What To Work On First – Power or Consistency

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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+

8 Responses to “What To Work On First – Power or Consistency”

  1. September 7, 2016


    Paul – I have enjoyed your lessons for a long time and am a total believer in “Body Golf.” This lesson really solved some major problems I have been having. You are correct – we all want more power, but doing the swing correctly (as you teach) is also very important.

    I think this video was absolutely the most helpful (for me) in reminding us what is important and what we need to practice. When I have tried (on the course) to do the “perfect swing” – I get very little or no distance. Reminding us of your two favorite drills is the key (for me) to make better progress and gain both distance and accuracy. Great tip!! Keep them coming.


    • September 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it. Like I said, if you need to work on distance, work on distance. Stay focused on this for the next while because it sounds like this will really help your game.

  2. September 7, 2016


    Hi Paul, this is great. Consistent with the “bodyswing” pages and keeps things simple. Makes me wonder about how these two drills-when working on power-affects the “feelings” videos you have been doing. The feeling of finishing with loose wrists and secure grip, the feeling of the hinge occurring because your wrists are loose, and the feeling through the ball or from A to B as you drive your legs harder or work on these drills with distance as a goal. I know it’s not about hitting the ball-but would not striking the ball have a different feel as the club comes through when your arms/wrists are relaxed and the club head is whipping faster? One of those swings where you hit the finish and sense “that was sweet!”

    Thanks as always- Craig

    • September 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it.

      Coming through the ball with loose wrists and powerless arms gives you the feeling of “nothing” like you didn’t hit anything at all. This is what you are striving for on every shot.

      If you are not used to it you will feel the crossing of the hands, the whipping action of the club or an out of control feeling. These thing feel different to people so sometimes they avoid them instead of repeating them. Once repeated, they become natural.

  3. September 7, 2016


    One of your best golf lessons ,Paul ,there’s everything you should know and do in it .I keep doing what you say and I feel I improve a bit every week ,but you should never “force “the golf swing ,it has to be fluid and easyrolling .I remember NICK FKLDO saying that he had been taught (by DAVID LEADBETTER ) to be consistent preferably to be powerful ,but if he had to start all over again ,he would do the reverse .NICK FALDO was a rather short driver of the ball but his short game was awesome .His consistency did help him in the MASTERS when he overcame GREG NORMAN in the last round when NORMAN was leading by 6 shots at the tee off on Hole 1 .
    So power is not all in the game ,as demonstrates DUSTIN JOHNSON who has difficulties to win despite his tremendous distance off the tee and on the fairway .
    What about efficient contact on the clubface and optimizing the “SMASH FACTOR “?

    • September 7, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it.

      Most people do not have the necessary power so it is not a fair comparison to pros. If I have someone hitting it 200 they need more power. No matter how precise the positioning they it will be next to impossible to get it to 250 versus a pro who already hits it 260 wanting to get it to 280. The pro is already doing something right to get it to 280.

      The amateur at 200 is not doing it right and doesn’t know what it takes to hit the ball this long so they have to learn the actual technique. Once they get the technique, the tidy it up with the positions. So 2 totally different ways to work on it.

  4. September 8, 2016



    Working on power as you suggested. I do well with the club above ground and increase the sound of the swish using my lower body. When I try to hit the ball, my follow thru is restricted. I try not to think hit and relax my arms and still have the problem. Suggestions or is it psyche problem and need to see Breslow.


    • September 8, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Why don’t you think of increasing the power but going through to the follow through positions. If you aren’t thinking about them you will never do them. If you have this thought that should stop you thinking of hitting and get you thinking about the ending of your swing. So think about touch the club to the back of the head. At least then you will know and ending point to the swing.

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