Friday, August 1, 2003
Become A Swing Machine
Say hello to Iron Byron. It has the only perfect swing on the planet. That?s why everyone should be copying it
Everyone Should Learn To Copy This Machine
To prove it really is possible to copy the machine, let’s take a look at my swing versus that of Iron Byron. George Manning didn’t try to replicate the backswing of a human when he built the machine. There really wasn’t much point, since nobody hits the ball on the way back. So, for this comparison, we only have to concern ourselves with what happens from the top of the backswing to the end of the followthrough.
To start the downswing, Iron Byron rotates its drive cylinder to the left. This makes the metal arm that’s attached to it swing down toward the ball. Remember, the metal arm can’t move unless the drive cylinder moves. That means I can’t start the downswing with my arms. Instead, I must uncoil my torso by turning my hips to the left. In the photograph of me starting down, notice how far my belt buckle has already turned versus where it was at the top of the backswing. This rapid uncoiling of my torso pulls my arms down automatically. I don’t try to “muscle” the ball with my arms. Instead they remain absolutely powerless. This allows my wrists to be as free-moving as the hinge on Iron Byron, which maximizes clubhead speed and allows the clubface to square at impact.
Just like the machine, my wrists begin to hinge again past impact and continue to do so throughout the followthrough. Because I have to turn my upper body 90 degrees to the target line in order to watch the ballflight, it looks like I finish in a different position. But, if you turn the camera so that it’s facing me again, you’ll notice that my club has fully re-hinged to 90 degrees, just like Iron Byron’s. So you see, it really is possible to copy the machine.
In his new book, Swing Machine Golf—The Fastest Way to A Consistent Swing, veteran teaching professional Paul Wilson (with writer and publisher Ken Steven) breaks down every aspect of the swing, and shows the reader how he or she can learn to become a human swing machine. The hardcover edition includes more than 400 color photographs and comes with free online instruction and tips. For more information or to purchase the book, visit www.swingmachinegolf.com. Photos by Liam Sharp.
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