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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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September 19, 2012
This is a brilliant tip….love seeing you work with one of your students!!
September 20, 2012
Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it. I have to ask more students to be in videos. I have some more good ideas for videos.
I’m a believer but struggle making it work. The latest issue I have is that my hands do not turn over properly. I know this is true since the pad on my left hand (near the butt end) will become callused and my gloves damaged. I have been working on turning my hands over properly but I have trouble doing it naturally without some assistance from my hands. One thing I noticed is that I can really boost my swing speed and distance with my wrists. I can gain 20 yeards on a 9 iron for example. The problem I have is that when I perform this move using my wrists it is not consistant. Hopefully the loosening up drill wil help.
Paul, if you are getting calluses on the pad of your left hand you are gripping too high off the end of the club. You need to immediately grip down a little. Watch this video:
How Far Should You Grip Down On The Club?: https://ignitiongolf.com/grip-how-far-down/
When you are working on turning the hands over I want you to feel the hands as you are working on it. They cannot be powerless. Once you get them rolling over then you forget them and focus on your body to straighten out your shots. This is all explained in these two videos:
Manually Square the Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface
Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up
So keep working on it. Go slowly and just focus on getting the face to rollover. You don’t have to hit everything as hard as you can. This will only tighten your wrists and make it harder to roll them over. Keep at it.
I appriciate the help. Do u ever get out to the east
coast? Im not planning on going out west for a while but getting a lesson would be great.
September 21, 2012
Paul, I have no plans at this time to go out East. You may want to do a Video Golf Lesson with us. This is the next best thing and one of the reasons I am offering this service. I would have killed for this service when I was learning the game. This way there is no guess-work and I wouldn’t be wasting my time working on things I shouldn’t be. If you are interested please go here: http://paulwilsongolf.com/las-vegas-golf-lessons/video-golf-lessons.htm
One quick follow up question. My handicap is down to about a 10/11 but I think this is exactly the one thing holding me back. In not wanting to activate my arms/hands I’m not hinging the club loosely enough. I’m also worried about rolling it open in the takeaway….as a result I think I may have a slightly shut face and not enough wrist hinge. This seems like it will help this? Thanks Paul!!!
Bryan, That’s great that your handicap is coming way down. You need to watch the Takeaway video again. You should be taking it away like you are putting. In putting you wouldn’t be hooding the clubface as you took it back would you? No. So you already know how to do the perfect one piece Takeaway. Just practice it with the putter and do it with your seven iron.
One Piece Takeaway: https://ignitiongolf.com/master-one-piece-takeaway
What a great tip! Thanks to your student for showing his swing. It was nice to see his follow through, as though the ball was not there. I really need to work on that in my swing. I find that my back-swing to wrist hinge is very loose, but as I un-coil and release the club everything tightens up and I need to loosen my wrists and arms. When I accomplish that, my follow through will complete and I won’t be hitting the ball, but completing a golf swing.
Thanks for the tips and I’ll keep working on it si I can be ready for my lesson in November. Mike
Mike, thanks I appreciate it. Yet his follow-through was okay. It still needs a little work though. There is a bit of manipulation there. I like the speed he generated once he was using his legs doing the practice swings. You could see the club was moving way faster but slower in reality. He really needs to keep working on that. If so you will generate way more power and easily get that monitor over 100 miles an hour.
If the wrists are tightening on the way down you are trying to hit. Stick to the three-quarter distance shots and work on technique. As you are confident with the technique you speed up only your lower body to make the club swing faster. I just don’t think you’ve done it enough yet.
This would be a great video to post on the ‘free’ list because it really gives a visitor a solid introduction to your technique.
Jay, thanks for the suggestion. You’re right I think everyone should see this. I will post it shortly
I have done this and I have gained a lot of distance with the driver. My question is if it is also applicable with irons. To be more specific, when I loosen the wrist and apply it with the irons I feel (I may be not right) that I am crossing my hands a little before impact, adding loft to the club and the shot goes shorter or even open. If I try “to hold” it with irons, I feel I have the right impact angle, but I don’t feel the same way as I do with the driver.
I dont know if I made myself clear. The implied question is do I have to be as loosened with the wrist with the irons as with the driver?
Thank you very much for those tips, that are helping a lot to improve my game!
December 13, 2014
I cannot see the response above. Just “Jos”.
This is an important question to me because I have definitely improved and hearing fair bit of comments re my “smooth[er]” swing thanks to your lessons but rarely do I have a day when both my driver and irons work well. Usually it is either or on a bad day neither. When both are fairly functional I am threatening a single digit score.
Irons feel heavier so maybe when I am doing well with irons due to loose wrists, I am holding on to the driver? When I am doing well with the driver irons are not so bad but still probably lose some distance.
You only have one swing. If it is not working for all clubs you need to either still be working on your swing or you are changing it. Changing it with Driver is quite common because people want to hit it a long way. Do you hit your 3 wood well yet cannot hit Driver? This would be a good indication you are hitting Driver too hard.
Are you hitting hooks and slices? If so, you are not doing anything consistently. In this case you should instantly know to do the roll over if ou put slice spin on it. If you are still slicing you have not rolled it over anywhere near enough to eliminate this side of the fairway.
With irons people typically bend over too much. Because the ball is on the ground they keep trying to hit down or even lift the ball up in the air. Again, irons or woods does not matter. You need to apply the same swing. The only thing that is going to change is your wrist angle, distance to the ball, width of stance and ball position.
One Swing For All Clubs: https://ignitiongolf.com/one-swing-all-clubs/
This is the perfect scenario for a Skype lesson or swing analysis. Why wonder what you are doing wrong when you can have Pete check it for you? Would save a lot of guessing. Believe me, I am not singling you out. Everyone should be doing this yet few people do.
December 14, 2014
Will definitely have a set of Skype lessons with Pete in the new year.
A lot of my puzzlements comes from the fact that even when I am swinging well the good swing does not last to the end of the round. I guess it just means I have not perfected the positions and cannot repeat them consistently when I get even slightly tired. Setup could be an issue as per your latest video lesson so will be using your “head up then down” routine for my set up.
December 17, 2014
A lot of people get tired during the round. If so, the legs turn off and the arms take over causing pulls, pull hooks and pull slices.
I did a tip on this here:
Coming Down The Stretch: https://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-finish/
I think you really need to know what to look for so you can immediately start thinking of the cure as soon as you see a flaw occur.
How to Cure the Direction: https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-direction/
How to Cure the Spin: https://ignitiongolf.com/fix-spin-problems/
How to Cure the Contact: https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-contact/
How to Cure Spin and Direction Problems: https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-spin-direction-problems/
How To Fix Your Own Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/setup-16-things/
Hi Paul, I am happy to see a “non-pro” make the swing. While watching the video of a non-pro learning to ‘loosen” his hands, and then increase the body turn, you again mentioned powerless arms. It looked to me like he was using upper body power rather than his hip turn only. I have asked about this before and I thought what you were telling me was that the arms turned with the hips and not faster than the hips, but he definitely was turning his upper body. Is that correct since Iron Byron cannot turn faster than the drive shaft? If it is, I am sure that I can get my distance back. Thanks for your consideration of my question.
He is an amateur working on his swing so of course he was using his arms. I am trying to get him to stop doing this. You could see when he did the swing off the ground he was powering the swing with the lower body. Then when he put the ball in front he used his arms. I can say it to someone a million times. It doesn’t mean they are going to do it. It takes time.
I want people who are working on the wrists release to feel their arms and get the clubface turning over. Once they get it I want them to turn the arms off. It’s a progression. You cannot get the arms doing the right thing without working on it. If you are working on this part of your swing you are thinking about it. Then you stop thinking about it in the future and turn them off.
September 22, 2012
So Paul, you are saying that the only way the arm rotational speed increases beyond that of the hip rotational speed, even though they have further to travel, is due to the pull of the lat muscles acting like the coiled spring. I ask this because I have been following your teaching for over a year and am still unable to generate as much club head speed as I had before converting. Don’t misunderstand me; I am not complaining about the swing.
It and moving to the red tees has helped me drop 12 strokes from my handicap and I am grateful. The concern I have is that my hip swivel is maxed out but my driver distance is only 180 to 200 yards. I am 74 and am thankful that I can still walk an 18 hole mountain course. Unfortunately now, I only have 3 potential chances per game for a GIR because of the loss of distance and that is from the red tees!
September 24, 2012
I am saying you are increasing your arm speed with your legs not your arms even though they hard further to travel. Think of a line of skaters. The middle skater moves slowly in a circle while the outside skater just holds on because there is no way this skater could skate that fast.
You are not getting it because you are not good at doing it. You need to be working on this constantly. Do this drill every night and you will get it in no time.
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
Think about it. You have hit with your arms forever so you will want to keep hitting with your arms. You need to get rid of the ball and start driving the legs harder and harder. It is way more effort than you think even though it does not look like it. You only have to increase this speed a tiny bit to gain more power. This is because your body does not even rotate at 3 mph in life. You increase a half a mile an hour and you will hit it way farther.
Watch this one too:
Effortless Golf Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/powerful-effortless-golf-swing
Keep at it and you will get it. Oh keep the wrists super loose too. This is the other part to it.
September 26, 2012
I have a couple of questions
1. Knees touching – I feel like I am making the full turn but my knees do not touch. Does it have anything to do with my stance? Should my right foot be back further? My right knee is even with my left they just don’t touch
2. Speed of Hip turn – I am starting to working on my hip turn. Am I better off trying to turn as fast as I can or work on gradually getting faster?
1. If your legs are not touching when you are finished the swing your stance is too wide. So narrow the stance and make them touch. The importance of the legs touching is so this position never falls apart. If they are touching today and touching five years from now they are still touching. I could tell you to be 1 inch apart with the legs. If I did you now need a friend, a video camera, a mirror or you need to look down every time you swing to make sure they are exactly 1 inch apart. Why not just feel them touching together?
Lean On Club to Touch Legs: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lean-on-club
Legs Touching: https://ignitiongolf.com/touch-knees
Just do it with your hands on your hips for a while to get the feeling. Then do it with the club.
2. As far as learning to turn your hips faster is concerned I would be trying to turn them as fast as possible in practice swings. Then hit a few shots trying to feel that you are moving them faster. If you try to hit balls turning your hips as fast as possible you will most likely hit your shots out to the right so you’re not to be too confident so you will give up on it. Doing faster practice swings will gradually increase the speed of your body in the future without you even realizing it.
Do this drill constantly :
Listen to Club Swinging: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
How Much To Use Your Legs: https://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-how-much-legs
September 5, 2014
I’ve recently joined your site, and really have been improving all aspects of my golf with your many helpful tips for around 2 weeks thanks to you.
My number one interest still lies in generating more power as you might have expected.
I’ve been definitely working on my lower body to turn as fast as it can, while having looseness in my arms, wrists, and grip. My old grip was definitely a lot harder in the past compared to my present state.
The thing that is confusing me today is with all your tips I average around 97-98 mph on the speed radar, but as I make my lower body coil much faster than before I can’t help but put some force on my arms and grips to keep up with the lower body’s speed. As I tried to put little more power on my arms and grips to keep up with my lower body’s turn, I’ve been hitting 101-102 mph. I’ve been trying to keep my arms, wrists, and grip as loose as they can possibly be, but getting a faster lower body is not allowing me to have the same looseness as before. It feels as if I’m facing a catch-22. Am I on the right track to actually grab the club tighter for getting a faster lower body turn?
My second question is although I can generate 101-102 with everything I have, I tend to lose my balance in the end of the swing because my lower body seems just not strong enough to hold me still after swing at that speed. Am I doing something incorrect in performing the fastest swing or do I just need to workout my lower body and get stronger in this case? If so, could you recommend me some workouts so that I can maintain my stability at the end of the swing?
Thank you very much.
September 6, 2014
Glad you are improving and like the tips. I appreciate the feedback.
Until you are good at it I can see if you swing with arms you could make it swing faster. The problem is, will you keep it in play? I think you need to be following this tip:
Release Progression: https://ignitiongolf.com/release-progression/
Losing balance is telling you that you are not good at this speed yet. Instead, of going for more power I would be develop a great swing with perfect positioning. Then you increase it over time. To do so you do the drills below on a nightly basis as fast as you can ONLY in practice swings.
DRILL: Swing Off Ground: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground
DRILL: Swing Off Ground Variation: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-variation-favorite-drill/
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
DRILL: How To Get Faster Hip Rotation: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-faster-hip-rotation/
I know everyone want more power but I can barely swing at it and get mid 90’s. So again, it is about technique. To get to 116 okay this takes a lot of leg strength.
I would also want you do this drill nightly too. This has worked great in the past for other students.
DRILL: Lag Ear to Ear: https://ignitiongolf.com/lag-release-drill
You can do this while you are working on the other other ones.
Thank you for your response.
Would you personally be able to drive even farther if you were to incorporate some of arm strength in addition to your already fast lower body movement?
If you are able to, would you just not choose to do it this way since it’s not worth to drive more yards compared to how much you are not able to keep in play with stiff upper body?
September 7, 2014
I have tried this and I can get the same swing speed and sometimes a couple miles per hour more if I wail it is as hard as I can but why would I do this? As soon as I start swinging it with the arms I hit it sideways. I know exactly when I am using arms because I can feel them pulsating after I hit the shot. It is not worth it. If swinging with my arms gave my double the result then this may be a good chance to take but getting the same distance, less distance or 10 yards more is certainly not worth it.
My average is already 281 so why would I need more distance. This 281 is with hitting 3 wood on our number 6 hole and hybrid on number 9.
You really are obsessed with distance. If you want to try it that way go for it. Wail as hard as you can. Once you get the power then start taking your arms out of it to keep it in play. I guess I learned this way when I started because I didn’t think of powerless arms until 1999. So it can be done. I just like people to be incredibly consistent. Confidence breeds distance.
Confidence Breeds Distance: https://ignitiongolf.com/confidence-breeds-distance/
The choice is yours.
Paul ,Would the “split grip ” help to dévelop the sensé of loose wrists and Clubhead speed ?
What I mean is having the left hand in it’s normal position at the top of the handle and the right hand at the bottom of the handle ,back of left hand and Palm of right hand facing the target
For the faster rotation ,I train with the “POWER HIP ROTATOR “.It’s similar to the tubings of the ULTIMATE SWING TRAINER you recommend ,except it CAN be attached to a belt you wear around YOUR waist.The tubing helps you rotate faster with the club !
I would have Loved to get the SOMAX POWER HIP TRAINER but Bob PRICHARD flatly refused to sell it to me on the account I was too old to benefit from it!
You can do the split grip as a drill if you want. I did a tip on it here:
Old But Good Lag Drill: https://ignitiongolf.com/old-good-lag-drill/
That Power Hip Rotator looks okay. Not sure how stable in the ground that peg is going to be. I would rip it out if I was me plus you have to put on that harness. I can’t see many people wanting to do that in public. Why not just use a UST. So much easier.
Just use the UST and keep doing the swings off the ground nightly listening to the sound of the club. I keep saying this. Now it is up to you to do it.
I don’t exhibit myself of course with the ” POWER HIP ROTATOR “,I would look weird!
All m’y training and drills are done at home ,So nobody CAN thow jokes at me when I train with various training aids ,including those Meant to keep the left arm straight ( I know you don’t bother with That ,but I’m a purist!).
The tubing is not attached to a peg in my case ,it’s connected to two rubber bands attached to a leg of a very HEAVY table on my terrace.
I do find the “Split Grip “drill to improve m’y body rotation backwards ,and give a lot of speed coming IN the throughswing .
The UST DOESN’t give me the same feeling ,but I didn’t drop the drill with it ,easier to utilize .
December 19, 2014
When you set up your driver behind the ball, i notice that the face is a few inches behind the ball. On other videos i noticed your irons are about 1 inch behind the ball. Can you explain why you don’t put the club directly behind the ball. I bought a new driver this season and when i place the face directly behind, it caused my hands to be to much in a forward press position. I then just let my hands stay centered to my body at set up and the face ended up a few inches behind, just like yours. I was actually hitting it much better, but didn’t know if this was correct. Of course an extreme version of this would be Moe Norman, what is the physics behind setting the face far behind the ball but getting it perfectly square at impact as he did.
Also I’m hitting it pretty solid but notice that my club stops a few inches before touching the back of my head, what is this telling me, are my arms to tight still, wrists not lose enough, tempo off? Is there a video on this?
It is not a physics question. It’s a rules question. I don’t want to touch the ball in case I move it. This is move with irons but when you are comfortable doing it with irons you get comfortable doing it with Driver too. Plus, I hated knocking the ball off the tee. If you want to have an inch or two behind the ball go right ahead.
I certainly don’t the like the hands too far ahead with irons but different drivers put your hands in different positions. Just set the club where you want to set it behind the ball. If a little more behind the ball is working then you are fine to do that. Make sure you are not manipulating it though. Let the club’s sole plate sit flush on the ground and carefully take your grip without moving it. Then you can make sure they are not too far ahead.
You need to manually take the club an touch the back of your head. Yes, right now you are probably a little to tight but I highly doubt that just by loosening up your are going to hit this position. I say this because as many people I have tried to get to loosen they still remain a little tight. If you just hit the spot perfectly each time you develop a consistent swing the you can loosen up ever more later.
One Of The Secrets To The Golf Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/secrets-to-golf-swing/
DRILL: Touch Head In Follow Through: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-touch-head-follow-through/
When Is Your Swing Over?: https://ignitiongolf.com/swing-club-touching-head/
How Far Around Should You Swing?: https://ignitiongolf.com/swing-how-far-around/
April 27, 2015
Hi Paul I tried this tip and I gained a lot more distance and also I am hitting my driver straight would this be because I am a lot looser with my swing
April 28, 2015
Exactly. When you don’t try to hit your wrists are looser. It goes against everything you want to do and feel though so stay focused on it. If you have hit one shot that went farther than any other in your life with a feeling of nothing this would be the swing you must find. Well, this is the swing I teach. It is such a great feeling when you can trust the a feeling of nothing hits the ball amazingly well.
Too Flat: https://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-are-you-too-flat
May 12, 2015
Hi Paul, I have a question, I am working on powerless arms and I am getting results, I understood the difference between floppy arms and powerless arms, but now I have a question,….when I charge my backswing and I am on the point of shooting with my hips(full swing with driver), my upper body(shoulder) becomes a little bit tight.
The question is when you shoot a great driver what do you feel in your upper body? because I think it’s human to try to have a muscolar explosion, I mean, pressing hard with hips the upper body is confused and tends to tight.
But If I observe one of your great drivers shot you feel having smooth shoulder.
How is it possible to combine powerfull shooting hips and smooth soulders?
I mean when I shoot a great driver do I have to pretend to keep smooth shoulder? if the hips begin to rotate the upper body very often tends to tight.
What do I have to feel in that moment?
maybe you mean that I have to slow down my hips shooting to make my soulder adapt to an inevitable smooth sensation?(also with a full swing).
thank you from Italy
Glad you are getting it.
I am not even thinking about my upper body in the downswing other than not trying to hit or help the ball in any way with my arms. You need to watch this tip to fully understand how the upper body will uncoil on its own:
Shoulders in downswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/shoulders-downswing/
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