Hands, wrists and forearms: Your connection to the club
Recently I received an email from a man who injured his wrist by hitting through deep rough. Having grown up in Philadelphia, I have memories of playing golf with my father on cold fall days and hitting the root of a tree. Even today I can almost feel the pain in my hands!
Your hands are your only connection with the club and it's important to your golf game to spend time strengthening your hands, wrists and forearms.
Here are a few simple tips . . .
The 30 second speed drill:
Extend your arm to shoulder height, supported by the other arm. Slightly bend in your elbow, then slowly open and close your extended hand 10 times, focusing on a full range of motion. Now, grab a timer and set it for 30 seconds. Open and close your hand as quickly as possible. Switch sides and repeat three times.
Strengthening exercises with the club:
Depending on your strength, hold the club with one hand either at the top of the shaft or on the grip. My suggestion is you start with the hand close to the shaft until you strengthen the hands.
Step one: Pull the club toward you, cocking the wrist. Hold for two deep breaths.
Step two: Allow the club to move towards the floor, focusing on the stretch in the hand and wrist. Hold for two breaths.
Repeat step one and two five to 10 reps. Switch hands.
Pronate and supinate exercise:
With the arm extended, supinate and pronate the hands, wrists and forearms, 10 times and switch sides.
Contact Katherine at Katherine@KRFlexfit.com if you have questions or comments.