Swing Machine Golf – Paul Wilson’s Journey

A few weeks ago I found a bunch of old tapes of my swing.  I thought it would be interesting to show some of what I went through as I learned the swing.

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Learn From My Story:

I was a self-taught scratch golfer at 17 years old.

At 19, I started going to Florida for the winter to play and practice so I could reach my goal of becoming a Tour Player.  For the first 3 months I was there, I wasn’t playing very well so I thought it was time to learn the fundamentals of the golf swing.  This meant taking golf lessons.

At the time, there weren’t any real golf teachers around although I did hear that Leadbetter was charging $60 per lesson.  For me, that was a little pricey plus who was Leadbetter anyway?!

The person I talked to about lessons was my Head Pro.  He agreed to teach me so off we went for the first lesson of my life.  Well, the results weren’t great.  My fist round after the lesson was 96! (keep in mind I was a scratch golfer at the time)

Shooting in the 90′s continued for the next week.  Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer so I took another lesson.  I thought for sure I could get my game back.  Nope. The 90′s continued and my Head Pro got too busy to keep working with me.

So now I’m on my own with no teacher and no knowledge of how the golf swing even works (I couldn’t even videotape my swing because video cameras weren’t even around back then).  So I just hit balls, everyday, all day, 7 days a week.

The high scores continued for the next 2 years until one day I shot 72 (this was really a fluke because I think I only had 21 putts that day).  Anyway, by this time I’d had enough.  I was so frustrated I actually quit golf for 2 years!

I’m Back

I still remember the day I got back into golf.  It was a spring day and the snow had almost melted.  I got to the front door of where I worked and thought, “what am I doing?  I have to go play golf!”  So within a week, I quit my job and moved back to my hometown and started playing again.  This time I gave myself a 5 year plan to make the Tour.

Well … a couple years into my plan I just wasn’t getting anywhere.  I could shoot anywhere from 75 to 89 so I gave up my dream of being a Tour Pro and set my sights on teaching.

For the next 10+ years, I learned everything I could about the golf swing.  I read tons of books, watched a bunch videos, took lessons from some of the best teachers, tried all sorts of training aids, tried tips in golf magazines and listened to everyone and anyone I could.  This got me nowhere.  I was still so inconsistent and still frustrated (I was learning a lot about the golf swing though).

NOTE: If you’re an inexperienced player you may look at the video of my swing back then and think boy, I wish I had his swing!  No … you don’t.  You cannot even imagine what I went through.  You see, when you’re used to shooting par or better and you shoot 75-85 it’s not fun especially after hitting 1,000 balls per day in the summer, everyday, 7 days a week (I counted them).

The Day I Will Never Forget

This was the day I started to incorporate Iron Byron into my swing.  I won’t bore you with the story but after seeing the Iron Byron hit a ball I went out to play.  On the 11th hole, I remembered Iron Byron.  I did 3 practice swings imagining I was the machine. Then, I hit the ball absolutely dead straight 300+ yards.  To this day, I haven’t lost it.

As you get near the end of the video, I found the approximate timeframe where I started to copy Iron Byron.  As I did, you can see my swing wasn’t loose and it was starting to repeat.  After I made this change, I literally went from hitting under 30% fairways to 80% + fairways.  It really was amazing!

So What Does All This Have To Do With You?

Well … I guess I wanted to show you what I went through and say that I totally understand how you feel if you’re struggling with the swing.  Also, I know how you feel when you’re making changes and not seeing immediate results. This was the big mistake I was making.  Everyday I was looking for that magical answer.  Unfortunately, I was looking in the wrong places.

Below I have listed 10 things that you should start doing right now if you want to improve at this game:

1.  Stick to one method and one method only (hopefully it’s Swing Machine Golf)

2.  While working on that method, master 1 thing at a time.

3.  If you’re making swing changes, quit looking for immediate results.  You will start hitting the ball better and scoring better as you put the pieces together.

4.  Film your swing to see what you are doing wrong and how you are going to fix it.  I find it amazing how many people do not do this.  With the cameras that are available today, this should be a no-brainer.

5.  Don’t hit ball after ball when you are practicing.  Do practice swings between shots.  It’s not about how many balls you hit.  It’s about how many repetitions of the new movement you make.  If you just keep hitting balls you’re doing your old swing more than your new one.  As soon as you flip the numbers around and do the new swing more than the old, you will make progress.

6.  Never listen to your friends or anyone else unless they are a world class instructor.

7.  Set up a practice station at home and work on your positions (practice swings) on a nightly basis.

8.  Make goals for yourself and work towards achieving them.

9.  Quit trying to be Tiger Woods.  I know it’s fun to hit 300 yards drives.  It’s more fun to shoot par or better.

10. Quit buying new clubs.  Choose clubs you like, get properly fit then work on your swing.

Conclusion

I really hope that you can learn from my mistakes.  If I could do it all over again, I would have stuck with my earlier swings (24 years old) and made subtle changes 1 at a time.   Unfortunately, I wanted instant results and I listened to too many people that had no clue what they were talking about.

As you go forward, make sure you print out the list above and keep it handy.  Then, get focused on what you want and how you are going to achieve it.  You really can do it.

All the best,

Paul Wilson
Creator – Swing Machine Golf


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