Why You Want Powerless Arms

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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 “Why You Want Powerless Arms”

  1. July 19, 2015


    You said earlier here that we have to do the rollover drill. But if we have totally loose wrists would”nt the clubface square anyway ? Could you please explain why you fokus on the rollover drill.

    • John,

      You are right. Making your arms powerless would square the face perfectly but I know you will not turn them off. So instead of waiting years for you to do so why not manually roll them over. Stop putting slice spin in it. Then turn them off. This way you can stop slicing and gain confidence. I do not want you manually rolling it forever. Just until you stop putting slice spin on it. When manually rolling you will feel your arms rolling it. This is fine as you are learning it but the ultimate goal is to turn them. off.

  2. Paul,there’s some buzz as to the necessity to tilt the spine when swinging .It seems to Me That in YOUR swing you don’t tilt the spine That much ( OF course there’s a dégrée of tilt in YOUR swing ,but it’s not exageratted as I see in other video lessons ).
    There’s a drill where you Start backwards from approximately 3 feet after impact ,the point where YOUR both Arms are fully extended ,and you work YOUR way backwards ,with half swing ,3/4 swing,full swing ,to get the feel OF it .( There’ s Even a training device- expensive – for this drill )
    Could you elaborate on this subject ,please ?

  3. I feel at times my upper body is staying to much behind and at times feels like I’m dropping in height too much, which has led to some bad shots. I push really hard with the right foot and/or turn my hips to get on the left side. I do hit some great shots but need help…ANY THUOGHTS thanks Bruce

  4. Paul ,
    I have the left wrist slightly hinged (set back )when going to the top if the backswing(You do also! )
    I saw in a recent video that it was recommended to have the left wrist ” bowed” so as to increase the diameter of the swing arc .
    I don’t see that this “bowed “position of the wrist will increase that much significantly my swing arc .
    At impact in any case the left wrist is straight(Flat ) or bowed outwards
    Any comments !

  5. Hey paul
    I have finally managed to take my arms out of my swing on pretty much every shot and are playing the best golf of my life
    However there in one thing I’m not sure on
    When we rotate with our shoulders for the back swing I get to the half way back point and feel that I must lift my arms in order to finish the backswing
    Am I doing something wrong?
    Many thanks

    • David,

      Very good. I wasn’t joking about powerless arms. This is the key.

      No you need to lift your arms to get the club in the correct position. Once you have done this enough they will go up there on their own. If you are working on position you will feel your arms. You master the positions then you turn them off.


      When To Use Your Arms: https://ignitiongolf.com/when-to-use-arms/

      • Thank you very much
        Was also meant to ask you say we need to feel the strtch during the backswing down your right side (leftie) I tend to feel it in my lower back is this right?

        • David,

          Some people who have come to see me feel it in the lower back. Once I grab their legs and hold them steady they feel it in the lat area. Not sure if you are moving the lower too much but keep it stable and try again. If you are stable and you still feel it in the lower back then maybe that is where you should be feeling it. You should maybe have us check it for you.

          • July 23, 2015


            I pretty much always feel it in my lower right side of my back

  6. Hi Paul,

    Been a member for a couple of weeks now having found your videos on YouTube. The tips are fantastic and I really understand the fundamentals of the swing now, they have got me going in the right direction. I’ve tried focusing on powerless arms and firing my lower body with the touching legs position, but I’m finding it difficult to hit it consistently straight, when it goes wrong it really goes way off line, although it’s usually good contact on the ball. I mostly hook or pull it, but with longer clubs and woods it can sometimes be a push or slice.

    What do you think I should be focusing on and which tips will help me the most?

    Keep up the great work!


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