The Wrist Release From Different Angles

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Paul Wilson

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. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

24 Responses to “The Wrist Release From Different Angles”

  1. October 10, 2012


    Hi Paul

    Would rotating the forearms on backswing promote rotation back to the point 2 feet past impact? Thanks

    • Paul Wilson

      October 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Patrick, No. Rotating the forearms going back is going to open the face, cause over cupping at the top, and inside backswing, flat backswing, activate your hands and arms etc. All of these things are going to make it difficult to execute the proper downswing.

      Follow this:

      One Piece Takeaway:

  2. Hi Paul, I am really practicing the loose wrists rotation. I do get more club-head speed for sure but my driver launch pattern is very very low. I am ok on the irons…..although my middle irons go pretty low too; Again, the contact is fine with good power.

    Any ideas on how I can get more height on my tee-shots and middle irons??

    Thanks a million,

    Chris R

  3. March 16, 2013


    Paul, I notice that your hands completely cover the butt end of the club. Is normal or is this just the way you hold your club. Most Pros’ grips are an inch or more down on the club grip. I myself grip the club about 1/2 inch down on the club. Can you give some tips on how to you the leverage bag. I have one but never used it.

    • Paul Wilson

      March 17, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      I grip at the end of the club because I want to maximize the width of the arc. The more you grip down the shorter the club which means the arc is narrower. Sure, there are some pros who grip down a little but most are gripping at the end of the club. I would suggest you grip at the end but not off the end.

      I did a tip on it here:

      How Far Should You Grip Down On The Club?:

  4. Paul ,Is the drill you demonstrate what BEN HOGAN called “Rolling the wrists ” and which he credits for giving more clubhead spead .
    I explain .
    At the top of the backswing my left wrist is “cupped “(Back of the left hand “looking ” at the left elbow )
    .At the bottom of my swing the left wrist is ” bowed out ” ) (the palm of my left hand “looking “at the inside of my left elbow ..
    There are a number of training aids to help you create a late release ,such as the SWINGRITE .
    Do you have a specific drill of your own to enhance the lag and the late release ,which generate more clubhead speed ?
    Doing it consciously is pretty difficult to acheive !

  5. March 17, 2013


    Hi Paul, yesterday while looking though UTube I came across your 1st video with Peak Performance golf. In that video, you stated that if we would give it the effort, you would work tirelessly to help us improve. And I must thank you for living up to your promise. Unfortunately I didn’t live up to my part, and I apologize for that. I surfed the net, jumped at all the false promises of the quick fix and such. I stayed with RG because I had all your tips saved and I had purchased your series and did not want to lose them, but RG is so much a part of the problem with their different methods and instructors. I’m back and will do my part to improve with your method, which I feel is the one way to consistently have a repeatable golf swing. I hope all out there will also get the message, and work at all the “positions”, they really do work! I must also add the I did not utilize the other members of your site with the mental and physical tips, because I didn’t think them important. Another mistake on my part! So I’m back and your stuck with me.
    Sorry to be so long winded, thanks again

    • Paul Wilson

      March 17, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You are not alone. Over the years I have received tons of emails from people who thought another method would be better. Once they realize that this does not happen they come back. I just hope they figure this out sooner rather than later.

      If you look at the swing positions I teach you can see them in all better players so I am not telling you to do something weird or something I have made up. I further re-enforce it with the Iron Byron which no one else does. The Iron Byron gives you proof of why you have to do these things. If you have proof it should be crystal clear what you need to do to develop a great swing.

      Yes, this takes work. This can be done fast or slow. Slow is beating balls. Fast is doing lots of practice swings setting my swing positions. As you set them you look for the feedback to tell you if you are doing them right. So you just keep doing them over and over making them better and better until you have developed a great swing. A great swing hits great shots. If you are looking for great shots without the great swing it will fall apart.

      I’m glad your back. Go through the positions again and find out what needs to be fixed (because you have probably gotten out of position). Focus on the feedback and you will be back to where you were in no time.

      To get to a new level I would suggest doing Video Golf Lessons with my assistant Pete (I just cannot believe more people are not doing this). For the sake of a few bucks we can keep our eye on you and tell you exactly what you should be working on and how to work on it. Give it a thought. This way you will not get off track in the future.

  6. March 17, 2013


    Thanks Paul, where do we find the way to set up with Pete? I agree with your method based on Iron Byron, unfortunately many of us think there is a quick new gadget or system that will save us the practice required to get a great swing and then great shots. I believe in your method and will be back on track soon! Let me know how to set up with Pete.
    Thanks Mike

  7. Hi Paul, i used my baseball bat to roll my wrists over in a level swing and it really gave me the feel of how to do it with a golf club. Yesterday on the range it really worked well with my golf clubs,


    • Paul Wilson

      March 20, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      That is a great way to get the feel for the wrists release. Keep doing it regularly so you don’t lose it.

  8. March 20, 2014

    Rick g.

    Hello Paul, logged in under Rick g. (that used to be Richard Gleason). Since I’m working on all but concentrating at the moment that seems to be my biggest weakness, which is shift/rotating correctly. I noticed from the above shots that your left heel when coming down moves quite a bit rearward as your upper left thigh moves forward and aroung. Is this from your trying to get that powerful rotational motion. It seems as if my left heel coming down moves from the inside to the outside of the heel. By planting it solidly there seems less rolling over. Thanks by the way for your input. It can be hard at times thinking your doing what your recommending without you actually seeing if indeed we are doing what you recommend.

    • Paul Wilson

      March 20, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I was probably not practiced up when I shot that tip. I rarely hit balls anymore. The foot should be quite stable at impact. It should not be twisting. I was probably thinking about the release more than my feet because this tip was about releasing it.

      I did another tip on it here:

      Forward Foot:

      The foot definitely should be rolling onto the outside edge of this foot although it is flat at impact.

  9. Hi Paul,
    First, I take the opportunity to say thank you because I came across your tips nearly a year ago, at a time when I really considered giving up golf. Too many years of frustration, inconsistent game and, worst of all, no idea of what could put me on track, and yet I had spent hours on the range and having lessons with various pros . At that point, the only conclusion that I could draw was that I wasn’t good enough. After working on some of your free tips, then on the short game training videos, “something” happened. Basically, it has much to do with one of the key elements of your method and it’s a good thing you keep stressing them in all of your videos : loose wrists, no action with the arms, “slow and easy swing” etc. I tried to focus on that for many months and, at last, I can see the results. Now I know why I could not hit a 5 iron from a tee on a par 3 : I got almost completely locked wrists and you know for sure what happens. Same with playing from the bunkers : I could not do it. Strangely enough, no pro had ever noticed that before, or I can’t remember them stressing the point, many of them focusing on my changing the grip.
    Of course, if I told you that I don’t miss a shot now, you wouldn’t believe me, but the biggest reward I had was my first round ever under 100 4 months ago, which had always seemed beyond reach for me. There is still plenty of work in order to go from a “lucky day” to a more “usual” performance but knowing that I can do it, owing to your method was really worth the work. So, you’re doing a great stuff out there, pity I live across the Ocean, I would have loved to have a field training time with you.


    • Paul Wilson

      March 21, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for the kin words. I’m glad you stuck with it and are improving. Your story sounds so familiar. I went through the same thing for over 10 years. I got my swing back from seeing Iron Byron and relating it to my swing. The machine does not hit. Its arm only move when its motor (your legs) turns its driveshaft (your body). Once I understood it the whole swing became crystal clear. Now, my job it to get the tens of millions of people out there who are hitting to learn how to NOT hit.

      Please keep at it. Do lots of practice swings working on my swing positions. It’s all about the movement. Perfect movement equals perfect shots. Doing swinging without the ball allows you to think about the movement. If you can think like this you should rapidly improve.

  10. March 22, 2014


    Paul great great tip. Your drag point is almost at the instep of your left foot. Am I getting that right? I really tried to get this release started at the ball with my left wrist but yours us even further down the line.
    Wow. Ill work on that. Thank you.

    • Paul Wilson

      March 23, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      The hands should be at the right leg with the club still lagging. Then at impact the hands get to impact before the club has his the ball. This is because impact is not the widest point of the arc. The club is not fully release until about 2 feet after impact with irons and 3 feet after with woods. This is the point everyone should be concerned with. This is the widest point of the arc.

  11. March 23, 2014


    Paul, in watching this tip, I’m trying to break down your hinge. I see that your right wrist hinges more on the backswing and then the left wrist snaps over on the downswing. Please set me straight on this one. I wish I could have watched all your videos 13 yrs ago when I first took up golf. I now understand the swing more after watching all your videos. I was a pure arm swinger before. I’ve recommended you to many of my friends.

  12. could you get pete to send me info on video lessons with him?

    • Henry,

      I have sent the message to Pete. We are going to be offering Skype lessons too in the very near future.

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