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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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February 7, 2015
Do you thonk its worth practicing this drill without a club?
February 8, 2015
You could do this anywhere just by swinging the back arm to the top. This would be a situation where you are at work etc. without a club. There are always thing you can and should be doing anytime, anywhere regardless of whether you have a club or not.
Paul ,This video leaves me puzzled :I told you reçently That ,after reading PAUL NOVOSEL’s book ” TOUR TEMPO ” ,I clocked m’y swing with the SSRTT ,and found a tempo of 1,40 s..Many authors ,not only JOHN NOVOSEL ,claim swinging faster creates more energy .Until now ,I adhèred to BOBBY JONES motto ” Nobody swings ever too slow ” .WELL ,that’s wrong .Even BOBBY JONES himself ,from films taken of him had a tempo ,of 1,20 s and a ratio of 3/1 ( Backswing/ Through swing ).
So I Speeded up m’y backswing ,and up went my Clubhead Speed by several MPH .
I don’t feel tight at all ,and m’y Arms remain” POWERLESS ” as far as I CAN ,it’ s m’y core which does the ” speeding up “.
As for counting ,I do it otherwise : I say ,in the backswing ” TURN,LIFT ,LOAD”,then ” SHIFT ” in the downswing ( To push hard on the right Instep ),thus I respect the 3/1 ratio.
M’y”NEW ” tempo is now , 1,20 ,and it feels REAL fast .
Many pro’s (Nick PRICE is the example ) swing faster ….
Oh ,yes I forgot :you were right in my Turn back :not enough rotation :” Forcing the rotation backwards ” gives more Speed ,probably by enabling to build more energy with the core .
I have asked Paul about Tour Tempo and he replied “I like swings that are over 1 second. I never think of the Novasel suff. If you have a good swing this should take care of itself. Did Jack Nicklaus every think of his swing ratio? Just work on a nice easy backswing. If you go back fast you will tighten your arms.”
I have timed Paul’s superb swing from his video and it is the perfect 3:1 ratio of 21/7 , .93 seconds. So although he doesn’t give it any thought he is spot on. In this tip he says “1…2..3” just like Novosel’s “swing…set..through” the same tempo. So Paul ,in my opinion, is teaching the same tempo as Novosel.
Drew ,Paul is a great teacher has a wonderful swing ,but hé oversimplifies things :it is quite apparent to me That most amateurs ( of whom ,me ) have much to slow backswings :most of the golf Instructors tell you to go back ” LOW AND SLOW ” which is wrong ‘if you go faster back ,utilizing your core ,not YOUR Arms ,you go faster through .
You store more energy ,and if you go with the 3/1 ratio your throughswing is faster .
Nobody said That to me before ,not Even Paul .TEMPO and RYTHM do count and That part of teaching is lacking in the otherwise excellent teaching of Paul .
I am not going to spend a ton of time on this ratio. I want your body powering your arms. I want you to learn the right fundamentals so you look like a pro when you swing. If you have the right fundamentals you will have the ratio. It’s that simple. If you get more power turning faster do it.
How to Get Consistent Swing Tempo: https://ignitiongolf.com/consistent-swing-tempo/
What you don’t realize is that every tip I teach on powerless arms is also working on your tempo. Turn your arms off and you would have to use your body to power the swing. No arms and your body would tell your arms how fast to swing.
In over 23 years of teaching golf I rarely see people with too slow of a backswing. Most are too fast because they are trying to hit the ball with the arms.
Going back slower allows people to be in a better loaded backswing position with no swing flaws which allows them to generate more power. Before telling people to speed up I would be working on perfect backswing positions. Why would I tell someone to coil faster if they weren’t even close to being in position to come down.
Thanks for the backup. Simple: If pros have the ratio and were not thinking or working on the ratio why not work on the fundamentals of the swing. If you have the fundamentals you would look like a pro therefore you would have the ratio.
I thought my swing was slower than that. Interesting.
February 10, 2015
Just for fun I went back to your swing machine video disc 4 today and timed your swing and most swings are indeed just over a second, and driver is very consistent at 1.06 seconds. Well done.
February 11, 2015
Funny. I never think about this.
February 18, 2015
Drew ,The problem is Paul doesn’t teach the correct Tempo ,he teaches no tempo at all(No offense intended:he says you should find it by yourself in implementing the Fundamentals ,which I do since a long,long time ) :I suddenly discovered I could go much faster in the forward rotation with the JOHN NOVOSEL device :the problem was entirely in my head ,my internal clock was moving much too slowly .
LOW and SLOW going back ,as I said already is a stupidity .
LOW ,yes ,but not SLOW !
Raymond, I like the Tour Tempo stuff and use it with the Swing Machine Golf technique. When I try to match the downswing beat, however, I sometimes get the upper body involved when trying to speed up. I am seriously considering the somax hip trainer to get my hips to go faster so my upper body can respond naturally to a faster downswing trigger. Have you heard of that device?
February 19, 2015
I do teach tempo. If your arms are powerless and your body tells your arms how fast to swing you would have unbelievably consistent smooth tempo because your body does not move that fast in life. If your body moves slowly and your arms are connected to your body you would never have a fast looking golf swing. This is how you know if someone is using their arms or not in their swing.
February 20, 2015
Drew,Don’t tell about BOB PRICHARD and his SOMAX POWER HIP TRAINER :after reading on Internet the Buzz about his machine ,I bought one ,paid for it ,arrangée for the transportaition ,which for EUROPE is very expensive ,due to the Weight and size of the trainer .WELL ,when everything was in order ,BOB PRICHARD flatly refused to send it to me ,guess why ” YOU ARE TOO OLD DO DERIVE ANY BENEFIT FROM ” MY” TRAINER ”
I’m over 80 years of AGE ,very fit ,I play three rounds of golf ,18 holes ,each week ,exercize and practise daily at home ,and manage to play to a handicap of 7 ,just because m’y short game is fairly good .
So i went to buy another training aid ,called ” THE POWER HIP ROTATOR ” by DENIS PUGH and SIMON HOLMES :it works as WELL as the SOMAX thing and us less costly .
You CAN also geai with the rubber tubings of Marc BAUMANN ,tecommended by PAUL ( THE ULTIMATE SWING TRAINER )
I also have a set of exercises to strengthen the muscles over and adjacent to the hips .
What I found is not I Lacked muscles to Turn fast ,but That my mind had nô clue as to how to Turn fast .
That’s why the TEMPO TIMER was such an ” EYE OPENER ” or preferably a “MIND OPENER ” to me
Listening to the 24/8 béat does make me swing faster ,I see it on the SSRTT and in my distances on the golf course .
I clocked m’y first swings at 1,45 s ,without the tempo timer ,then 1,20 with the 27/9 béat ,and finally around 1,10 with the 24/8 béat .
If you swing faster you club MOVES EFFORTLY faster ,So does the ball.
It’s as simple as That ,like CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS ‘s egg.
I should add That it’s not the Arms who do the job ,as teaches rightly PAUL ,it’s the core turning faster ,and you don’ t feel you are ” hitting”
The drill is to slow people down not to do an exact 3:1 ratio.
Great tip Paul, so simple, keeps tension and mind at bay. Thanks
Glad you liked it. So many people have a fast baskwing. This tightens people up which hampers the downswing. Stay smooth as you go back.
I love this tip.
Glad you liked it. This really is a good one that everyone should be doing. Too many people rush it going back. This tightens people up which slows down the club.
February 9, 2015
Paul ,How much is going fast in the throughswing a mental matter :some Instructors say you have a comfort zone or a mental barrier which keeps you from believing your body can move faster in the outside space ?
When I want to move faster ,I imagine a round Speedometer with a needle showing the
120 MPH mark!!!
You have to know how fast is fast. I don’t think you do. I am really moving. This takes a ton of energy. At your age will you be able to increase? I don’t know but what I do know is how and when I got it. I used my lower body harder than I ever had and gained 50 yards. From that day on, I never stopped doing it. You need to dig deep and find it too.
Power: How I Got Power In My Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/power-dig-foot-in/
Hi paul. I have just started with your teaching program. I have watched a lot of your lessons. You advocate working on one thing at a time until it becomes repeatable consistently. Is there anywhere on your site. That indicates the right sequence of areas to work on. Ie, grip, stance, then where to go from there.
Thanks for joining. I truly appreciate it. I am about to make a major change to the site which will allow you to work on all areas of the swing and find the tips easier. I will let you know when it’s ready. In the meantime, follow the tips below in this exact order. This is how I taught the swing for over 23 years. Go the red navigation bar to find the topics to break if down into even great detail. Here you go:
Left Hand: https://ignitiongolf.com/left-hand-grip
Right Hand: https://ignitiongolf.com/right-hand-grip
Set Up Steps: https://ignitiongolf.com/setup-position
Legs Touching: https://ignitiongolf.com/touch-knees
Secret of the Starting the Downswing (using triggers – off big toe curve): https://ignitiongolf.com/shift-roll/
One Of The Secrets To The Golf Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/secrets-to-golf-swing/
Spine Angle Follow Through: https://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-eyes-tilted
Move Head: https://ignitiongolf.com/move-head-back/
3 Ways to Set The Top of the Backswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-top-3-ways
One Piece Takeaway: https://ignitiongolf.com/master-one-piece-takeaway
Paul ,Working on the Fundamentals is not enough :you have to work on the Tempo which suits you :I know you are skeptical ,but I just trained with the TOUR TEMPO Audio device from JOHN NOVOSEL :it works :my overall tempo was much to slow (Backswing too slow as usual for most golfers ) I fiddled between the 27/9 ratio and the 24/8 ratio (TIGER WOODS and other best).I feeled the 27/9 too slow,so I tried 24/8 (Which is your tempo 1,06 seconds :27/9 is 1,20 seconds )
Well ,it worked fantastically well :longer distance ,more consistency ,feeling of ease :and all this was done while playing “real golf ” with partners on the golf course ,not on a driving range .My partners were intrigued by this device ,but acknowledged it helped me play better.(I’ve plyed two rounds with the TOUR TEMPO )
My drives were really longer without an additional effort from me ,my fairway woods also ,and fairway woods are essential for a short hitter like me )
Try it honestly ;I believe it’s the best “gimmick ” I’ve tested since a long long time …
(N.B.I’m not paid by JOHN NOVOSEL to issue this statement!)
I’m not skeptical I just don’t spend anytime thinking about it. If you have the right fundamentals you would have this tempo. End of story.
If it works keep doing it.
Paul,I believe I have the right fundamentals ( Yours ):I keep following the sound advice you give in YOUR video lessons .
Simply,utilizing the TOUR TEMPO MICRO PLAYER showed me I didn’t Turn fast enough in the through swing ,there was nô other way I would have found out by myself .As I suspected before ,it was a mental blocking That kept me from moving my core faster .
Of course ,if you had seen me swinging ,you would have found That immediately .
One of m’y grandsons is coming to visit me a Few days .He’l probably be capable of taking a video of me swinging ( My wife doesn’t know ).
So you’ll be able to comment on the”Old Man’s swing ” !
February 21, 2015
January 12, 2018
I’ve been following your slow swing method for about a year and my playing partners are amazed how far I hit the ball down the middle with such a slow swing. A lot of times I see beginner golfers on the range and they are trying to kill the ball and I show them my slow swing and they are like “how do you hit it that far and straight. I say Golf Instructor Paul Wilson, see Youtube. This year I joined Bodyswing because I want the whole package for my game.
January 15, 2018
Thank you for the testimonial. So glad you learned it and are seeing results. Thank you so much for your promo to others. If we can catch these beginners early enough it will save them a lifetime of frustration. Thank you also for picking up The Body Swing. I truly appreciate it.
I forgot to mention – 63 year old golfer
January 13, 2018
A very helpful ‘app’ I downloaded onto my IPhone is ‘Tour Tempo Total Game’. This can be listened to wherever you are…at the course, in the car, while taking a walk, etc. The app demonstrates various audible tempo speeds which were derived from scientific calculations from various levels of golfers. Helps me maintain a perfect ‘feel’ for my correct tempo level.
Yes, tour tempo is exactly what I am talking about here. Great that they have an app for it. I will have to get it on my phone then I can let others hear it as they come out for lessons. Thanks.
Glad you like it (Tour Tempo App) Paul! Thoroughly enjoy your instructions. Keep making the world better golfers….one instruction at a time!
Nice to show this video again ,Paul .It does help.I commented extensively( Too extensively!) on this lesson a long time ago but now I have “cooled “down on the subject.I go back as you say “LOW AND SLOW ” and as I am an admirer of HIDEKI MATSUTAMA ‘s swing,I pronounce his name at the top of the backswing,so there’s an imperciptible stop there,then I push the right instep off to start the downswing .LEE TREVINO and NICK PRICE had very fast swings going back and forth ,but ERNIE ELS “Big Easy”is a better example .
I found it as I was looking through the older tips. I was thinking about you as I posted it. Sounds like you do it fine but it did take a little work and the right thoughts.
Question; it seems in this tip your lead arm is bending ever so slightly. Is this your normal backswing position?
Yes, I bent my arm. It is a little better now. Just can’t keep it straight nor do I want to. I want powerless arms/. Forcing the lead arm straight is certainly not going to give anyone that.
What is important is that it starts extended and is extended when you hit the ball. This way the arc is still at its widest.
Left Arm at Top: https://ignitiongolf.com/left-arm-backswing/
Extended But Not Locked: https://ignitiongolf.com/extended-but-not-locked/
June 12, 2020
Saw your tip on YouTube about counting 1, 2, 3.
Thought about this one:
Heavy = backswing
Club = downswing
So I say ‘heavy club’ in a smooth tempo during the swing.
June 13, 2020
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