Hinging and unhinging the wrists
June 6, 2002
What do the wrists do in the golf swing? The answer is that they hinge and unhinge, as simple as that.
They do not cock, snap, roll over, or anything else. The wrists hinge on the back swing, unhinge on the down swing and
hinge again on the forward swing. In the perfect world the wrists achieve this by simply responding to the fact that the club’s length and the weight of the club head ensure that the club is traveling farther and faster than the arm.
Those of us not blessed with this happy occurrence must train the wrists to hinge and unhinge correctly. Remember, the hands and arms will only do what the body allows, if the address position is poor and the pivot motion is not correct it is highly unlikely that the wrists will hinge correctly no matter how much training.
The following is a great drill to teach the wrists to hinge correctly on the back swing
a Address the ball with the club.
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a Remove your right hand.
a Place the right hand below the left on the grip, forming a split handed grip.
a Keeping the left hand in the center of the body, place the shaft level with the ground.
a Turn the body and allow the left arm to swing until it is level with the ground.
a The club and arm should form a right angle with the shaft on a slight incline.
a Practice this drill and you will train the wrists to hinge correctly on the back swing.
Terry Gingell is the Director of Instruction at Eagle Valley Golf Courses. He’s now taking registration for Sports Camps, Junior Golf Camps and Adult Group Lessons. For more information, call 887-7174.
(Attached photo by Jean Bondiett)
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