The following is a compilation of direct quotes of some of Paul’s ideas.
If you have heard them somewhere else remember these were published nationally in Golf World in the mid 1960’s then in Golf Magazine in 1975 and his privately published manual. I bought my first copy of the manual in early 1977.
Did Paul influence any of our great teachers of today ? You be the judge.
I found the human “software” could be erased but not easily. I found we had to use light weights, isotonic (i.e. strain periods of ten seconds), intensification plus great perseverance. Anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 repetitions are needed. Constant fine tuning will always be needed.
A recent NY Times best seller extolled the virtues of 10, 000 repetitions and slow motion repetitions in learning or changing a manual dexterity such as golf. Science confirmed what Paul knew and was teaching in the early 1960’s.
The glues that hold the effective golf swing together are P.T. (Proper Tempo) and P.S.M. (Proper Sequential Motion).
Imagine my surprise when I heard this on a recent Golf Channel pregame telecast.
Now swing the club to the top of the backswing. Start down with the lower body moving first followed by the VERTICAL DROP.
Golf is the only sport with as many teachers as there are players.
Playing golf is a mental-emotional experience for which the mind must be conditioned.
The number one rule of competent golf instruction is “Thou shalt not make the pupil worse!”
I prefer my pupils to regard the swing in this way : STABILIZE, ENERGIZE, CONTAIN and RELEASE. The typical golfer’s move unfortunately is a Strike, Steer, Stare and Stall which I call the SSSS Syndrome.
Never approach the ball with a prayer, but with a program.
There is a direct correlation between one’s kinesthetic memory and one’s emotional level. Remember as the emotional level rises the kinesthetic (muscle) memory recedes. Conversely, when the emotional level is at a minimum there is a maximum kinesthetic awareness.
The Hit Impulse rears its ugly head most pronouncedly at the very top of the back swing, at the moment the golfer tries to start the down swing.
The Key to Mastering the pressures and adversities of playing golf is complete and constant imperturbability.
It is important not ot confuse style with fundamental. We know there is latitude in the grip, the stance, in the backswing and in other positions of the swing. The ultimate components of the swinging action have been described. Great players have been able to deviated from them except in the inviolate claw position at impact.
Never, but Never, try to incorporate any of these positions and moves into the Golf Swing by a mental process while playing golf.
Each and every day one must recapture the golf swing.
The rapidity with which you learn is no indicative of your eventual worth- your retention and application of knowledge is of far more importance.
There is no such thing as a consistent golfer: there are only competent Kinesthetic mechanics that give the illusion of consistency.
When the MASTER MOVEMENT is done properly, the club head will still be to the left of the golfer’s head purging the HIT IMPULSE.
The left arm begins a pulling action after the VERTICAL DROP as the right arm seeks to increase or maintain the radial deviation cocking action of the left hand toward the left forearm.
Building a golf swing is no more related to playing golf than building a violin is related to being a concert violinist.