Test Series – Do You See Your 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+

18 Responses to “Test Series – Do You See Your Ball?”

  1. Greetings Coach Do you actually see the club go by or is it just blur ? In my practice swing i see clearly the club go by .At address i do not look directly at the ball but just over top of it about an inch or two.I do this because i dont want to think about the ball but my swing trigger. I hit the ball fine but i dont see clearly the club pass through. I’m not that much concerned with it because the shots are usually on target but it bothers my that i cant see the same thing when a ball is there PS through impact i dont see anything in my mind and i don’t know why. What say you

    • John,

      The club is just a blur. You should be seeing this blur as the club passes through if you are still looking where the ball was. If you are not topping it then this will be okay. As you know, most people look early so this is a great test.

  2. Another good test, somewhat easier than many of yours. The reason for it is as you state. I don’t want to sound like a “smartass” but did Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson not lift their heads almost before they had hit the ball.
    My own game continues to improve as a result of your teachings and the Dashboard facility is excellent in highlighting the areas you need to work on.
    Look forward to the next test or drill.

    • David,

      Glad you like the dashboard. I appreciate the feedback.

      Sure, 3 pros (you forgot Duval) watch the ball early but they are not losing their spine angle. When average golfers look early they lose their spine angle. So don’t watch you ball as you hit it. Then you will not lose your spine angle.

  3. Paul ,All my training is done at home ,(I never go to a driving range ) without a ball ,they are mere “Dry runs “of my swings .
    To make sure I know where the ball is ,I have a strap laid out on the ground accross where the clubhead should encounter the “supposed “ball .
    So when I play for real ,I don’t care at all where the ball is ,I KNOW IT’S THERE, and that I will contact it :I don’t consciously “LOOK” at it, my thought at the time of contact is to pull the hands and arms the furthest possible forwards and to keep my head back .I don’t restrain my head from swivelling and I’m not anxious to see where my ball goes ,because I’m very ,very consistent and my ball flight is always straight .
    I’ll try your drill to find out what happens to my spine angle ,I believe it stays as it should ,inclined to the right

  4. You asked in an earlier tip if these are tests are helping? Most definitely yes they are. Started your swing and are finally seeing results. Played in a league with 2 players that I did not know. There comment was, his swing is so smooth that it looks like every shot should be perfect. This is why after years of arm swinging why I decided to change. A comment like this makes you realize that your swing is the way to go. It shows that the hard work is finally paying off. Keep the tests coming they are working and helping me understand what you are trying to accomplish. Thanks.

    • Bruce,

      That’s great. The crowd went silent as soon as I started posting the tests so I thought I might be going too hard on people. Glad you like them. I think they are fun and a great way to indicate how good your swing is.

      Glad you are getting comments on your swing. I say this to everyone who works on my method. As you get it people will ask you where you got that swing.

      Not sure if you saw this tip yet:

      How To Tell If You Have An Ugly Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-tell-if-you-have-an-ugly-swing/

      Keep up the good work.

  5. Hi Paul,

    This test/tip worked really well for me, tried it at the range and then hit 10 greens in reg yesterday in comp. Ball striking and accuracy was so much better by maintaining the spine angle.

    Much appreciated

    • Ben,

      Very good. I keep promoting a taller set up and more level shoulder plane. I doing so you can get the coil and uncoil of the shoulders. If you tilt too much they see-saw which is not consistent at all. Keep doing and checking this. It is huge.

  6. Hey Paul, Would raising up to early and not seeing the ball in the way that you stated above be a power leak, cause less distance? Thanks Brad

  7. June 19, 2019


    Paul, there is another fault that is similar but does not involve looking up. Rather it involves blinking. If you blink, which causes a loss of contact, somewhere during the swing, it can affect the outcome. I have a tendency to do this sometimes and simply have to concentrate on not blinking. Strange but true.

  8. December 13, 2019


    It has been a while since I have made a comment, but I have a friend who has been my playing partner in our club’s annual match play tournament. His saying is “hit and spit” as his way of thinking about watching the spot where the ball was at address. I often have to remind myself as a way of delaying the action of looking up too soon.

  9. December 13, 2019


    Paul, your “tests” are spot-on; they’re just what’s needed to continually monitor our progress in your golf instruction program….Please don’t stop, and continue being “hard” on us——we need it!!! Thanks again for your marvelous teaching technique and insight!!!!

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      December 14, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you like them. I will keep doing what I do. Tons of stuff in the works for the future. I will let everyone know in the very near future.

  10. December 13, 2019


    What if I have trouble seeing the ball after hitting it? It doesn’t happen all of the time, but very often I will hit my shot and then have to ask my friends where did it go. This is frustrating. By the way I went to a pro to get some help and he just made two minor adjustments: widen my stance a little, and stand a little straighter and closer to the ball. He said I had a very nice smooth repeatable swing. After I made those adjustments I did start hitting the ball better. Width of stance and how far I was setting up from the ball are hard things to get right. They were very small adjustments, hardly noticeable so I’m glad I got that extra set of eyes to help me with my swing. Correction: it is your swing and it is a good one.

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