Why Seniors Are Losing Distance

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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+

16 Responses to “Why Seniors Are Losing Distance”

  1. October 21, 2013


    Hi Paul. Great program. I understand the hips and leg motion but you never dicuss the core torso. These muscles can also turn weightless arms. Do we ever feel or turns the core? Thanks. Jerry

  2. May 12, 2014


    Paul, Jack Nicklaus said he fetl like he was almost throwing the club t the ball. Is this the heavy feeling you need to get when stroking the ball. I nknow I have made a good swing when the club feels heavy on my downswing.
    A long time ago you said the club should feel heavy on the downswing.


  3. Hi Paul;
    Here’s a recommendation for seniors or anyone with a slower swing speed. Try Callaway Supersoft balls. 38 compression rating, lowest on the market. Major difference in distance & spin. I tried these yesterday & played my best round ever. Shorter shots into green makes the game much easier & more fun. You may have to adjust to the difference when choosing clubs. At least 1 club less. BTW, these balls are $19.95 & available in white or yellow.

    • Michael,

      Thank you for the suggestion. If you would like to do a tip on this I would post it on the site. If not, I will try to do one. Even if you could just tell people about them in a video and your results I will cut it together with a review that I do. That would be beneficial to everyone. Please let me know if you can do this.

      • Hi Paul;
        I’d gladly share this info but unfortunately, I don’t own video equipment. As you stated, this would be beneficial not only to seniors, but anyone with a slower swing speed. If possible, please do a tip on using the proper ball for your game as it can make a big difference in distance not only from the tee, but all clubs & we all know shorter approach shots can lower scores easily. I’ve used this ball for 2 rounds & shot 86 & 84, & but for 2 careless shots, the 84 could have been 80. I’m normally low to mid 90s & I honestly don’t think it’s a fluke. I normally fly a lob wedge 60-70 yds. depending on swing, but can now hit it 80 with no more effort. With other clubs, I’ve had to go at least 1 less & sometimes 2 depending on conditions. Again, the ball is the Callaway Super Soft.

        • Micheal,

          I thought you could shoot it on a phone. If you can that’s great.

          I have added this to the tips list.

  4. December 2, 2015


    Hi Paul:
    Would it be possible to test various balls on the “Iron Byron” (so that the swing speed is absolutely constant) to see what ball goes the farthest with say a swing speed of 90mph. I’ve tried these Callaway Super Soft balls, and agree with Michael Rodick that they go farther with my senior 90mph golf swing. I’ve also tried to hit the ProV-1 and it feels like I’m hitting a piece of cement. I’m really at a loss as to which group of golf ball are appropriate for a 90mph swing. That swing by the way is a “Paul Wilson” powerless arms swing that I’ve been practicing and honing for over a year now, and I’m a happy golfer !!!!! Thanks Paul.

    • December 3, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I don’t actually have an Iron Byron. All manufacturers would have already tested their golf balls on an Iron Byron so their data should be accurate.

      With that swing speed you need a 90 compression ball or less. A Pro V-1 is a pro ball and 100 compression. You need to search out lower compression golf balls or best golf ball for 90 mph swing speed and try the ones they recommend. This is really the only way you are going to find the one you like.

      Here are some recommendations I found:

      NXT tour S
      TaylorMade Noodle
      Nike Power Distance Soft
      Srixon Q Star
      Bridgestone e5

      Glad you are doing the swing and you’re happy.

  5. November 27, 2017


    Paul I get that we need to turn off our arms. Do you feel your hands do anything of are they just along for the ride with the arms?

    Richard Edwards

  6. April 23, 2018


    Hi Paul I am still amazed that you can get up to 99 mph with the easy swing. When you do you favorite drill is that the about the same speed as when you hit the ball in this tip? Does turning your legs and hips generate the increase in club speed or do you also increase your wrist speed?

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      April 24, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      I am not trying to hit anything. The increase in leg drive would increase the release speed just because my wrists are loose. Yes, 99moh takes me nothing. Going from 99 to 110 is a different story. I really have to drive the legs and hips for this kind of power. When I do the favorite drill I would be doing that harder than normal to build up speed knowing full well I am not going to go that hard in a reality.

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