Looking Early Locks The Hinge

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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+

10 Responses to “Looking Early Locks The Hinge”

  1. January 12, 2017



    Great tip. Personally I’ve been mentally charting my par 5’s for quite some time. As a bit of a better player, if I’m getting bogey on Par 5’s then I know I didn’t manage the hole very well at all and many times it starts with that drive as you state. My goal always on the par 5 is to be home in 3 with at least that reasonable shot at birdie. If is a really short par 5, then might try a little extra, but candidly I only manage eagle about 3-4 times in a year, so is much better percentage play to always get home in 3 and have a shot at it.


  2. January 12, 2017


    Hi Paul, I’m living proof trying to over-swing to get more distance is counter-productive and dangerous! I’m not sure what did it, but I’ve been under therapy for 3 months to alleviate spinal stenosis. The back problem seems to coincide with my trying to get my swing speed into the upper 90’s. Obviously, my technique did not mirror your effortless no arms swing. Once back to normal, I intend to swing under perfect control, live with my distance off the tee, and make things up with a better short game. This proves the old saying; old too soon, smart too late.

    Best Regards, Ron

  3. January 12, 2017


    Paul, why limit this tip to par 5s off the tee. This tip of looking up too soon goes for my tee shots on par 3s, and I could even continue that for pitch shots on to a green. When I see one of these shots that goes out to the right (as a right handed golfer) I know I have not released the club. I guess I have not thought that the real root of the problem is looking up to soon, which as you say actually locks up the wrists.

    I am off to the range with this new tip in mind. Now if I can only keep from looking up for the results. Just one of my swing flaws.

    • Paul Wilson

      January 13, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      I am not limiting it to par 5’s. I was just using this as one example. Remember in the tip I said tour players coming down the stretch. I also said pressure situation or trying to give it extra on a par 5. So it can happen anywhere, anytime you want more or it’s a pressure situation.

  4. January 13, 2017



    Your last sentence gave me a thought.

    Hinge, square and Rehinge.

    • Paul Wilson

      January 13, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      That is exactly what is happening. A hinge in life is loose. If your wrists were loose they would do exactly that without any help from you. Problem is people either don’t understand how loose it is or they keep hitting which tightens them up. The wrists are really loose. Give it a try.

  5. January 13, 2017


    Superb tip Paul. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been having “the round of my life” and I get to #16 and blow the tee shot off right “into oblivion”!

    • Paul Wilson

      January 13, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Happens to us all. Now you will be on the lookout for possible holes/shots that this could happen so maybe it will happen less.

  6. January 14, 2017


    Took this tip out to course today and had a great day for tee shots! Thanks Paul!
    All the best,

    • Paul Wilson

      January 15, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great news. You can see how important it is. Just got to be aware of it potentially happening. If so, you can avoid it.

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