How and when to set your wrists in the backswing


In today’s Impact Show, we talk about when and how to set your wrists in the backswing. We also share our preferences and ideas on how to set the wrists, although there is no one way to do it.

Make sure to post your comments and questions on the wrist set in the comments section. We hope you enjoy.

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  1. Nope. Too early, IMHO. But as long as your wrists and forearms are relaxed and can create lag coming down, and you can release that lag effectively, and not cast the club, then whatever works for you. Bit of a Willet influence there.?

    Somebody on YouTube tried to tell me that “what Andy and Piers did in the video would help high handicappers to develop the feel for the lag.?”

    But the purpose of lag is to create speed in the down swing and at the ball (impact). The only way you could feel lag in the back swing would be if the club head was trailing (or 180°) behind the hands. And that would be useless, right? Lag is felt when pulling, not pushing. The purpose of the back swing is to put the club and your body in the best position to create speed and deliver the club face squarely on the ball.
    All you’re doing by setting the wrists so early is creating tension in those muscles, which WILL promote an earlier release of said muscles (casting), and you’ll suffer with weak pushes from wasted power/energy.
    If you are a “beginner” golfer, then study physiology and how the body creates and delivers speed most efficiently. Why handicap (no pun intended) yourself with poor technique? Your muscles will want to release tension the moment they feel it; that’s their job. It’s how the body works.
    If you wanted to do a standing high jump, you wouldn’t do it by crouching down and staying like that for 5 seconds before you jump. You’re wasting energy and building up lactic acid in those muscles, which will cause those muscles to slow down and under perform.
    Just learn stuff right. It’s ultimately simpler and you’ll avoid needless injuries.?

  2. “Saving” the wrist break for the top of a “full swing” ie: whenyour front shoulder hits your chin anf you start your weight shifting forward into the down swing allows for the opposing forces – body starting to move forward, clubhead still movind backward – to help set the wrists easily and creates NATURAL lag as the last thing to change directions is the clubhead….It ALSO serves as a ‘shock absorber’ which dissapates the inertia of the clubhead so that you
    aren’t actually stopping the backswing and forcing that wweight-in-motion to change directions, but letting it
    change directions by simply following the rest of the body.

    when a crane swings a wrecking ball, the operator turns thecab & boom arm back into the forward swing BEFORE the ball maxes out the length of the backswing, the cable flexed, anf stops that weight in motion from yanking on the chain and screwing up the whole thing. Our “wrecking ball” – the clubhead is on a ROD, so the wrist break replicates that ‘flexion’ of the cable/chain.
    Early setting of the wrists often promotes too much verticle lifting as it happens and cuts many players backswing shoulder turn short as they OFTEN focus on elevating the arms as they set the wrists and cheat themselves out of good extension, width and full turn…

    watch: old Tiger, Harrington, Norman…best “earlier” wrist set – Els….