Setup Allows You To Just Swing “And Let The Ball Get In The Way”

This is the concept that the Iron Byron uses, or any other hitting or swinging machine.

The Iron Byron does not “swing at the ball,” rather it just swings the club attached to its arm and the ball simply gets in the way.

In this regard, the reason I harp endlessly on the setup is because, if you get it right, you essentially do the same thing.

You’ve heard and we’ve discussed the whole problem of “why is my practice swing so much better than my actual swing,” and the concept behind the Iron Byron & swinging to let the ball get in the way is behind this as well.


If you could just stand in place and swing a club with a free action, no manipulations or compensations, and the ball magically end up on the face of the club where it’s supposed to be, how much easier would it make things for you?

Anyone who has ever practiced green-side bunker shots knows what it’s like to swing without actually trying to hit the ball, because you don’t actually try to hit the ball on this shot, correct?

You pick a spot that you want the club to enter the sand, or you’ve practiced bunker shots so many times that you set up and swing under the ball, and like magic, out comes the ball and onto the green, hopefully to hole it or make the ensuing putt.

I can’t remember the last time I actually tried to hit a ball, because this is how I approach every golf swing – just swing from the setup and let the ball get in the way.


The swing actually happens to quickly from the top to actually try to do anything to the ball other than swing through it.

This is why I harp on the setup, and why the better you make your setup, the more consistency you’ll have, especially if you’re not trying to do things at impact such as hold off the release (extra strong grip) or turn the hands through impact (trying to draw a shot or avoid pushing).

The better the setup, with the proper mechanical action from that setup, the more consistent and accurate your ball-striking will be.

Not to mention, you’ll be able to swing with power and speed when you’re not trying to steer or manipulate that club into the ball!


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2 thoughts on “Setup Allows You To Just Swing “And Let The Ball Get In The Way”

  1. msattler2013

    Hi DJ
    I have Struggled, always trying to kill the ball. Instead of just Swinging and letting the ball get in the way.
    I went to he range Sunday, tried to swing using the Pivot and lower Body. I really started Smashing the ball . Now If I can just keep it going

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi msattler! I just saw your comment, apologies for the delayed response – it got caught up in the filter for some reason.

      That said, I’m delighted things are starting to come together for you. Keep up the good work! 😀

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