Good Habit Series – Skying

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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 “Good Habit Series – Skying”

  1. January 15, 2015


    Hi paul I have a couple of questions
    First is on a divot how deep should ones divot be ? And what clubs should we be taking them with?
    Secondly how far do you carry the ball with your driver?

    • January 17, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      A god depth would be deep enough that you can still see the roots of the grass. If you just see first they could be a little deep.

      You should be taking a divot with about a 5 iron and down. Above that you would be grassing the grass. This is due to the length of the club. This is not to say I have not taken a slight divot with a 3 iron but typically I am grazing it.

      My average using the Game Golf stat tracker is 281 with driver. Shortest 269 longest 352. What is it on the fly? No idea. 250 to 300.

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    January 16, 2015


    Paul, if the ball goes very high in the air and goes about 140 yds., is that the same as skying? At times, that’s exactly how my shots go.

    • January 17, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      It is most likely a skyed shot. Just look at the ground after one of these drives. If you see any kind of divot ahead of the ball you are skying it. If so, you need to immediately start working on staying behind it.

  3. January 16, 2015



    I have been paying particular attention to the idea of keeping my head back, as you say, almost over my rear foot, with good results. That alone seems to also help me start the swing with my legs. But in many swings, I feel I loose my spine angle…I’m back behind the ball, swinging the club nicely but my upper torso has become more vertical.

    Keeping my head down, eyes on a spot behind the ball seems to help. Is there anything else that would help?



  4. January 16, 2015


    Very good video/lesson again ,Paul :this responds to an earlier question I had about keeping the head behind the ball,which ,in addition to keep you from skying ,gives more “zip “to the ball.
    But there’s another occasion when you sky:that’s when you tee very high and want to hit the ball off the front big toe ,to give it a higher flight :I do this occasionnally ,it’s not at all my normal set up .
    To keep my head back ,I imagine my neck is in a hole of piece of glass with rugged dents all around the opening and I dont want to hurt it when swinging ! It works !!!

    • January 17, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it.

      This is not skying this is just hitting it higher to play the wind. This is fine.

  5. January 16, 2015


    I noticed when you’re leaving your head behind the ball on your practice swings your chin to the top of your head is slightly tilted if were on an axis. However when you do your actual swing leaving the head behind the ball your chin to the top of your head looks quite vertical and looks more ergonomic and user-friendly can you explain what is actually going on I know this is a very slight postural difference but it may help me understand and feel the impact position better as I feel slightly off-balance if my head is tilted
    Thanks for another good video

    • January 17, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Not even thinking about my head as I am swinging. Keep in mind I am trying to talk to the camera when just swinging. As I am hitting I am doing my real swing.

      Do what you feel right for head position so long as it says behind the ball.

  6. January 16, 2015


    Thanks, Paul. I’ll confess to adding some white marks to the top of some new drivers. That slide forward is not disastrous with irons, but when your drive look like a 9 iron, OUTCH

    Ron Calabrese

    • January 17, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You certainly shouldn’t be skying as long as you have been following me. You really need to be working on keeping the head behind the ball right away. Just get this then tidy up the legs and hips in you are behind it more.

  7. January 19, 2015


    Lol!! I haven’t skied it since I began using you’re method. You’ve changed my life.
    My skies were EPIC. Sometimes landing in the tee box. Lol. I’m so glad you fixed my game.

    • January 20, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. I don’t just make this stuff up. It works as you have found out! Good job.

  8. Paul,
    On the range today I was hitting great drives with SS between 110 and 118 and of the center middle of the clubface. Go to the course and i was hitting off the top center of the clubface with SS of only 103. I’m not skying but very close. Is my head going toward the target or something else?


    • Mike,

      It sure is. You are trying to hit hard. So when you go to the course swing easy. Get it. Then increase only the rotational speed of your body. Right now you are trying to go too hard too fast. It will come. Just give it time.

  9. Paul,

    I just watched your video on eliminating “skying” the ball with your driver. The big problem that I have with my driver is that I hit the ground with my driver before I hit the ball. Is this caused by the same fault that causes the sky ball? My head is head of the ball on my swing causing me to hit down?

    Thank you,

  10. Hi Paul. Quick one: is the head position at impact the «only» reason one would sky/hit high on the face or can there be other reasons?

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