Re-educate Your Wrists for a Better Impact Position

By Golf Fitness MagazineJune 3, 2010, 7:17 pm

All good players have one position in the golf swing that is similar despite their very different looking swings. This position is impact. Good players retain their wrist-cock through the hitting area, so that their left wrist (for right-handed golfers) is bowed and the right wrist is flexed and both hands are slightly in front of the ball at the strike. This is often called a ‘late hit’ or clubhead ‘lag’ and good players create a tremendous amount of clubhead speed and power with it.

Ideal position for hands at impact

The ideal impact is when the hands are ahead of the ball

High-handicappers tend to do the opposite at impact.  Instead of a ‘late hit’ they actually do what is called an ‘early release.’  They scoop the ball at impact because they lose the ‘lag’ too early in the downswing.  Instead of having a bowed left wrist and their hands ahead of the ball at impact, they have a collapsed left wrist and their hands are behind the ball at impact.

The position of the wrists at impact is crucial, of course, as it determines the final destination of the path and direction of the shaft and clubhead. The speed of the wrists turning over through impact is determined by the forearm and shoulder rotation.

Even the slightest change in wrist position has a huge impact on the clubhead and therefore the ball flight. It may be counterintuitive to strengthen the wrists and forearms when the forearms need to relax and release as the club goes through the downswing, but this enable the golfer to hold on to the club while being relaxed and not feel as though the club will fly out of their hands.  Strengthening the wrists will also help the forearms develop the muscular endurance for a round of golf.
 
To create a ‘late hit’, it is necessary to re-educate the wrists and hands so that the hands, wrists and clubhead arrive at impact in the correct sequence. 

To re-educate and strengthen your wrists try these two exercises:

WRIST FLEXION & EXTENSION1. Wrist Extension (Palms Down)
Using small dumbbells, sit at the end of a bench or chair and place your wrists on your knees with your palms facing the ground.

Keeping your wrists on your knees, slowly bend your wrist back as far as you can and then slowly release to starting position.

Complete this motion with only your wrist; do not move your arm. Do 8 to 10 repetitions for 2 to 3 sets.

 

WRIST FLEXION & EXTENSION2. Wrist Flexion (Palms Up)
Using small dumbbells, sit at the end of a bench or chair and place your wrists on your knees with your palms facing the sky.

Slowly flex your wrist up towards your chest and then slowly release wrist back down towards the ground. Use gravity as resistance.

Complete this motion with only your wrist; do not move your arm. Do 8 to 10 repetitions for 2 to 3 sets.

 

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Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 8:30 pm

PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.

Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.

Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.

Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

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So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

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It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’”