Pocket Drill 2 – Direction

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Paul Wilson

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 “Pocket Drill 2 – Direction”

  1. GLENNWISSE

    October 30, 2018

    GLENNWISSE

    These tips are priceless Paul. Thanks!!

  2. Awesome pair of “pocket tips.” What I like best about Paul’s teaching is how he communicates clearly and simply to all golfers. We make the game so hard. I agree. But are these “fixes” really about timing? How do you get to that point where you know the proper “balance” of body and loose wrists? I can push one and then hook another. I can STOP the push, but then how does one find that balance? Is there anyway to “time” the body and loose arm swing better?

    • Paul Wilson

      October 31, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      John,

      You hook so many that you rarely every slice it. This is the point I am at. I rarely blow it right. So I might roll 3-5 times to unlock then I keep this feeling for the rest of the round. So I have mastered one of the 2 things. Then I think of the one (body).

      So even if someone is not at this lever at least they are trying to fix their swing instead of having no clue what to do.

      The way to get the timing is to turn the arms off completely. Powerless arms.

      The Ultimate Goal: https://ignitiongolf.com/the-ultimate-goal/

  3. October 30, 2018

    PaulLindhag

    Paul,
    This is one drill I need to remember as this past summer I would hook the ball as much as 30-40 yds…I was not getting much of my legs into the shot. Toward the end of the summer I was able to correct a lot of the hook to only about 5 yards. I had worked so hard at drill 1 that I forgot to get the legs into the shot. Thank you for this tip.

    • Paul Wilson

      October 31, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Paul,

      Very good. Yes, you need legs. Now, keep this in your pocket so you never forget it.

  4. October 31, 2018

    DonaldPugsley

    HI Paul
    These two tips together are good for any level player but especially for the average to better player. I do these two drills constantly on course and at home and it has helped a lot. It is so true that I lose it later in the match as I get tired. It just re-affirms that this is what you have to do to improve your game. When I play I get many comments on what an easy swing I have and how far it goes so I know your method works for me. The hard part is to not fall back to my old habits. it’s a constant battle.
    Thanks again Paul

    • Paul Wilson

      October 31, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Donald,

      Sounds like you are doing well and you know the drills. Nothing better than getting your swing back instantly after a bad shot. It’s just knowing them and instantly applying them.

      To not go back to bad habits you need to be doing the practice swings and add some new “good” habits to replace the old.

  5. October 31, 2018

    JamesGoodson

    Paul,
    Great tip. What I do to help with my alignment is take 3 of the practice swings before I hit. I take reference of where my belt buckle is facing. That tells me the direction that the target is likely going to fly. I then address the ball and swing with the same tempo as my practice swing. 9 out of 10 times I am spot on with direction of my shots.

    • Paul Wilson

      October 31, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      James,

      Interesting about the belt buckle for alignment. I’m going to have to try it. Have to swing all the way through though. So many people stop short. This could be a new way to get people to check it. Thanks.

  6. October 31, 2018

    MichaelBarrett

    Paul,

    Great tip! I would like to clarify one thing. “Spin” problems refers to slice spin, right? If one was getting hook spin, the rollover drill would not cure that because the rollover is to encourage hooking that is then straightened out by more legs/hips.

    I find that when I am hooking, it typically means I stop rotating through fully with my body. The hands then continue on rolling over, closing the clubface at impact. It would seem I need to emphasize your mantra of hitting the finish position all the way around with the club touching the head, correct?

    Also, I find my focus fades in later holes. This is a good reminder to continually focus on using the lower body throughout the entire round.

    Mike

    • Paul Wilson

      October 31, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Michael,

      Yes, slice spin is bad. If you have hook spin you are releasing it. All you need to do is fire the lower getting it ahead of the club coming down and you will hit it dead straight.

      2 Things Flatten the Plane: https://ignitiongolf.com/2-things-flatten-plane/

      You definitely need to swing off the ground in the later holes. Doing this will keep you feeling the legs. Then step up and apply this feeling. give it a try next time out.

  7. October 31, 2018

    StephenClutter

    Paul,
    I have been taking your lessons since last year. I have been playing golf for 50 years. Took it up when I was 25. It has taken all year for me to put it all together. My index went from 16 to 22, then all of a sudden everything came into sync. I am hitting all shots the best I have ever hit them. Years ago I was a 9 handicap. The last two months my index has started to come down, currently 17 but will be getting lower because I am hitting all shots great, from driving to putting! I still have a problem I hope you can help me with. Half way through the follow through, after hitting the ball, I fall back to my back foot from my front. I would like to end up holding the complete follow through rather than fallng back. Although my shots are crisp and on line. Any suggestions? These “pocket” tips are great.
    Thank you for all you have done for me.

    Steve

  8. November 1, 2018

    RaymondCHASTEL

    Playing the last holes (Fourteen in as you mention ),my main error ,when it happens ,is a push right .With “Pocket drill number 2 “,I now know what I have to concentrate on !
    Thank you ,Paul!

  9. November 2, 2018

    IanAnlezark

    Hi Paul, using your pocket drills I had the most enjoyable game of golf I’ve had in ages. I didn’t score that well because I was playing most of my shots from unfamiliar locations, generally on the fairway and generally further from the tee!
    I’ve been following your tips for years but these two pocket drills have changed the way I play golf, it was fun!
    Thanks

    • Paul Wilson

      November 4, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Ian,

      Glad you liked them. Everyone should be able to fix their own swing … instantly. I don’t accept they cannot fix it. By working on just 2 drills (and turning off your arms) you can at least try to get it back instead of just hitting bad shot after bad shot. Glad you tried them. It really doesn’t take long to get them. The first step though is to get into the habit of asking yourself where it started, what spin is on it and how did it feel. Once you know that then you can apply the right drill. Too many people get fixated on where the ball is going so they have no clue what they are even doing wrong.

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