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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. knoofah

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    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. Jim

    Dec 2, 2016 at 12:03 am

    “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….

  3. BrentF

    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Fantastic video, very clear, well sequenced information. Good graphic help with the target line visualization also!

  4. Marco

    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Same thing with the driver?

  5. prime21

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    why would you have to set your wrists when your elbow folds 1st? Joint 1 will activate joint 2 in a natural sequence.

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Trackman Tuesday (Episode 2): Driver Loft



Welcome to Episode 2 of Trackman Tuesday. In this weekly series, I will be using Trackman data to help you understand the game of golf in a little more detail and help you hit better shots and play better golf.

In this week’s episode, I look at driver loft. What effect does driver loft have on your shots and how important is it, really?

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How Far Away from the Ball Should You Be at Address?



How far away from the ball should you be at address? This video is in response to a question from Tom McCord on Facebook.

In this video, I look at the setup position. I offer a simple way to check your distance from the ball at address with your driver, irons and wedges.

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Tour Pros Revealed: 3 Tests to See How You Stack Up



You want to be better at golf, more consistent and longer off the tee. I am sure a lot of you would love to stop hurting. You would like these things with minimal work, if possible. You also want them yesterday. That about sum it up?

In the next 5 minutes, you’ll learn about the one thing that solves these problems for good. Before we dive in, though, I want to tee up three stats for you from my research.

  1. PGA Tour players can jump between 18-22 inches off the ground while LPGA Tour players can jump between 16-20 inches off the ground. Long drive competitors can often leap 30+ inches off the ground!
  2. Elite-level golfers who drive the ball 300+ yards can shot put a 6-pound ball more than 30 feet with less than a 5-percent difference in right-handed to left-handed throws.
  3. Elite golfers in the world can hurl a medicine ball with a seated chest pass just as far in feet as they can jump in inches (ie. a 20-inch vertical leap and a 20-foot seated chest pass).

What do these numbers have to do with you and your game? More importantly, what do these stats have to do with solving your problems? Let’s start by telling you what the solution is.   

Objective Assessment and Intelligent Exercise Prescription

Say that three times fast. It’s a mouth full… But seriously, read it two more times and think about what that means.

It means that before you act on anything to improve your health or your game, you need to objectively assess what the problem is and get to the root cause. You should use quality objective data to arrive at intelligent health and golf improvement decisions based on the long-term likelihood that they will be successful. We can’t just select exercises, swing changes or training aids based on what is hot in the market today or what the latest celebrity was paid big bucks to sell to us.

There is a reason why the infomercials you see today on Golf Channel will be different in 2 months. The same gimmicks run out of steam when enough people realize that is what they are… gimmicks. When looking to achieve your goals of playing better golf and/or having less pain, don’t just grab for the quick fix as so many golfers today do. 

We are in the information age. Information from quality data is power. Using this data intelligently, you can fix problems in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. Hopefully, I am giving you the power to make a meaningful and lasting change in your game. I’m sorry to say that most amateurs will not be hitting 300+ yard drives despite what the latest marketing ploy will have you believe. But, if you know what tests you can do to measure the areas that affect your distance off the tee, you can at least gain insight into where your biggest return on your time investment will be. 

This is where working with a golf fitness expert can be so valuable to you. Not only can they help you interpret your results from the tests, but they will also be able to prescribe you the most effective means to move closer to 300 yards from where you are right now.  

If you have a problem with your car not accelerating as fast as you would like or not being able to reach top end speed on the highway, I hope you take it to the mechanic and don’t just look up quick fixes on YouTube to see what you can do on your own. The reason you pay the mechanic to fix your car is because that is what they do all day. They will get it done as quickly as possible. More importantly, they’ll get correctly so that the problem doesn’t pop up again in 2 weeks.

A golf fitness expert is no different. Use them for their expertise and knowledge. Once you have a diagnosis of what is holding you back and a plan to correct it, you are on your way and won’t have to waste any more time or money trying silly quick fixes that never stick.

The three statistics mentioned earlier represent numbers measured across the globe by industry leaders and at our facility 3-4 times per year on hundreds of golfers each time. Our facility has thousands of data points. With this much data comes the ability to draw conclusions from objective assessments. These conclusions drive the intelligent implementation of successful solutions directed at the root causes of problems for thousands of golfers around the globe.

The first three statistics have an R-value of over 0.85 in correlation to clubhead speed. Translation: if you perform well in the first three tests with high numbers, you are very likely to have a high club speed. Further, if you improve in any of those three tests relative to where you started, you are almost assured to have a higher club speed than when you began (assuming swing technique and equipment is relatively unchanged).  

Keep in mind that in statistics, correlation is not the same as cause and effect. But when the R-value is that close to 1 and anecdotally you have seen the results and changes we have, you put some weight behind these three tests. So:

  • See how high you can jump
  • See how far you can shot put a 6-pound medicine ball
  • See how far you can chest pass a 6-pound medicine ball from a seated position

Doing so will give you an idea of how much power you have in your lower body, total rotary system and upper body respectively. Train whichever one is the worst, or train them all if you want. Rest assured that if you improve one of them, you will more than likely increase your swing speed.  

By doing these assessments and addressing the one or two weak areas, you will improve with the least work possible. Sounds about what you were looking for, right? If you are able to identify where you need to improve BEFORE you buy whatever is claiming to fix your problems, you will save lots of money and time. You will actually start to improve with the least amount of work possible and in the least amount of time possible.  

What’s next? After completing the assessment tests, start working to improve them.

  • Coming Soon: Lower Body Power for Golf
  • Coming Soon: Upper Body Power for Golf
  • Coming Soon: Rotary Power for Golf
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