You Don’t Have To Be Strong To Be Loose

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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+

11 Responses to “You Don’t Have To Be Strong To Be Loose”

  1. November 25, 2013


    Paul ,Your wrists are loose ,except at impact :you showed a video in which you”snap” the left wrist.Also the right hand delivers power at impact .How do you reconcile this with the “loose wrists”principle.
    SAM SNEAD advised to swing “as loose as a goose “.

    • November 25, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      If you are purposely working on your release you should be feeling the wrists and even the arms. Once you get it you turn them off and keep them loose. By doing it this way you will be it way faster than by just turning them off. If you just turn them off you may never get them loose enough because most people think that a little looser is what I am talking about. Powerless means zero power not less power. Loose as a goose is great.

  2. November 25, 2013


    Paul all has been working well soft arms soft hands wrists roll over have taken swing to the course last week had five pars with four bogies shot 40 well on my way to my goal of reaching a single digit. Yesterday played 18 holes after a bogy start on hole one hit a great drive on two and from there on my lower body got stuck. Nothing that I tried I.e. every drill you have thought me left me stuck reverted back to my old swing of 40 years and remained stuck. I stopped playing took out a seven iron and finished the last nine holes with a seven iron and putter shot 101 . What should I have done?


  3. November 26, 2013



    What about pitch shots? I’ve had more success with your pitch technique by keeping the wrists loose and letting them hinge and rehinge. Whenever I’ve tried to “hinge and hold”, I get some awful results. Your thoughts?


    • November 26, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Why are you trying to hinge and hold. You should be HINGING and TURNING. The arms are following along. They are loose. They are powerless. Not sure where you are getting HOLD from. Don’t hold.

  4. November 27, 2013


    Let’s make sure I understand your pitching technique. On the downswing, are the wrists loose? I got the notion that the downswing was just turning the lower body left of target. Hence, I was not letting the wrists move. On short pitches, there isn’t much momentum, so I guess it may require extra attention to make sure they unhinge.

    Am I on the right track?

    • November 28, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You are never hitting anything with your arms once you have unlocked your wrists. This means pitching too. If your arms are turned off the weight of the club will always want to stretch out to its widest point. This means it will release if you do nothing. I want you HINGING and TURNING with powerless arms. You are getting more power in pitching by turning you body faster. The wrists are still loose.

  5. January 31, 2015


    Paul ,Loose wrists for better clubhead sped ,I fully agree .I gained quite some distance by following your sound advice .
    However the motto “YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE STRONG TO BE LOOSE” is misleading :you do have to be strong in your core body to turn as fast as you do .
    I work on strengthening the core with multiple drills (THE ULTIMATE SWING TRAINER is one of the set of drills Ido ) and it does pay off .
    I have read “THE LONG DRIVE BIBLE ” by SEAN FISTER :to acheive the long distances who made him a LONG DRIVE CHAMPION ,on top of his natural strength ,he works very hard to build up his muscles.So did JASON ZUBACK ,who has a very similar training pattern.I haven’t seen what does JAMIE SADLOWSKI ,who is slim and not “Body built ” as those two ,but I assume he also works on strength building .
    Our good friend MIKE BAUMAN is also an athlete .
    I suppose that when you were Young you did quite some strength building yourself .
    A close friend of my first grandson ,who later played on the European Tour ,went to the University of TEXAS to train with the Pro of Indian (NAVAJO )descent-NOTAH BEGAY- and they did a lot of strength training and feeding with CREATINE.
    When he came back ,he had built up a considerable musculature .
    So hitting it long does require Strength on top of FLEXIBITY and “LOOSE WRISTS “

    • February 1, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I am talking arms when I say you don’t have to be strong to be loose. If you did 2 identical swings once with loose wrists and the other with tight wrists the looser one will go farther. This is fact.

      Of course you need to have power in your legs and hips. I have never said you don’t. This is the power source in the swing. Turn faster with loose wrists and you will hit it farther too.

      I have rarely ever worked out in my life. I hit 1,000 balls a day for years and I learned how to drive my lower body … hard.

      It is not even a strength thing in the legs. It is a quickness in firing the muscles. Again, there are kids and petite people who can do this. In no way are they strong. They are doing it faster. So you need to not worry about how strong you are and turn faster. It is a snapping action of the lead leg. If you are not snapping it you will not get it (to date no one I have ever taught has ever hurt the forward knee/leg in any way from trying to snap it faster – be careful – start slow and gradually increase its action).

  6. February 15, 2019



    There are numerous good loose wrists videos I would like to store. Would it br possible to add a “Loose Wrists” sub-folder to the “Full Swing” folder?


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