Do you hinge your wrists correctly?
Are you having trouble getting the club on plane and making solid contact with the golf ball?
Does your golf swing feel as though it doesn’t travel smoothly from start to finish?
Are you attempting to make a long smooth one piece takeaway like you’ve been taught ever since you picked up a golf club?
If you answered yes to any of these then there’s a good chance you have not hinged your wrists correctly on the backswing.
The good news is you’re not alone as incorrect hinging of the wrists is one of the most common problems among golfers worldwide.
Unfortunately due to golfers fascination with distance the wrist hinge in the golf swing doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
By hinging your wrists correctly one of the added benefits is you get your golf swing on plane right from the start of the golf swing.
I learnt how to keep my golf swing on plane just like the pros using the great golf instruction called the Easy Swing Plane.
Why too much wrist hinge can be bad?
More often than not most golfers hinge too much too quickly in the golf swing.
This was a bit of a “big thing” a few years back with some pros setting their wrists very early in the backswing.
Whilst it obviously worked for some it caused a lot of confusion and problems for beginner and weekend golfers alike.
Most golfers when they performed this tended drag the club behind their body too quickly.
This stopped golfers from getting the correct golf swing plane from the start of their swing and resulted in them having to perform compensations on the downswing to “save” their golf swing.
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A second problem it causes
Not only can it get your golf swing off plane early, it also tends to close or shut the clubface which again requires compensations to overcome for the rest of the golf swing.
The other problem with this method is that because the wrist angle is set so early, when you commence the downswing the tension has increased in your wrists due to a constant build up.
The first thing that the body you wants to do is release tension and this early wrist set will often force a golfer to get rid of tension too early.
As a result in the downswing you will lose your lag angle (angle between your wrist and shaft) and all timing and power.
Definitely a big no, no when you’re trying to become more consistent!
A more efficient way to determine wrist hinge
A simpler way of determining how much wrist hinge or wrist set you need in your golf swing is this:
You should set or hinge your wrists the same percentage in relation to the completed stage of your backswing.
Therefore, if you have completed 50% of your backswing your wrists should have hinged about 50%.
This would be roughly when your left arm is parallel to the ground and level with the chest.
If your backswing is 100% completed i.e. top of your swing, your wrist set / hinge should be 100% hinged.
You should be predominantly hinging your wrist upwards and not sideways.
This simple method will give you a great guide for every stage of the backswing from takeaway right through to the top.
Making it even more simple
How would you like a more natural way to determine the right amount of wrist hinge in the golf swing?
Simply by feeling the weight of the clubhead in the backswing you can develop your own correct amount of wrist hinge as the hands support the club throughout the golf swing.
Where most golfers fail is they get overly active in their wrists and hands and as a result make it very difficult to get any degree of feel for the clubhead.
A great drill to get your own proper wrist hinge in the golf swing
Grab a club in a relaxed position at set up and begin shifting your weight to the rear foot and turn your body.
If you are holding the club with the right amount of tension your wrists will hinge when you begin to rotate.
As long as you are moving the club away with your body and keep the wrists relaxed, as your finish the takeaway your wrists should begin to hinge on their own.
This is a natural physiological movement in the wrists. Your body is saying to support the weight of the clubhead they need to put in some effort i.e. hinge.
You’ll notice as you try this and turn your shoulders about 45 degrees that if you don’t hinge your wrists the club will feel heavy and uncomfortable and this is not a position you want to remain.
7 keys to proper wrist hinge in the golf swing
- Ensure your arms, hands and wrists are free of tension at set up
- Practice shifting your weight to your rear leg
- When the shoulders have reached 45 degrees begin to turn your body
- Keep the wrists relaxed and let them hinge upwards naturally to support the weight of the golf club. Ensure they are hinging upwards.
- At the end of the takeaway the golf club should be parallel to the ground
- When the lead arm (left for right hander) is parallel to the ground the club and arm should form the letter ‘L’ with the club pointing to the sky
- If you’ve maintained light tension in your wrists they will fully hinge as you’ve completed the backswing and just begun the downswing. This sets you up in a great position for more lag leading to more distance.
Putting it all together
Getting the proper wrist hinge in the golf swing is easy to do if you follow the above tips. The hinging of the wrists plays a vital role in the overall golf swing and is not something you want to ignore.
Remember to focus on keeping the wrists relaxed and free of tension and let them hinge upwards naturally as the body turns in the golf swing.
Give it a try and let me know of your results, I would love to hear.
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