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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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December 10, 2014
In this video, you emphasize stretching the arms out at set up. There were no down-the-line shots so it wasn’t clear to me exactly what you mean. I don’t think the hands are supposed to be stretched out much beyond the shoulders…aren’t they supposed to just hang from the shoulders but–and I think this is your point–hang down completely, with no bend at the elbow. Correct?
I did 2 tips on it here:
Arms Extended: https://ignitiongolf.com/extend-arms-fully
Arms Extended Follow Up/distance from body: https://ignitiongolf.com/arms-extention-follow-up
The best advice in a long time is to fully extend the arms through the swing. I was formerly taught to drop my right elbow inside my right thigh in the downswing to stay on plane and come through on the inside. I believe it caused my arms to contract and tighten my swing. Perhaps I was not executing it correctly. Since many professionals teach it, do you have an opinion on that swing method?
Dropping your back arm is using your arms. So yes, this may contribute to them buckling. If you are trying to hit, they will contract. Also, when you try to drop the arms you are moving the mass (club) before the axis (your upper body – waist up) which in physics will never work consistently. Plus, from the top to impact is 1/4 of a second. If you are thinking about dropping when are you thinking about turning? So I don’t like purposely tucking the back arm or dropping the arms.
I rarely every tell people to do this yet I get people perfectly on plane by turning their arms off and having them initiate with the lower body. This occurs due to forces acting on the mass and mass swinging around and axis (your body).
Everything I teach I based on Iron Byron. The machine does not have a right arm until after the ball is hit when its arm represents the golfers right arm. Other pros do not base their teaching on Iron Byron so what I am saying is usually different to other methods.
Flatten Plane 1: https://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane
Flatten Plane 2: https://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane-2
Right Elbow: https://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-right-elbow
December 11, 2014
Thanks for your response. The Arms extension–Follow-Up video answered it exactly. (Good to see that others had the same confusion I did.)
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