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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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November 12, 2012
Great meeting you last week. Would you be able to put together a list of the moves we should be practicing? e.g. touching the legs, letting arms go, touching the head…specific list designed for practice at a range. I know these are all included in previous tips, but to have them in one place “Practice Drills” or something like that..so I could easily locate something to have in mind to focus on at the range, as you are suggesting in this tip…
November 13, 2012
Great to meet you too.
There is a lot of information here. I would start with grip and set up. You can find these in the red navigation bar at the top of the page. Once you get through those videos move on to the follow through positions. I teach the swing backwards. I work on the follow through first then I work on the backswing. So master these 2 positions:
Legs Touching: https://ignitiongolf.com/touch-knees
One Of The Secrets To The Golf Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/secrets-to-golf-swing/
Once you get this start working on the backswing tips.
Drills – Legs
DRILL: Touch Legs Touch Head: https://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-sequence-drill/
DRILL: Swing Off Ground: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground
DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
DRILL: Start High Then Gradually Lower: https://ignitiongolf.com/start-high-gradually-lower/
Drills – Release
DRILL: Grip Down Drill: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-grip-down
DRILL: This Is The Best Drill You Should Be Doing Right Now: https://ignitiongolf.com/drill-three-quarter-distance/
Hi Paul. I’ve noticed that I will have to narrow my stance somewhat to accomplish the knees together result at the end of the swing. Does your technique help create the proper distance between the feet in the initial stance? I tend to have my feet father apart which makes touching the knees impossible at the end of the swing unless I reduce the distance at address.
If you need to narrow the stance to touch the legs then do so. Does my stance look too narrow? No. With irons the legs will be even at the end of your swing. With a driver the right leg will dropped back one ball width because the stance is a little narrower. Why do I want them to touch? So you can do the exact same position every day and for every shot into the future.
Width of Stance: https://ignitiongolf.com/width-of-stance
I am new to golf and am glad to have found your sight. I have been watching a lot of videos on proper posture and swing. One of the differences I noticed is on your back swing you bend your left elbow and most of what I see the elbow remains relatively straight. Is bending the elbow important to mastering the perfect swing?
I want the left arm extended but not locked. If you try to keep this arm perfectly straight you will be holding on too tight. Many of the best golfers of all time broke the left arm (Jack Nicklaus included). What is important is that it is straight when you hit the ball.
Left Arm at Top: https://ignitiongolf.com/left-arm-backswing
If I go to a practice session of one hour, do you recommend to switch positions or keep practicing only one. Right know I am focusing on manually releasing the club as well as the touching of legs position. Is it a 50/50 or should I concentrate only on one move at a time?
Thanks for all the instruction videos that are helping me a lot!
Jose, you should be working on one or tow things only. The idea is master something. If you work on too many things you will be spinning your wheels and never make any changes.
I understand how the hips influence the downswing and the use of passive arms. My question is the role of the shoulders? Are they passive as well and propelled by the hips? Should we make a conscience effort to turn them as far as possible at he completion of our swing or do the hips do that?.
You should not even be thinking of the shoulders in the downswing. I did a tip that explains it here:
Shoulders in downswing: https://ignitiongolf.com/shoulders-downswing
I’ve been told by the local teaching pro at my place that I have this tendency to come up at impact thus causing a loss in club head speed and also I am adding loft to the club. This also causes the ball to go higher than intended thus loosing distance. Surprisingly I don’t suffer from any topping of the ball. The pro also told me that this may cause an open clubface at impact. Is this true? Is there any special drill you can recommend to eliminate this coming out of the shot too early? Thanks again.
The pro you are working with is correct.
You need to be working on this position:
Spine Angle Follow Through: https://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-eyes-tilted
Once you get this you will get the consistency you are after. Also, watch these tips:
Easy Ways To Lower Trajectory: https://ignitiongolf.com/hit-lower-easy-ways
Lower Overall Trajectory: https://ignitiongolf.com/lower-trajectory
December 28, 2013
Excellent lesson ,once more ,Paul ,You’re methodical in your teaching .Congratulations!
Now,as you say you teach THE swing backwards ,your finish position is with THE middle of THE shaft touching THE back of THE neck ,with THE shaft being horizontal .
If you finish with THE shaft nearly vertical and touching your back ,after a more vertical finish position on th
December 29, 2013
You need the shaft parallel to the ears. This is 90 degrees to the axis (your body). Mass is on plane and swings its fastest at 90 degrees so anything less is not indicating the the club is on plane swinging its fastest. If your body is tilted the and the club is parallel to the ears it would not be horizontal it would be slightly angled so the head is lower than the grip.
I want the club to physically touch your head so you get feedback to tell you if you are doing the position exactly the same each time.
I can touch my leg and feel everything on the backswing and feel the release and finish the backswing touching my neck on the range.
BUT! When I go on the course after one or two holes i.e. played the back nine at our course yesterday. Par on 10, 11, 12,13 and then the lower body stopped moving and I tried to slow down stop thinking about the lower body tried thinking about the finish nothing worked. Had to quit playing the last 3 holes went with my seven iron only from tee to green and hit perfect shots but of course all bogies as I could not reach the greens in regulation with a seven iron. Any Suggestions Help is needed. Best Gerald Joyced
December 30, 2013
Sounds like you haven’t done this enough yet for it to take hold. Keep in mind the temptation when you go to play is to hit. You know the position so you must think about the position and not the ball. Everyone wants to hit great shots. In trying to do so you are using your old swing. Forget the ball. Forget the shots. Just get the legs touching no matter what it takes. Do 2 practice swings before each shot then replicate the practice swings. Play late at night by yourself so you don’t have pressure of people waiting or watching. After you do this for a while you will be able to do it when you swing.
I will stay with it longer and follow your advice. Much appreciate your thinking and input.
Gerald Joyce (JJ)
December 31, 2013
Great. B reading the comments of others you should know that it works very well. Just understand what I want you to do. Do TONS of practice swings without the ball focusing on positions NOT the ball. Swing easy when you play. Hit the ball then hold the follow through position. AS you are holding it, check it to make sure it is perfect. Repeat.
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