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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.
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December 15, 2020
Hi Paul, I followed through and at last I was hitting balls out of the bunker. But I couldn’t work out the distance. If bunker is deep, and hole is close by, how do you adjust? If bunker is deep but hole is further away what is adjusted?
December 16, 2020
The more you open and close the clubface. The more open the face is the higher and less distance the golf ball will travel. The more square you have the clubface the lower and further the golf ball will travel. You can also vary distance with how fast you turn your lower body, the faster you turn the hips the faster the golf club will move.
Ok Paul, I have two questions: How close behind the ball r u hitting the sand? I dig my feet down and try to hit just right behind the ball, and half the time I make contact with the ball first, instead of the sand!!! Second question: Is the full swing in use when u have “short” bunker shots? Do u just adjust the speed of your swing for those short ones? Thx so much!
The club is hitting about 1.5″-2″ behind the golf ball. You probably need to either dig your feet in more or you could be chicken winging through contact area. Make sure that your arms are stretching out as far as possible. The more you open the clubface up, the higher and shorter the shot would go OR you can turn faster or slower. The slower you turn, the slower the golf club would go so it would go less distance. These are the 2 easiest ways to hit shorter bunker shots. Learn to get every golf ball out of the bunker, onto the middle of the green and then make your shot pattern tighter.
December 20, 2020
On a previous tip you were saying to use our pitch shot to get out of the bunker, not a full swing. That’s what I have been doing and all my buddies have been amazed at my proficiency for getting out. I even holed one out of the sand for a par, which was amazing. Why are you now advocating a full swing?
December 22, 2020
Its very similar to a pitch shot. I always say that the backswing should be somewhere between the middle pitch shot and the full pitch shot. This is more like a full golf swing. So many golfers I see just have too short of a backswing in the bunker and when I tell them to get to the correct position they still do a short backswing, so for the majority of golfers doing a normal backswing would be a lot simpler.
February 18, 2021
Paul, I hope it’s not too late to ask this question. How do you hit a bunker shot on a slope when the ball is much lower than your feet? Do you bend your knees or dig your shoes in deeper?
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