DRILL: If the Club Feels Light You Are Too Tight

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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. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

20 Responses to “DRILL: If the Club Feels Light You Are Too Tight”

  1. Great tip Paul. Im so glad to be done with Rev golf. I kept with them because it was free. Otherwise I would have left a long time ago. Your tips are so so much better and on the mark. God, I missed you. Love your instruction Paul.

    Take care brother,


    • Ralph,

      I appreciate your support. I have been watching a few tips over there recently to see what’s been going on. The longest tip I saw was 3 mins. with the shortest being under 1 min. I think people need to understand why they should be doing certain things. This just isn’t long enough to give people the full picture. I feel bad for their members. They will never fully understand why they need to do certain things in their swing and how the golf swing works. Hopefully, they find this site.

      • Does that comment mean I should download all my purchased videos of your various longer videos? Seriously, only one three-putt today and finished with the same ball — a 77. My trip and lesson was certainly worth it.

        One more question: In the just arrived August Golf Digest there is a sequential set of photos of Jason Dufner’s full swing. His teacher, Chuck Cook, comments that Dufner keeps his right elbow tucked to his side on his downswing. Would doing this tend to help a player keep his ball in play?

  2. Paul,
    I been using an old shaft to achieve the same thing when I practice in my backyard. The cool part is you have a grip. Flipping the club upside will give same results when you are on the course.


    • Wade,

      That is great. Keep doing this. When you do the heavy sensation of your club becomes crystal clear.

  3. Paul,

    How does that apply to the woods? I do have the heavy feeling for the irons but with woods it somehow feels different.


    • Christoph,

      You only have one swing. The club should also feel heavy with woods. You need to let go and relax the arms. Maybe tonight’s replay tip will allow you to feel it more.

  4. I understand THE Logic of this instruction Video .
    On THE reverse ,I think you said you didn’t like THE practising with a heavy club ,like THE MOMENTUS very heavy driver I use .
    This in turn makes your current driver feel very light (even with powerles arms !) when you make your full swing .
    Why is it so ?

    • Raymond,

      Why is is so? Because it is really heavy. If you swing something heavy your club will feel light. If you swing something light your club will feel heavy. Just try it.

      • Thanks for Your answer,but I didn’t put my question right.
        THE question was “Do you disadvise training with an extra heavy club ?”
        I also train with THE MEDICUS collapsible clubs to make sure I swing THE club smoothly and not wrench it savagely in THE takeaway and THE downswing .

        • Raymond,

          DO NOT use a heavy club to practice with. I promote the half Momentus so people can travel with it. Heavy clubs will make your clubs feel light. This is the wrong feeling. You need your clubs to fee heavy. Get rid of it. The Medicus is good to slow down the backswing. I have seen crappy swings not make the Medicus break.

  5. May 12, 2017


    Congratulations on 5 years. The daily “tips” are great reminders and additional perspectives for your overall teaching. I look forward to them every day. I’ve finally joined a local public course and have actually played five times with gradual improvement each time. Your teaching of pitching, chipping and putting have been effective for me. I highly recommend your three day school for anyone starting or trying to improve their game.

    • Thanks ed, I appreciate the support.

      So glad you are doing well and playing now. Progress will continue with a few set backs along the way depending on what you are working on. Just remember it is about the movement. Perfect movement equals perfect shots. So even if you have a bad day or practice session just fight though it. Go back to basics and keep watching your shots to be able to fix it. You have a great swing for the time you have been playing. You should see rapid improvement.

  6. This “ancient ” tip still works !I commented on it 4 years ago ,and I never picked up a heavy training club since ..
    One very useful tip to improve lag is to have the wrists as loose as possible .One way to acheive that is to swing with the right thumb off the handle ,and also the right index off ,the club held in the last three fingers of the right hand (but then that becomes more difficult)

    • Raymond,

      Yes, taking the thumb off is a good one. Or removing fingers of the bottom hand. These all reduce the ability to hit with this hand.

  7. May 13, 2017


    Hi Paul,
    Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks. I discovered you on You Tube in the fall of 2013 & have been a member since the spring of 2014. Have purchased your books, the Swing Speed Monitor & last fall a set of Sterling Single Length irons, & taken your Skype lessons with Pete Mitchell. Although my swing speed isn’t quite up to Tom Wishon’s recommendations for it, I decided to take a chance & was fitted for an add on Sterling 4 iron on Monday. Picked it up on Wednesday & Thursday used it on the second hole (playing 176 yards that night) for my first hole-in-one!
    I still have a long way to go to reach my golfing goals but wanted to let you know that you’ve had a profound impact on that journey. So to you & Pete, simply, thank you.

    • Kevin,

      Thank you for your kind words and support. I truly appreciate it.

      Wow! Good job on the hole in one. Single length irons are so easy to hit. Everyone will be using them in a few years.

      Keep up the good work.

  8. On the downswing does it feel like your arms are stuck to the body, meaning you don’t let your arms move ahead independently from your body. I hope this makes sense.
    Everything else I understand it’s just the arms coming down on the downswing. Thanks.

    • Chris,

      No. The lead arm rides up the pec muslce. I just did a tip on this that I will probably post on Sunday. Stay tuned.

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