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There’s three really crucial things for you to think about particularly relating to your back swing and your wrist hinge. Now one of the first areas of concern for the back swing and the wrist hinge is too much grip pressure. If we see a golfer setting up the golf ball and they’re strangling the club, we’ll often find as the club is moving back away from the golf ball, they’re finding it very difficult to hinge the wrist or to set the club up into a good position. The other area related to that is actually gripping the club too lightly, now if we’ve gripping too lightly we might find that the wrist hinge but then they never stop hinging and they just keep lifting and throwing the golf club too much over the top so they get themselves in an awkward position this way. So we really want to grip the club about three or four on a scale of one to 10, 10 being strangling it, one being letting it go, three or four out of 10 is going to be fine, that gives you enough grip pressure to control the club but not so much that they get too ,tight.

Another great drill I’d like you to work on is the simple L shapes drill, L to L we call this. So you look face on into a mirror and you’re looking for the club to get into an L shape here and an L shape here and you can start doing this very, very slowly initially, and just feel how the weight of the golf club sets and releases the grip – sets and releases the club should I say, so the grip pressure is quite relaxed and I’m swinging from an L shape to an L shape. Anytime you got a spare five minutes around the house or even when you’re waiting on the golf course for the group ahead to play, that’s a great little exercise to keep you loose and to understand how the grip should be used, how the grip pressure should be used and how the wrist hinge should set. One last little exercise I want you to consider is how the wrist on the back swing can cause problems for the down swing if we don’t get it right.

A lot of times we see people who are swinging over the top on the down swing so they consider that they need to swing flatter but they swing flatter on their back swing. Watch what happens when we see this quite regularly, we swing the golf club around this way trying to swing flatter on the back swing, trying to get the club in behind us here to swing flat. But once we’ve got this position we are too flat here we then hit the buffers and hit the brick wall, and what will happen here is the right hand will fly upwards, so we swing flat with the rotation of the wrist grabbing the hinge, we hit the buffers, the right hand flies upwards and then the down swing comes over. So rather than the club coming straight back and up we got this around, hit the brick wall and then fly up on over the top, so we want it to be set back nicely to the camera up and then pulling down rather than too far on the inside which then ultimately leads to being swung over the top. So the right grip pressure, practicing the L to L drill and just making sure the back swing is online to stop the inside and over the top exercise, are three great ways of making sure that your wrist hinge is doing the right thing for you and the back swing which ultimately allows it to do the right thing in the down swing for you get better strikes, and I think a little bit more accuracy on your golf shots as well.