Where Are Your Arms Tightening?

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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+

13 Responses to “Where Are Your Arms Tightening?”

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    November 17, 2019


    Sure takes a long time to overcome using your arms. Fantastic tip Paul. When you go it right, it’s the best feeling.

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      November 21, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, it’s a great feeling. Amazing how powerful a force hitting the ball is. I can get someone to hit the ball just as far with an easy swing then 2 seconds later they are trying to hammer it again. Mind boggling.

  2. November 17, 2019


    This lesson goes in your top 10

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    November 17, 2019


    Slow backswing as you say can still result in tightening your arms in anticipation of the downswing. That is my problem.

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      November 21, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. Finding out where you are tightening is a big one. If you don’t know this how do you turn them off? Glad you see it now try to make the change … forever.

  4. November 18, 2019


    Paul, joining Ignition Golf has been the best investment I have ever made in golf. It took me most of one year to get comfortable and consistent following your lessons. It took me a little longer to figure out how take my arms and hands out of swinging the club. I focus on David’s advice to try to maintain right brain focus throughout the round or practice session and the big change is to take it back slow and PAUSE at the top. The pause makes everything work without arms and hands. My swing thought is one and(pause) two. I also do that in chipping. It really has helped.
    Thanks again for all your help!

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      November 21, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for the kind words and support. I truly appreciate it.

      I like the pause. Gives people time to switch to body to power the swing. Sounds like you are on track so keep up the good work. Do lots of practice swings making the positions more and more perfect.

  5. November 18, 2019


    Agree with Stephen. It’s taken a little over a year of pretty diligent work for me to (mostly) get my arms out of the swing.

    I might suggest that you totally forget about “power” until well after you get the effortless swing grooved. Every time I think distance I tighten up some (even after a year of working on this!). It’s hard to get that out of your head and completely trust the easy, effortless, armless swing!

    Thanks for everything Paul.

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      November 21, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you too. I appreciate it.

      There are 2 ways to go about it. If the person is so weak they aren’t getting any kind of power I would get them increasing power first. If the person is half decent I would go for powerless arms to get the ball on target. This would give the person confidence to then increase power on their own.

      Yes, trust it huge.
      Powerless Arms – The Trust Factor: https://ignitiongolf.com/the-trust-factor/

  6. November 19, 2019



    I read an interesting statement by Joe Namath in the current Golf Digest. He says he is quick from the top and he thinks certain things like that are just in someone’s DNA. I have had this problem all of my life.

    Please keep up with your message (that I’ve never heard from anyone else). I’m finally getting it. My cure-all at the range and course is constantly repeating to myself “Slow down, 50%, slow down, 50%…” It is just amazing the results. Golf used to be hard for me. Now I leave the course relaxed and feeling good about my game and score. I feel almost guilty how easy it is. It is so critical to relax the arms and the entire upper body. And let the wrists be loose. It is critical to start with a very relaxed 2/10 grip. Anything more tightens your whole upper body. Even my Fitbit shows less activity minutes when I golf – I know because I am not so tense as when I was hitting with my arms.

    I just can’t thank you enough Paul. I’m 66 years old and I’m positive shooting my age will happen some day. My scores and handicap are way down and more good things are coming. I just had an 81 from the blue tees with an ice-cold putter. Easily could have been 76. My drives are now 230-245 in very cold, sea-level weather (but not frozen fairways). Should be 250 by summer. Fairways and greens, just like you say. Confidence is breeding distance, just like you say. It is crazy fun now!

    Take care and thanks again for all you do for us. Body Swing and Ignition Golf saved my game!!


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      November 21, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      There are certainly different styles I deal with on a daily basis. Short and fast can be better than slow and long and other times it is the opposite.

      Just keep doing this:

      Drill – Count In the Backswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-count-in-backswing/

      So glad you are doing well. Yes, you are close to 70’s. I really don’t see this being an issue. You have good distance which is important so it shouldn’t be an issue to get you there.

  7. January 25, 2020


    I really like the thought of not activating your arms in the backswing. If you do, it would seem to be very difficult to deactivate them in the downswing. I am putting this thought into practice, and my body is really starting to understand it. Not sure where I heard this, but I loved your comment about the fact that nobody ever has loose enough arms! It is a challenge to try and exaggerate it!

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