DRILL – Grip Down For A Better Plane and Release

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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+

14 Responses to “DRILL – Grip Down For A Better Plane and Release”

  1. November 11, 2012


    I came to this drill from a reply you posted in a recent post on wrist hinging. I think it will be helpful for that.
    I was a bit surprised by the early part of the video with the references to the club pointing at or just OUTSIDE the target line on both the back and through positions. In SMG page 99 and other contexts I can only recall your referring to the club at this stage pointing toward the ball or just INSIDE the target line. Would you clarify this issue please.

    (With gripping down on the club in this drill I would expect if anything for it to tend to be more inside than when gripped at full length due to a steeper plane starting at setup with the shortened club.)

    • November 13, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      This should be at or inside the target line going back. It is at or outside the target line on the way down and through.

  2. September 13, 2014


    If I am trying to curve a shot. Would this drill help just before the shot. Ie outside to outside to fade the ball?

  3. September 13, 2014


    Paul ,Excellent and useful drill but you should make a complement to it ,starting from the top of the backswing ,to show in slow motion how you “load “the clubshaft at the top or going down (All golfers don’t load the clubsshaft at the same time ,some do it early ,others later ).
    Now could you elaborate on the “feeling” ,in the “feeling series”on how you should feel with your elbows:with the right elbow ,I try to bring it down in front of my right hip quickest possible ,with the left elbow,just before impact , I try to “snap”the left forearm, the inside of the elbow showing in front of me, to give more “zip “to the ball.
    You certainly do these moves yourself unconsciously ,but you should explain them to us ,mediocre golfers !

    • September 14, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks for the suggestion but I want this drill to be working only on the person’s release.

      Just keep watching the feelings tips. I think I talk about elbows as I go further into the swing.

  4. September 13, 2014


    Hi Paul;
    I noticed when you talked about taking the club back to the inside & swinging out as if it’s a flaw for the proper plane. Is that not the swing needed to draw the ball?

  5. September 14, 2014


    Paul I want to purchase a new set of irons. A friend recommends I go back to iron shafts. I am a 77 year old with a low swing speed of about 65. Good or bad idea?

    • September 14, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Steel is for feel. Graphite is for power. I would get senior flex graphite shafts.

  6. Hi Paul I am having great fun learning your technique and have of late seen great improvement in my game! However I am still struggling to get out of bunkers consistently at one go! particularly with the control distance to not hit too long into the water! Also you seem to have lots of good drills for other technique so is there one too for bunkers?

  7. Paul ,When I’ m waiting for m’y Turn to come due to slow play ,I do a similar drill you taught us where you HINGE the club up to the RIGHT ear and rehinge the club to the left ear going through .Not the same purpose as the prĂ©sent drill ,but very useful to keep the wrists loose .

    • March 29, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Great. Keep doing it. Couple this with faster body rotation and you should be getting more power.

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