Wrist Hinge

Wrist Hinge

The video is fairly comprehensive; here are a few things to watch out for.

A Pure Wrist Hinge (Radial/Ulnar Deviation)

The pure wrist hinge makes controlling the club face in the downswing significantly easier. Be sure to check that you have the bottom hand pulling back towards you to create that up and down motion and a slightly cupped left wrist. This will align the clubface parallel to the swing plane. If the wrists bend back on themselves (extension & flexion) then the face will be off square (open or shut) and harder to line up at impact. Following the success of players like Dustin Johnson and Jordan Speith, there has been a trend of late to close the club at the top of the backswing. Whilst I am not against the idea it does require extremely athletic moves in the downswing in order to line the face up at impact. For most golfers, it would be better to stick to an orthodox pure hinge.

 

In the impact alignment videos, I highlighted the requirement of having the shaft leaning forwards at impact. Please note that this forward lean is not to be blocked and held long through the impact zone but is a function of late unhinging of the wrists while the body keeps rotating.

Picture of holding lag past the ball

Correct motion image of Rory 

Create a supplementary video on the timing of wrist hinge  back swing and unwind


Movement Psychology

Club golfers often report that using the wrists feels less in control than what they were doing previously. While undoubtebly, there are more degrees of freedom to coordinate with the wrist action is a vital component of the swing and aids in the consistency of the movement (with practise). Constraining the wrist action will cause havoc elsewhere in the swing so learn to enjoy the club speed and freedom of movement that wrist hinge brings.


 

Duration: 
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