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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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October 15, 2013
Paul, this is not exactly specific to this video, but a more general appreciation. After a month or so of being a member here, I am finding my ballstriking better than it ever has been. Because of the changes I am making (and being stubbornly dedicated to following through on), I have some difficulty judging just how far I hit each club, but yesterday on a hard course I hit 10 greens in regulation, which–well, let’s just say it is not a commonplace occurrence. Over the winter, I am devoting my time to locking in my putting and short game, so that my goal of breaking 80 can be a realistic one come next season.
So thanks a lot. These have really, really helped.
October 16, 2013
Thank you for the kind works and feedback. I truly appreciate it. Keep up the good work.
Watch this tip:
How Far You Hit Your Clubs: https://ignitiongolf.com/club-distance
Paul – You never say much about having hands in front of the ball with a flat wrist at impact. Is this important? Are you saying that a swing powered by the legs turning the hips will put the hands and left wrist in the correct position as we roll the wrists and impact the ball without having to think more about it?
This occurs doe to having the right fundamentals. If you are trying to do this manually you will not reach the release point in the swing. This is a point after impact where both arms are fully extended again in the golf swing. This is where mass reaches the widest point of the arc. This is also why I do not teach impact. If you are using physics to hit the ball you need mass to get to the widest point of the arc. At impact there is an angle between the lead arm and the clubshaft. This means impact is not the widest point of the arc so why would I care about it. If you allow the club to swing to the widest point it has to be squaring at impact.
I have done a bunch of tips on this here:
Squaring Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/square-clubface
How to Release the Golf Club: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-wrist-release
What Happens If You Don’t Release It: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-what-happens
Manually Square the Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface
Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up
Why The Shaft Is Leaning At Impact: https://ignitiongolf.com/shaft-leaning-impact
Back Wrist at Impact: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-back-wrist
Knuckles Down At Impact: https://ignitiongolf.com/knuckles-down-impact
Paul – Further to my last, Ben Hogan makes a very big thing about a flat left wrist in his book. That’s the reason for my question.
I answered this below.
Forget impact. Focus on the release point after impact.
March 26, 2014
To second what Keith said above, thank you for all you do. I dropped about 10 stokes a round last summer by following and practicing your technique, and hope to be breaking 80 by the end of this summer.
I think this drill, in conjunction with starting the downswing with the legs and hips, is the the absolute key to your method; you find the center of the clubface consistently, and without imparting hook or slice spin. You can literally hit 200 yard drives, dead straight, with about 30% effort, just while practicing this drill alone.
March 27, 2014
Thank you for the support. I truly appreciate it.
Glad you are seeing results. I love hearing it.
This is a huge key for the average golfer. Most golfers wrists are way too tight. They need to loosen them up. This takes constant work but once they are loose it becomes a whole new game.
Absolutely. Being a member of Ignition Golf for the past year, and buying your Swing Machine book, is the best thing I’ve ever done for my my game. The importance of following consistently great instruction, from only one source, cannot be overstated.
Sort of unrelated: Who on the PGA tour do you think best demonstrates the qualities in the swing that you teach? I think, without question, it’s Brandt Snedeker. It’s uncanny. Halfway back, 3/4 back, at the top with the grapefruit sized gap under the right armpit, hips turned back to the ball almost immediately after beginning down, right heel off the ground at impact, arms fully extended a few feet past impact, touch the legs, left arm at exact 90 degree bend with the club splitting his ears, touching his head: all of these positions are exactly as you teach. Also, looks as though every swing is with about 60% effort.
Just curious your thoughts on this?
Glad you like my products. I truly appreciate the support and feedback.
I like a bunch of swings on tour. So many new guys now I can’t keep track of them. Snedeker is certainly a good model as well as Adam Scott. I really like Louis Oosthuizen, Goosen, Couples etc. etc.
August 26, 2017
I have followed this last tip of yours in the past, but now, combining it with the last tip, that is doing a few with starting the club on the fron shoulders, then following with this one-makes it seamless. It really works!
Can you give or point out to a tip that deals with the other side, the back swing. I have been using your tips (especially the one pointing the thumb to the target) in the backswing. I feel that I reach 270 degrees (club parallel to the ground), but in a video or asking a friend, I see that I am still far from there.
I am going to try something symmetrical to the follow through, that is load on on the back shoulder, as a drill. But if you have a better one, please point to it.
August 27, 2017
Great. This is what it takes. This position alone is a game changer.
I am understanding you are too short going back? Here are some more tips:
DRILL: Use Your Shadow to Check Your Backswing Length: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-shadow-backswing-length/
DRILL: Stop at the Top: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-stop-top/
How To Lengthen the Backswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/lengthen-backswing/
How Long Should The Backswing Be With Different Clubs?: https://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-how-long/
Fully Hinge: https://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-top/
3 Ways to Set The Top of the Backswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-top-3-ways/
When people are too short they are thinking about hitting the ball. This gets them short and fast. Need to take your time going back. Say YES, when you hit the correct backswing length. Once you can say YES, then hit. Just keep doing this every night in practice swings and at the range when you practice until you know the position.
Watch this tip too:
The Importance of Setting the Backswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/importance-setting-backswing/
Over the years the people I have seen with short backswings have a tough time lengthening it. It takes work.
An excellent lesson ,Paul!
A good swing comes from thousands of “correct” répétitions(preferably looking at yourself in front of a a window pane, to check you are doing it right ) .
It may seem obvious ,but a bigger rotation backwards helps to build up speed ,but with keeping the right foot instep firmly locked in the ground (Not easy to combine a big rotation back and the hips locked , while remaining relaxed !)
With this I implement a JACK NICKLAUS tip :keep your back turned opposite to the target as long as possible :you can’t come over the top doing this and you have to push the hips forward and right instep to get the swing in motion .
I look and look again on the TV at the top pros performing in the various Opens :they manage to turn on their lead leg at incredible speeds ,while looking effortless doing so !
Right, big coil around a stable base is tricky. Takes work but the payoff is huge.
Go to be careful with keeping the back to the target. Do it too long and you will end up flipping.
March 4, 2019
You mentioned at the opening of this video that the club could finish a bit higher than the ears or a bit lower. You basically answered my concern but I thought i’d ask it anyway.
I usually finish with the club parallel (at least while practicing) but lower than the ears – more across the back of my neck.
Does this indicate any swing flaw? I have wondered whether a chicken wing might result in the club being too low, or perhaps not straightening the club enough at the 3/4 position.
No, I just want it parallel. Couples was lower than the ears. Faldo was higher. Doesn’t matter. It needs to be a fluid path there though. You cannot go down the back and fix it.
Are You Cheating In The Follow Through: https://ignitiongolf.com/are-you-cheating/
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