Gradually Build It Up

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In this tip I talk about how to build up your swing speed.  Too many people keep trying to hit the ball as hard as they can.  This is NOT how to build it up.   The first step is to swing super easy.   You get used to this level.  Once you know you aren’t hitting hard with the arms you gradually increase your body for a little more power and so on until the legs and hips become the power source.  Really focus on this because this is how you will finally build that powerful, effortless, pain-free golf swing.

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Paul Wilson

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+

14 Responses to “Gradually Build It Up”

  1. November 4, 2018

    richardpeyser

    Paul, this is a good drill. One problem I am having even with swinging ease is that the club grip moves at the top when starting down. The trail hand is the problem. I use your tip to hold the club grip stead using a tee, but the club grip still moves in the right or trail hand grip and causes the club head to open or close due the movement. How can I solve this problem, I am using the grips that you recommend with the thumb and index finger next to each other for each hand, start out with about 2 and increase the pressure at the top, but still get movement which causes uncertainty and then a bad hit due to movement. thanks, it is the trail hand that I need to improve on. Richard

    • Paul Wilson

      November 6, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Richard,

      Your wrists are too tight so it has to give somewhere so you let go. You need to hold on as tight as you can and work the club back and forth to loosen the wrists. This takes time and effort. Just work it back and forth as much as you can without letting go. Everyone wants to do the maximum without being good at it. So start less. Get it then try to hinge more without letting go.

  2. November 4, 2018

    RaymondCHASTEL

    JULIUS BOROS ‘s motto was “SWING EASY ,HIT HARD “. Swinging easy doesn’t mean you don’t hit the ball with a feather You see that in today’s top pro’s swings :JUSTIN RDSE is a good example to follow (Just won the TURKISH OPEN ,as well as XANDER SHAUBELE (Just won the HSBC championship in SHANGHAI )
    JULIUS BOROS was a great champion from 1952 to 1979:his swing was filmed ,it’s a model of effortless smoothness .

    • Paul Wilson

      November 6, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      That is a good line. I like it. The power comes from the legs and hips driving which turns the body. This gives the appearance of an easy swing. I am putting a lot of energy into using my legs and hips.

  3. November 6, 2018

    JimBenjamin

    In my experience practicing “easy” is the best thing you can do. I was doing ok at the range but some shots weren’t as good and what I was doing felt a little labored. I decided to really slow things down, almost to the point my knee move was just a little, it just felt minor. I was amazed at how much power, in the swing, that move produced. I started hitting the ball farther than what I thought was good earlier.

    Paul…. what about shaft flex? A year ago or more I switched from regular to a senior shaft. I have the adjustable shafts so switching is easy. After working with the swing a while should I try the regular shaft again?

  4. November 7, 2018

    FionaWhittock

    Hi Paul. I’m having terrible problems with my golf right now. I think I’m coming over the top and casting. I’ve tried endless drills, feels great when doing my practice swing but as soon as I address the ball I just get the yips. I’m hitting them all over the ground, some left, some right, some straight but just can’t get the ball in the air. I’m a 16 handicapper and feel like a complete beginner. Can you recommend some ‘back to basic’ drills please to try to regain my confidence? Many thanks.

  5. Good advice in this tip. I am still struggling with bending my elbow too much when I try to extend my arms more and cock my wrists instead. Hopefully you can help me with this when I come out for my lesson on December 8. In the meantime, do you have any advice on how I can correct this bad habit that I cannot feel myself doing during the swing? I can only see that I am still bending my elbow instead of cocking my wrists when someone videos my swing. So disappointing and frustrating to see this over and over. But I am playing better overall having worked with your videos for about 6 months now. Thank you! Also, could you please respond to the email I sent you on October 29 about referring a friend for a yearly membership? Thanks and I look forward to our lesson next month and any advice you can give me in the meantime.

  6. November 8, 2018

    Steve Weber

    Great and timely tip! I had four great ball striking rounds in a row. So I thought I “had it”. Then I tried to speed up to top speed with my hips and immediately arms got involved again. So I will take this to heart and slow down and work my way up. Thanks Paul!

    • Paul Wilson

      November 8, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Steve,

      Never say you have it. Every hear Tiger say he had his A game even when he was beating people by 10 shots. Never.

      Speeding up is fine but I would have keep going at the level you were at and let confidence get me more power. Confidence breeds distance. Also, for more power it is way looser wrists and turn faster. If you want to work on it do this drill nightly for 1 month:

      Ear To Ear: https://ignitiongolf.com/ear-to-ear/

  7. November 10, 2018

    JimBenjamin

    Paul,

    I have had issues turning my hips properly. I would focus on turning the right knee towards the left leg but the left hip would not turn and I would flip. On my flight back from Maui a few weeks ago I was reading a golf book on my tablet and found a good concept. Focus on keeping the club face on a big circle. If you take a swing doing that your body will turn back and thru completely. It’s a matter of focus. I took that focus and applied it to turning my belt buckle the same way and it works! Essentially if you want to move to a position you focus on getting there and the mind moves the body to make it happen. I think this is a matter of focusing on the whole and not the little parts, if that makes sense.

    Jim

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