Playing Lesson – Practice Swings

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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+

6 Responses to “Playing Lesson – Practice Swings”

  1. October 17, 2017



    Just loving your site and your tip lessons. What I am finding really helpful is practising the powerless arms and the the take away while I’m ‘waiting’ and if I can do the wrist cock the rest seems just to happen.

    But when I take the shot, often I get, I think, frightened of completing the take away and the wrist cock, so then everything else goes wrong.

    Do you know what might cause that?


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      October 18, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you like the tips. I appreciate the feedback.

      Usually, people don’t like to do something new, they are trying to hit the ball, they are nervous, unsure, care about their score etc.

      I like that you are doing it drills when you are waiting around. It’s all about repetition and actually doing something new when they play. So if you are working on the takeaway, powerless arms and hinge at the top you need to do it a few times in practice swings then apply this very same feeling on the shot. To do this, you cannot care where the ball goes or about your score. This is why I tell people to go out late a night by yourself. Have 3 balls in your pocket. Swing at 50% and just try it. If you don’t get it drop another ball etc. If you never try anything new you will never make the switch. So if you are trying this playing with your friends then tell them you are working on your swing and trying something new and you might hit some bad shots. If you can take my advice and play by yourself then do so.

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  2. October 17, 2017


    Paul ,I have “extended ” your motto “POWERLESS ARMS “:I try to be “POWERLESS ” e.g loose and supple in the upper body ,from the waist upwards ,keeping my head high and the chin up but the neck not rigid ,then swing back and through in rythm without putting in any muscle effort or tightness in the swing .When I acheive that ,my ball flies long,straight and effortless .
    As for the “practice swings ” ,I do only one, looking at the target from behind the ball ,not beside it ,just to loosen up..Sometimes ,when I feel confident ,I don ‘t do any practice swing at all ,I step to the ball and I go .
    I Watch the Pro’s on the TV ;they have different routines one to another :the one who takes the most practice swings is JORDAN SPIETH,but they are in general half swings ,as if he wants to get the “feeling ” of the swing and the club .

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      October 18, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      It is really about personal preference and preparing yourself for the shot. If I don’t feel it in 2 practice swing I may do more until I feel ready. It really is up to you but it sounds like you are on track.

  3. Good lesson Paul,
    While I may or may not always take more than 1 practice swing, I do find myself saying over and over again “touch the knees.” I find this to be most practical as if I am touching my knees, my follow through becomes automatic. Not touching my knees all but guarantees I am going to take “scenic” road less travelled.

    See you on the tee,
    -Rich P

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      October 18, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      I like it. That is a vital position to getting the body moving. Keep saying it to yourself.

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