In golf, we are always working on improving our game. One area of improvement that often gets left out is wrist strength. The average golfer can attest to how important strong wrists are in producing power in the golf swing. If you have weak wrists then you will find yourself with a flaccid grip, a slice, and a weak follow through. Weak wrist strength makes a wrist action that much less effective.
Wrist strength becomes particularly important at the beginning of the swing. Which of course leads to a high point and the club not staying upright and not past it, which is another bad habit commonly associated with golfers that are trying to improve their swing. Weak wrist action and weak follow through make more technical changes in the backswing difficult, and these make any further improvements all but impossible. So if you want to improve your swing in any area, you need to focus on strengthening your wrists.
In a golf swing with correct wrist setup, you have the setup position (your left foot forward of the ball), the downswing, and the follow through. The swing begins with your left arm across your body, directly over your left shoulder. The club is then brought back to your body by forcefully flexing your hips. As the club glides into the ball at the end of the swing, the shoulders relax and the golf swing wrist hinge occurs. This creates momentum in the direction of your target.
To improve your swing with correct wrist hinges, you must follow through strongly, with your left arm straight and your hands high above your left shoulder. You do not bend your knees or lean back at any time during the backswing. When the club goes back to the ball, the shoulders continue to relax and your left arm straightens. The entire motion starts at the top of your body, and you repeat it moving down the club as you make contact with the ball. This is one of the most efficient ways to hit wedges, although it does not work as well with long putts.
Many golfers, especially new players, tend to break their swing down into a couple areas. They’ll work on getting the right angle for their shots, working on their stance and swing mechanics, and maybe even the backswing. These things are important, but many players neglect the most important part of the golf swing: the wrist angle. Many new players working on their wrist angle will notice that they tend to be uncomfortable at first with this part of the swing. This can be very frustrating, especially for new players who struggle to keep their wrists closed at all times.
One of the best ways to improve your golf swing wrist hinge is to practice hitting the golf balls off the tee. If you’re a beginner and don’t know how to hit a good tee shot, you should focus on hitting the ball straight down the fairway. Practicing your shots off the tee can help you develop a better downswing so that you’ll be hitting longer and straighter golf shots with your next shot. When you practice hitting the ball straight down the fairway, you’ll see that you have a much smoother swing and can take your game to a whole other level.
Another easy way to correct your golf swing wrist hinge is to focus on making sure that your hands are set properly at the right target line. If you have your hands set too far away from the target line, your wrist will be opening at an unnatural angle. This will cause the clubface to open as well. Your hands need to be positioned at the right target line so that you won’t be slicing or bending the clubface. Make sure that your wrists are set parallel to the target line at all times.
Finally, when your hands are parallel to the ground at the top of the backswing, you’ll be in a great starting position to your downswing. The takeaway will then be able to happen at a natural hinge point. This will prevent you from having to try and get your wrists closed. Instead, the hands will simply remain open until you’ve hit the proper moment to close it. This will help you generate more power and generate it fast. It’ll also allow you to keep more of your weight on your backswing instead of trying to use your arms to bring the clubhead back into the ball.