Test Series – Can You Stop At the Top

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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+

17 Responses to “Test Series – Can You Stop At the Top”

  1. April 15, 2015


    Hi Paul. This is one of your best tips. Many times Ai get to the top and don’t seem to have time to think of anything. It’s like the brain has turned off and anxiety has taken over. Stopping completely should create a habit of assessing the situation before the downswing. After awhile the delay will decrease but the better habits should remain.

    It’s finally warm in Chicago and time to practice outside!

    Thanks, Ron

  2. Paul is it ok to raise your left heal on your back swing?I had major back surgery having a 14 in tumor inside my spinal column taking the top cap of the column off.Lucky to be able to walk much less swing a golf club but I need a little help to complete my turn.

  3. Where are you in your downswing when the left knee is perfectly straight ? Thanks again for all you do and your golf tips

    • April 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You want to be trying to straighten it as soon as you start down. This downswing happens so fast that it will not be locked straight until the right arm is parallel to the ground in the through swing. I hope you heard that. You need to start this at the top of the backswing as soon as you start down.

      Follow Through – Leg Locked Three Quarters: https://ignitiongolf.com/lock-lead-leg/

  4. Excellent advice ,Paul:I do his drill very regularly in your previously shown “Most favorite drill”version : when at the top ,push your right foot(Instep) forward and rotate the right hip forward and hold the position .
    Now a question :to increase upper-body rotational speed ,I put a cushion down on which I kneel(You can put a towel down ,but I have two prosthetic knees and it hurts me with a simple towel ) and I perform 10 swings with a heavy driver (MOMENTUS POWER HITTER) :Lower body quick rotation as you teach is important ,but upper body rotational speed is also.
    What do you think of this drill ?
    I ‘m happy to tell you that yesterday ,I managed (Don’t ask me why it happened !) to clock on my SSRTT several swings with my driver over 100 MPH (104/105MPH ).Until then my ceiling was 97 MPH :I believe I found a “trick ” :loosening arms, shoulders,wrists ,fingers to the utmost before swinging ,just by “waggling “them several times before getting started as I did when I was a “champion”(?) free style swimmer :my swing gets then to resemble the cracking of a whip “

    • April 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I don’t like this drill. If it was working you wouldn’t keep asking me how to get more distance.

      First you are on your knees which is pointless. Second, you are swinging a heavy club. Swinging a heavy club makes your clubs feel light which is exactly the opposite to what they should feel like. They should feel heavy. If anything you should be doing the practice swings off the ground with a super light club. Make it sound faster. Because you are swinging a light club yours will feel heavy which is what you want.

      You need to just keep getting loser and use your legs to turn your body faster.


      What Powers Your Swing (legs/arms): https://ignitiongolf.com/power-golf-swing/


      DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club

      DRILL: How To Really Increase Power: https://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-really-increase-power/

      • Paul ,I don’t train only with the “heavy” MOMENTUS POWER HITTER ,I train also with Overweight/Underweight “sticks”these are the SUPERSPEED TRAINING STICKS of MIKE NAPOLEON :three of them :GREEN =Underweight /BLUE =Same Wight as club/RED =Overweight.
        I train also with the MOMENTUS SPEED WHOOSH
        I attribute to these “sticks “the improvement of my club speed ,which has just passed the 100 MPH mark-105MPH- (And of course ,but that is self evident ,to your sound and excellent teaching principles and your “hammering in”of your “doctrine ” .
        Why is it that swinging on your knees is pointless?
        I have videos of Pro’s playing tournaments who do this “On the knees” drill!

  5. April 15, 2015


    In your normal swing. Should we pause at the top? Do you lose the energy stored in the coil if you do so?

    • April 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You are not actually stopping for any period of time. The club is the last thing to hit zero mph and the last thing to start moving so there is an appearance of a pause.


      Pause At Top: https://ignitiongolf.com/pause-top-backswing

    • October 18, 2019


      Paul. I have been having some issues with my right instep slipping when triggering my swing. I found my spikeless golf shoes like yours really save my legs as I always walk when playing golf but two or three times a round that happens and causes some errent shots as you can imagine. My downswing trigger is the same as you use and a do load up on the instep. Is it a balance issue? I would hate to go back to spiked shoes. Does this happen to you? Thanks

      Regards. Mike Sanders

      P.S. Been a faithful subscriber because your technique has transformed my game. Thanks you ever so much for that.

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        November 6, 2019

        Paul Wilson


        Not sure I answered this.

        Rarely have I ever lost footing with my right foot (only on wet grass but even this is rare). Maybe you are driving too hard without the experience of doing it millions of times. I would take it down a notch and make sure it’s perfect then gradually build it up again. If you still don’t get it then change the trigger. Not good if you are slipping.

  6. Hi Paul,
    just wanted to tell your Dashboard is really a great improvement to your site. Now that I have a little extra time to work regularly with my local pro, it is much easier to identify 1 or 2 video tips I can practice on my own at home or at the range, depending on what we have identified during the lesson. With the amount of videos you’ve done, it takes very little time to find something which exactly copes with the issues. done that with grip, take-away, hinging and now working on your bestseller ( “roll-over” drill). Great stuff!

    • April 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for the kind words. We will only keep making it better and better. This keeps it all organized and easy to find.

      Glad you are using it.

  7. Paul ,Is there a way to ingrain the two opposite movements at the end of the backswing :arms and club still coiling back ,hips starting to turn forwards?
    This is a “Pro “move ,it is said to greatly improve Torque .

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