Pro Versus Am – Still Looking At Ball

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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+

10 Responses to “Pro Versus Am – Still Looking At Ball”

  1. Good timing Paul,

    Today I was not hitting them well and realized I was lifting up . I concetrated on staying down and the contact, direction, and distance greatly improved.

    General question. I read the golf magizines and they talk some what about lower body power but even the pros talk about power input from all sources. But I watch them hit and they clearly are driving thier lower bodies and it appears that’s the only source of power. So why don’t these experts expound on this more? Why is this concept of total swing input from only the lower body almost exclusively your crusade? How can so many “experts” miss the boat?


    • Paul,

      Because I use Iron Byron to give me proof as to why things need to happen. They do not so they are just guessing. The arm with the hinge is where the power comes from but it as to be connected to something. That something is a rotating center (your body). Your legs power your body which powers the arm with the hinge.


      What Powers Your Swing (legs/arms):

  2. April 7, 2014


    Paul, great tip to remind us as I am sure we do suffer from getting over excited at times to look at this fantastic shot!!

    On another note, I tend to suffer from hitting fat shots at times and I know the cure and I have watched your video on getting off the back foot. The local pro at my clubhouse suggested another method in curing this horrible fat shots.

    He put a tee 2 to 3 inches in front of the golf ball and told me to hit the tee and not the ball and amazingly, I started having solid contact with the ball. My question is that, do you recommend such a drill? and would this drill spoil my stroke in anyway?


    • Herman,

      No I don’t recommend that because:

      1. My cure works.

      2. Hitting a tee in front of the ball has you hitting. I don’t want you to hit anything. If you are hitting when are you going to start using your body?

  3. Paul ,In this video ,you raise a controversial issue .When I took up golf in the ’60’s,I was told to hold th head steady until well after impact ,and to be sure ,to keep your chin back down to the ball after impact for a slow count of three .The great players of the time AXEL MORRISON ,HORTON SMITH,HENRY PICARD ,were photographed doing so .Then later came ANNIKA SORENSTAM ,and DAVID DUVAL whose heads swiveled with the clubhead ,and they were shown with their eyes looking down the line at impact .GEORGE KNUDSON then said that keeping the head still restricted the entire motion and locked the body.
    You are in between ,and you are certainly right .
    I think you said in one of your previous videos that you fixed a given dimple on the back of the ball :is that right ?

    • April 11, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Don’t confuse looking at the ball with spine angle. Even though those players looked early they did not lift up. If I told the average player to copy them they would miss the ball completely. If you learned to look for it as a kid and do not lose the spine and you can do this move. If not quit looking for it until you hit it.

      I promote moving your head.

      Move Head:

  4. April 23, 2014


    Hi Paul,
    I’m a new member for this site and I’d like to take a moment to thank you so much for helping me give me a new sensation of hitting a ball.
    I switched around with different teaching methods or pros on Youtube. For the past 2 years, I used the one plane method (or philosophy) that emphasizes the deep takeaway and bent-over. It didn’t work for me. (I don’t want to disrespect this method because it may work for some other people, however). My biggest problem was the over-the-top move and I couldn’t get any control of my driver especially. I was so frustrated that I was looking for a solution and I found you.
    At first, I had trouble understanding and applying your tall setup, grip, touching the knee etc. But, after a couple of weeks of working on your drills, I started seeing a totally different ball flight and consistency. The best thing is that I saw the same improvement all around from wedges to driver.
    A couple of days ago, I played a round of golf at a very tight golf course with narrow fairways having a lot of trees on both sides. I found myself not worrying about hitting a driver at all. The highlight of the round came when I was 192 yards away from the flag on a long par 5 hole. I picked 4 iron and just hit the ball with an effortless swing and I ended up the pin high, just 10 feet from the flag,I’ve never seen such a high straight beautiful ball flight with my 4 iron. With my previous swing method, I would never pick 4 iron.
    I know I need to keep working on your teaching method, but I am pretty confident that I will improve a lot more with the next couple of months.
    Back to your video here regarding looking at the ball, I have a question. With a tall setup, I seem to have trouble looking at the ball because I try to avoid bending over the ball. When I try to look at the ball during the entire swing, I feel like I am bending over. What would be the proper feel looking at the ball with a tall setup?

    Thanks again,


    • April 23, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I’m glad you found me and are working on the swing changes. As you are finding out, once you get it the swing is very consistent and so much easier to repeat. Please keep at it.

      When looking at the ball, you should be looking at it until you hit it. I certainly don’t want you too bent over. Maybe you are making to much out of this position. You are really looking at it because you need to be looking at something. When people get too excited, they come out of it leading to topped, thin, and blocked shots. So into the future just watch the club hit the ball then watch for its flight down the fairway. If you see the full flight you are coming out of it so slow down a little.

      You should actually be working on this position. If you get this you are not coming out of it. So focus here and impact will take care of itself:

      Spine Angle Follow Through:

  5. January 14, 2021


    I never get tired of this video. Thanks, Paul, for the great tips, reminders and solid instruction. It really is smaller changes that make big differences, especially as I’ve become a better player. Given my ‘bad’ shots are predominantly in the types you describe here, I know I am ‘sneaking the peek’ as it were. Keep up the excellent work.


  6. January 16, 2021


    Hi Paul
    I just love trying to follow your methods you teach and am gradually finding and grooving a new swing concept which is so cool when you hear that lovely ping of club saying hi to the ball.
    My hardest problem is that i used to keep eyes on ball until ball left club but then if i had an errant shot to left or right my golf buddies would never see my shot to tell me where it went so i started to follow the ball on impact. Shame really as i always watch a fellow golfer when playing in order to tell them where it went if not straight, however not any more !!! i am going to stick with your method all the time as the feeling at impact is amazing. Cant wait for this dam covid lockdown to cease so i can get out and watch the ball fly down the fairways.

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