Working On Your Swing Is Work

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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+

22 Responses to “Working On Your Swing Is Work”

  1. January 5, 2016


    GREETINGS COACH Just wanted to say hello. Looks nice and warm out there

  2. A truism but perhaps one of the must difficult things to do. ? What is your opinion on the interference of bifocals with ones golf swing?

    • January 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Not really difficult. Just have to do the positions and look for the feedback. You repeat them until you know no other way to swing.

      With bifocals you need to tilt your head down to see the club and the ball not your toes. This can be done with bifocals. If you clearly see your toes you are too low so check your set up then tilt your head down. You should be able to do it.

  3. January 6, 2016


    Hi Paul. From my position as a higher handicap player, the 8 handicap is a dream. How was this student able to reach an 8 handicap without emulating your positions? He must play many rounds a week and compensate for his swing errors. I’ve played with fellows who looked very awkward, but created consistent results. As a once or twice a week player, the proper technique is more of a necessity, would you agree?

    Thanks, Ron

    • January 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      He has a pretty good swing to start with. Fairly close to what I wanted him to do. To get the next level it has to look great. It really wouldn’t have taken that much effort but with an amateur mindset he will never get it. Now, he has gone back up north for a month so we’ll see when he gets back. Anyone can have a weird swing and get to high 70’s or low 80’s. To get to low 70’s you need the right fundamentals. In other words you need to look like a great player. They have the right fundamentals. If you don’t look like a pro you don’t have the right fundamentals.

  4. January 6, 2016


    Paul, I feel a little stupid asking this, but I would like a list of “pieces” to work on. I can probably come up with a list, but I do not want to leave any pieces out of the list. People I play with are commenting on I have a nice swing, but I have trouble with a being consistent for 18 holes. I sometimes think I think too much, and my thoughts sabotage the results. We have been working together for 7 or 8 years. There has been progress. Maybe I am expecting too much. My index the last 3-4 years bounces between 14 and 18. I would like to think I could make steady progress and someday get to the point where I could go out and shoot rounds between the high 70’s and low 80’s on a consistent basis. I have never been able to break below 80. Three or four weeks ago I had a round with 13 pars and 3 balls out of bounds. That was my best round ever and a good chance to shoot in the 70’s. I shot an 81.

    • January 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      The pieces are the positions I teach. Each position has elements to it. So focus on the positions. They are in the Dashboard. FULLSWING > 1ST slide are the 8 lessons I teach everyone. Watch and work on them in order.

      If you are stalled you are not doing everything right. You need to do a swing analysis so we can check it. Not sure why people don’t take advantage of us. We are here to get you there. You know what I teach. Start making the positions precise. I can’t count how many people have come to me saying they followed me for years and they are close or they think they’ve got it. When I watch them they are nowhere near what I want them to do. People are so hung up on hitting the ball they do not do the positions as I recommend. This is truly mind boggling. I would work in a mirror or window for hours trying to make it perfect. Why wouldn’t you want to build a great swing? So know the positions. Work on each one until it is perfect. If you do you will look like a pro. Then and only then do you have the right fundamentals.

    • January 7, 2016


      OK coach. I think I have Grip, the Set-up, the Take-A-Way, the Back Swing correct. I believe my issues come in the Down Swing and the Constant Forward Lean. For the most part I believe I have the Powerless Arms concept. I have made contact with Pete Mitchell regarding either a video lesson or Skype lesson to confirm my progress. Who knows I may even make another trip to Law Vegas next month to work directly with you and or Pete. I am retired and golf is now a major part of my reason for getting up in the morning. Thank you for your life long ambition to make amateur golfers like me enjoy the game.

  5. Paul,I fully concurr with what you say in this video.Golf is like any other activity in Life ,Even if you are gifted ,you have to work hard to become really good .Mathematics ,Physics ,Foreign Languages ,dead languages ( GREEK or LATIN) have to,be worked on ,over and over for long hours ,before you Master them fully .Golf ( For compétition swimming I DID when 15/18 ) required hard work ,swimming pool lengthes for hours And hours ).Golf is no different .M’y régimen is straight And simple :2 hours swinging the club in front OF a mirror Window or Window pane ,two other hours on the short game ,chipping ,pitching,putting .This to be done every day I’m not on the golf course,at home .I never,never go to the driving range .Often I’m alone on the golf course ,behind a foursome ,I play two ,three ,four balls to practice in REAL game .
    What counts is being consistent ,knowing what is going to be the outcome OF YOUR shot ,And staying calm And focused on YOUR game .
    If you swing ‘100/200 Times at home in front OF a mirror And Check the positions Paul teaches you ,you are BOUND to become fairly Consistent And post low scores .
    There’s nô miracle to expect ,only hard work !

    • January 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Exactly. So many people think they are going to play great golf instantly yet they will take 3 years or more to play an instrument or learn something else. The problem in golf is that any crappy swing can hit a few good shots. This is luck and gives the person the impression they’ve got it when really they don’t. You need to be able to do it all of the time. If you can you’ve got it.

  6. January 6, 2016


    Hi Paul,

    It looks like you already have a number of comments on this tip. You do not have to respond to this one. I just want you to know that this tip is so honest and true. Unless one commits to truly redoing one’s swing, it will never happen. One cannot cut corners and expect good results. I recently told myself that I have to go to the range and practice more. Then I realized that I am not ready for the range because, at my current level, I would just go and bang balls. Actually playing a round is better for me at this time because of the time in between shots. It allows me to regroup and put more thought into what I am trying to do. If I were at the range I believe I would have a tendency to get impatient. I have two goals in golf for now. One is to become what you consider to be “a better player.” The other is to shoot my age. I think they are both attainable. I will keep you posted.

    Thanks for everything,


    • January 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Exactly, it takes commitment and wanting to build a great swing. If people would just do the practice swing they really can get it fast and have it for life. I will just keep saying it until everyone does it.

  7. Hi Paul

    I am starting on this today… new to it… Looked at this daily tip before I even got started. Ill let you know how I fare

    PS I am 70 and H/C 27.9


    • January 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Make sure you use the dashboard. Save the tips you need to work on and take your time. There are tips on all aspect of the game.

  8. January 7, 2016


    Paul I hit the ball with my sand wedge thru to my 9 iron exceptionally high. I appreciate the height but it takes away a little of my distant that I feel I should get out of those irons

    • January 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Think about a high shot. When you hit it high you are adding loft onto your club. What would make you add loft? Hmmm … if you took the club and leaned it behind the ball at impact you would add loft. This is what happens when you do a chicken wing. So you need to be working on curing it. You can also do my roll over drill. This de-lofts the club causing you to hook it. Once you can do that you straighten it out by adding lower body.

      There are tons of chicken wing tips on the site.

      Go to Dashboard > FULL SWING > IMPACT > CURES or you can type it in the search box.

      Original site > red navigation bar > right side type in chicken wing and they will all show up.

  9. January 11, 2016


    Hi Paul, My problem is: after having done your “favourite drill”,so do the swing without even thinking of a ball, there comes the moment of making the swing and strike the ball. Why is that very much difficult to do so in respect of the first swing without thinking of the ball. Hope you understand my question and sorry for the bad English…..

  10. Paul,

    I love these non-technical, “fireside chat” tips. In many regards, these are the most helpful.

    I had been working on practice swings all winter long and was really looking forward to my first round out. Went with my buddies. Tried to impress them. Old swing took over. Disaster. 94.

    I now will be going out by myself or as an attached single with others that I don’t know. I will be following your best tip ever – Swing at 50 percent.

    A very wise man you. Please give us more of these types of talks. If you have other similar tips (of which I am sure there are many), please provide us a link to them. Many, many thanks!

    You rock Paul!


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      April 14, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Be careful when playing with buddies. We all want to be the hero. This is a minor setback. Yes, play a little by yourself. You’ve taken in a lot of info over the winter. A few more times out and you will be more comfortable.

      For more of these got to the practice sub category. I have often though of filming me just talking about the swing. Maybe I will do some of these.

  11. Paul,

    Thanks for the response. I since played a round as an add-on single with two strangers. I could then much better stay within myself. I had a couple bad holes that jacked my score but I did hit some good shots (as you tell us to look for) along that stretch of the course, and I did play the last five holes at one-under par from the blue tees. A great confidence boost.

    Also, on the range prior to going out I tried one of your favorite drills trying to hit my seven-iron about 100 yards. It is an incredibly smooth, easy feeling and it creates center-face contact on every swing. The ball just rockets – laser straight with no effort.

    One last thing, I bought a $20 tripod, remote-controlled selfie stick on Amazon to film my swing with my iPhone. It works great! I have a few things to work on but I can compare my swing frames with yours and your instruction in the “Checkpoints” series. Very helpful. I go back and look at my swing videos of two years ago and it is like night and day. Good things are coming for me.

    “50 percent.” The two greatest words in golf instruction. And only you are telling us this stuff. All the other instructors just have us wailing away with zero improvement.

    Thanks Paul!!!!


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      April 16, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Good stuff. You are just getting back out there so give it a little longer and you should be there. Signs are there.

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