How To Tell If You Are Using Your Arms

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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 “How To Tell If You Are Using Your Arms”

  1. April 6, 2013

    CraigSmith

    Hi Paul,

    Any tips on keeping your takeaway on the line or your hands/wrists from rolling over but keeping powerless arms? When I search for powerless arms at the range I start to allow my backswing to flatten and then shank the ball or hit it with an open face. In trying to correct my hands I turn my arms back on and the shank right turns into coming over the ball.

    Off the tee I don’t shank, but off the ground has been terrible the last few weeks.

    Thanks!

  2. April 6, 2013

    TIMADAMS

    Paul,

    Why is it (in my range sessions)I am way more consistant hitting my Driver and Hybrids BUT with my LW&SW I’m the most INconsistant(hitting alot of really ugly shots)Ive always heard the shorter clubs are easier to hit BUT I have always been the opposite?

  3. When viewing the “add distance” video, I noticed the new R11S Taylor driver. Does it make a difference if I used an adjustable driver or better that I just improve my swing alone?

    • Peter,

      Clubs/Shafts can play a role in improving your game. You need the right clubs/shafts for your swing. Don’t think that this is the magical cure or a substitute for hard work. Of course, a great swing can hit anything. I would work on the swing until you have a half decent swing. Then I would go get fitted. If you get fitted when you are still making major changes and trying to “get it” you will have to get fit again once you do change.

  4. Hi Paul:

    I have been an arm swinger all my life. Transitioning to the torso swing is really hard work but tips like this really help..

    As a former arm swinger, when I now swing correctly, it feels like I am leaving my arms WAY behind – like they are lagging behind my swing. It continues to surprise and please me, when the shot is long, on target and straight. Finding the courage to trust the physics of the swing as you teach it is a real battle. But worth fighting. The above video coupled with http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-spin-direction-problems/ have allowed me to assign the appropriate fault to a bad shot and slowly but surely build confidence to trust the new swing.

    Your videos are fantastic. I a so pleased and encouraged.

    Bruce

    • Bruce,

      I’m glad you are getting it. Trust is huge in the golf swing. It helps if you understand “why” you have to do it. If you understand it you will trust it.

      Keep at it and be careful not to drive the lower body too hard. If you do you will start to push it. So continue to use the body at a level that you can do it at. As you get better you can increase it.

  5. In his book ,JOE DANTE gives the following gudelines for the distance to the ball
    DRIVER
    Height. Distance
    5feet 6. 33 inches
    5feet 8. 31 inches
    5 feet 10. 28 inches etc,etc
    7 IRON
    Height. Distance
    5 Feet 6. 20 inches
    5 Feet 8. 19 inches
    5 feet 10. 18 inches etc,etc ,
    I am 5 feet 9 ,165 pounds
    I fit in perfectly with un IRONS gudelins ,but not at all with the driver :iI am way further .
    Does this mean my posture with the Driver is too much tilted forwards ,though I hit it magnificently ,But it may explain why I have a tebdebcy to top the fairway Woods .
    What is your opinion ?

    • April 30, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      These measurements are totally unnecessary. Are you going to bring a tape measure with you and measure the distance from each club. Why not just do it as I show in this video:

      Watch:

      How To Check Your Distance From The Ball: http://ignitiongolf.com/distance-from-ball/

      As I have said in the past you are making this way too complicated. I used to do this for many years too. You know where it got me? Nowhere.

      I already told you why you are topping fairway woods. Swing easier with them. Allow the arms to extend past impact and get the weight off the back foot. If you do you will them perfectly. Try it.

  6. Paul,
    Thanks for the instruction so far I’ve been cut three shots since signing up! I was hoping you could help with a problem I have. My long iron shots are not very good and contact is generally poor, direction is both left and right of the target line. To alleviate this I’ve found if I close the face of my club a fair bit the contact becomes much better and much more straight.
    What fault does this point to?
    Thanks,
    Andy

    • Andrew,

      Glad you like the tips and are starting to see improvement.

      Typically, when people try to hit long irons they try to hit them too hard. “Long” irons tells people to hit them long so most people swing way to hard with these clubs. Really, you need to swing easier. This will give the club time to square. Seem backwards but you will see that it works.

      Never, ever close the face at setup. This is a band aid. If pros do not do this you shouldn’t either.

      Watch:

      How to Hit Long Irons: http://ignitiongolf.com/hit-long-irons/

  7. The best golf tip I have ever heard is to stick with something for a minimum of a year. I don’t believe most golfers do this as we become professional “golf swing tweakers” when things don’t as fast as we want. This usually means instantly.

    • David,

      You should stick with a technique that works forever.

      Each position has a different learning curve. All you have to do to master certain moves is do them in consecutive repetitions:

      11 In A Row: http://ignitiongolf.com/change-golf-swing-fast/

      You are right. Too many people want instant results. You need to know what to work on and master it. If this takes days, weeks or years it does not matter. You just have to stick with it. If someone has felt an effortless swing and hit the ball as far if not farther than they ever have why would they keep going back to hitting it. As soon as I felt it for the very fist time I never wanted to stop feeling it.

  8. HerminioDiaz

    August 26, 2014

    HerminioDiaz

    Now I know powerless arms……is a scary thought when I have to play a tournament in two weeks in my golf league.

    But as we say in school…”Knowledge is Power”

    Thank you Paul!

    • August 26, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Herminio,

      Just swing easy all day. If you do, you will keep the ball in play which will give you tons of confidence.

  9. HerminioDiaz

    August 27, 2014

    HerminioDiaz

    Thank you for all your time and advice!

  10. HerminioDiaz

    August 28, 2014

    HerminioDiaz

    I have to report on my playing today and I remembered your “swing easy ” theme. I did manage to score 87. I have been trying to break 90 for some time and I think your advice was most helpful. Turning my arms off on my putting also help my playing today.

    Thank you for your help and thoughts. Herminio

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