Take the Arms Out of Your Swing with the Rating Drill

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11 Responses to “Take the Arms Out of Your Swing with the Rating Drill”

  1. September 25, 2012


    I just signed up for the free 7 day trial, and I am sure I will join the site no matter the cost! This tip alone has me thinking… I have been watching Paul’s videos on youtube for about 3 months, and this hit home! Rating those swings has to be good, because I out drove the whole group on a hole this past Sunday (a group that I should never out drive) and remember saying to myself “that felt like I never hit the ball”. However with this tip, I might just be able to repeat it!

  2. September 25, 2012


    Hi Paul
    Thanks for the drill. Please allow me to digress abit.
    What are the dos and don’ts regarding the lead arm thumb, during a swing?

    • Paul Wilson

      September 26, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      You are gripping the club with the left thumb against the side of your hand.



      Then you are hinging the wrists as you go back so the left thumb will be point to your right ear at the top.


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

      Once the club comes down your grip is still perfectly on the club.

      Into the follow through the thumb will be here:

      How Far Around Should You Swing?: http://ignitiongolf.com/swing-how-far-around/

      In no way am I thinking about my thumb. I am really seeing the whole grip as a unit.

      I would be very careful not to have the left thumb too much to the right or left on the club. Slightly right of center is ideal.

  3. September 26, 2012


    David and Paul, I’m not sure David realizes the benefit of the rating drill to other activities that cause tension. For many years I’ve sung operatically and remember teachers preaching the benefits of relaxing the jaw, tongue, and related muscles that impair voice production. These teachers never put a NUMBER on the level of tension causing vocal problems, but that would have been very helpful. David uses the phrase “getting out of your way,” and I heard that innumerable times while over-coming the high note fears we tenors MUST ACHIEVE. There is a direct parallel between relaxing the arms, wrists, etc.for golf and relaxing the tongue and jaw for vocal production. My friends frequently kid me when I hit one in the water by saying: “Have you considered taking up singing?”

    Thanks for all your help.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 26, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Ron, glad you like this tip and made the association to singing. I’m sure it would be beneficial in so many other things too. I definitely like the rating system. I have had people swing with their arms all locked up then swing with them totally relaxed or more relaxed so they can notice the difference but this is definitely a good way to do it too. I just remember to tip. Thanks I’ll have to shoot this one.

    • mentalist

      September 27, 2012

      David Breslow

      Hi ron,

      Breslow here.

      YES–I am aware of the benefit of the rating drill in other areas of life. In truth, many of the drills I use often derive from other disciplines—that translate beautifully to golf.

      There are many, many, many amazing ideas from other disciplines because let’s face it…the human body functions best when your mind/body/emotions are in sync so why not do anything that makes that happen?

      Thanks for chiming in Ron! We love to hear from you!

  4. November 22, 2012


    G’day Paul & David,

    Back in 1974 my father-in-law made me play golf with “I’m going out to play, I don’t like playing only own, I’d like you to come with me”. He let me use the clubs he took to India in 1926. I still remember him saying to me “let the club do the work”, in many ways this seems to be what you are saying to me today.
    I wish I still had those clubs.

    • mentalist

      November 22, 2012

      David Breslow

      Hi Terence,

      What a great memory!

      Your father in law was right but you let ANY club do the work:)

      The club will do the work when you ALLOW the arms to swing naturally.
      Yes–this drill puts your mind on ALLOWING rather than TRYING and thus your tension reduces and relaxation/energy flow and power are increased.

      Pretty cool, eh?

      To your best golf!

      • December 24, 2013


        G’day Paul and David,
        I was on the come back trail a year ago. I had gone from a 14 h’cap all the way out to 22 ( years ago I got down to 10 – Missed single figures by “that much” (thanks Maxwell Smart)). Paul’s simple, almost classic golf swing, got me down to 12 earlier this year, then ballooned out after being in USA for 7 weeks and UK for 3 weeks.
        Anyway, back to this instruction, I think I have this tension thing under control ‘most of the time’. When I get to the top I just focus on turning my hips and touching my knees together, there is no room left in my grey matter to think about the arms etc. Another tip Paul gave is about maintaining my body angle through to the finish, that’s been a big help.
        I’ll incorporate this tension rating tip into my practice sessions.
        To all the Ignition golf faculty thanks for playing with my mind David, Jeremy has got me planking and strengthening my Glutes, Pete has gone a bit quiet but I think about club choice stuff, Paul – Swing Machine Golf is making a difference for me.
        All of you have a great Xmas and come back full of inspiration in the New Year

  5. January 1, 2014


    Great tip David. I’ll use it every time I hit the range. Thx!!

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