophy for about 8 months. A great series for teaching technique and I have enjoyed trying to follow it.

    My chipping, bunker and pitching have improved dramatically. My irons also have improved. My driver has not. I video myself and see a number of flaws that come and go – sway going back, casting, need more hip turn, rise up at contact, ugly chicken wing and my finish does not touch the back of my head.

    One of my most frustrating issues is that when I am successful at making a good swing – powerless arms, good hip turn, head behind ball, extended arms after contact, in balance and finish with club touching back of head – it’s because I have reduced my grip pressure significantly to the point of letting go of the club during the transition from back swing to down swing. It looks good on tape but I leave the club open and slice or snap hook it horribly. It’s a fine balance to combine sufficient grip pressure and powerless arms and loose wrists that I have not mastered. I have tried the tee wedged in the left hand but so far unsuccessful. Drop tee when I feel powerless and tee remains when I grip harder, tighten up and chicken wing from hitting with arms.

    Having reviewed your tips a number of times and can’t seem to find one that helps me with the issue of finding the balance between grip pressure and powerless arms – loose wrists.

    Well that’s enough venting for now – more later – time to get back to practice. Thanks again.

    • Matthew,

      Glad you like the tips.

      Powerless arms is you not hitting it or helping it in any way with your arms. If you let go of the club you have to re-grip. In doing so, you will activate your arms. You need to start with the grip at 2 out of 10. The grip increases to 8 out of 10 by the time you hit the top of the backswing yet your wrists are loose.

      Secure Grip Loose Wrists: http://ignitiongolf.com/secure-grip-loose-wrists/

      It sounds like you are working on things out of order. Focus on the grip, set up and follow through ONLY. Master touching the legs and touching the head (splitting the ears). Only when you master these should you even be thinking about the backswing. So stay focused on this and hold on to the club.

      Once you get his you work on stabilizing the back foot as you coil:

      How To Cure A Sway: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-sway/

      Then you work on the backswing hinge.

  4. June 7, 2014


    You are the best golf instructor. Followed your tip about hitting at 50% and along with a proper swing, my game continues to improve.
    I have decided to buy your series as a graduation gift for my son.
    Congratulations on my success. I owe it all to you.


    Thanks for keeping us lefties in mind

    • Rick,

      Thanks for the kinds words. I appreciate it.

      I also thank you for the support. Just make sure he follows the lesson carefully and does lots of practice swings.

      Keep up the good work.

  5. With THE rotation around THE lead leg ,powered by THE hips ,THE “POWERLESS ARMS ” and THE “LOOSE WRISTS “are THE basics OF YOUR fine golf instruction . But it takes a lot OF Time to ingrain it ,especially when playing on THE golf course .
    I started One year ago with you ,I’ve worked hard to make th

    • Raymond,

      Glad you like the tips. I appreciate the feedback.

      The choice is yours not to practice. I don’t know any pros who work on their swing this way. I hope you are at least doing practice swings at home on a nightly basis.

      Playing brings out the beast in everyone. This is why you should be trying new things on the range … ingraining them … then bringing them to the course.

  6. Hi Paul,
    I find that I tend to hook the ball when swinging at 50 percent, is this because I’m still using my arms? Also, I have noticed quite an improvement in my golf game because of your teachings and as a result a number of people have told me that I have a nice swing. I have told them it’s because of Paul Wilson and Ignition golf. I still get pretty nervous over tough holes and tighten up as a result. However, I know it’s just a matter of getting rid of that old swing and trusting the new one.
    Thank you for your time.

    • Chris,

      You are not seeing the good in the shot. The hook is telling you that your wrists and release are working but your body is not. At this point you can take it up a notch. Start driving the lower body a little harder to straighten it out. If you drive the lower body harder and start slicing the back if off a little.

      I like where you are at. You should see some great results shortly. The other evidence is people commenting on your swing. This is all good stuff. Thanks for the promo. I really appreciate it.

  7. Paul, you have brought back the joy of playing this great game with powerless arms. Best handicap 12 but drifted out to a slicing embarrassment as an older player.
    You are the greatest original thinker but still behind Bob Dylan as a genius, sorry.

    • Simon,

      You are not alone. This has happened to so many people. You just got the arms activated in your swing. You probably took a break from golf or just tried to hit harder. When people take a break they come back to golf trying to hit it with arms alone. This is disastrous. Glad you are getting it back. Just keep the arms turned off and try to use your body to hit the ball.

      Damn that Bob Dylan. I will not be outdone. Thinking cap … back on.

  8. Thumbs to the Target
    I love you

  9. Hi Paul,

    I keep rolling my hands and using powerless arms. As a lefty, I am starting to have a draw, hook. It starts out straight and cuts to the right.
    Should I slow the swing?


    • Harold,

      You are not rolling it soon enough. You need to roll it from the top until you are good at it and never slice it ever again. Slow down and roll it.

  10. Hi Paul,

    I have hit a few duck hooks now in comp. you know it’s no worse than a severe slice. I also have hit allot of straight and slight draws. Powerless arms are happening for me. Hitting the occasional fat shot as well. I respect your instruction and keep a smile on my face.

    Just would like to ask what do you do when people insist on being in the way of ones shot. I have experienced the holding of the pin/flag and the person saying “go ahead-go ahead” to people walking up like I don’t exist but they are in harms way, because I am still capable of some very bad shots.

    When someone’s in the way it plays on ones performance. I’ve never seen a pro come close to being in another’s way.

    Should I pick the ball up and scratch the hole? Or should I just say okay, it’ll hurt the person in the way more than me if I miss hitting.

    I’m not trying to be silly, it’s very hard to figure what to do.



    • Harold,

      You need to forcefully tell them to move. Just say, Can you please move. I have no idea where this is going to go. You may get hit. Rule of them is the should be behind the ball. If not they run the risk of getting hit. I have seen golf balls go sideways so it is no laughing matter. If they ignore your request hit your shot anyway. You can’t say you didn’t warn them.

      Don’t let other people affect your game. I know this is tough but you have to focus on you and not them.

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