Checkpoints – Setup

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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+

12 Responses to “Checkpoints – Setup”

  1. February 8, 2016


    what are the 3 things that can go wrong once this is mastered??

  2. February 19, 2016


    could you elaborate more on the issue of arm rotation, please. I didn’t actually understand and see what needs to be focusing on or how to do it.

    • February 19, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Your blood test veins need to be pointed out on about a 45 degree angle not pointing at one another.

  3. February 21, 2016


    Thanks Paul, now I got it! Better asked than going into wrong positions, even it might be a minor fact throughout the whole complex swing positions.
    Still working on all those with some progress to be seen. It takes a long journey, though. But all your tips are calming me down again and again pushing me back and to stick on all your basic drills.
    Thanks for this outstanding work and help. As a golfer you’ll never get to the end, do you?
    All I’m really focusing on is to have my swing just be looking as one, not hitting the ball. Tough enogh 😉

  4. April 3, 2016


    Paul: Just finished your book & am starting with your on line tips. They are fantastic! Thanks! Just a question: I have always set up with the clubshaft directly in line with my left arm as Nicklaus suggests. Can you explain why you recommend the hands more centered over the ball in the setup? Thanks!


    • Greg,

      Glad you to have you on board. Glad you like the tips.

      Most of today’s drivers are built to set your hands even or behind the ball. So let your sit flush then build your grip around the club. With irons just look at the bottom of the club. Now set this bottom on a hard surface. If they are non-offset clubs your hand would sit even with the ball. Offset would put them more ahead which. The more ahead of the ball you put your hands the less you can do the neutral grip. Instead you will grip on strong. Just try it. Put your hands way ahead and try to do the neutral grip. You won’t. So what are you going to do? You will grip on the side of the club in strong position. You cannot have loose wrists with a strong grip. If you did you would hook everything. This is why Ping created offset clubs years ago. They go everyone de-lofing, pulling and hooking it due to the hand being too far forward.

      How Your Grip and Setup Can Get You Shut at the Top of the Backswing:

      Keep in mind that Nicklaus also set up with the face open. This allows the arm/shaft straight line position. Can’t do it with a square face unless your hands are too far ahead nor would you want to.

  5. April 30, 2016



    This is definitely a great tip and is a great example of ‘slowing down to go faster’. Without these fundamentals, is virtually impossible to get consistency. As I have been a believer for over a year now, I still come ‘all the way back’ to the very basics if I start getting inconsistent. It is the only way to quickly reestablish consistency again by variable elimination…something we do in manufacturing all the time (my day job)! Anyway, I love this whole series and am reviewing again and again as I recoup from back problems. Hope to be back to the courses soon.


    • Kim,

      The basics are vital. Everyone needs to know them and constantly check them but it means taking you out of your comfort zone and developing new habits to check these things. I keep saying it is all about the movement not the ball. Glad you get it.

  6. August 31, 2020


    Hi Paul
    Am I right in thinking you dont have an angle between your hands and forearms at setup?
    I see a lot of pros that dont have a straight line down the arms and clubshaft and think that helps them get the club set early (which we dont want , right?)
    thanks Rob

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