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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 20, 2013
Great tip, Paul! I’m still at the stage at which I marvel every time I hit a good shot. It amuses my friends when I say “well struck!” or something like that after I’ve hit a good one. Soon I’ll be worrying whether my ball ends up in the right spot for my next shot. Nonetheless, the sensation of improvement is one of life’s great pleasures.
That’s great. Sounds like it is coming together for you. It’s even better when you don’t top it anymore.
I get these tips on my I pad, how do I get them on my smartphone
There is no difference. You just log in to the site. They are hosted on Vimeo so you will need Flash. Just look for their app or the YouTube app to install. I have no problem watching them on mobile devices.
July 5, 2014
As I told you previously ,I have a tendency to top or thin the FAIRWAY Wood number three off the FAIRWAY:I’m Certainly too tense ,to eager to hit it far ,and I get out of m’y swing:in my last round ,Allone on the golf course ,I tried your tip to TEE up slightly the ball:it worked perfectly because I felt confident!
Thanks ,Paul !
July 6, 2014
Confidence breeds distance. This is why swinging easier and at least making good contact will allow you to hit it longer in the future. I know you want power but if swinging harder causes bad shots why do it? Swing smooth and focus on making great contact knowing full well that if you keep doing this you will gain confidence. Once confident you can increase the rotational speed of your body to gain more power. This usually happens on its own without even thinking about it.
August 29, 2014
Great tip! Thank you!
September 7, 2014
How did you know? Last Wed I went to play full of confidence and….I hit a lot of topped shots!!!
Furthermore, my once a month occurrence of weakness and dizziness made matters worse. My wife says its mental and I have not found a sport MD to help me sort out what the culprit in changing my golf performance so drastically. At this point it could be anything between dehydration, to much practice in the sun the day before, meds, age, diet or who knows what. I hope I can find out soon what is the problem.
I will continue practicing and playing keeping track on all the above factors and repot latter.
July 11, 2016
Hi Paul! I am back and starting to play again after a while. This is a great tip and it reinforces your advice on straight elbows during swing and slowing things down to gain control and precision. Like you state, not all of my shots are topped, but they are present and frustrating, especially when playing with a partner or group.
I will continue to practice and hopefully get my game up to par and back in the fun zone again.
Glad you’re back.
Slowing down is always good. We all want to hit too hard. Me included.
Look at topping as the clue you are swinging too hard. As soon as you see it slow down.
Also, work on this:
Topping: Watch for the Blur: https://ignitiongolf.com/watch-for-the-blur/
Are You Practicing Looking Early?: https://ignitiongolf.com/practice-looking-early/
Stop Thin and Topped Shots: https://ignitiongolf.com/stop-thin-and-topped/
June 28, 2018
Hi Paul, I’m new to Ignition Golf and in fact only practicing The Body Swing for a couple of weeks. At the range I am practicing 3-4 no-ball swings and working on the nopower arms and positions with great progress. But when I step up to actually hit a ball I cannot keep it together and do what I just did when the ball is in the way. There’s a LOT of gorilla in my downswing and I wonder if there’s anything I can do other than practice the right swing without the ball a million times? Perhaps I should keep a 100 yard target for all my practice swings and perhaps a 50% effort goal? Sometimes that combo lets me get in the odd wonderful shot. Any other thoughts?
June 29, 2018
You need to swing at 50% and hit easy shots. You have to realize that you are working on the positions and building a great swing. A great swing hits great shots. The longer it takes you to realize this the longer it will take you to hit great shots. Doing it slower take hitting your best shot out of the picture. So if you are not trying to hit your best shots why would you swing at top speed?
So see it differently. You are working on the pieces. Just because you do a couple of pieces doesn’t mean you are going to hit a perfect shot because you are not even thinking of all the pieces. So master one of two things then add another and another. The shots will come in the future.
I deal with this every day and it drives me crazy. Pros work on the pieces. We know the ball is in the future. So you need to think like a pro.
You can do this too:
DRILL: Do It Right at 1MPH https://ignitiongolf.com/right-at-1mph/
Also, thinking about hitting hard means you are NOT thinking of the follow through positions you are thinking of hitting the ball. This is not the right thought. You need to think more about the follow through than impact.
How To Fix Impact: https://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-fix-impact/
Also, keep doing the practice swings daily. Look for the feedback of each position. Your goal is to make them perfect. Imagine how well you would hit it if you did them perfectly.
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