Opening and Closing The Face Causes Big Problems

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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+

16 Responses to “Opening and Closing The Face Causes Big Problems”

  1. Hi Paul, Everyone who has ridden a bike knows the way to balance yourself is to turn the handle bars in a direction opposite to the direction you’re losing balance. You’re constantly making slight corrections to keep your balance. The bike in the video caused the wheel to turn in the direction of the imbalance, I.e. Turning the handle bars to the right caused the wheel to turn to the left and vice versa. Like the powerless arms, it’s counter-intuitive because the brain ” says” swing the arms harder to hit the ball farther. Children have an advantage with the golf swing and the bike. They haven’t created a lifetime of bad habits.

    Thanks, Ron

    • Ron,

      I’ve been talking about human nature for years. It wants you to hit the object sitting in front of you. To this day I still have to tell myself not to hit and I’ve been doing it since 1999. Couple human nature with having hit for a long time and it takes effort to get out of it. Just go to keep at it.

  2. May 27, 2015


    The “Guy Riding Bicycle” is wonderful. I ride a bike as part of my weekly exercise routine and would have been one of those guys that would have said, “No problem, I can ride that bike”. I would have been very surprised by my inability to ride it. Great way to tie this in with powerless arms!

    • Gary,

      I thought like that too. No way we could do it but I can keep my arms powerless though.

  3. Paul

    ok, so how much time does it uaually take to turn off the arms on a consistant basis? It’s odd but on a few occasions I’ve been able to do it. Then it’s gone. I could do it consistently wth a wedge but it would not work with a 9 iron only moments later. So it’s not like riding a bike in that sense. Once you got it it can be gone shortly after.

    I recall one range session before I even knew of powerless arms. I just started swinging with my hips as the motor. i could alter the power and I was amazed that I hit at least 50 7 iron shots with pinpont accuracy. it lasted an entire bucket, but it was gone the next time out. Id love to know what I was doing that day.


    • Paul,

      It took me 3 practice swings because I told myself to not hit or help the shot in any way. Not sure why it is taking a few people so long. Well maybe its the fact that I was playing and practicing every day. This is why I want everyone to be doing practice swings at home. A great swing is about effort. If you have the understanding and put for the effort you will get it. For those who cannot completely turn off their arms I suggest working on building a great swing. If you looked like you could shoot 65 I bet you could turn your arms off. Go through each position and make them perfect. Do practice swings nightly in a mirror. Make the positions more important than the ball then you will do them. If where the ball goes is more important than the positions you will never get it. You have seen it. You have done it. So stay focused and keep working on perfect movement. The ball will come later.

  4. May 27, 2015

    Steven D

    Correct me if I’m wrong, Paul. The purpose of the bicycle video was to encourage anyone with a 2-year-old to learn to play golf left-handed. Is that correct?

  5. For those who may be incredulous of PAUl’s excellent “POWERLESS ARMS “lessons ,I would advise them to buy and read “NATURAL GOLF ” by GEORGE KNUDSON ,th ex CANADIAN PRO ,of whom JACK NICKLAUS said he had “A MILLION DOLLAR SWING “: a more fluid swing never has existed (See the videos of GEORGE KNUDSON swinging ).He does exactly what Paul teaches and in his book he shows 5 drills to acheive that without manipulating the club and clubface ,so it’s square at impact .
    As for the bicycle and lefty swinging ,I do 60 left handed swings every day ,in addition to the right handed swingand is a good preparaion for those left handed swings you might have to execute on the golf course s :it evens out the two sides of your body .

    • Raymond,

      I have his book sitting right here. Great book.

      Good drill left and right handed. I like it.

  6. Paul, I was out today and used one of your drills; my left arm did not move, but my shoulder moved it on the back swing. I stayed connected and hinged my wrists. I felt my hips propel my arms in driving off my right foot towards my toe. From last week, I improved my score by 20 strokes. Many of my balls went straight because both my arms felt straight after impact. I’m a guy who seldom breaks 100, but I did today. Your tips have improved my game.

    • Ken,

      Very good. This sounds like the right thoughts you need to be working on. Keep at it. This is best you’ve been sounding. Let’s stay on track.

  7. Hi Paul. Philip here. I recently ordered the Ultimate Swing Trainer and have been trying to use it. I’m a bit unsure about some of the drills as they seem to involve pulling the tubing down with the arms before turning the body. This of course goes against the technique I am trying to master -i.e. powerless arms! Would you have any recommendations on how best to use this training aid so that it complements your swing technique which I’m trying to learn. I just don’t want to be in a situation where I’m doing 2 different swing styles. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

    • Philip,

      There are time when you should be feeling your arms. This is when you are trying to master certain things in your swing. For lag you will have to set it over and over again. Once you have it, then turn them off. I say this because it takes time to turn them off completely. So, instead of waiting around for this to happen manually fix the position then turn them off.

      I have used the UST. I set the hinge then turn my body. The UST keeps the lag due to its tension. So try that if you want to keep the arm turned off as you do it.

      I like the pull it down and release it too. Yes you would feel like you are using arm but doing this with resistance would compress the lag and help you feel a looser release when you don’t have it under tension.

  8. November 24, 2018

    Steve Weber

    Paul, funny you should post this tip now. I was just working on this exact thing at the range the other day with great results. On my best shots it felt like my release point was just slightly right of the target. Is that correct?

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      November 26, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Well, it’s not slightly to the right as the club is making an arc. It would be past the ball though.

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