DRILL – Helping The Wrists Release

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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+

22 Responses to “DRILL – Helping The Wrists Release”

  1. June 16, 2016



    Great drill. As a person who spent most of his life pulling the ball, became a big issue to have a good release (ie, I had two flaws to get the ball straight!). Now that I am a long time ‘believer’ of your Body Swing, this is an area that I still stumble on, giving a full release and I still get some fading in my shots and generally lose some distance cause of hitting the ball too high. Doing this helps me get back to what I know is the proper release and I already trust the rest will work out properly and I won’t duck hook the ball. Thanks for yet another drill and fix that can be done anywhere and not just at the range.


    • Kim,

      Glad you like this one. It’s so simple and really loosens up the wrists. Glad you are doing well.

  2. GEEEZZZ Paul, you must have a hidden camera in my basement and are watching me practice….or perhaps you’ve hacked my SkyTrak account! For the last couple of days I have been “shanking” the ball. I felt like it was my wrist hinge/re-hinge that was the problem….but the more I tried to free-up and release my wrist, the worse it got. I practiced the drill in this tip and voila….all better now!

  3. I have been a member for over a year and you have really helped my game. I have been a coach and physical education teacher for over 40 years and I can truly say you are the best teacher I have ever had.

  4. Making good progress in changing my 55 year arm swing. I’m hitting the irons very high without much ball compression. Will this drill along with the lag drills help? Thanks.

  5. July 27, 2018


    I thought swinging like this was considered “flipping” the club.

    • John,

      This is you releasing the club early. You will not be releasing early once you add body.

      There are 2 ways to flip it.

      1. Right palm to the sky. This would be flipping and adding loft. (this is not what I want you to do)

      2. Better player flipping – releasing the club but shoulders too square through impact.

      So follow my instruction. Over the past 25 years, I have helped tens of thousands of people hit it better than they ever have in their lives.

  6. Paul this a great drill!! I was always hitting with my arms with no consistency and since I joined your ignition golf I’ve improved a lot and enjoy playing golf again. I also purchased the gforce swing trainer and it makes it even easier to use the body instead of hitting with the arms. Keep up the great instructions!! Your #1 in my books!


    • Gerry,

      Goad you are doing well. Thank you for the kind words and support. I appreciate it.

      You’re the first person to say anything about the dforce. They contacted me to get me to review it.
      t know if it would work or not. I might have to have them send me one now.

  7. This drill should improve the speed of the hands .Some top golfers have very fast hands :Tommy ARMOUR was one of them,then I witnessed Freddy COUPLES ,then at his Prime (1970/1980),playing the LANCOME TROPHY :the speed of his hands was incredible ,they moved so fast that you just saw a blur!

  8. Paul,

    Very good timing on this drill. Yesterday at the range I was not completely releasing the club and getting high, weak fades. Great loss of distance. As a “cure” I found myself turning my grip back a bit stronger (fool’s gold!). I immediately noticed the strong grip actives the arms in the swing and takes one right back to his old, ineffective swing.

    Question: When we finally get it, is the wrist release something that occurs naturally in the swing with no conscious effort? It seems to require a “letting go” mindset to make it work. I sometimes fear hooking the ball, which in reality only occurs when I slow down my finish and don’t swing through to the end.

    I will continue to use this drill. As always, we Ignition Golfers greatly appreciate the amount of time and effort you put in to make us better and allow us to enjoy this great game even more. You are the ultimate definition of a professional.

    Mike Barrett

  9. Hi Paul,

    thanks for this fantastic drill. Enjoying your videos very much.

    One question on this topic:

    Hinging and re-hinging with loose wrists obviously just happens – driven by the momentum created by the club. I find in this drill I have to actively hinge my wrists to get it as far as you do in the video. Is it ok to have some muscle activity in the hinge or will that stiffen up my wrist for the re-hinge?

    Thanks again.


    • Bertie,

      Glad you like the tips. I appreciate it.

      Yes, you would be actively doing this drill. There are times when I want you to use your hands and arms. This is when you are working on specific positions. Once you get the move you are working on, you turn them off and the move should happen on its own.

      When To Use Your Arms: https://ignitiongolf.com/when-to-use-arms/

  10. August 3, 2018


    I realize that with all the hinge,unhinge drills, we are trying to loosen the wrists. I also get it that we are supposed to unhinge way early. The thing that troubles me is that it is more rolling the forearms than hinging. When I roll my forearms in the backswing, I am opening the club face . For someone like me who is having trouble getting the club back to square, intentionality opening it seems to be counterintuitive.

  11. August 3, 2018


    Right after I sent the above reply I got to thinking about it and started watching the videos again. I now realize you do not roll your forearms in the backswing. I’ve been practicing it wrong. Sorry.

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