Why Hinge The Wrists At The Top?

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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+

18 Responses to “Why Hinge The Wrists At The Top?”

  1. March 14, 2014


    Paul, when I hinge the club, my hands let go of the club slightly. I know it’s a problem. But, I feel if I focus on keeping all of the hand on the club, I’m gripping to hard. Plus, I feel I’m not hinging fully if I’m gripping too hard. Any suggestions on the keeping the hands soft, but still on the club?

  2. Paul I have a friend visiting from cold and snowy Vermont. We have been going to the range daily for the last week. For some reason when he hinges his wrists he also collapses with his arms. His left arm bends too much and his right forearm nearly touches his bicep. How can I tell him not to collapse his arms without him getting all tight?

    • March 14, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You can extend your arm without it being tight. Just stand up and try it. Hold your arm out. When you do you will see that it is extended but not locked.

      I would think that getting him to do one the backswing methods I teach to set the wrists would work. Thumbs towards the ear is a good one.

      3 Ways to Set The Top of the Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-top-3-ways

      Also, just tell him to think of the shaft at the top and keeping it way from the back of this neck. You can also get him to shorten the backswing by doing practice swings watching for the whole club above his head with the mirror directly in front of him. As he swings back with all club he should be able to see the whole shaft above his head visually not literally. Driver will be just above his head. All other club will be even higher up. In 2 weeks he should have it fixed.

  3. March 14, 2014


    Hi Paul, I#ve got your sidebar promotion with this tip. When I try to email your link to my golf-budies all my servers refuse to send due to a spam warning, listed by commtouch … maybe all your ignitiongolf members have been following your request

    • March 14, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Interesting. Not much I can do. Just send them: ignitiongolf.com not the actual link. Then they can type it into their address bar. Thanks for the promo. It’s truly appreciated.

  4. March 14, 2014


    Terrific lesson. Thanks.

  5. Excellent lesson and tip for hinging THE wrists on the backswing -Thumbs pointing to left ear.
    Coule you

  6. March 14, 2014


    Excellent tip really helped me with swinging as opposed to hitting, thanks again Paul!

  7. November 4, 2014



    Graeme McDowell doesn’t hinge his wrists at top of his backswing, Why, is it because he has great hand action?

    • November 4, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Graeme McDowell hinges his wrists just fine at the top.



      He just happens to bow them at the top. This creates a closed clubface so his release point is not until even farther past the ball. In other words he is purposely tightening his wrists so he can square the face. If his wrists were loose he would have a severe hook. He gets away with it because he is a pro an had practiced this many hundreds of thousands if not millions of times in his life. I don’t like swings with flaws. If you have flaws you have to practice more.

  8. November 6, 2014


    Paul Agree I notice at the top of his backswing the end of his club points down to the ground and not the way you teach us ie end of club parallel to ground so he is not taking a full backswing Thanks to your advice I have weakened my strong grip and wrist hinge occurs naturally

    • November 7, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      At some point in his learning he bowed his wrist at the top. This is usually seen in weak wristed juniors or woman. If no one ever fixed it back then he would have gotten used to it. If you tried to fix it now though, he would have real problems because he would hit it right due to the face being square. You would have to fix his release too. If you made this change he may never be the same golfer he is today.

      I would think he purposely keeps it short so he can drive the lower body hard and square the face. It will be interesting to see how he plays as he gets older. Right now, its a young mans swing.

  9. November 15, 2014


    yes I remember watching one of your tips about taking a full back swing, turn and you said its a lot of effort required if you take a half swing!

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