How and When to Hinge Your Wrists

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It is important to have grip strength in order to maintain the angle of your arms and club or to create lag on the downswing that allows you to strike down and take a divot.  If you tend to top or hit thin shots, you may not be holding the “angle”.  Getting stronger in your hands and wrists will help you create lag and clubhead speed and hit solid shots.

To create more power and to control your shots, try this grip strengthening exercise:

Grip Exercise -Wrist and Hand Rotation with Club
  1. With your arm extended, hold a golf club by the grip end, pointing the clubhead up to the sky.
  2. Slowly rotate your wrist so that the club drops parallel to the ground.  Hold position for a moment and return to start position.
  3. Slowly rotate your wrist to the opposite direction.
  4. Repeat this exercise for 8 to 10 repetitions.
When and How to Hinge Your Wrists

Wrist hinge should happen naturally in the golf swing. If your grip is in a neutral position,the wrists will be able to fully hinge as you swing the club back to the top. There is no exact spot where you are supposed to hinge your wrists. Some players set their wrists very early in the swing and others create the hinge later in the swing. Most high- handicappers go wrong when they have no wrist hinge and have to end up hinging their elbows instead to get the club to the top.

  1. Set-up in your normal golf stance.
  2. Swing the club back and let the weight of the club hinge the wrists naturally.
  3. At about the halfway back point in your swing, your club and forearms should form a right-angle.

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