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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 22, 2012
PAUL,I TRULY LOVE THAT TIP FOR I HAVE A VERY INCONSISTENT TAKEAWAY MY WHOLE GOLFING LIFE..ONE QUESTION,HOW DO U GET TO THE TOP OF THE BACKSWING AFTER THE FIRST 2 FT.?? DO U DO THE WRIST COCK AFTER THE HANDS HAVE REACHED THE RIGHT THIGH,,OR JUST PASSED THE RT LEG,OR WHERE EXACTLY DO U START TO THE TOP??
November 23, 2012
I get the club to the top by continuing the rotation of my body. In doing so my arms keep moving back. Because my wrists are loose the momentum of the club swinging back hinges my wrists. At first, you may have to lift the arms up manually until you have trained them to go up there. Once they are in the correct position you are not really thinking of them at all.
Here is how to get the top of the backswing position:
3 Ways to Set The Top of the Backswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-top-3-ways
July 14, 2014
In going from the 7-iron putting stroke to the full takeaway, you say to stretch your arms out. When I do that, I end up in a stiff or robotic position. How straight should the arms be when stretched out? Are they soft or stiff aka rigid? Do you have a lesson on the arms in the stretched position?
July 15, 2014
You are stretching them out and tightening them up. You cannot hit it if your elbows are bent. So extend your arms but don’t lock them up. Don’t you normally stretch your arms out when you set up? I am not asking you to do anything different. You do the putter drill to see that you are capable of doing a one piece takeaway. Once you know this you extend your arms and act like you are putting.
Arms Extended: https://ignitiongolf.com/extend-arms-fully
Arms Extended Follow Up/distance from body: https://ignitiongolf.com/arms-extention-follow-up
Are You Behind the 8 Ball?: https://ignitiongolf.com/8-ball/
August 2, 2014
Hi Paul, something I’ve noticed with my swing is that with my iron shafts DG S300 & driver shaft at 72g (I was fitted before I stumbled on ignition golf : ), I tend to activate my arms towards the top of my backswing/start of downswing despite being conscious of your teaching. I notice with lighter shafts in irons and driver it is much easier for me to maintain powerless arms. I realise we all have different swing characteristics so maybe this is a particular trait of mine. It may be time to get fitted again. For me I think that too heavy a shaft for my body rotation in the backswing causes me to activate my hands & arms.
I guess I’d like to hear your opinion whether this makes sense or I just need to keep practicing! Thanks
BTW, when I do achive powerless arms with my driver it makes the game much easier so thanks to you!
August 4, 2014
It may also be easier with driver to turn the arms off due to its length being further from the center and the size of the head. Typically, when people get irons on their hand they bend over too much. This causes the feeling to hit down more. This hitting down can be psychological or how you learned to hit with irons. Before getting new shafts I would try standing taller. Once you do you will not be trying to hit down too much and may get the feeling of powerless arms with irons too. Also, before you do the re-shaft try other shafts so you know with 100% certainty this would be a wise decision.
April 26, 2016
Do you run across students “dragging” the club back on the takeaway? I’ve got a bit of an issue with my club brushing across the ground as I commit to the takeaway. The driver sometimes skips or bounces a bit-irons catch in the cavity, hybrids are not as much trouble. It causes a very funky angle in my wrist as the head of the club wants to lag behind what my shoulders are turning towards.
I worked all afternoon today trying to sort it out. Of course when I hold the club above the ground for your favorite practice swing it’s not a problem. I don’t want to setup and hover the club, and I’ve never seen you recommend anything like this.
April 27, 2016
Brushing can get the club stuck or flippy going back which is not good.You need a little more grip pressure then work the letter Y between the arms and club back as a unit. Even if you have to tighten it up for the first 2-3 feet right now until you get rid of this move. I shot video of my swing from above and I move the grip first about 1 inch then the club follows so it is not a bad thing if you do it so slightly that it doesn’t affect your backswing and no one notices you doing anything strange.
Here you go:
One Piece Takeaway: https://ignitiongolf.com/master-one-piece-takeaway/
One-Piece Takeaway Drill: https://ignitiongolf.com/one-piece-takeaway-drill/
Takeaway – Watch Grooves Going Back: https://ignitiongolf.com/watch-grooves-going-back/
August 31, 2018
I feel the one piece takeaway coupled with a continuing turn of the body has resulted in a better timed down swing. I end up with straighter and more powerful shots. If the arms and wrists are relaxed they move themselves around and up into the proper top swing position from the one piece take away two foot position.
September 2, 2018
Glad you are hitting some better shots.
You definitely want the body taking the club back. Don’t forget to go up though. You don’t want it too flat at the top:
Lead Arm Rides Up: https://ignitiongolf.com/lead-arm-rides-up/
November 5, 2018
I have always been confused by the one-piece takeaway and struggled to do it properly. Your method of equating to the putter stroke is great. Now I get it!
Your teaching methods are so simple and effective. I listen to no other instruction than Paul Wilson.
November 6, 2018
And it is consistent. You can literally do it perfectly in 5 mins.
August 16, 2020
I think there was a lesson on this, but I am not sure where. I find that I have a tendency to start my lower body also as I execute the one piece takeaway. This results in shifting my center which leads to scuffs and thin shots. When I keep my lower body still at the beginning and it does not come alive until my shoulders have rotated about 45 degrees, I make a better swing.
August 17, 2020
A great drill is to think that your lower body stays pretty quiet, especially in the first few feet of the backswing, i like to think of keeping your belt buckle facing the golf ball for as long as possible. This will quieten the lower body down and stop it from over rotating. Check out this tip:
Hips At The Takeaway: https://ignitiongolf.com/hips-at-the-takeaway/
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