The Role Of Right Wrist In Your Golf Swing
To Hit Powerful Golf Shots
If you are a right-handed golfer, your right wrist plays a critical role in your golf swing. I have struggled for the better part of my golf career with the dreaded golf flip. This is a premature releasing of your right wrist before impact, causing a whole host of swing faults (ie. thin, topped, fat, chunk, bladed, toe and heel shots).
Golf Wrist Position At Impact – Illusion
This picture (sorry for the lines, but got it off youtube) is of PGA winner Mark Wilson. Look at where his hands are in the second picture and where the clubhead is. It’s WAY back there. Look at the right wrist angle (no flip there). If it were to go another frame or two, you would see his hands beyond (or to the right) of his left leg. This is a mile from where us amateurs get, or think we need to be.
If you were to see your impact position from a video of your swing, I’m sure you’d be blown away, when you compare it to a professional golfer. It will be miles apart from their impact I can assure you.
Even after I was clearly informed (and shown) exactly what position my wrists, especially my right one should be at the point of impact, I struggle to get there, when I actually hit a ball. Does this sound familiar with you?
The correct position of your wrists at impact if you play right-handed is a very bent right wrist, and a flat left wrist, which promotes a forward lean of the club shaft, with your hands quite a bit ahead of the ball. When you get in that impact position, freeze it, and look down, you’ll be shocked at where your hands are relative to the ball.
When you look down at your hands they will look way to the left; even beyond your left thigh. So just imagine how much (and how long) you need to retain the right wrist angle coming in to and through impact to get your hands all the way to that point, while contacting the golf ball.
Stop Flipping Your Wrists
The flip is one of the most common faults in golf…period! The feeling that we need to “hit that ball” with our right hand, by unhinging our wrist before impact. This breakdown of the right wrist is the cause of fat, thin and bladed golf shots.
Unfortunately this is the exact opposite of what we need to do. We need to take the right hand out of the golf swing, and hit the ball with retained lag and our body pivot. This is more consistent, and much more powerful.
This is also a good thought for around the green. How many times have you flipped at your chip or pitch shots? I know I have more times than I can count, and it’s SO frustrating, you just want to scream!
Take a look at this slick little aid. Slip this training device on in a matter of seconds and start hitting balls. This will be a feeling you probably have never felt before, but if you struggle with flipping or casting, this is the aid for you.