DRILL: Re-Hinge the Club to 90 Degrees

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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+

14 Responses to “DRILL: Re-Hinge the Club to 90 Degrees”

  1. Hi Paul,
    If one were to cut the coil short, would the expectation be a pulled shot? Of course assuming the correct hinge and re-hinge.
    Thanks, Mike

    • You may pull it or you may not. This depends on whether the lower body rotation is ahead of the arms and club or not. By not coiling back as far it may not giv eyou enough time to uncoil. When I do short backswings in demonstrations I would typically push it. This is because I have to driver my lower body way harder to generate the same power as if I fully coil. I don’t know why you would be trying to not coil all the way.

      • Thanks for the quick reply Paul,
        I am not trying to cut the coil short, but sometimes seem to, and the result is a pulled shot. I maybe wrong as to the cause, but was just wondering if that was a possibility. I will spend more time with my mirror in a position to observe the coil and make sure I get that tight feeling as I reach the full coil. I guess if I get that tight feeling I don’ t have to consider that as a possible cause (DUH) Stupid me..

  2. July 12, 2012


    Hi Paul,

    In the near future, would it be possible to do a tip on how to hit out from the rough? Also on how to hit from various lies. Thanks. You’re the best!


  3. Paul:

    Do you think there is any benefit in using a “Swingyde” to reinforce the proper hinge position back and through? It seems to fit with what you teach.


  4. December 27, 2013


    Paul, I have a question: If the idea is to turn my arms off completely, how is it that I would now be focusing in any way on what my wrists are doing? My best guess is that you teach the butt of the club whip drill so that the wrist movement will become involunatry and my powerless arms will just “default” to that movement. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • December 29, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Most people cannot just turn off their arms. They think that a little loser feeling is what I am talking about. Powerless arms means zero power. So just by telling people to do this I know they will never do it so I them to manually work on their release. Once they get it releasing they can work on turning them off again. So there are times when I want people thinking about the arms. These “times” are when you are working on certain positions in your swing and trying to master them. Once mastered you turn them back off.

  5. December 30, 2013


    Thank you Paul. Does that mean that arms which were truly powerless and at absolute zero power would have the correct wrist hing/rehinge automatically?

    • December 31, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      The mass of the club would and should hinge fully as you hit the top of your backswing. The club is mass traveling in a backwards direction. Your wrists are a hinge. The mass would continue in that direction until something stopped it (the bones in your wrists). Can you get it by turning your arms off. I highly doubt it. This means you should be setting this position nightly until it is perfect. In doing so, you will feel you arms. Once you get it then turn them off. This will be much faster than you simply turning them off.

  6. December 31, 2013


    Now I understand thanks Paul. Will do.

  7. January 30, 2014


    Hey Paul,

    Still having trouble on the course. Go two or three perfect holes and then the lower body release I.e. turning my belt buckel back snapping my hips and touching my right leg to my left is somehow stopped. It feels like I get locked up somewhere in the backswing and my arms drop down before I can turn.

    For the next two or three holes I end up trying to fix the swing to no avail. Finally have to go back down to a seven iron where the entire swing works again. But one two holes locks later locks up again.

    I do all the drills hit 200+ balls each day but cannot advance my score or game beyond 14 handicap unable to detect the problem but suspect my back swing?

    Best regards Gerald Joyce (JJ)

    • January 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Have you been playing while swinging at 50%?

      You still seem like you are hitting too many balls and not doing enough practice swings. If you were practice properly (when you are learning the positions) you would be doing 600 repetitions per day because you should be doing 3 practice swings for every ball you hit. I highly doubt you are doing this.

      Next, without perfect positioning why are you even trying to do this faster on the course. You should be trying to do this on the range. On the course you are swinging slow and easy making sure you are doing the swing positions with a ball in front of you. If you can’t do the positions perfectly slow there is no way you will be able to do them fast.

      So start doing the practice swings. Hit a few then back up and do at least 3 times as many practice swings. Or you can hit 1 ball and do 3 practice swings. These are perfect practice swings hitting my swing positions not just swinging with no thought in mind. This means you are working on grip, setup and/or backswing positions. When you swing through you are holding your follow through checking to see if your legs are perfectly together and the club is perfectly against your head with the club parallel.

      If you are getting stuck on the course there is not possible way you are thinking of getting to this follow through position. I say this because if you were thinking about making the move to touch the legs to start the downswing why would you not make the move to touch the legs. You are telling yourself to do it! If you do not do it you MUST be thinking of something else.

      So practice as I suggest. 2 large buckets would take you a minimum of 1.5 hours if not 2 hours to hit. This would be 600 repetitions if you had 100 balls per bucket. When yo go to play forget driving hard etc. You need to be doing this slowly until you can actually do it with a ball in front of you. Right now you can’t even do it with a ball so there is no way you can be doing this fast. Get it slowly first. Once you can then speed up the lower body a little. Get used to this. Then go faster. Now you will be doing it at top speed.

      If want us to check it consider doing a Video Golf Lesson. Then we will tell you what you are doing and how close you actually are. Go here for more info: http://paulwilsongolf.com/las-vegas-golf-lessons/video-golf-lessons.htm

      Also Watch:

      How To Take Your Swing From The Range To The Course: https://ignitiongolf.com/swing-range/

      What To Expect Practicing: https://ignitiongolf.com/expect-practicing

      What To Think About When You Play: https://ignitiongolf.com/what-to-think-when-playing/

      How To Practice At The Range: https://ignitiongolf.com/hit-golf-balls-range

      How Long To Make Swing Changes?: https://ignitiongolf.com/make-swing-changes/

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