While this fault may look silly, you’d be surprised how many players suffer from it. At the top of the backswing, some players are gripping the club so tightly, that their wrists do not hinge at the top.  If you are so focused on keeping the clubface on-line throughout your swing, you will likely exhibit some form of this fault in your attempts to keep clubface movement to a minimum. As the video below describes, this is counter-productive.  Not only will you be throwing away a ton of power, your wrists and arms will be in such poor position at the top that reaching impact in a square position is all but impossible.  This drill is designed to help you loosen up.  Much like swinging a rope, let the club hit each of your shoulders – really focus on feeling your wrists hinge and unhinge at the top.

Once you have a feel for how this move, go back to hitting balls and really focus on ensuring each swing has a full wrists hinge at the top.  Don’t make the mistake of hinging too much – get the club so it is parallel with the ground and then swing down through to impact.  Give it a shot!



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With 8 years of blogging coupled with another 8 years golf industry teaching experience, The Golf Drill Guru is our resident swing doctor. When he's not drinking Corona's on a beach somewhere, you'll likely find him on the golf course — he also blogs occasionally.

2 Thoughts on “The Wrist Hinge Drill

  1. Jack on May 28, 2012 at 12:26 am said:

    I am afraid to even try this because it might make my swings very unaccurate. But if I keep swinging like I am now, I will not improve a lot. Golf is a great game and has so much room for improvement and practice. This is a huge advantage for me because I am a hard worker. I can’t wait to go onto the golf course and practice again. These tutorial drills might make my game a ton better and hopefully get me somewhere. Thanks a lot!!!

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