Power Leak Series – Backswing 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+

14 Responses to “Power Leak Series – Backswing Hinge”

  1. December 22, 2015


    Greetings Coach I just want to make something clear in my mind On the back swing do you want the club to come level with the ground, i should say parallel, before the belt buckle starts to move in the one piece takeaway?

    • December 24, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      The hips would have moved very little at this point. There is not no movement. The belt buckle may have rotated about 1 inch at this point going back. Think of a spring. If you coiled the top it would move the most, the hips would follow the shoulders and the knees follow the hips.

  2. December 22, 2015


    Hello Paul

    I remember seeing this tip on your site in the past and, having followed it I learned to hinge. I was told that if I think, when I practice, to hook on purpose, that would also be a way to make sure I hinge. What do you think about this swing thought?


    • December 24, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Hooking on purpose makes you re-hinge in the down and through swing. Not sure why it would be making you hinge going back. Don’t get me wrong. I want everyone hooking it then backing it off with lower body so this is an important element of the swing so keep doing it but you should be feeling the wrists hinge fully at the top and also watching for it in a mirror or reflection in a window.

  3. MatthewHalpin

    December 23, 2015


    I was just working on this yesterday. My son observed that my hinge was really me folding my right wrist ‘backwards’ (folding the back of my hand instead of hinging my wrist with my thumbs in line with my arm – this was opening the club face and was probably causing my slice for the last 20 years). It’s hard to describe. Anyways, I started hinging more in the swing plane and getting the butt of the club pointing backwards. So, I do understand the hinge concept much better and I was definitely hitting better with less power. I was wondering if you had a lesson on the hinge from ‘down the line’ and specifically what the wrists should look like at the top from down the line – Thanks so much – I am really inspired by your lessons

  4. December 24, 2015


    Follow up:

    Paul, the reason I was thinking about the hooking motion was the tennis serve, where we let the head of the racket drop in the back, as part of a “snap”, creating a glancing blow.

    • December 24, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Well, I am good with whatever works so long as it works. A lot of people do something thinking they are doing it but they are not so just check to see if your wrists are fully hinged at the top. Then keep doing it until you are always in this same position. I am not thinking of hinging because I know I always hinge fully. So this would be the ultimate goal for you too.

  5. December 29, 2015


    Hi Paul I watch with considerable interest that Matt Kuchar has a completely different practice swing than his swing to hit the ball. On the practice swings the path of the swing is noticeably across the line and on his shot swing the path is from the inside down the line.

    kind regards
    David Monin

    • December 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Interesting. I will have to watch for it. Don’t like his swing but you can learn from everyone.

  6. February 15, 2016


    Hello Paul

    Really enjoy your website and lessons. Also really enjoy your “say it as you see it approach.”

    In regards to the hinge, if your wrist are loose do the naturally hinge as you move to the top of your backswing, or should you be actively/consciously hinging your wrist as you move into this position?

    thanks in advance

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