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+

6 Responses to “Pro Versus Amateur – Arm Extension”

  1. March 31, 2014


    Hi Paul,
    you are doing great job! My golf swing is improving a lot. Anyway I got for you my small tip which is exactly related to this subject and it can help with the issue I had. Beside the fat shots the extending arms could cause another significant fault in the downswing and I just recently figured it out. Extending the arms causing the socket and unless you recognize that you will get to the circle when you are trying to improve the failure in the swing that does not exist. It was simple caused because of whole my life I was hitting the ball with bended arms therefore I learned to put the ball closer to the body. I started to have big troubles with socket not recognizing it is caused by stretched arms and it started to ruin my game. I got completely frustrated I was trying to focus on faults that can cause this symptom not recognizing that the issue is engraved by milion of hit shots with bended arms and therefore with bad position of the ball. When I recognized that issue I started to accept the fact my ball position is to close and I started to set the ball closer to the toe of the club. Immediately my swing dramatically improved. Maybe some will have the same trouble so I think is good to share that! THanks for your effort.
    Petr form Czech republic:o)

    • March 31, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Good point. People need to fully extend their arms at address as they setup. If they do they can hit the ball with this full extension. I have done tips on this in the past but I like the fact you brought it up. Glad you are working on it and getting them stretched out.

  2. Hi Paul,

    Glad to finally be able to play golf again after this horrible winter in the east. A couple of things that I realized this winter. I day while surfing I came upon an instuctional website on the baseball swing. It broke the swing down into 5 or 6 parts and I started to see the parallels with golf. Of course, you need to swing a bat with your body because it is too heavy to move with the arms. The interesting thing was the backswing was broken into two parts. One was the backswing itself and the second was what they called the ready position. A light come on for me. The ready position is when you have moved your hips forward and shifted weight slightly to connect the upper body to the lower body so there is no delay in applying the lower body power to the swing. In this position you have primed the lower body power and you

    • Paul,

      It is difficult in golf because the ball is stationary. When the ball is coming at you, you already know how to go the other way. With the ball stationary you have to tell yourself how to do the other way. If you don’t you will just try to whack the object sitting in front of you.

      Those who do have it started as a kid where they had no arm strength therefore they had no choice but to use their legs to hit the ball. Adults have arm strength and a choice. They choose wrong. I have talked about this before here:

      How Do Little Kids Hit the Ball So Well?:


      Golf is Like Other Sports:

      The weight should be coming off the instep. I like the instep heel but if you like the instep then do it. I did a tip on this here:

      Power: How I Got Power In My Swing:

      Sounds like you are understanding it. Keep at it.

  3. January 7, 2021


    Love BodySwing philosophy, I am seeing results immediately, I still find that with my driver, I am free swinging, but on my turn, it seems my twist stops and that also stops my full follow through, then the dreaded pull….SLICE. Do you think it may be that I am not rolling my wrists after follow though?
    Steve H

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