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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.
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August 2, 2014
The only time I pull the ball is when I’m trying to release thru impact. If I swing without trying to release the club, I don’t pull the shot. Am I releasing too late or too early? For some reason, today I was hitting a lob wedge 15 yds. farther than normal. My lob wedge is normally 70-75 yards with my best swing but I was suddenly hitting it as much as 85-90.My best shots are with a lob wedge because I swing it much easier than higher clubs because I’m not trying to hit it with any real speed to hit my target. As soon as I go to a gap wedge or higher I start swinging faster because I obviously need more speed to hit it to the required distance. If I swing higher clubs the same as the lob wedge, I’ll never hit it as far as I need it. I’m also hitting more solid shots with a 3/4 swing than with a full. Somehow,a full swing seems to cause a timing issue probably because I don’t trust my swing to hit it the proper distance. I know you’re going to tell me that when I start thinking distance, it causes me to hit with my arms but I just can’t swing other clubs a smooth as a lob wedge. Like many people, as soon as a ball is in front of me I swing totally different & try to hit the ball rather than just swing the club. This has been my biggest issue for as long as I’ve been playing & just can’t seem to conquer it no matter how hard I try. I even try to convince myself that I’m hitting a lob wedge on every shot to try to reproduce the same smooth swing but it just doesn’t happen.
August 4, 2014
Not sure why you would be or want to be trying to hit a lob wedge this far (even 70-7 yards is too far). You should be hitting this club no longer than 60 yards. This way you can dial in your distances because with my pitching technique you would divide 60 yards by 3 hitting 10-20, 30-40 and 40-50 yards shots. For 70-90 you would be hitting a full sand wedge. Then GW 100-120 then you are in to full PW at 130 and so on in 10 yard increments. If you are hitting a lob wedge this far I would be you are de-lofting it changing it into the loft of a sand wedge. At 90 yards you most certainly are de-lofting it most likely by pulling it.
So check your alignment with this club and you will see that you are aimed right of target. If not I will be amazed.
Next, if you cannot slow down at this level which if you are basing your body on coiling and uncoiling it should be easy to do then swing at your pace for now and make the positions perfect. If so you are building a great golf swing (see Rory today? This is the swing I teach). If you do my positions you get that swing so once you get it then re-visit slowing down and taking the arms out of it. There is no sense wasting time trying to get the arms powerless. Get the swing then turn the arms off in the future. If you have a great swing you will then be able to do anything with it. You think Tiger or Rory couldn’t turn the arms off on their first ball? You bet they could.
August 12, 2014
I have literally watched hours of your tips since joining and I understand conceptually what you are talking about in this video. My problem is the execution as I have yet to find a comfortable “trigger” if you will that initiates the downswing with the lower body. I have tried the belt buckle, straightening the lead leg and touching the back leg to the front one with mixed results. Is it just repetition until I build some muscle memory? By the way I am hitting the ball better thanks to your tips.
Keep up the good work!
August 13, 2014
It is latching onto something you like then repeating it until you are good at it. Keep in mind you have hit with arms for a long time. This is the opposite so it takes time to get used to it.
You do realize that you have done this before right? If you have thrown a ball in your life you have done the leg drive.
It’s Like A Throwing Motion: https://ignitiongolf.com/like-throwing-motion/
Playing Catch Up: https://ignitiongolf.com/playing-catch-up/
Do these drills constantly:
DRILL: Swing Off Ground: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
DRILL: Swing Off Ground Variation: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-variation-favorite-drill/
DRILL: My Favorite Drill – Variation 2: https://ignitiongolf.com/favorite-drill-variation-2/
DRILL Lift Then Hit: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lift-hit/
DRILL Lift Heel For 2 Weeks: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lift-heel-2-weeks/
Thanks Paul, had some better success during todays round, but you are right. They say it takes about 400 repetitions to learn a new skill and at least 4000 repetitions to unlearn it.
You can actually change way faster than that. To do so you need consecutive repetitions. Unfortunately, people intertwine their old moves with the new ones.
11 In A Row: https://ignitiongolf.com/change-golf-swing-fast
April 15, 2018
I’ve been having great success with your method so far, very pleased to have come across this site and bodyswing! I started with a weak slice, next following your method increased my power and accuracy greatly, but until recently was mainly suffering from a pull sometimes with a bit of hook. Past week I’ve been working on keeping tilted behind the ball and I’m hitting the ball better then ever, going straight with a lot of power transfered to the ball, yet feeling pretty effortless in the arms. The problem is since tilting my ball seems to be going very high, my 7 iron shot seems like a very powerful 8 or 9 iron etc – do you have any video recommendations for this – don’t know exactly what can cause it.
You are doing a bit of a chicken wing. This is adding loft.
You Are Hitting A 9 Iron: https://ignitiongolf.com/adding-loft-clubs/
So check out that tip and see if it helps. Check out these tips too:
Easy Ways To Lower Trajectory: https://ignitiongolf.com/hit-lower-easy-ways/
Lower Overall Trajectory: https://ignitiongolf.com/lower-trajectory/
Sorry, Great job! I love hearing it.
April 17, 2018
Thanks Paul – I had a look with a video and in thankfully in my case I couldn’t see a chicken wing, I think I am just releasing the club too early, my timing was off possibly because now because of the new tilt has my chest position at impact has moved back a bit – possibly my timing was off because I was used to releasing with my chest more over the ball. Double checked my ball position and that was ok. I suspect it’s either just my timing or my weight transfer isn’t enough, but on video looks like its ok and am doing the touch legs every time. Last practice this video definitely helped: https://ignitiongolf.com/lower-trajectory/ – getting there!
April 18, 2018
Good stuff. You can type in anything you are looking for in the red nav bar. If you can’t find it let me know and I will send it.
May 27, 2021
This video looks wrong? Not on pulling but on doing lunges?
May 28, 2021
Its fixed now.
September 9, 2021
Great tip. I have been working hard on the body swing AND MAKING PROGRESS. However I have been pulling the ball and wondering why. I had to take a video of myself to believe you about the upper body tilt. Did not think I was doing that!!! And there it was. On the way to the range…..
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