Driving Hips Harder But Hook It First

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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 “Driving Hips Harder But Hook It First”

  1. January 14, 2015


    Greetings Coach/ thanks for the reply/ I must say that in my world you are right in two areas/ one/ if anyone will accept/without question / your teaching methods/ and apply what you teach to there game/ it will let an old hacker like me/in a very short time play the best golf of his life/and second/ i was going to say “if i should never again hit a golf ball ” but i cant because “i will not hit oh help in any way” instead i will say “should i never again swing the mass using my hips and legs” i will never forget Paul Wilson Ok thats all good but what have you done for me lately/ so drag yourself out of the recliner and get out and work on tomorrows tip THANKS COACH

    • January 15, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you like the tips and have seen what is possible. Anyone can play great golf if they know how the swing works and what to work on (powerless arms).

      Keep up the good work.

  2. January 14, 2015


    Hi Paul
    Happy new year
    So here is my testimonial to you after one year of following me you’re teaching.
    I’m at 22 handicap and constantly play with my buddy who is An 11 handicap. In the beginning I played with a fade to a slice but after following your videos I den started pull hooking everything and lost about 30 yards to my drive for 3 to 4 months. But I stuck with it and learn to drive with my lower legs and today I am frustrating my golf buddy bye out driving him consistently by 10 to 15 yards sometimes 50 yards wow. My handicap is not changed because I’m still fighting the Pullhook and driving the legs harder as you talk about in this video still working on it. I bought the radar device which measures my swing speed in the beginning at an average of 92 mph but now I swing about 99 mph what a difference. So once I get rid of my errands shots and keep my focus on what I’m supposed to do I’m sure my handicap will drop I have tons of patients and thanks for your teaching you’re quite the pro

    • January 15, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great that you are seeing improvement. More distance is always a good thing. Now it’s time to perfect the positions and I mean perfect them. Do tons of practice swings looking for the feedback I teach and making sure you are doing the positions exactly right. I would think with your new power and work on perfecting the positions your scores will drop significantly.

  3. January 14, 2015

    Clyde Davis

    Great tip, I have the hooking down pat.I’m going to start drivin my lower body harder than I have been.This is the tip I’ve been lookin for.

    • January 15, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Perfect. Definitely start working on the body. Be sure to make sure you are hooking it with a neutral grip and purposely rolling it not because the grip is too strong. Huge difference between these 2 things.

  4. January 14, 2015


    Paul ,
    Since I’ve adopted your “Driving the lower body hard method ” I’ve increased my distance and consistency very much and my scores keep dropping .(I push like hell on the right instep )
    However ,to match the speed of the rotation of the hips/legs my backswing has got short ,I don’t go to parallel any more ,and my swing is “compact “.
    Should I work on lengthening the backswing ,bringing the club higher at the top of the backswing ,or stay put as I am now ?
    I don’t hook or push at all,i’m dead straight ,not quite sure I ‘m Rolling the wrists enough in the manner you advise

    • January 15, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I would be careful not to be too short back there. If you are too short you are reducing the time the club has to get to impact. Less time may mean less clubhead speed. Personally, I would try to get it to close to parallel at the top if this isn’t a problem physically. Just take a little more time to let it set at the top.

  5. January 14, 2015


    In this tip are you still using your hips to release the club early – How do the powerless arms work in this tip (or should you be thinking about releasing the arms)?

    Thanks – Jeremy

    • January 15, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Anytime you are working on arms you are going to feel arms. So you work on the arms to learn how to release it (or any other position). Once you get this you are turning them off as you fire the lower body. By rolling it you have loosened the wrists to the point the face is squaring. Couple this with body rotation and it will go straight. If you cannot roll it your wrists are too tight. Add faster body rotation and you will have slice spin because the wrists are still locked.

      I want everyone to work on rolling it as much as possible so they eliminate slice spin. Getting this alone would allow anyone to play their best golf because they have mastered one of the 2 components of the swing. Just have to work on the other one at this point (body rotation). Makes life a lot easier.

  6. January 15, 2015


    Thanks for the great tip. I learn better by watching and trying to copy. Could you do this same tip with just a 7 iron and 9.

  7. January 15, 2015



    Very good tip. I also find that by keeping a mental picture of finishing the swing with the reverse shoulder tilt from the top of back swing the wrists automatically turn over.



  8. January 15, 2015



    With respect to powering the hips and legs, I recently had a discussion with a friend who said he is familiar with your method and called you a hip spinner.

    I explained that is not the case. . .that the hips actually play a limited role while the upper body rotates in the back swing to get maximum torque. . .the firing of the right hip and close of the right leg uncoils the upper body to allow the arm/wrist combo to swing around in a natural arc to the finish, which is not spinning the hips but utilizing proper body rotation from the ground up. I hope I articulated your method correctly.

    My friend said he will give you another look.


    • January 15, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I teach people to turn because I know you are going to shift the weight if you end up in my Touch Legs position. This is what he is missing. You cannot get on the tip of your toe if you do not shift your weight. So if I know you are going to do something why am I going to tell you to shift your weight? If you are thinking shift you are not thinking turn. Glad you friend is going to give it another look. Let me know if he has any other questions so I can clarify my method.

      Sure looks like Hogan is showing people to turn their hips this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL_6M_xZvq0

  9. February 8, 2015


    If I understand this, do I roll my wrists earlier and incorporate the working of the lower body all of the time? Does this also apply to iron shots?

    My fear would be that i might roll my wrists too much and snap hook it but you may tell me that would be not so if I drive my lower body effectively.

    Am I understanding this correctly?

    • February 8, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You roll it first ad get good at rolling it so you rarely, if ever, slice it. Driver is harder than a 7 iron. I would be doing it with driver. If you can do that you can do it with irons.

      If you fear snap hooking it you don’t get what I am trying to get you to do. You are hooking it to stop he face from coming through open. If you do not slice it you are not longer a slicer. Do these look like bad shots? Yes. The advantage is you are fixing the spin on your shots. If you keep slicing it when are you going to stop slicing it? Never. So the first goal is to stop slicing it.

      Where people go wrong is they try to just square the clubface. If you just try to square the clubface you would always have to be thinking of your hands and wrists and squaring the clubface. You could never think about your legs because if you did you would slice it again because you are not thinking about squaring it. If you overdo it and hook it you can take your mind off of rolling it and still square the face. This way you can finally think about using your legs without slicing it again.

      Here is a tip I just posted that explains how to do it:

      Driving Hips Harder But Hook It First: https://ignitiongolf.com/driving-hips-hook-first/

      More videos on release it:

      Please Learn How to Hook It: https://ignitiongolf.com/please-learn-hook/
      DRILL: 3 Ways To Roll It Over: https://ignitiongolf.com/3-ways-to-roll/
      Still Slicing Even After Rolling?: https://ignitiongolf.com/slicing-after-rolling/

  10. February 24, 2019


    Watching a slow motion of Dustin Johnson at WGC MEXICO ,I noted that at the top of his backswing ,the thumb and the index of the right hand are not on the club .
    He seems to achieve his downswing mostly with his left side,left arm and left hand . .
    Any comments ?

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      February 24, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      This would be not hitting with arms. I be someone told him to stop hitting with his right hand many years ago and it stop a hook so he kept doing it. Famous pictures of both Freddy and Vijay with their right hands off the club at impact. Do a search for them. I don’t want you hitting with hands and arms. If you are strong in the right then letting go or being loose would stop you from hitting.

  11. Paul,

    This is a niche question but thought I’d ask.

    The 18th hole are our club is an “S”-shaped par 5. Unless I hit a really good drive, I have difficulty getting out far enough to get around the corner and I frequently need to hit a significant hook for my second shot. It appears that this might be easy to do just by slowing down my normal hip rotation and letting the hands roll over early. I’m normally gyrating all over the place trying to manufacture a hook with limited results. Staying in my Wilson swing and using this tip in reverse might be an effective way to do it. Of course, I should practice it at the range first.


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