Confidence Breeds Distance

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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+

17 Responses to “Confidence Breeds Distance”

  1. July 11, 2014


    Greetings coach I want to tell you i am impressed with something almost as amazing as your tips and that is how you can come up with these great tips everyday day after day /Its like a preacher who has to come up with a topic each week except you have to do it every day /Well done Laddie

    • John,

      I am amazed too. When I first stated doing tips I was worried I would run out after 30 of them. I have a list of about 700 to go.

      Glad you like them. I appreciate the feedback.

  2. Hi Paul,
    great tip and I couldn’t agree more about what you say. For some months now, I tried to go very easy with the driver. I have a rather slow swing speed (something around 77 mph) and for the moment I decided not to bother about it. 6 months ago, I got stuck within a 190 yards or so range, and since I managed to swing very smoothly, it’s now consistently in the 200-210 yards but, more importantly, I can hit 11/14 fairways more regularly. Even if I will probably never hit it much longer than 220, I know I can hit my second shot with a reasonable chance of getting close to the green on most par 4’s (and some times even on the green), which is very rewarding.

    • Pierre,

      Everyone wants everything too fast. I’m glad you saw what I was talking about. As you keep playing at this speed you may have one more increase left in you. That day will be a good day for you.

  3. Paul,

    What you’re saying sounds like being “in the zone”. I’ve been following your tips for a couple of months and notice I string
    more consecutive good shots and holes together. I’m a 25 hdcp working my way down. When I hit a poor shot, I can readily explain what I did wrong, (usually coming over the top and swinging too hard). Of course, I’m working on my body making the downswing rather than the arms and I notice I hit the longest drives when I turn my left hip fully and face the target at the finish. Your style of instruction is fun and informative and I look forward to continued progress. Thanks.

    Bob Weiss

    • Bob,

      Glad you like the tips and my instruction. I appreciate the feedback.

      As you keep working on things the strings of good holes get even better but more importantly the blow up holes disappear. It’s great when this happens. It just adds to the confidence.

      Keep at it.

  4. July 11, 2014


    Hi Paul,
    Amazing. Tip after tip that make me smile. So simple, so logical. Great stuff!


  5. Paul I want to thank you too. You have transformed my iron play (still inconsistent) but I can now hit my 5 iron up to 190 with a good tempo swing. This is coming from someone who had no distance separation on my clubs. I could have cried when I finally hit one that far and straight too,
    My driver is the one outstanding problem and it’s not getting any better. In fact I mostly top it still or sky it. I know I have to follow your advice but it’s hard when you see a ditch 120 yards from the tee and you can’t make the carry because you scuttle it along the ground usually.
    I know I’ll get there though even if it takes me longer than some.
    Thank you again.

    • Richard,

      That’s great news. You actually hit it as far if not farther than I do. Now we just have to dial it in.

      Topping it = you hitting too hard.

      Skying = Your head is ahead of the ball in the downswing. Again, you are hitting it with your arms.

      So you need to still be working on your swing.

      You need to immediately start working on this:

      Impact Head Behind Ball:

      And constantly do this drill:

      Drill: Swing Up with Driver:

      Couple this with doing the roll over drill a little and think you will see major improvement.

  6. July 22, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    How does Rory Mcilroy hit the ball such a long way? For not a tall guy compared to the other tour players he is practically bombing it past them by 20 yards or if not more. What is his source of power? and why can’t the other tour players does what he does in terms of power.


  7. October 26, 2015


    Hi Paul,

    Great tip on keeping your ball in play. Earlier this year I was playing as you said and shooting low scores ( 240-260 off the tee). worked hard on short game. Next thing I know ( after 3-4 weeks of playing decent ) I’m swinging for the fence and my game goes away.
    Brings you into the picture and I listen to an alignment tip about pulling left and played ok my next round and purchased your program. I have been working daily and feel I’m making progress. as I work on getting my body into the swing. I noticed today that I sometimes don’t make a complete shoulder turn? it seems when I get my hands over my right shoulder or my left shoulder Past my right chin my swing improves?
    Sorry for the long comment!

    • October 26, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Everyone loses their swing. This is due to greed. We all want more. When you do you hit harder. Now the arms are in play. This causes manipulation of the face, tighten wrists, it make you want to look up and so on. The tell-tale sign you are swinging too hard is that you start hitting it thin and topping it. As soon as you see any of these shots you need to immediately slow down. Loosen up the arms. Hit a few easy ones then speed up ONLY the lower body to get back up to your top speed.

      Be on the look out for this in the future.

      I don’t turn to 90 degrees either and hit hit it long. It is not about the amount of shoulder turn. It is about the ratio between the shoulders, hips, knees and feet. Turn more but the hips turn with it you get a sense of a powerful backswing but this is putting power in your arms to hit in the downswing.

      Uncoil 1:
      Uncoil 2:

      So coil back the amount you can coil. This means keep the lower body stable. Coil the shoulders until you feel a tight stretch in the left lat. This tells you that you have torque. Once you feel it, uncoil with the lower body. Let the arms go along for the ride. I really think you just got hitting hard with the arms. Turn them off. Swing easier for a bit. Then power the swing with the legs. Why don’t you do a swing analysis with my assistant Pete. Then you won’t be guessing. You can find out more here:

  8. September 5, 2019


    Great tip, and so true. I only hit it 200 to 220, but always in the fairway. Second shots usually near the green. Down to an 11 handicap from a 15. Love your tips!

  9. November 5, 2019



    Just a testimonial to your “Confidence Breeds Distance” wisdom. I had written you about a year ago saying my playing companions (who I was paired with but did not know) stated that I was the only one they’d ever seen that hit the ball 250 and looked like I was barely swinging at it. It really was about 230. You told me to not push it and that with confidence additional distance would come. Truer words were never spoken. My best drives are now about 245 and feel like I am just literally bunting the ball out there. Totally effortless! My best drives come when I’m not trying to hit it long but rather just “swinging” with my body totally relaxed. The “Hips-to-Target” tip really made a difference for me. I am 66 years old and my distances are at sea level. I feel like I can do 250 well into my 70s if I stay in shape.

    Meanwhile, the old guys I play with in the morning and my buddies are laboring away with their arms swinging hard from the top and cutting short slices across the fairway. I love it!!

    Thanks Paul for changing my golf life around. My handicap has gone from 15 to 11.7 and I think single-digits are in sight come spring.


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      November 6, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. I love hearing it. People need to realize hitting hard does not work. Unfortunately, hitting the ball hard is a powerful force that needs to be overcome. Hopefully, I give people the info to do so.

      Keep up the good work. Big things for you next season. Just do daily practice swings throughout the winter and you will be ready to play great golf when the season starts.

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