Increase Your Body Speed for More Power

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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+

38 Responses to “Increase Your Body Speed for More Power”

  1. November 28, 2012

    RonCalabrese

    Hi Paul. It’s about 32 degrees in Chicago so I’ll have to wait to see how far the ball goes with loose arms and wrists. Your technique certainly proves why a 165 LB fellow like Mclroy bombs the ball 325 yards, while I struggle to reach 240 yards at 240 LBS! Increasing club head speed is obviously not a matter of strength if all that’s required is rotating the upper torso a little faster. I’m finally understanding why the pros hit wedges 140 or more yards with seemingly no effort.

    Thanks. I can’t wait until Spring. Ron.

    • November 29, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Ron,

      That’s great that you are seeing how it is done. This is half the battle. Once you have it in your mind you will keep trying to do it. If you don’t get it you will just keep hitting with the arms.

      Hopefully, throughout the winter you keep doing lots of practice swings in a mirror working on your swing positions. If you do you will develop a great swing by the spring.

      • September 29, 2018

        MichaelBarrett

        Paul,

        Expanding on Ron’s comment on rotating the upper body faster – that increase in upper body rotation speed is not done consciously but rather it is achieved as a by-product of driving the lower body faster. Is this correct?

        Mike

        • Paul Wilson

          September 29, 2018

          Paul Wilson

          Mike,

          That is correct.

          Uncoil 1: https://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil/

          Uncoil 2: https://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil-follow-up/

          Shoulders in downswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/shoulders-downswing/

          Your body is a spring.

          • September 30, 2018

            MichaelBarrett

            Paul, taking this discussion a step further, I always thought and was told that “golf is a left-handed game” (for a right-hander). This would stem from a “pulling the handle” arms swing. I would frequently refer to my right side taking over on bad shots.

            You have now properly taught us that golf isn’t a left/right game but rather a bottoms-up game. In reality my lower body had ceded control to my upper body in those bad swings.

            Mike

          • Paul Wilson

            September 30, 2018

            Paul Wilson

            Mike,

            That’s right. The left sided game or other hands and arms thoughts have been around for a long time. I tried everything for over 10 years to get my swing back after taking lessons. Sure, you can get on a roll with these thoughts and have a few good practice sessions or round but then it falls apart. Turning my arms completely off and not trying to hit got it back so it was consistent all of the time. This was big because I no longer hit the ball inconsistently but I didn’t have to hit a ton of balls anymore. Now, I rarely ever practice and still hit the ball well.

            The thing is getting people to try it and experience it for themselves. Once they do, they will never want to hit every again. Keep at it.

  2. November 28, 2012

    mikeplummer

    Hi Paul,
    Once again, thanks for the tip! My question is, as you are loosening the wrists you are doing a whipping action, how close is this to the actual whipping motion of the real swing? It appears to be very close except you have the lower body moving as you hit the ball. I hope this question makes sense.
    Thanks, Mike

    • November 29, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Mike,

      This is the same release it is just you are not turning as fast. As you increase the rotational speed of the center the wrists will whip faster. If the wrists are loose they are loose. If the arms are powerless they are powerless.

  3. November 28, 2012

    richmosney

    hey,hey paul,,2 questions:firstly,on initially maintaining the “y” in the takeaway, how long in the swing before the right arm bends up,and u lose the “y”,i.e.,how much past the right leg does it bend?? #2. what starts the rotation (turn),lt. leg,rt leg,lt hip,rt hip.or something else???

    • November 29, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Rich,

      You will start to lose the Y just after the takeaway (right leg) because the right elbow will be folding a little.

      What starts the rotation in the backswing? Shoulders. They move the most. Why move something that does not move the most. Your shoulders cannot turn upwards of 90 degrees without the lower body moving approx. half that amount. So turn your shoulders to turn the lower body into position.

      Watch:

      Coiling: https://ignitiongolf.com/learn-coil-backswing

  4. November 28, 2012

    dominicmacedonia

    Paul,
    What is a good swing speed for the seniors/ 65y/o. In other words as we work on this drill where should we set our goal/
    dom

    • November 29, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Dom,

      I would think the first goal would be mid 90 mph. Once you can get that you then set your sights on breaking 100mph.

  5. November 29, 2012

    barrybower

    Paul
    What stops you from rotating lower body to fast on start of downswing,what kind of shots are most likely if rotating to fast,is this what they call spinning out of it.

    • November 30, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Barry,

      What stops you from driving the legs too hard is you telling yourself not to drive them too hard. If you do drive them too hard you will hit pushes and push fades. Once you see these shots you need to slow down. You should be trying to drive the lower body hard if you have never done it and you are trying to get used to it but once you get it you should be driving the lower body at about 80% of you top speed. I never go as hard as I can.

      Watch:

      How Much To Use Your Legs: https://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-how-much-legs

  6. February 15, 2013

    chrisrasmussen

    Paul, in addition turning the lower body faster (hips and legs) to gain more power, should you also consciously try to move your upper trunk faster as well??…..or is that too difficult to coordinate. My sense is that you shouldn’t really try to move the trunk faster….as this will naturally occur when the hips and legs move faster??. Would be interested in your thoughts on this.

    Thanks!!

    Chris Rasmussen

  7. February 15, 2013

    DavidAnderson

    Thanks for everything Paul. My question is similar to Chris’s. I’m focusing on turning my hips. Should I also focus on turning the shoulders– or trunk? Thanks again.
    David

  8. February 16, 2013

    jimmarlow

    Hi Paul
    Love your advice to me to drive my hips faster even if I haven’t mastered the powerless arms part if my swing. I started to use that advice on the course today and two things occurred. I hit the ball further and most, especially my drives, started out straight and then cut or faded to the right. I can assume from reading past responses by you that you feel that the fade is caused by too much tension in my wrists and that I need to loosen them in my swing. But now I am not tentative about turning my lower body faster after trying to keep my hands stationary at the top of my backswing while my lower body begins to rotate.

    • February 16, 2013

      MichaelBlock

      I forgot to mention that I ROTATE my left hip after going laterally back with my right shoulder.

      • February 16, 2013

        MichaelBlock

        I just made a further adjustment using an ALL SHOULDER COILING as you recommend by going laterally back to parallel with the right shoulder and then laterally back with the left shoulder which automatically rotates my left hip to the right foot instep.

    • February 17, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Jim,

      I would think you are getting a little fade because you are driving the hips a lot faster and you are not used to it. To straighten the shots out you simply do the roll over drill about 10 times then go back to driving the hips again. This will loosen the wrists and allow the club to release with the faster legs drive. Any tiem you are spinning it too much right you are too tight (wrists). Do the roll over drill to cure it (always).

      Drill:

      Manually Square the Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface

      Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up

  9. February 16, 2013

    MichaelBlock

    Hi Paul

    I found that if on every swing I go with my right shoulder back to parallel and the coil with my left hip (that is where I get torque) I am fine surprising good too on chips and pitches besides drives. In effect I have two levers go over my back (right) foot first the right shoulder then the left hip. That part is th COIL. When I reach the right foot instep with my left hip I automatically UNCOIL. This differs from complete shoulder COILING you teach. Please tell me if my revamped swing can be an alternative and if not where I can get in trouble. Paul I really would appreciate a reply. Thanks in advance.

    • February 17, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Michael,

      If this works and allows you to feel the torque I am talking about then keep doing it. I just think it may be too many thoughts into the future. Also, you are looking for thoughts that are consistent and you can do every day, every shot, every swing. Can you and will you think about this 5 years from now? Not sure but you are already coiling your shoulders. Why not just continue coiling them. They cannot get to 90 degrees without pulling the hips around into position. So work on it the way you are for now then keep in mind that your shoulders (which coil the most) should be pulling your hips into perfect position 100% of the time.

  10. November 28, 2014

    johnbartos

    Happy Thanksgiving Paul. Keep up with the great tips. Can’t wait to get together again this spring.

    Jack B.

  11. JosephPerez

    September 28, 2018

    JosephPerez

    Loose wrists. I think that’s the piece of the puzzle I’ve been missing.

  12. September 29, 2018

    williamangell

    I go to golftec. They say don’t rotate hips but slid your hips toward the target. Is this incompatible with your technique. I’m a novice at age 83 and can only get 160 on drives

  13. September 29, 2018

    SteveAird

    Great tip and just great to see you giving an example. Played 18 the other day and tale of 2 nines. front nine was up and down and some missed shots as I was pressing with the arms. Second nine I loosened the wrists, swung at about 3/4 speed and hit every green in regulation on the back nine. Was not hitting it as far but who care! I will work on this drill and I am sure it will increase distance for sure. Great way to visualize.
    Also was surprised at how quickly I got into swinging with the arms and tightening the wrists.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 29, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Steve,

      This has to be on your mind forever. I still tell myself to not hit. Be good to see what happens when you have to for the whole round.

  14. September 29, 2018

    RaymondCHASTEL

    It takes a lot of hard work on your body to upgrade your rotational speed .You dont just get it by trying in earnest .
    You have to work on your core and your legs every day ,with drills specially designed for that ,which is both tedious and boring
    Apart from JEREMY KlINKHAMER sound exercises ,many books deal with the subject.
    A recent one is “GOLF ANATOMY” by Dr DAVIES,who has coached numerous Tour players ,and a very old one ,”FIX YOUR BODY ,FIX YoUR SWING”,by JOEY DIOVISALVI,who coaches DUSTIN JOHNSON and BROOKS KOEPKA ,two very long hitters .

    • JosephPerez

      September 29, 2018

      JosephPerez

      Interesting looking books. I’ve queued them up for possible purchase at Amazon.

      Are these books targeted at (for lack of a better term) those looking for serious, intense training? As I’m about to hit 60 in two weeks, I certainly would like to strengthen the body muscles important to golf, but not sure if I could handle intense workouts. Right now, exercise is limited to flexibility workouts.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 29, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      Exactly. Everyone wants it yet few do the work to get it. Loose wrists and turn faster. Those are the main 2 things.

  15. JosephPerez

    September 30, 2018

    JosephPerez

    Paul, I KNOW the wrists are supposed to be loose, I just haven’t been DOING it. ^_^ I do not have strong hands, and cadet-sized fingers as well, so I’m having trouble keeping a firm grip on the club while still keeping the wrists loose. King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail has nothing on my never-ending search for the tackiest grips.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 30, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Joseph,

      Ahhh, well this has to be priority one. The secure grip loose wrists is tricky. Like I say in the tip below I held a tee in my left heel pad and hit all balls, all day, for 1 month. So I would do the tee drill. I know you don’t practice as much as I did back in the day but you should be doing it as much as you can. I would be doing this at night at home. Put the tee in an just do 3/4 back and through swings holding on tightly so you don’t drip the tee. This will keep the hands on as you loosen the wrists. I am holding on at 8 out of 10 as I hit the top. So working on a secure grip is good. Then you can lighten it at address once you know you’re not going to let go anymore. So you start at out of 10 then let it naturally tighten as you go back.

      Secure Grip Loose Wrists: https://ignitiongolf.com/secure-grip-loose-wrists/

      You can do it.

  16. JosephPerez

    October 2, 2018

    JosephPerez

    Thanks, Paul. Will work on this tee drill.

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