IMPORTANT: I no longer promote the Swing Speed Radar device as there are issues with shipping. If you’re interested in another device, please watch my review of the Swing Caddie SC200.
This is a follow up on a previous tip I did called Effortless Golf Swing where I did some easy swings and generated some pretty good power. In this tip I show my easy swing again but this time I compare it to the swing one of my students. Now you can see you can see the comparison between the 2 swings and understand how I generate effortless power. Once you understand it, start working on the recommended drills so you can experience it as well.
September 22, 2016VincentSchiavo
I’ve been working on swinging with very loose wrists. At the top of my back swing, I see the head of the club in the corner of my left eye. Is that within normal parameters? Or is that TOO MUCH wrist hinge?
Thanks, as always, for the guidance!
September 22, 2016Paul Wilson
This would be okay if your shoulders turn is more than 90 degrees. If not then you are either collapsing at the elbow or letting go of the club. I would check the shoulder coil first. If you are not going more than 90 then shorten it up.
How To Shorten Backswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/cure-shorten-backswing/
Where The Club Should Be At The Top: https://ignitiongolf.com/club-at-top/
When To Shorten Your Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/shorten-your-swing/
November 29, 2017BruceDiamond
I am one that learned golf as an adult. Hitting with my arms is really engrained in my habits. With that said I have taken your powerless arms seriously. I’m spending a lot of time practicing without a ball, the positions. I finally went out to the range to hit balls. I was pleasantly surprised. At times I fell back to arm swinging but I would say that about 3 or 4 out ten were sweet. It’s a work in progress but I’m encouraged.
November 30, 2017Paul Wilson
Very good. I keep telling everyone the ball is the problem. No ball and you will not distracted so you can clearly and consistently work on the swing positions. Build a great swing then turn the arms off. Just keep working on it they way you are. Once you get the swing positions and swing looking great you can add more balls to your practice.
January 6, 2018JeffWright
This, and the other tips that include the use of your monitor are particularly illustrative. I’ve noticed that the monitor you endorse also documents swing tempo. Would you create a tip that distinguishes the general concept of tempo in the Body Swing vs. the Arms Swing, and specifically, the use of the tempo tracking-mode of that monitor in particular while learning the Body Swing?
I’m really enjoying your tips! –Jeff
January 7, 2018Paul Wilson
Glad you like the tips. I appreciate it.
Yes, the Swing Speed Radar does have tempo on it. Good idea about the tip. I will put it on the list. Thanks.
January 7, 2018JohnOsher
Paul – I am a member of both Bodyswing and Ignition Golf and the owner of your Swing Peed Radar. Although I my average drives are between 225 and 245 yards, I cannot get my speed over 63mph. I suspect that there is something wrong with the monitor as I doubt that I could hit the ball these distances at such a slow speed. Suggestions? John Osher
January 7, 2018Paul Wilson
Make sure you are setting it up right at about 8″ away from the ball turned on a 45 degree angle. If so, please email us so we can get your message to the manufacturer. The odd one does not function right.
January 25, 2018FrankHalstead
Outstanding. Watching you give a lesson is a better way for me to learn.
January 25, 2018Paul Wilson
Thanks. I need to do more of these.
February 20, 2018tfhill4002
The approach you are teaching is mirrored by many great bowlers, their ball swings the arm and muscles are relaxed. Result is its easy to hit the pocket time after time while the arm throwers, 99% of bowlers, struggle to hit the pocket. Your system works, I improved quite dramatically in about a week, look forward to more, thanks much.
February 20, 2018Paul Wilson
I never thought of a bowler for that. I do use it for how they would draw the ball. I like it.
Glad you are seeing results. I love hearing it.
September 18, 2018JimBenjamin
In my initial attempt at swinging an iron with the body swing I can start the swing with my trigger but my turn stalls and I still release behind the lead leg. It’s almost like, in my mind, that the swinging of the iron at the ball demands attention and is paramount in my mind. It feels like I start the turn and all of a sudden striking the ball with the swing is the most important thing in the world, it steals all the focus. I need to try the baseball swing over and over with the intent on replacing the normal swinging motion with the feeling of the baseball swing. I need to visualize that baseball swing so it overcomes the current swing in my subconscious.
A curious note on the bowling reference. I mentioned in another tip reply about letting my arms gravity fall to start the downswing with the driver. I used to bowl a lot before my knees went south and a friend of mine was a pro bowler, Paul Colwell. He taught me to let the ball gravity fall from the backswing until my arm was hanging straight down and to “hit” the ball with my release from that point forward which released the ball later, with more “fingers” and helped me project the ball at my target. A few months later I shot a 300.
September 19, 2018Paul Wilson
You need to stop hitting balls then. Obviously, it is the problem. So you do daily practice swings at home. You understand the follow through positions. You swing through and hold them. Then you check them. Look for the feedback of the legs touching and club between the ears. You need to do this enough times that it is more important than the ball. Right now you have it the other way around. This will never changes until you change how you are thinking and working on it.
So do the swings in the air if you want but you need to hold it and check each swing for 2-3 seconds. Feel the feedback of each position.
Get Addicted to Doing Practice Swings: https://ignitiongolf.com/addicted-practice-swings/
Nice bowling score. The gravity thought can work in golf too but after the club falls down you need to know what to do with your body (touch legs) and arms (touch head) so you can repeat it every time. So maybe you add this dropping to the practice swings too. To the top, drop, touch legs, touch head. Like I said you need to do this daily until you get addicted and mad if you don’t do it.
May 12, 2020jeverett3
I totally agree with your concept of creating a better swing using powerless arms and getting your power from your lower body. However, “triggering” with my lower body is causing me lower back pain. Why am I having lower back pain ?
May 12, 2020Paul Wilson
It could be from many different reasons. You should have zero body pain. First, you could be tight and now that you are incorporating more speed in your body turn you could be putting more pressure on your muscles, etc.. Did you receive the flexibility test? If not, please email me at [email protected]
Next, are you turning or are you going sideways with your trigger? If you are going sideways this will put pressure on your spine and cause soreness. Last, is your posture correct? You want to make sure that you are not bending over too much at your set up. Check these tips out:
Bump or No Bump?: https://ignitiongolf.com/bump-or-no-bump/
Taller Setup: https://ignitiongolf.com/bartender-setup/
Easy Way To Cure A Slide: https://ignitiongolf.com/easy-way-cure-slide/