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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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October 23, 2017
Great tip, can’t wait till I attend your school. Thank you Paul
October 24, 2017
It will be fun. See you soon.
Another wonderful tip again, and oh so true!
However, it doesn’t take us about 10 rounds, it takes years!
I’ve been following you for more than three years, now. I’ve learned a lot about physics in a golf swing. Unfortunately, it is a huge task to change a swing you have been doing wrongly for years. And, I see some success with an additional help from my Pro. Because I need that feed-back, because I still tend to fall back into old mistakes.
My biggest fault is to over-back-swing tremendously, and I really don’t have an internal point on how to stop that. Thus, I’m not able to get into the right positions you teach, and I loose the leg of my wrists far too early.
As you mentioned in various other tips, I guess the main goal is to swing easier, slowlier, to better feel the scope of the swing. However, I feel it keeps me off from building torch and then I am too soft with my body muscles.
During the course of me changing the swing, I did dozens of rounds alone as you recommend.
It just takes a lot of time and energy. With your constant advice and tips it always forces me to stig to it and keep on going.
Thanks to you and your whole team.
Thanks. Glad you liked it. This is one of the main things people keep asking.
Keep in mind, I worked on this myself many years ago so I know all about working on it.
I hit 1,000 balls per day 7 days per week (I counted them) for over 2 years and never got it. So hitting balls will never work.
I started working on positions and built a good looking golf swing. My final step was turning my arms off. This took me 3 practice swings to turn them off. After that I just told myself not to hit or help the shot with my arms.
The Average Golfer:
I work with people on a daily basis. The main problem is the person cares about the ball not the positions. They are thinking like I was when I was just beating balls. This will never work. So to get it the person has to think like a pro. We are not doing a super-human move. We are usually moving less than the average person and getting a better result which means we are doing it a different way. To get it we worked on each individual positions trying to master the position. We did not care about the ball (for a while).
In your comment you say you go past parallel. This is you looking for power in the backswing with the arms. The higher up you go the more you can pull the club down to whack at the ball. This is a powerful feeling. Shorter feels like you have no power so guess what? If you feel like you have no power you will go right back to you old swing and not make the change. You need to keep doing the shorter backswing no matter how bad you hit it. I try to tell people a move usually takes 30 in a row to even get remotely comfortable with it. At 30 second per balls this is 15 mins of pure concentration on 1 thing. Most people concentrate for about 1 min and give up. If your goal is to do a shorter backswing then feel like you are taking it to 3/4 back then hit your shot (I would tee it up). Do not stop doing this until it is master. This means no matter where the ball goes you do not care. All you care about is doing a shorter backswing. Once you do enough you will see that this shorter backswing will hit the ball longer than your longer swing. Problem is, you haven’t done it enough to see this yet.
How To Shorten Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-shorten-backswing/
Is Your Backswing Too Short?: http://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-too-short/
How to know you are at the top is once you feel the tight coil. Once tightly coiled, you are at the top. So look for the tight coil. Keep the lower body stable. Coil only the shoulders. Once tight you are at the top. So uncoil. REMEMBER: when you first do this you will feel that you do not have any power. You cannot quit. I guarantee if you do this for 15 straight mins you will hit it longer than you were before. This is because you will have to change the power sources to the legs and hips to get any power. Once you do, you will be using the legs and hips NOT the hand arms.
I am trying to teach the swing by getting people to work on grip, setup, follow through first. Once mastered, the person then work on the backswing. I have simplified it down to all of 4 positions. Get these and you really will look like a pro. Again, the problem is the person does not work on the positions. They keep trying to hit great shots. So they see a few good ones and think they have it when really, it was luck.
For you, it is this long backswing. This has to be priority 1. Work on it as I suggest above. Go from there to the follow through position. This should be easier now you will not be hitting with the arms. I would be doing this at the range and in nightly practice swings. Shortening the backswing should not take you more than 2 weeks to master if not sooner.
Like I said, all you need to do is see that this way hits it as far if not farther than your old swing. Once you do, you will want to shorten it. Right now you haven’t seen it so you go back to a move that doesn’t work.
Give it a try and let me know.
October 25, 2017
Paul ,I’m probably the “Black Sheep ” amongst your pupils ,or at the minimum the “Unusual,eccentric golfer “.
I never go to the “range” and haven’t done so for years .But I train at home without any ball ,just dry runs with one or two radars ,(Except for the putting and the chippng I do in my basement )and I play on the golf course three times a week .
Yes ,the golf course is my rehearsal and practice ground .Most often ,I play in between foursomes or threesomes and I have plenty of time to play the three balls system you mention .
Your golf education system is wonderful ,it did improve my game .
What did it :
-Powerless arms .(and upper body completely relaxed )
– Lifting the arms more .
-Turning more in the backswing,bring the left shoulder under the chin
-Mark a pause at the top of the backswing ,by taking a deep breath.
-Utilize the legs and push off the left instep
-Swing at 80% of power
I enjoy fully playing
On Sunday ,October 25,with my wife ,playing a scramble ,we won the Club event (And we are 80 and 83 my wife and I).The youngsters we had in our party ,bombed the ball miles ,but were bewildered by my consistency ,although I sent the ball much less far but so much straigther .
So I am here to witness your method does work ,but you have to go for it and work hard to get there
Thank you so much ,Paul.
That’s great news. I love hearing it.
Yes, it takes work. As you know, I am not a band aid teacher. Band-aids may help for a little while but they will fall apart because you are never really working on the fundamentals. For me, if I am going to do anything I do it right. To do it right you need to do it a specific way. It is up to the person to follow the instruction as I explain it. The main problem is getting the person to think like a pro and do the positions etc. Most want to just whack balls as I have said in the past. So this is my constant struggle. Eventually the come around but I wish I could get people thinking like a pro right away. If so, they would get it even quicker.
fully agree with the process; I made a deal with my local pro : get rid of scores for a while, accept the fact there will be for a period bad shots on the course. What I noticed is that you have to be 100% dedicated if you want to hit really “powerless” shots. Sometimes I can do it every other shots (or even less) on a 18 holes round, but the reward comes with a cracking drive coming with zero effort, or a fairway wood or an iron. I usually play with 3/4 balls on my own, and sometimes, if there is no group behind, I play 2 balls in match-play style, the idea being “can you hit it with less effort than me?”. So, the method will work for anybody with patience and dedication.
Glad you tried it and see that it works. Now what you need to do is convince yourself that this effortless feeling hits great shots so there is no need to swing hard. Sounds like you are close so trust it.
October 26, 2017
This was so good to hear because I find myself doing the very same thing you were talking about here.
What I got going for me is this is my first year of actually playing. I’ve played over 35 rounds of nine holes by myself. I always play with a 3-4 balls in my pocket.
When I find myself hitting with my arms and chicken wing-ing, I pull myself back and go through the “say yes” drills that you’ve been teaching.
This helps me relax, slowdown my swing of course those are the better shots I get.
P.S. I like Pierre’s idea of two ball match-style play. I’m definitely going to try this next time!
Good stuff. Glad you have been doing this. You are a beginner though so it is much easier to do than someone who has played for 30 years. Keep at it.
Paul ,I recently saw a drill on the INTERNET :it’s all about training the left arm to swing the club alone ,without the right arm ,then when you get the feeling for it ,revert to the two arms swing but don’t use your right arm ,let it go for the ride .The idea is to get the left arm to guide the swing in enough space .
I don’t agree with this way to teach the swing .I use fully the right arm the right hand and the right side .
What’s your own opinion about it ?
That is still hitting with your arms. I want no arms and no hitting. If you are training the left arm you are training it to hit.
You need to work on both arms not hitting. I guarantee when the person puts that right hand on the club they will hit again or they will pull so hard with the left they will leave the face wide open. Why not work on a smooth release with both hands.
Drill – Smooth Wrist Release: http://ignitiongolf.com/smooth-wrist-release/
October 27, 2017
Absolutely great tip. Have found my way there by hook or by crook, over too long a period of time, before this tip and wish I had heard it long ago.
Now, my swing is much better. But a related question to what you’ve addressed…What are you ( or better players) thinking as they stand over their ball? I, personally, try to think of all those “musts” on my practice swing, remind myself of 1-2 key things just before the take-away and then, focus on the ball and line without thinking of anything as I swing. But I get into variations of that and wonder what you recommend.
October 29, 2017
Glad you are getting it. People just have to stick with it. Some get it faster than others but it is well worth it once you do.
You may not have seen a tip I just posted about my pre-shot routine. Watch it. This is exactly what I am doing and thinking before every shot.
Playing Lesson – My Pre-Shot Routine: http://ignitiongolf.com/playing-lesson-pre-shot-routine/
February 18, 2018
Your teaching is brilliant. I am in the training business with corporations and I can tell you how amazing you are. I have also had many pga professionals teach me. But none of them ever provided the specific guidance and explanation you do — so great.
After working for a year on your positions, I took your advice on taking it to the course and it really made a difference. I tried to swing under control at only 50% and surprised myself by hitting the ball better than ever — even longer!!!
I am confident that I can move ahead now with a very clear idea of what to do and how to do it. No more vague directions!’
Thank you so much for your brilliant work.
February 19, 2018
Thank you for your kind words. I truly appreciate it.
I just see the swing differently and have always thought fast and easy from the very first lesson I ever taught. I knew people were leasing busy lives and it wasn’t going to get better for people so it had to be fast and easy. There are other tricks I thought of too and tested them over the years to see what was working and what wasn’t. Glad you understand it. I always thought if the person didn’t understand it why would the do it? So this was a big part of it too.
Interesting how swinging easy hits it as good if not better. This means you have more in the tank.
DRILL: More In the Tank http://ignitiongolf.com/more-in-tank/
Keep at it. You really can do it.
February 21, 2018
Hi – I agree with your training tips, however, at my age I more than likely do not have have the years that you had to learn the body nor the stamina to hit a 1000 balls a day. Any suggestions for those of us in our senior years?
Do the practice swings at home. You need to be doing 25 a day. Anyone can learn it. In no way am I saying you have to hit a lot of balls.
So practice swings daily at home working on the swing positions. If you are working on it at the range you do 3 practice swings to every ball you hit until you have the swing.
How to Practice at Home: http://ignitiongolf.com/practice-home/
How To Practice At The Range: http://ignitiongolf.com/hit-golf-balls-range/
March 16, 2018
I played Aviara Country Club in Carlsbad, CA two days ago. The LPGA Kia Classic will be held there this coming week, so the course was in championship condition, narrower faireways, super long rough, and slick greens.
I haven’t been playing or practicing much at all. The day before I played Aviara I played a round at the Coronado Golf Course in San Diego. It was probably one of the worst rounds of golf I’ve ever played.
I made duffer-looking shots repeatedly in the long game and the short. I felt incredibly dispirited by the experience and couldn’t for the life of me understand what had happened. One possibility is that I was trying out a new set of clubs for the first time, and perhaps I had too high expectations or I was too tentative in my swing. Anyway, I played miserably.
I thought about it that night and over the hour-long drive north to Carlsbad. What I decided was that I would concentrate on three things. First, I would swing at 50%. Second, I would prioritize positions by thinking of the swing as going from A to B, as Paul describes it; I would set up properly and not think about hitting the ball at all. Third, I would be sure to initiate the downswing with my personal trigger, which is to push off with my right toe and instep.
It worked. Wow, did it work.
I hit straight and long I’d say 60% of the time. I used the same approach with every shot, long or short, and it worked just the same. My swing thought was A at the top and then swinging to B, not thinking about the ball in any way. I trusted my setup to align the club face with ball down the target line. So long as I maintained my spine angle and swung on plane, I knew I would hit the ball, hopefully somewhere near the sweet spot.
I didn’t keep score, and since I was playing alone and no other players were breathing down my neck, I took extra shots if I felt I could do better. It was an amazing round, considering how little I’ve been working at the game.
Thank you, Paul.
March 18, 2018
This game can be a struggle. The bad round could have been the clubs but I would think it was because you were excited to play a good course and they expectations were to high. As you know, you cannot have high expectations. The second round you had the right thoughts and stuck with them. You had no expectations and it all came together. Even now, I am very aware of this in my own game. I try to stay low key. Anytime I get excited it is usually a bad round. Go to really go out with an “I don’t care” attitude. Glad you saw the difference and know now what to do in the future. You really can do it.
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