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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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March 23, 2014
Paul the camera is funny because on all the angles it looks like your really gripping the club tightly BUT in every shot(angle)you release(roll over your wrists)the club(wrists)exactly the same,I guess its an optical illusion But this REALLY PROVES the point you make over&over&over about turning the loose wrists over.
Tim: Check out this tip from a few months ago: https://ignitiongolf.com/secure-grip-loose-wrists/
I commented and called it “firm grip, free wrists.” It addresses your excellent question.
March 24, 2014
Hi Paul, this is my first time to write. I have been following your lessons for a few months now and am beginning to have success with your golf philosophy on the range. Because of my back surgery last year, I have not played any rounds yet. I have been re-inventing my swing with your lessons and tips. My biggest fault was aiming too much to the right and then compensating with a big over the top move. With your lessons, I have seen a lot of improvement in my distance, but and still having some direction problems. Some left, some right, and some straight. My question is: How do you line up your clubface at address? Is it a little open, straight, or a little closed. I think I mainly have it too closed which causes me the lefts. It would seem that in order to hit a nice draw, that the ball has to start right and work its way back to the left. With my clubface slightly closed, I just can’t seem to get it to start right of my target, even with good lower body turn. Any ideas?
March 25, 2014
Thanks for joining. I appreciate the support.
I align the face square at a spot in front of the ball.
You need 2 flaws in your swing to have a perfect draw. Flaw 1 – Sliding through impact to tilt your body more right in the downswing. This starts the ball right of the line. Flaw 2 – You need a strong grip or really roll the wrists early to have the clubface a little closed to the path to get it to come back. This is very difficult if not impossible for the average person to master because the average person does not have enough time to hit a lot of golf balls. Perfecting this take a ton of practice.
I would suggest a hitting it straight or having it fall left or right. This means setting up perfectly square with a neutral grip. Then working on coiling going back and a good of the backswing position. Once coiled you uncoil to hit the ball with the arms powerless. They are just going along for the ride. Basing it on coiling and uncoiling works very consistently without much practice because it is based on torque which repeats 100% of the time in life.
If you naturally slide this is a different story same as if you have a strong grip. In your description you are saying you are shutting the face to get this shot. So I know you do not hit this shot naturally. You are hitting a fake draw. Aiming right with a closed face. This would not be the best shot to hit. Again, you are basing it on flaws.
So watch this:
Set Up Routine: https://ignitiongolf.com/setup-routine
Learning the Setup Routine: https://ignitiongolf.com/learning-setup-routine/
Then work on this:
Move Head: https://ignitiongolf.com/move-head-back/
Uncoil 1: https://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil
Uncoil 2: https://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil-follow-up
Forge the draw for now. Focus on the target and hitting it straight from a square alignment.
Hi Paul. In watching the wrist release from various angles, I think the problem for many amateurs is the sense of losing control when your wrists are truly relaxed. Releasing the wrists removes the feeling of full control and does not allow you to “steer” the club head to the ball. The steering of the club head decreases the swing speed and causes the chicken wing. Like so many things, you have to give into the technique, and believe the club head will find the ball, without you controlling everything. At least that’s my sense of what happens to “control attics” like me.
You are exactly right. This is one of the things I fight with on a daily basis. At some point the average player has to realize that what they are working on will never work. I am trying to get them to see this. Once they do, they have to then realize a different swing is going to feel totally different. It is really like starting all over again but this time they will do it right.
So yes, lose control. This is getting you nowhere. Once you get used to this new “out of control” feeling it does not feel out of control. You have a pretty good swing. It just need a little work. You can do it.
I have a strange question.
I’ve found that I can follow your technique in two different ways. After torquing up on the backswing, I can unwind the lower body with either a left sided or right sided feeling. The right sided is like a tennis forehand, kind of a push feeling. The left sided is more of a pull feeling. Sort of like throwing a frisbee.
After years of playing tennis, the right sided technique is my tendency, but I’m finding that the left sided feeling gets a lot more club head speed and feels effortless. It also keeps my hands from getting to close to the target line on the downswing.
Does any of this make sense? Do you feel it more as a push or a pull? Either one can make the downswing trigger, but the feeling, and probably the driving muscles are different.
On Saturday, I got into a pretty good rhythm with the left side unwinding and hit a number of excellent shots. Longer and straighter than normal.
I push with my right foot to uncoil this tightness. That is the only pushing I feel. I feel and uncoil. I want you to do what you do best just so long as you are doing it right.
Just make sure whatever you are doing is consistent and you are repeating it every day, every shot.
When I try to push from the back foot to the front, it tends to move my upper body forward, my hands too far towards the target line, and my club slightly over the top. If you’re good with it, I think I will stick with this other trigger for a while.
Sure. Give it a try.
You can’t ask for more detail that’s for sure. I am amazed how fast your wrists release with the driver. Something I am working on.The other thing these details do is see more in detail the lower body movement.Ben Hogan use to think that his right butt cheek was against a wall and as he started to shift it would stay there until his left cheek would hit the wall than rotate. From the side views this seems to be exactly what you are doing. Would this be a correct way of thinking about this move? By the way, thanks for all the time you’re taking to make these tips and helping us understand.
Glad you like the tips. Thanks for the feedback.
Each person is going to feel something different. I am coiling and uncoiling. I coil with the shoulders and uncoil with the lower body. I do use a Hogan uncoil. It is the right big toe. This is from Hogan’s first book Power Golf page: 24. I describe how I got power here:
Power: How I Got Power In My Swing: https://ignitiongolf.com/power-dig-foot-in/
I am definitely thinking of turning circular. Here is another tip you should watch:
How To Check Your Lateral Hip Motion: https://ignitiongolf.com/check-lateral-hip-motion/
Bump or No Bump?: https://ignitiongolf.com/bump-or-no-bump/
I think as usual that I have been overdoing the wrist hing on the downswing as the back of my right is dead flat as it is going past the ball I see all five knuckles and my right thumb as I unhinge? Your right hand seems to be more verticle as I see your thumb and right forefinger and one or maybe two knuckles at most? Is this just a camera illusion or fact. This over rolling could be why I have so much trouble completing my downswing and touching the back of my head?
One more observation! You almost always do some kind of a wrist waggle or something with your hands before you make a backswing. Should we all be doing this as well?
If you are working on your wrist release then you would be purposely overdoing the release. Once you get every ball hooking you then switch the thought to using the lower body. As you do, the lower body rotation increases which moves the release point past the ball instead of at the ball. It is all about what you are working on. I rolled my wrists hundreds of thousands if not millions of times in my life. So I do not have to think about releasing it. You have not so you have to keep working on it. The perfect release comes from you rolling it and loosening it up the connecting this to your body NOT from you trying to hit perfect release positions when the club is swinging at 100 mph. So stay focused on getting it smoother.
Drill – Smooth Wrist Release: https://ignitiongolf.com/smooth-wrist-release/
Yes, you should be staying in motion before you swing:
Stay in Motion: https://ignitiongolf.com/stay-in-motion-swing
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