Tim Lawless asks about Joe Nichols and the Hinge Drill. The background Tim supplies is that when he practices the Hinge Drill from the elevated plane, he can make great contact with the ball and hit it fairly well. However, when he goes back to hitting the ball from his normal setup, he's unable to get his hands and the club into the correct position during his backswing.
The first piece of advice Mike gives Tim is to stick with what works. If using the Hinge Drill as part of your swing is how you make good contact with the ball, then use that until your swing becomes more natural and you can set up with the club on the ground.
Mike played for around six months using the Hinge Drill as part of his normal routine. For every shot outside of 100-yards, Mike would hinge his wrists, then make his swing and hit the ball. That's why you see so many tour pros incorporate that in their practice swing.
Secondly, let's discuss the Hinge Drill and what is really going on when you hinge the club up prior to your swing. What does that feel like? All you're really doing is pushing down on the club. Lift the club head by pushing down with your lead arm/hand and let it pivot in your trail arm/hand. It's that simple. Push down and the club head elevates.
As you move to start your swing, you should feel like you are pushing the handle down in the first half of your backswing. This prevents your swing from breaking down and keeps your hands (and the club) in position so as you reach the transition point (top) you are able to complete your swing on the path without having to correct your hands.