Trouble Hinging And Rehinging Wrists

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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+

17 Responses to “Trouble Hinging And Rehinging Wrists”

  1. This is an interesting tip for me. I’m a left handed golfer who does everything else right handed. My dominant arm is my right arm.
    Should I, therefore be able to get the wrist hinge more easily.

  2. Paul,

    I’m hinging enough. Is it possible to cup my wrists too much in order to achieve the necessary hinge? I’ve always thought that too much cupping will result in a fade. Should I be trying to hinge my left wrist as much as possible, while maintaining a flat left wrist at the same time, rather than a bunch of cupping? Do you have any videos that address this topic?

  3. Paul, I have had some trouble in the take/backswing with my wrist or arms. I think I am not rotating my hands in the takeaway such that my club face is in the wrong position at the top of backswing. It appears normal in your swing that your hands rotate a little bit. Can you explain if that is proper?

    Bryan – New York

  4. April 13, 2017


    Hi. What should the hand grip strength be on the say 8 out of 10 when you are fully hinged on backswing but i think my hand grip is too loose coming down. Thanks

  5. I like your explanation as to why an uncomfortable position of compression in the weaker hand/wrist can be an issue as the body fights back. Perhaps that feeling is why I have been bending my elbow instead of hinging the wrists. With this new understanding, I am going to practice accepting the uncomfortable position at the top of the back swing. I am guessing that my attempt to not bend my left elbow so much has resulted in my not hinging the left wrist enough. But it’s so hard for me to feel the elbow bend. Could I be successful if I bend the left elbow but hinge the wrists too or should I continue to try to not bend my left elbow?

    • Kimberly,

      You need to extend the lead arm but not lock it. The hinge is at the wrists not the elbow so a little bend is fine. Too much is and issue as you will do a chicken wing and not the get power you are looking for. Do it in a mirror every night.

  6. I am sold on this need to hinge and unhinge the wrists. However, I am wondering why this produces more power? I have my theory on this but would like to hear an explanation. If the answer is because it produces more lag, then the question is why does more lag produce more club head speed?

  7. December 15, 2018


    Paul ,I have been working on the hinging of my wrists at the top of the backswing before I saw this excellent video lesson .My left wrist is slightly cupped at the top of the backswing ,before I start the transition by pushing my belly button forwards .I have found that I increase quite much the speed of my clubhead (Several MPH measured on the SSRTT): by doing the following move at the top of the backswing .
    The left wrist is cupped :then I flex this left wrist and extend the right wrist , the shaft flattens ,the hinge of the wrists is more pronounced . The balls stays as straight as before but it flies much further I had to rehearse this move many times before it became natural

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      December 16, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it. Thanks.

      Not sure I can exactly follow what you meant but if it is increasing the speed then it might be worthwhile doing. Just be careful you are not manipulating the face through impact otherwise you will lose consistency. Keep me posted.

  8. December 15, 2018


    Raymond, I do not understand what you mean by “flex the left wrist and extend the right wrist.”

  9. March 28, 2019


    Hello Paul,
    Off hand do you know what segment (tip) where you mention that the momentum of the backswing sets the hinge?


  10. September 7, 2019


    Having had trouble with my left wrist for a long time due to an old injury, I have discovered that if I let my left hand come off the club after impact, I can avoid the pain and further injury. Is it possible to play like this? My other choice is to switch over and play left handed.

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