Pro Versus Amateur – Arm Extension

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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 “Pro Versus Amateur – Arm Extension”

  1. February 24, 2014


    Paul ,Well saud butdo you purposedly swing the club along the ball to target line (You keep it forcefully along the line as long as possible )or do you let it swing naturally ,which means it goes on a circular arc after hitting the ball ?

    • February 24, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      The club will make a circular path. No golf club swings down the line for any period of time. The only way this could happen would be if your body was parallel to the ground and the clubshaft and head were at a 90 degree angle. This is not the case. We are tilted and our club has an angle in it. Because of this the club must make and arc. So stretch your arms out knowing it is making and arc.

  2. February 24, 2014


    Paul, would hitting into an impact bag a foot or two out in front of you be of any benefit? Basically stopping at that point where the arms are fully at extended/release point.

    • February 24, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I never thought of this because I hate people hitting impact bags. Placing it ahead of the ball is a great idea. Now people can actually use it the right way. I may have to get one.

  3. February 25, 2014



    Here’s a weird question for you.

    If I take a good backswing and stop at the top. And then slowly do my downswing trigger, the club head would never get anywhere near the ball or the ground. When my hands get to the ball, the club is still a few feet above the ground and lagged way back.

    Obviously, when I swing, I am hitting the ball, but I’m not sure what should cause the club to move down and into the ground.

    You have one video that shows the exact position I’m talking about when you talk about releasing the club head. But, I’m not finding that loose wrists can explain it.

    If this makes any sense, I’m interested in understanding precisely what forces move the club head down.


    • February 26, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Just watch tonight’s tip. I think this will explain it.

      It sounds like when you are doing this drill you are into the left leg way too soon so the club is not getting back down to the ball. You could also be holding the lag angle too long. If your arms were string the mass would be pulling the out as far they stretch. Somehow some way you are not doing this. So immediately stop doing it. Let the club release down to the ball even if you have to manually do it. I would rather you make it happen than keep holding this angle too long.

      Maybe this is the tip:

      What Happens If You Don’t Release It:

      Or this one:

      Holding Your Lag Angle Too Long?:

      • February 26, 2014


        After working on this for some time now, it feels very natural to me to turn back with the shoulders and fire the lower body on the downswing. I don’t even think about it any more. But, I want more distance, so I hit the accelerator harder and harder. I try to do nothing with my arms, but a hard turn sometimes leaves the arms out of position. Guess I need to slow down.

        Any other thoughts (keep the club in front of you, stay connected, etc.) that would help me stay in position and still turn hard?


        • February 26, 2014

          Paul Wilson


          I did a tip on this recently here:

          Release Progression:

          If your release is timed with your current swing then you speed up only the body rotation of course you would hit the ball all over the place (typically right). If you are going to increase you power you need to hook it first doing the roll over drill. This will increase the release and make it happen early than it is currently happening. Once you do this you can then speed up the body to match the new release. If you do, the ball will then be going straight with a faster rotation instead of blowing it right. As you work on the body don’t forget to turn the arms back off otherwise you will just keep hooking it.

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