Are You Behind the 8 Ball

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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. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

19 Responses to “Are You Behind the 8 Ball”

  1. August 10, 2012


    I look forward to your tips everday. More often than not, they come at just the right time to get me back track in my journey converting to Ignition Golf.
    I have been experiencing slow but steady improvement in taking my arms out of the power equation but hitting to many pushes. In trying to get torque in my backswing, i have added too much tension in my arms and wrists before i even take the club back. This tip should help.

    • August 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Jim, Glad you like the tips. If you are hitting pushes this would indicate you are either sliding laterally in the downswing or driving your hips too hard. This is understandable if you are trying to turn your arms off but you should be slowly trying to turn the hips faster. So keep tuning the arms off, keep working on coiling into the backswing but uncoil a little slower for now. Once you are better at it then uncoil faster.

      • August 12, 2012


        Thanks for you response. Let me see if I understand how to evaluate a golf shot in practice or while playing, assuming my grip and setup are correct.
        If I am pulling shots, I assume that my arms are too active. If I am pushing shots, my hips are turning too hard or I am coming out of my posture too soon. I hit a cut, slice or fade, my arms and or wrists are too tight. Is that generally the crux of it and how one can make corrections on the fly?

        • August 13, 2012

          Paul Wilson

          The pull is correct. Arms are ahead of your body coming down.

          If you are pushing you are driving the lower body too hard which is causing you to disconnect and/or come out of it or you are moving laterally too much (sliding).

          If the ball is spinning right this is wrist problem. They are too tight. Roll them over early to loosen them up. Get it hooking then forget the wrists and work on the body to start the downswing.

          • December 13, 2018


            Hi Paul, quick ?, I’m currently with driver; 1/3 left fairway, pull, 1/3 right, lower body, 1/3 fairway.
            The body swing work well when I just allow A to B, removing my 50 years of arms.
            My ?, when setting up, if I set up with a slight open hip I feel the complete swing ark and ball flight is on T line. No pull due to overtop start to DS.
            What’s your thoughts on continuing this, or do you suggest a area I’m not executing properly that I need to correct.
            Ed Billings

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            December 14, 2018

            Paul Wilson


            So why don’t you keep going A to B if you say that’s working? Slightly open is fine but are you sure your not out of position to begin with and the feeling of an open hip is just making you square? Have you had someone stand down the line and watch you setup so you know for sure? I would do this first. I really don’t like band aids but if something really works then I may let someone get away with it.

  2. August 10, 2012


    Getting there but still having problems with the release on the follow through and pulling the ball, I guess I am turning the hands over to quickly but would appreciate confirmation and perhaps a tip to cure this?

  3. December 31, 2013


    Hey Paul,

    Perfect drill for me you explained what I see you do well. Am incorporating this swinging motion along with my new practice routine as an additional way to get loose hands and arms. Will keep you posted.

    Best regards,


  4. February 16, 2018



    Things are starting to click. I have question about my grip.
    It seems like it mostly happens with my wedges. During follow through my bottom hand comes loose where my index and little finger Interlock.
    The thing is these are generally really nice shots high, good distance and right at the Target. But I know it’s probably not a good thing. Any idea why this is happening?

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      February 16, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      When the grip moves it’s usually a sign of the wrists being too tight. I used to change my grip too at the follow through. I tried everything to fix it. The day I stopped trying to the ball with my arms was the day my grip stopped moving.

      So I would keep the grip secure while loosening the wrists even more. Just work it back and forth on a daily basis. Over time it will loosen up.


      DRILL: Smooth Wrist Release:

  5. February 16, 2018


    I am having a difficult time coordinating the loose writs with arm tension. I know not to lock or tighten arms, but too little tension creates problems with good contact with the ball. Is there a drill or advice on how to check the arm tension and amount of extension at set up?

  6. Hi Paul , noticed when you set up to the ball with your irons and driver you place them about 2/half inches behind the ball .Is this needed for some reason? Regards, Geoffrey.

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      February 18, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, so I don’t knock the ball off the tee or touch the ball causing it to move. I have teed up enough balls in my life. Knocking it off the tee requires me to bend over again when I shouldn’t have to.

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    February 26, 2018


    This is my second go around with your system. The light went off when you discribed starting the downswing by moving the belt buckle first. The legs touching for some reason was not a good swing starter for me. Really hit it good yesterday and am looking forward to more improvements.

    Bill Lovvorn

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      February 26, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Glad to have you back. I do get a lot of people coming back.

      The belt buckle is one of the triggers you can certainly use to start the downswing. A lot of people like this one.

      Stay focused on the positions. Do lots of practice swings building a great swing. It will pay off.

  8. December 3, 2018


    Dear Paul,

    thank you so much for your fantastic way to teach golf. It is the first time in 20 years I feel I am understanding this wonderful game. Your tips are great. Especially when you tell us how you feel or what it should feel like when you execute the shot or parts of the swing. That really helps. Also practicing infront of the mirror or on camera is very helpful.

    Do you have a tip that shows your swing for all clubs like ” Paul swinging through the bag”. That would be great.

    Again thank you so much and best greetings from Munich Germany

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      December 5, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you like the tips. Thanks.

      Half of learning it is understanding it. I had many questions when I was learning it that no one could answer. So I try to give everyone the answers so they finally understand it.

      I don’t have me hitting every club. My swing will look the same though. You can find some swings here that you can download:

      I will shoot some more in the spring when the grass greens up. We are just about to go into winter.

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