How to Pull The Trigger

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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+

21 Responses to “How to Pull The Trigger”

  1. December 14, 2012


    Hi Paul,
    Thanks. I really needed this tip.

  2. December 14, 2012


    I do a weird thing like one continuous hum or whistle while I take back. For some reason that keeps me loose and relaxed. I make a kind accelerating sound like a kid playing with a toy airplane. Weird but so far it has never failed me.

  3. December 14, 2012


    Hi Paul, isn’t it better to count to three with some rhythm? Like the waltz rhythm (as Sam Snead said in his memories) in order to concentrate on rhythm rather than mechanics?

    Or as I have recently read, saying “Er- nie -Els” loud is another way of thinking of rhythm and not mechanics, being “Er”, takeaway, “nie” top of the backswing and “Els” hitting the ball

    Does it make sense?

  4. December 17, 2012


    I am guilty of standing over the ball and freezing and it does impact the shot. I don’t do it on the range, only on the course. I decided to go out and play just by myself, no competition, not worrying about the score, and focus only on pulling the trigger and it worked. I did this at least 3 times and my scoring immediately improved. I also find golfing with complete strangers helps because I am more conscious of not standing over the ball vs playing with friends. I have convinced myself that standing over the shot too long is going to result in a bad shot, so I might as well set up and swing and TRUST the mechanics will be there. I will try your method to build it in as a routine

    • December 18, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      That’s good news that you recognized that standing over it too long is hampering your swing. Just pull the trigger. Work on things on the range and eventually they will go into your swing when you play.

  5. December 27, 2012


    I have a question unrelated to a specific tip. When you actually hit the ball with the driver in almost any of these tips, how far does it go? Just curious.

    Thanks for everything,

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    April 12, 2014


    Paul, that 1, 2, 3 tip is great and I’ll start doing that. All kind of stuff goes through my mind, and then I screw up. I am trying to develop that mucscle memory of not to think. I know of a guy who stands over his ball for about 20 sec (I actually counted) and he’ll hit it well, but other times slice the heck out of it. From now on, it’s 1 2 3.

  7. April 12, 2014


    Paul ,

    I want to thank you so much for theses instructions . Have been reading them over and over and practicing at home finally broke 90 today . I haven’t broke a hundred my last 15 rounds out. I took lessons in Fla. last month and was ready to quit the game . You have renewed my swing and made it so simple keep them coming. Jim

    • April 13, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You’re welcome. Stick with it. Work on one of two things at a time and you will play better than ever.

  8. October 16, 2014


    I know for a fact that not thinking works with golf. Once I hit a flub shot that went about 20 yards.I(hate to admit this) got so mad that I just charged up to the ball and whacked it as hard as I could.Best golf shot I hit all day.

    • October 16, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      We can certainly over think things. Give this a try when you go out in the future. 1 … 2 … 3 …

  9. Paul,I don’t count ,I just do a small forward press with the hands and right knee,so as not to start with a ” stuck” position .

  10. Just a general remark. Your instructions have been very helpful. Together with the videos and your book I have improved a great deal.
    Thank you

    • George,

      Glad you like the tips. Glad you are improving. I love hearing about it.

      Keep up the good work.

  11. Is it a good idea to also count in the backswing the same way? So 1-2-3 1-2-3 + downswing trigger?

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