Stop Hitting Down

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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+

20 Responses to “Stop Hitting Down”

  1. November 1, 2012

    RickZech

    Paul,
    You are my guy and I like your teaching style since you have cut about 15 strokes off my game. I did however see a lesson where the instructor said to pretend like you are hitting the end of an aiming stick at the bottom of the ball. That seemed to make quite a difference on my focus and in my shot and took a divot each time. It was like it filled in a big missing piece of my game. Any thoughts?

    • November 1, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Rick, My thought is this is hitting. Although you may have seen some improvement this will not allow you to be as consistent as you should be in the future. Turn your arms off.

      • November 1, 2012

        RickZech

        Paul,
        I understand what you are saying and see your point.
        It was Martin Chuck who suggested the aim stick. I am just waiting for my Revolution Golf subscription to run out and was just trying to get my money’s worth. Too many conflicting ideas.
        Thanks,
        Rick

  2. November 1, 2012

    PaulLucas

    When I was going through troubled times (prior to Ignition golf) I was told my fault lay with the fact I wasn’t hitting down on the ball. When I did sure it took off like a rocket usually in a different direction. Watching an earlier clip it definitely was all arms and muscle. I quite like the sound of Rick’s comment about focussing on the bottom of the ball on the downward swing coupled with the body turn whipping of the club head (wish I had a better way to discuss this) as you follow through. Thanks again.

    • November 1, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Paul, You should be focusing on turning the arms off and letting the arms stretch out fully. You should also be thinking about hitting the follow through position. This is point B to your swing.

  3. November 1, 2012

    KENNETHPEREZ

    I KNOW NOT WHY I TEND TO TAKE TOO DEEP A DIVOT WITH THE WEDGES FROM 100 YARDS IN. TO THE POINT WHERE I HAVE TO LET GO OF THE CLUB AND THE RESULT IS THE CLUB GOING BACKWARDS REACTING TO THE SPRING EFFECT.????? PERHAPS I AM NOT TURNING ENOUGH WITH THOSE SWINGS…..?

  4. November 1, 2012

    barrybower

    Golf season is over in my neck of the woods east coast canada, what drills wouldf be the most effective over the winter months. great website.

    • November 2, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Barry, You should be doing regular practice swings at home working on your swing positions. Winter is the best time to work on your swing because there is no ball to hit. No ball means you can focus on developing a great swing. Once the next season rolls around you should be playing better than ever. Work on 1 or 2 things at a time and master them. Watch your swing in a mirror if you can. This way you will not only get the feedback from the position but you will be able to see if you are doing it correctly. Don’t forget to putt, pitch and chip on your carpet. This will keep your short game sharp (use plastic balls if you have to).

  5. November 3, 2012

    JasonTomlinson

    Hi Paul. I wanted to thank you for all of your tips. You have helped my game a lot. As a beginner (playing 1 and 1/2 years) you have helped me hit below 100 consistently. I am now enjoying my golf and this is mainly down to your easy to follow but very effective tips. I am now working on your short game DVD’s.

    Thanks again, I would suggest you to all my friends.

    • November 5, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Jason, thank you very much for your feedback, kind words and promotion. I truly appreciate it. Please keep at it. Your next goal is breaking 90.

  6. November 4, 2012

    barrybower

    Paul Can now hit the follow through positions b consistantly now with knees touching as well but not sure if lower body starting first. does swinging slower cause you to use more lower body.

    • November 5, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Barry, I’m glad you are getting the follow through positions. Slowing down should relax the arms more but people can still use them even though they are slowing down. The tell tale sign you are using your arms is if you are pulling it. Just watch your ball and it will let you know. If you are not taking divots and hitting it thin these are signs too.

  7. Hi Paul…
    I am following since revolution golf. I am so happy to find you again.
    You are best teacher!! I have a your short game series,swing machine golf
    and book.
    Thanks, Theresa

  8. September 17, 2015

    BenedictCoffey

    Hi Paul,

    All of a sudden I’m taking deep and long divots with my full wedge shots. Mostly I’m getting the ball first and the shot turns out OK but it’s not what I want to do – I’d prefer a shallow divot. Can you tell me how to fix this please?

    Thanks,
    Ben

    • September 17, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Ben,

      Stand taller with shorter clubs this will reduce the depth of the divot.

      Watch:

      Stand Tall with Short Clubs: http://ignitiongolf.com/stand-tall-short-clubs/

      • September 18, 2015

        BenedictCoffey

        Thanks Paul, much appreciated, your tuition has helped me a lot. For instance your lesson on the punch shot helped me get around a links course, Port Fairy, which sits next to the Southern Ocean.

        As a left hander who is right handed at everything else, I would enjoy seeing you try hit a few balls left handed on your next tip! I’m sure you can do it!

        • September 18, 2015

          Paul Wilson

          Ben,

          Glad you like the tips. Thanks. I mastered the punch shot when I lived in Kansas city. Great shot to have because so few can do it.

          Many years ago I started to learn my technique left handed so I would understand exactly what someone would do if they were to learn my technique. I had it looking good and was starting to hit it okay in no time. It would take come practice to get it back again. This takes time which I do not have. I will think about it though. Maybe do it in practice swings to show everyone how important they are in learning a great swing.

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