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It’s a fairly common fault that I see with a lot of golfers who are trying to work on their wrist hinge, and it goes something like this. They say, “I just can’t get this wrist hinge right Pete, and the more I try, the harder I try to get it right, the worse it goes.” And I say, “When you are trying really hard what happens to your hand?” “Well I end up gripping it really tightly because I’m really trying to get it right.” And there lies the problem, the grip pressure you put into your grip particularly through your fingers can dramatically affect and not in a positive way how you utilize your hands. So let’s go ahead and try and hit some golf shots with a very soft grip pressure, really quite relaxed, on a scale of one to ten, one being letting go and ten being squeezing it, so your knuckles go white, try and grip it on like a three or a four, and feel it in your fingers that you can almost feel the club is nicely softly held in the fingers, and then notice how the wrist hinge happens a little bit more smoothly in the backswing, and smoothly in the downswing.

You have to got to watch this guys in the TV play, and look at them and think not one single part of their body looks tense, particularly the set up, its nice and solid, nice and firm, but it’s not tense, nice and relaxed. The hands then work with a nice hinging action and a nice releasing action on the way through to a finish, and there is no element of tension. Now if you feel that anytime around the golf or even a practice session on the range you start to squeeze that golf club too tightly, you start to get tense in your forearms and in your shoulders, think about that grip pressure, think about that three or four out of ten. Lessen that grip pressure off, stand over the golf ball with a nice little waggle and feel how the hands release better, because the grip pressure is a little bit lighter, and that’s the secret to how your fingers can affect your wrist hinge.