What I Am Feeling When I Hit a Ball

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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+

20 Responses to “What I Am Feeling When I Hit a Ball”

  1. November 1, 2015


    Paul. What indoor drills would you reccommend to practice this feeling when you have limited ceiling height? As always I love waching you, your swing and your excitement over the powerless swing.

  2. November 1, 2015


    Very interesting lesson ,Paul :I believe you never gave it on your site before .
    But ,a question :how do you really know you have “turned your arms off”.
    I believe I do so ,as I concentrate myself only on the fastest rotation possible of my lower body on the forward axis (Left leg ) and forbid myself to “hit ” with the arms ,just being careful that my wrists do “roll over “.
    I never did hit all over the place ,as you mention ,even when I used my arms before adhering to your technique .The difference I see now is much more consistency and sending the ball further than before without effort :also the “crack “sound of the golf club face is more like the sound of a rifle shot than before .

  3. November 2, 2015


    What about the IMPACT FEELING from the clubhead thru the shaft to your hands,What did that feel like on a solid hit?Was it like Butter(soft but solid?)I’m really interested on that feeling you get with your driver on those 300 yd hits

    • November 3, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I don’t feel the ball at all on solid hits. So yes, butter. I feel the weight of the club swinging through it. I just let it go undisturbed.

  4. November 11, 2015


    Hi Paul,
    Your feelings are exactly what i feel when i swing correctly. Additionally, i sometimes feel that my hands are a singular element and they are heavy as well. When that happens, my shots go farther and still straight.

  5. September 29, 2017



    Starting to get the feel of this I think. The arms being extended at release clicked something for me.

    My question is this, hitting some balls today the ones that went dead straight and felt really solid I felt like my lower body was turning fast and my arms felt like they were coming through slow (almost leisurely) compared to my old swing.

    Am I on the right track here?

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      September 29, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Allowing the arms to fully stretch out is critical. This will make a huge difference in your striking.

      You are on the right track. I feel a tremendous leg drive. I feel nothing in my arms. They go along for the ride. Keep doing it. Like I said, the extension of the arms will be huge for you and everyone else of course.

  6. January 19, 2018


    Hi Paul. You don’t feel your arms but do you feel your hands release in to the ball? Feeling your hands is not quite the same as feeling your arms

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      January 19, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      I feel like I am not hitting or helping it with my hands. Keep in mind I have released it well over 1M times so my release is smooth. If you are just getting it you may feel your hands crossing on another but in no way should you feel like you are adding anything.

      Work on this:

      DRILL: Smooth Wrist Release: https://ignitiongolf.com/smooth-wrist-release/

  7. January 19, 2018


    So much like fly casting. Kind of Zen

  8. January 19, 2018


    Great tip. Never viewed it before. I think knowing what the kinesthetic sensations should be in swinging the club is very helpful, whether that involves the feeling of “powerless arms” or any other phase of the swing. It’s a benchmark for self-monitoring that doesn’t rely on ball flight or visuals.

    You title the tip, “What I am feeling when I hit the ball”. I’m wondering if “hit” is really the best word choice for what you’re teaching us to do. Hitting suggest the improper technique of using the arms to exert force directly onto the ball. I don’t know what would be the best word choice. A few suggestions: “sweep the ball,” “brush the ball,” “whisk the ball,” “flush the ball,” “stroke the ball”?

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      January 19, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Well, I have thought about the word in the past. I need people to get it. If I am vague they may know what I’m talking about. People hit. Here’s how I hit. Totally different.

      Your descriptions are fine but no one thinks of it that way.

  9. January 19, 2018


    Great tip. Currently unable to practice with a club due to wrist injury. Having tests next week and hand Orthopedic on the 31st. Hoping to avoid surgery. But, I enjoy your tips. I continue to do some practice w/o a club.

  10. January 20, 2018


    I have the feeling you describe about 100 % of the time with the Driver ,but I don’t get the the same consistency of feeling with the 3 or 4 woods off the turf .Peculiarly I get the sound feeling with the long hybrids ,2,5 and 4,so when I want to keep on the safe side I play the long Hybrids not the woods .
    Now a question not related to this video:I saw a drill (MARIN CHUCK )for the head position in the swing:he showed starting wth an elongated stick against his left cheek and keeping this cheek behind and stuck to the elongated stick during the swing .I move my head back when going back so I don’t stay stuck to the stick and my head then moves forward during the swing .Should I endeavor to keep the head back or let it go forward ?

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      January 21, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      That is called keeping your head stick. Great idea if you have 1 leg or your feet together as you hit the ball. If not, then not such a good idea. Jim Mclean already proved in July 2001 of Golf Digest that pros move their head in the backwing on average 3.7 inches. This allows the building of the first axis in the backswing. Into the through swing you can also see him do a reverse C. This is due to the head position he prescribes. You really want a reverse C? Doubt it.

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