While this fault may look silly, you’d be surprised how many players suffer from it. At the top of the backswing, some players are gripping the club so tightly, that their wrists do not hinge at the top. If you are so focused on keeping the clubface on-line throughout your swing, you will likely exhibit some form of this fault in your attempts to keep clubface movement to a minimum. As the video below describes, this is counter-productive. Not only will you be throwing away a ton of power, your wrists and arms will be in such poor position at the top that reaching impact in a square position is all but impossible. This drill is designed to help you loosen up. Much like swinging a rope, let the club hit each of your shoulders – really focus on feeling your wrists hinge and unhinge at the top.
Once you have a feel for how this move, go back to hitting balls and really focus on ensuring each swing has a full wrists hinge at the top. Don’t make the mistake of hinging too much – get the club so it is parallel with the ground and then swing down through to impact. Give it a shot!