Up In The Air Drills – Separation

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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+

9 Responses to “Up In The Air Drills – Separation”

  1. Hi Paul,

    I started doing what you suggest here after your other recent tip on separation. I think I am swinging the club better than ever. Longer and straighter. But it has led me to modify something else I learned from you: the downswing. I’ve initiated the downswing, as you do, by pushing off with my right foot. But sometimes I “spun out.” Sometimes I slid forward. After your previous separation tip, I began pushing off while still focusing on “turning the hips.” Maybe this is obvious to you. But I had never picked up on it. I thought all I had to do was either, push off or straighten the left leg (while staying behind the ball). Anyway, great tips. Keep ’em coming.

    • Bill,

      Thank you for your support. I truly appreciate it.

      Are you getting the daily tips. I am getting a notification they are bouncing back to me. Please let me know.

      Glad the separation tip helped. Yes, I am turning and shifting from the back instep. Without this rotation you will move too much sideways which would lead to inconsistent shots. Stay focused on this move now until you get better at it. It should make the world of difference.

  2. Thank you for “drilling” your separation “drills” into my head! I like when you said in an earlier video there are two power sources in your swing, either your hips or your arms and I don’t want you to use your arms. This is really helping me turning them off.
    Also I think my starting trigger is pretending there is a ball on the ground outside my left knee and try hitting it with my right knee. Your distraction video help me with this one. This also helps me get my hips firing first.
    Now that I understand there should be about 70% of my weight at impact this is helping me straighten my left leg ending with a nice forward finish.

    • John,

      This is critical if you want to hit it a long way. Glad you are working on it.

      Sounds like you are getting close. Keep at it.

  3. This is an excellent drill. I would be lying if I said I had separation totally nailed. I added when I am doing this drill a variation that I first practice. That is I stand upright and hold the club in front of me with my normal grip but my club and arms limp. This totally takes the swing out of the equation.

    I take my normal coil/uncoil swing tempo and speed, though keeping my arms limp the whole time. I then do the coil with my shoulders and the uncoil with my shoulders. I do this until I get a sense as to the speed of the limp club moving through the swing. Then I repeat but do the uncoil by firing my lower body first. The sensation of the club moving through the swing is clearly faster. I find getting this noticeable feedback great food for the brain. I also find during this drill I am sometimes moving my body laterally (the power leak you talk about). I practice this drill until I get the mechanics down and the lateral move is gone.

    Then I move to your drill. Then finally to hitting shots (I have a 10×10 cage in my backyard). Since I have started doing this I find myself getting to powerless arms much quicker in my warm up and I see faster swing speed on my radar as well as shots that pop the target with greater consistency.

    I want to thank you for your instruction. It has made a huge difference in my handicap and more importantly in my enjoyment and appreciation for the game.

    • Eric,

      Very good. I like when people add to what I am instructing (if it’s right or beneficial). If this is getting you do feel it then certainly keep doing it. This is an important elements. As I said, it separates pros from ams. Guess what happens when you master it? You hit it like a pro. This should be incentive enough.

  4. November 30, 2017



    I am curious about your thoughts on the relationship between a lack of separation and pulls, pull hooks, and slices.

    I struggle with the pulls, pull hooks, and slices, and know from your instruction that the main cause is that I am swinging to the left, or over the top.
    You discuss that separation will lead to more distance, but I am guessing that my lack of separation is at least contributing to my swing going left. If the hips and shoulders don’t separate, and start down at roughly the same time, then I would think that would tend to cause the arms and club to swing left.

    Any thoughts on this?

    • Paul Wilson

      November 30, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Not sure what you are curious about. If you have no separation you are hitting with arms. If you hit will arms you will send it over the top and pull/pull hook/pull slice it.

      If you have separation you are firing your lower body first in the downswing. You body is the axis. You turn this first and mass (the club) follows it will always flatten towards 90 degrees to the axis. Simple physics.

      2 Things Flatten the Plane: https://ignitiongolf.com/2-things-flatten-plane/

      If you want to help it along do this:

      Watch Back of The Golf Ball: https://ignitiongolf.com/watch-backside-golf-ball/

      Get the path then go back to the touch the legs position so you don’t start pushing it.

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