Good Habits Series – Topping or Thin Shots

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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+

8 Responses to “Good Habits Series – Topping or Thin Shots”

  1. December 22, 2014


    Hey paul
    Great clip this one really hits home for me this has always been an issue for me until recently
    After switching back to your method I went out and shot my best score yet a 82 was thrilled hoping I can keep it going
    My question is I’ve seen you bang out 115mph driver swings is it possible for most people to reach that speed?
    Are you working on flexibility and core strength?
    I hit on a moniter ther other day and my best was 105 really want to crank it up there
    Many thanks

    • December 23, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Good stuff. I love hearing about improvement.

      It is possible for you to do it if you copy what I am doing. I am not doing a superhuman move. I am moving less that you and hitting it better than you. This means I am doing it a different way than you.

      Most people are not doing what I am doing (they are just whacking away at it using physical strength).

      Some people may not have the physical ability to turn as fast as I am but 100 mph is certainly doable with minimal effort. 116 take a lot of leg power.

      So stay focused on technique. I keep saying it is about the movement not the ball. Until people understand that concept and start to make the changes they will never get it. This is because people who are hitting solely with their arms are doing the opposite to what better players are doing. Just have the thought of using the legs to hit the ball will put golfers on the same page as pros. This alone will allow them to hit the ball better than they ever have.

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    December 25, 2014


    Is it ok to swivel the head but not lift up like Annika does. Somewhere along the way I incorporated that move, but now I am commited to nothing but your method. Keeping my eyes at the ball until my right arm is straight in the follow through has been the hardest move to master since i’ve been swiveling with Anna’s “peek a boo” move for a few years now. On occasion this swivel gets my upper body too active in the downswing and i’ll pull it.

    • December 25, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Watching the ball is not the issue so long as you are not standing up as you do this. Most people that watch for the ball are lifting too. So watch the ball all you want if you are not raising up.

      If you want to do what I want you to do then delay the reaction to watching the ball.

      The pull is caused by swiveling but this gets the weight into the left side too soon. If so, you tilt left and hit it left. So just be away you don’t want your body tilting left in the downswing. You want it tilting right to get the path swinging out at it.

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    January 10, 2015


    Paul, thanks for another tip and approach to correcting a thin shot or ball topping. I am doing better with these shots with your help (and practice), but I enjoy seeing them repeated to remember and strengthen these skills.
    BTW- we got to play the Magnolia at Disneyworld before Christmas. Wonderful course and lots of wildlife, carts are outstanding as well with real time GPS and course data at your fingertips.

    • January 11, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you are getting rid of the topped shots. They are a killer. Once you get rid of them it is like your whole swing is at a whole new level so stay focused on hitting it and delaying your reaction to see it. Also, swing easy for now. Harder you hit, the more you will look and tighten.

      I played Magnolia way back when I lived in Orlando. I think I shot a million. Tough track but great track.

  4. Hi Paul,

    Are the hands, address and at impact, at the same position height wise. Just curious because it seems that the arms would straighten (like the string) up relative to the spine angle and be higher at impact. Some teaching pros put a club above the hands at address and tell you to swing under it to practice keeping the hands low. Just curious what your thoughts are and if you like this drill.


    • Steve,

      I’ve seen great players with them higher and on the same angle. Mine are higher. The teachers you are talking about about impact teaching. I don’t care about impact. It is not the widest point of the arc.

      If your body was on the exact same angle at address as it was at impact I would say to keep them in the position. The thing is, your body tilts through impact. So the hands should be higher. I feel into this trap of working on this many years ago. It got me nowhere.

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