By Erika Larkin on 9/26/12
The wrists have a lot of range of motion. Learning to control them properly is the key to better ball striking and a good first step to eliminating inconsistencies.
There are three main ways to move your wrists during the golf swing:
Putting it togetherAssuming you have a neutral grip, square clubface and a good wrist hinge on the backswing, on the downswing you should strive to hold your full wrist hinge until you arms fall and your hands are about to pass in front of your right leg. You can then start to unhinge to impact and simultaneously roll your knuckles and forearms down and over so that by impact the shaft is still leaning slightly forward and the clubface is square. Just past impact you will be fully unhinged in a straight wrist position as the roll over completes. Finally the wrists will re-hinge up as the arms fly up and over your shoulder when the momentum of the swing carries them through.
I hope this clears up some of your thoughts about what the wrists should or should not do during the swing. It’s tricky but performing some slow motion practice swings working through the positions described may help you start to make changes for the better in your swing. Good luck!
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virigina. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine... and she's oobgolf's newest columnist. She will be writing on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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