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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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October 24, 2012
I was under the impression that if my right knee was touching the left knee at the finish, that I couldn’t be sliding through impact. If that is the case, could the locking of the lead leg still be a problem?
October 25, 2012
Jim, You need to lock the knee to not be sliding. If you are touching with the right knee behind the left knee this is sliding. In every video I have ever done I have said to lock this leg. So you need to lock the leg if you are able to do so. I you cannot physically do it then keep it a little flexed.
Paul, I believe if you end up left hip over knee over ankle you will not hurt the knee or hip. It was the fact that tiger had the left hip behind the knee at the finish, a move most of us are not flexible enough to do that actually put the extra force on the knee that caused his problem. That move is noticeably absent in his new swing. In any case I think as I have for 3 years now, you’re right on this. I would kind of like to know approximately how straight the left should be at impact or rather how much straightening should or can take place without effecting our swing plane? I know the faster I straighten the left leg the more power I get, but I tend to be over active with my legs and need to not pull myself off the nice plane I have that really hits the ball well. thanks for all your help and keep it up.
Claude, Plus Tiger was doing it as fast as he could which the average person will never be able to do.
I would certainly think he is protecting this knee and he is not swinging as hard as he once was.
The left leg is slightly flexed at impact. How much exactly? I do not know. I would say it is about 10-15 degrees.
The plane will be affected if you shift onto this leg too much too soon. When you do your whole upper body will lean left. Lean left and you will hit it left. When you fire the legs your whole upper body should be staying behind the ball. This will create the path slightly from the inside.
Impact Head Behind Ball: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-head
Left Leg Impact: https://ignitiongolf.com/leg-position-impact
Body Tilt – Left Right: https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pulling
What are your thoughts on using a weighted club to pratice with using your technique? I use a weighted club before I head out to the course and it seems to help groove my swing.
Gary, Please watch tonight’s tip. You will find my answer: https://ignitiongolf.com/club-feel-heavy/
Hi Paul. I find this tip particularly helpful in that the trigger for the downswing has always been somewhat confusing. Concentrating on physical realities like the left leg straightening and touching the left leg with the right knee eliminates a lot of cluttered thought about the downswing sequence. In the golf swing, I’ve noticed thinking about more than 2 things, seems to be counter-productive.
Ron, Glad you are figuring out the left leg. This is very important because this is the motor to your swing.
Yes, keep the thoughts to 1 or two things. I like people working on things 1 at a time or two things thinking about the first one then the second. Keep it simple and be patient. It will come together if you are focused.
Paul. There are so many pieces to this swing puzzle. What would you say are the most important moves/drills that need to be worked on/mastered, and in what order do they need to be worked on, in order to most quickly build a swing like yours. Thanks. Ralph
There are a lot of pieces. You need to be working on one or two things at a time as well as the grip and set up. Keep it simple. Master the ones you are working on them move on to the others. Once you are doing them half decently you go back to them and perfect them.
I always teach the follow through first. So work on the touch the legs position and the touch the head position.
Legs Touching: https://ignitiongolf.com/touch-knees
One Of The Secrets To The Golf Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/secrets-to-golf-swing/
DRILL: This Is The Best Drill You Should Be Doing Right Now: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-three-quarter-distance/
DRILL: Touch Legs Touch Head: https://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-sequence-drill/
DRILL: Swing Off Ground: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
Once you get this then start working on the backswing. Learn how to coil and hinge the wrists next.
When I try to lock my lead leg, I’m topping the ball. I know I must be “popping up”. I’m not sure how to prevent this since locking the knee naturally pulls you up slightly. What can I do to prevent the ‘popping up”
October 26, 2012
Richard, You not locking the leg properly. You are jumping up. The leg should be locking because you are turning. When you turn it locks. Just try throwing a ball with the stance a little narrower. If you do you will turn. When you turn the left leg will lock and the right leg will come around and touch it. This is the move you need to be doing in your golf swing. So do the throwing motion a few times to get used to it. You can also do it with your hands on your hips. Get the motion and become good at it. Then do it in practice swings with the club. Then apply this move to the ball.
Legs in Downswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-back-knee
Impact Hip Rotation: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-hip-rotation
Hi Paul. This is a really good move, i.e. the straightening of the front leg….it releases the club with alot of speed. A question for my swing, I get the front leg ALMOST straight…..not locked straight. I still finish on balance with my knees touching…..and with a good and strong ball flight. I have tried to lock my front leg and it doesn’t feel comfortable and I fall off balance some of the time. Is it ok to have a slight flex in the front leg?
Thanks for your help!
October 27, 2012
Chris, If you are hitting solid, powerful shots and you absolutely cannot do it then you are going to have to keep it slightly flexed. If you can lock it then I want it locked. If it is not locked you may end up sliding. Plus, I want the legs perfectly touching so you can repeat it exactly the same every time. So you decide. If you want to keep working on in then do so.
October 28, 2012
PAUL , YOU KEEP DEMONSTRATING FIRING THE LOWER BODY IN A STANDING UP POSITION. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU DO IT MORE IN THE ADDRESS POSITION SLIGHTLY BENT OVER. STANDING UP STRAIGHT AND FIRING THE LOWER BODY IS NOT REAL ENOUGH FOR ME TO COPY! THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP!
I will put this on the list of tips. It is the same movement I am showing with your upper body on a tilt. Not sure what else I can really add to this or show differently. Just turn your hips. When you do the left leg locks and the right comes over to touch it.
Here’s a tip that may show it differently:
October 29, 2012
I notice that on your follow through looking at you from the side your head body and legs are almost on a straight line ,at what point in the swing do we stop staying behind the ball and alow our body to move forward over the left leg. If we start downswing with lower body will this weight shift occur naturally. In my swing i sometime feel my weight moving forward to quickly (normally a pull results) is this a typical arms downswing result.
October 30, 2012
Barry, You will start coming out of the swing after the back arm is parallel to the ground in the through swing. At this point you would still be looking at where the ball was. Then you are still turning and you end up on an angle with your eyes and spine. Although you are on an angle it is only a slight angle. This coming up a little saves your back.
The weight shift will happen on its own if you turn because you are going to end up on the very tip of the back big toe. If you end up on this tip of the toe you had to have shifted your weight. So think turn and touch the legs together. If the weight moves forward and you are pulling it this is you using the arms in the downswing. This is tilting you left thus causing the path to swing to the left.
Pull 2: https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pulling
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