Hinging your wrists correctly as a senior golfer is one of the most important parts of the golf swing to work on and improve.
Correctly hinging your wrists will improve your swing for several reasons and the biggest one for senior golfers is that it will increase the distance that you can hit the golf ball, as correctly hinging your wrists increases the club head speed that you can generate when swinging your club.
Hinging your wrists correctly will also improve your swing plane, or the angle that you move the club head around you whilst you swing. If you do not correctly hinge your wrist on your backswing, the club head will remain too low to the floor, or flat, during your backswing and this will result in you lifting your arms up during your backswing. The consequence of this will be that you make an over the top movement on your downswing and the club head will move over the top of your hands and to the far side of the target line. To strike the ball from this position, you will now have to pull the club head towards the ball and across the target line, making it very difficult to hit straight shots as these require the club head to move directly along the target line, rather than across it.
This over the top movement will also produce inconsistency with your ball striking as this action will result in the club head approaching the ball too steeply, or vertically and as a result the club head will strike the top of the ball making it difficult to achieve a solid connection between the club head and the ball.
To achieve an improved, correct wrist hinge during your golf swing, work on the following drill. Take up a well balanced address position and hold the club with the correct grip. Your wrist is able to move in two directions. Left to right, or right to left, but also up and down. Keep your hands in their address position and make an upward movement with your wrist so that the club head rises just above your hand height. Now rotate your shoulders to the right (for right handed golfers) so that the shaft of the golf club is parallel to the target line. This is the correct position for the golf club at the end of your takeaway and you have hinged your wrist correctly. Notice the club position and then move the club head back down to the ball. Return the club head back to the same position following your takeaway, this time merging your upper body rotation with your wrist hinge.
You can also work on this wrist hinge by taking up your address position and then making a thumbs up and down action. Keep repeating this thumbs up and down action as you rotate your upper body to the right.
This will set your wrists and your swing plane correctly during your backswing and you will be hitting longer, more accurate and more solid shots before too long.