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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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January 7, 2014
I now know how Thomas Edison felt when he succeeded with the light bulb. While I am still in the changing over from hitting to swinging loose the results are, well, just short of amazing. My iron distanced have increased a full 20-23 yards, I am regularly taking proper divots and really compressing the ball….The strike quality is remarkably difference. Instead of a loopy 135 9iron its now a 156 penetrating 9 iron…..And the ball just cuts right through the wind. Eureka!!! This is how we are meant to swing the club!
Yesterday I hit a 8 from 179 pin 161 front (10 ft for bird!!)…. I never in my life ever thought that was possible.!! All of this with very little effort…unlike the gorilla arms swing from before.
Well as with all new things I am still struggling with the hit impulse with the driver and a few thin/top shots but the swing is coming!!
I probably should search the site but do you have any videos or recommendations on how to keep the swing and tempo feel for an entire round and with all clubs?
I finally feel as I am on the journey to lower scores.
Again thanks !!!!!
January 9, 2014
That’s great news.
As far as tempo is concerned, your body rotation should be determining the speed of the arms. You body turns slowly in life. This means that your arm speed should look rather slow and it should be quite easy to replicate.
How to Get Consistent Swing Tempo: https://ignitiongolf.com/consistent-swing-tempo/
February 24, 2014
Hi Paul – This is the tip that made me sign up as a member.
I range between a 3-5 handicap. I tried this tip about a year ago when I found it and played some of the best golf of my life. Then somehow the swing left me and I forgot about it until I came across it recently before a trip to Palm Springs. I watched the tip again and tried it and played two phenomenal rounds where I could’t miss with driver, woods or irons.
On the third day I was really excited but my swing just left me on the 3rd hole and I was starting to hit pulls and then I sliced a drive and then doubt just creeped in. Then I didn’t know what to do because I wasn’t sure if I would hit a pull or a slice or a straight shot.
It was so frustrating. I was playing so well and then it was like I couldn’t play at all.
I read your other tips about getting tired and then how to correctly fix coming over the top (which I am guessing is what was happening). I am going to work on your tips for using the lower body and the tip for changing the spin on the ball by having the hands turn over so the club head passes first and then the hands with thumbs pointing toward target follow. All of this while keeping the wrists loose and arms turned off.
Are these the correct thoughts?
If I could get my swing like those first few days then I know I can become scratch in no time.
You just answered your own question. You said, “I was really excited.” Because you were excited you started going for it. This meant you started swinging way too hard. This is evident in you hitting pulls then a slice. Pulling is you pulling the club down with your arms. The slice is you pulling the club down and tightening your wrists. Your body must lead to allow the mass (club) to flatten. Then it will swing out at it. Your wrists must be loose to allow the club to square.
What you should have done on day 3 was to start off swinging very easy. Instead, you started at top speed. You probably hit the ball well on the range too which is a NO NO. NEVER EVER EVER hit it well on the range before you play. If you do, your expectations are too high:
Warm Up Before Round: https://ignitiongolf.com/practice-before-round
So after you started off and didn’t hit the ball like Tiger you started second guessing yourself. You were trying to figure out what the problem was and searching for the answer. Like I said, if you started off swinging easier you would not have activated the arms. No arms means you would have been using your lower body to power your swing. You would have allowed the club to swing wherever it wanted to so you would not be manipulating it.
Unfortunately, losing it happens to everyone. We all get excited. You just have to know to back off. It’s really no big deal because once you slow down you will get it back in no time. Then into the future you are never going to get too hyped ever again. In your mind you will never say you’ve got it (ever hear Tiger say this?). You stay focused on not hitting or helping the shot in any way with your arms. The ultimate goal is going to play thinking only about coiling in the backswing until you feel the stretch in the left lat area. Once you feel it you uncoil to the follow through allowing the arms to go along for the ride. These tips are here:
Uncoil 1: https://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil
Uncoil 2: https://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil-follow-up
Pull 2 (expanding on it): https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pulling
Stop Coming Over the Top: https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-stop-over-the-top/
Remembering How Cure Pulled Shots: https://ignitiongolf.com/remembering-cure-pulled-shots/
How to Release the Golf Club: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-wrist-release
Manually Square the Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface
Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up
Still Slicing Even After Rolling?: https://ignitiongolf.com/slicing-after-rolling/
Drill – Smooth Wrist Release: https://ignitiongolf.com/smooth-wrist-release/
You Will Top It: https://ignitiongolf.com/you-will-top-it/
When to Regroup: https://ignitiongolf.com/when-to-regroup/
Lose Your Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/lose-your-golf-swing
So look at it as a HUGE learning experience. Understand that you were going at it way too hard. Immediately slow down and start off swinging at 50% of your ability. Once you are making half decent contact you speed up ONLY the legs a little bit. This will make the ball go a little farther. Then get used to this level keeping the arms out of it. Then you turn up the lower body one more notch and you will be at top speed powering it with your legs not your arms.
If this ever happens again, immediately go down to 50%.
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