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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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November 13, 2018
This is a great way to make sure your driver is set up neutral . I see plenty of players sitting up with driver closed as well. I had one friend who would set up perfectly and then just before Takeaway he would tighten his grip so much the face would close dramatically. All his shot were low line drives left. Even with irons. I tried to help him but he just couldn’t stop it. Old habits are hard to break.
November 14, 2018
Exactly, I just kept seeing person after person doing this recently so I did the tip. Glad you are not doing it.
Hi Paul, Liked the tip on the sole of the driver. A while back you said you were going to review a new driver. Still going to do that? Thank, Mary Smith
It’s coming. I have had a few women try it and they loved it. Definitely hit it longer than theirs. I will let everyone know once I get the word it is ready.
Wonderful tip great reminder; definitely helps with alignment.
Could you please comment from the perspective of hovering the driver above the ground before the takeaway (a la Matt Kuchar)?
November 16, 2018
I don’t like people hovering it. They never seem to do it right and the get tight and locked up.
Yes, what Anthony wrote, I hover my driver, after soling it to let the dememds out.
I have never seem an amateur hover the club right. The get tight or the move it back and forth. I like it on the ground. Then you turn the arms off before you take it back.
Do you hover or sole a adjustable driver to try and insure that the face is square at setup?
I hold it very gently so it soles itself on the ground. Hovering it won’t ensure it’s square. Try it on a hard, flat surface and you will see it will sole itself. Then carefully place your grip on the club.
November 20, 2018
Paul ,I set up my driver and fairway woods or hybrids as you say in this video ,sole flat on the turf .
Then , when I start my swing ,I use a trigger, which is a slight forward press of my hands ,so as to not “snatch ” the club when going in the backswing ,and I go into the backswing smoothly .This works perfectly for me ,but considering what you say in the delofting of the clubface ,it may be an error .If it is what do you suggest as to initiate the backswing very smoothly ?
You have to be very careful with the forward press. If it’s not that much I am okay with it but if you move it enough to change the face then that would be a serious issue. I bounce club club very slightly up and down compressing the grass just before I take it ball so I don’t press it. When I was a kid I pressed it and changed my grip to a stronger position and this was a disaster. So the next time you play really watch the face and make sure it is not opening or closing just before you take it back.
I have just copied other players at my club who all hover the club near the ball. If i ground the club this really is new for me. How far back from the ball should I let the sole rest on the ground? If I ground it near the ball I fear that as the club is so much lower than normal it will not go well.
I put mine on the ground a few inches behind the ball. I do this so I don’t know it off of the tee. Most have it right behind but when you’ve teed up as many balls as I have knocking a ball off the tee is one more bend I don’t need to be doing.
If you want to get rid of the hover you will just have to practice it. I let it sit. Just before I take it back I shake out my arm strength to remind me to not hit hard. Then I think about coiling to take the club back. So you might want to think like this. If you are thinking about coiling to take it back you are not worrying about how you are taking it back with the hands. Give it a try and see what happens. If you sky it with driver just keep your head behind the ball as you hit the ball. From there you will never sky it.
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