How Much Should You Be Turning Your Hips

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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+

11 Responses to “How Much Should You Be Turning Your Hips”

  1. September 5, 2012


    After your backswing is complete and you are feeling the tightness, do you try to maintain the tightness on the downswing? If so, do you have any thoughts on how that tight feeling can be maintained on the way down?

  2. paul thanks for your response for my request on increasing distance. the video is not responding properly and is disturbing , could pl look into it. regards , ramanakumar

  3. October 26, 2014


    Hi Paul,
    I came back to this tip in order to find some guidance on the following issue. For some weeks now I felt I was kind of losing my ability to build torque. I noticed I lost yardage and today I realized the main reason was probably because my hips were turning far too much. I focused during my practice session on this specific point. What I basically tried to do was “resisting” when coiling, in order to get the tightness feeling you mention. As a mental image, I tried to “not move the hips” (of course, this is an image, they did turn). After a series of balls, I noticed that the carry of my ball increased quite significantly (I would say the difference was 1 to 2 clubs with irons). Now, as this is not something you gave as a drill, I would like to be sure it is ok for me to work like that.
    thanks again for your great site.

  4. November 3, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    Going back to your previous tips helped me to put things on track. I spent my last 3 practice sessions making sure I wasn’t artificially turning my hips on the B/S. In my case, a very helpful trigger was your image of the “car accelerator” you regularly use to promote a proper uncoiling. What I felt for the first time is that even with a very limited turn of the hips (I am not sure I reach a 45° degree), the lower body uncoiling can be very efficient.
    By the way, I wanted to tell you that your coaching method, even so far away, is by far the most carefully thought I ever found. After some months, it’s great to see how each part finds its place. I feel very enthusiastic about the coming winter training! Keep motivating us.

    • November 4, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.

      You got it. If you move too much going back you are out of position. This makes it tough to fire the lower body and get it ahead of the arms coming down. So less lower body rotation puts you in better position to fire the lower body.


  5. Hi Paul,
    Thanks for replying to my email and sending this tip, I can see how to fix my rotation torque now.
    regards MalcolmParker (AUS)

  6. 18 Yesterday and I totally regressed!!! Could not turn the arms off.
    Yesterday’s tip, however, I believe is perfectly timed.
    I’ve been told in the past before PWGolf, that my hips turn too far. Well, I don’t remember during my full swings yesterday that I felt any torque.. So, after reviewing the above tip this morning, did some swings using the #1 drill and what a change. I also remember during the past week that in one of your videos on this subject, you think about keeping your belt buckle facing straight forward – which is a key thought for me,,,, the torque that I produce with this thought then is unbelievable.
    So my over turning of the hips yesterday put me out of position at the end of the coil without generating ANY torque and equally as important, put me in a terrible position from which to rotate my lower body to the touch the legs position.
    What say the master mind – plausible???

    • Dan,

      Right. No torque means no springlike effect. No spring like effect and you only have one other way to hit it and that is with your arms. So think of the spring and coil it until you feel the torque. Then love this feeling of a tight coil forever.

  7. March 4, 2020


    I am finding that I need to feel something limiting my hip turn, and what seems to work is keeping the right thigh tensed, so the leg does not straighten. Can you comment on this?

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