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Drills to Improve Wrist Mechanics – Jason Sutton, Robbie Failes

This post has 2 parts and 2 videos:

  1. In the first part coaches Jason Sutton and Robbie Failes demonstrate player swing examples and explain why they like players to square club face early, what is the “underload” pattern, and how they use HackMotion data to measure and improve swings.
  2. In the second part coaches Jason Sutton and Robbie Failes demonstrate practical drills how to improve club face control

1. Club face control and examples of players learning to improve it

Check the first video to learn about club face control (18 min)

Players should “Close the club face early, so you don’t have to close it late” (-Jon Sinclair).

Underloading means that the player is not “overloading the wrists” at the top to maximum extent – not trying to add radial deviation (wrist cocking). Overloading can be bad since it also tends to add wrist extension (cupping) and open the clubface.

Usually pro golfers are better at closing the club face early, by using wrist flexion and underloading.

Typical amateur golfers usually try to gain swing speed by overloading wrists and have to square the club face right before impact which leads to a lot of inconsistency.


2. Practical drills to improve club face control and wrist mechanics

In this video Jason Sutton and Robbie Failes demonstrate drills you can use to improve (16 min)


Here are 4 drills to improve wrist and arm mechanics:

1. Lead hand only and Trail hand only

Trains hands to do the correct motion individually, not allowing the other hand to interfere.

How to do the drill: Grip with lead hand only, remove your trail hand from the shaft – trains supination (counter-clockwise rotation) of the lead forearm during impact.

Trail hand

2. Opened trail hand drill

Helping players who do not move the club with their pivot and instead try to move it only with their hands. They try to square it at the last moment by manipulating it with their trail hand.

How to do the drill: Open the trail hand fingers and keep the palm on the grip, this will force you to keep trail hand pushing through impact, not allowing it to manipulate the club.

3. No thumbs drill

Helps players who have a tendency to “overload” at the top, adding too much wrist extension (cupping) and radial deviation (cocking). This drill promotes underloading and moving the club with the body pivot, not just the hands.

How to do the drill: Grip the club but then remove both thumbs from the grip. When

4. Ball between the arms drill

Helps players who flip the club too much and their forearms separate at impact. The goal is to avoid arm separation before impact.

How to do the drill: Place a soft ball between your forearms. Don’t squeeze it too much during backswing but as you start the downswing, start applying pressure, squeezing it. Your trail arm should feel as it is coming closer to your lead arm. If the ball drops during downswing, the arms have separated.


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