Hinging your wrists is an important move in the golf swing because it will be a large source of your power. In order to produce power and speed in your golf swing , you need to hinge your wrists properly and naturally. This wrist hinge creates a downward pressure that can be released into the ball on the downswing.
The wrists shouldn’t roll sideways. They hinge by moving up and down. Try this: Hold the club out in front of you , and hinge it upward as if you were going to tap your nose.
In the golf swing , the movement in the wrists is incredibly important for both the distance and direction of a shot. Without the proper wrist action, a player will struggle to do what the game requires; get the ball in the hole. The wrist hinge though, is not something we often think much about.
This sets the wrists much earlier in the backswing , eliminating the need to swing the arms too far at the top and a reverse pivot. Creating the proper wrist hinge in the backswing will lead to noticeably better ball-striking and, as a result, more consistent distance and direction on all iron shots.
Here’s how it works: As the clubhead approaches the ball, your right wrist is bent backward while your left is flexed, or bowed (photo 1, above). The only explanation for this is that the wrists do indeed “ flick ” at the bottom of your swing.
As your elbow bend increases, so will your wrist set . Your wrists will finish setting when you reach the top of your backswing and your elbow stops bending.
Wrist Hinge At the top of the back swing , the wrists should be allowed to hinge, creating one last increase in the swing arc.
NO! An immediate wrist hinge (below) saps power and forces weak extension at impact. Slices and pop -ups are the norm from here. You’re also likely to sway your lower body in an effort to increase your turn.
A lot of right – hand -dominant golfers do this, it causes the club moves quickly to the inside. From there, you have to lift it to get to the top, and that reduces body rotation and saps a lot of energy out of the swing . You lose all of that torque that’s produced when the upper body turns against a stable lower body.
Some players can handle a longer backswing , while others can’t. That being said, in general, most amateur golfers over-swing in their backswing , especially with their driver. This means they let their backswing get longer than they can handle. So, shortening of the backswing is needed to improve their overall game.