Use The Correct Amount of Wrist-Cock In Your Golf Swing

Over the years there has been so many times where I would be driving great and hitting my irons poorly and then the opposite would happen; irons are good whilst driver is no-good.

I never really worked this out until now.

There is a major difference between a good driver-swing and a good irons-swing.

The difference comes about because the driver is not hit off the ground, the ball is hit “floating” – from a tee.

Hitting from a tee impacts greatly on the swing, there is nowhere near as much downward hit – compared with the irons-swing.

I have changed my swing a fair bit over the last few months to one with more wrist cock (as I was not using much before). So now I take a bit more of a divot and I stand a little closer, and the wrists cock fully.

My long-iron-striking is in much better shape (a good test of how good you are swinging), but my driver-shots had definitely become more inconsistent; hitting more slices and I also lost distance from the tee.

One of the best parts of my game over the last seven years was the driver. I would stand well away (see video via link below), make a three/quarter swing with a reasonably firm left wrist and then drill it low and straight.

Over the last month I have got it back, I’m swinging my driver with less wrist cock – a more 3/4 swing, combined with a “little wait” at the top of the swing and it feels great – once more.

So as I write this, I’m hitting the ball well with all clubs but there is definitely a feeling of two different swings (one of my bad shots is when I don’t let the wrists hinge on a 3/4 wedge shot; the result is a thin shot).

My irons swing and 3-wood; I feel like my hands drag the club away, the wrists set earlier than before with a full wrist-cock up the top. Result – good striking and I hit the ball later.

My Driver-swing is 3/4, left wrist is more solid at the top – wait – BANG!

When you think about it – there should be a different feel between the irons and the driver because in one swing you are hitting down and in to the turf (and you need to be for good striking) and the other – your swing (driver) you must swing more round – as you are hitting the ball that is teed-up an inch or two above the ground.

So even your long-iron swing or 3-wood off-the-tee swing, should have a full wrist-cock; it is a different swing to the flat-wrist-ed driver swing.

My good long-iron striking now is because I’m less round and flat (more wrist = steeper attack, less wrist = flat attack into the ball). But don’t go overboard on this, there needs to be a balance between wrist-cock and round-width in your swing.

If you get too flat with no wrists (which is good for a driver) you can’t hit good long-irons; this is how I was before I changed (I’m only 5-ft-6″ so I naturally have a flatter swing; not enough wrist will see me swing to flat).

All the great drivers – from Nicklaus to Greg Norman to Woods to Adam Scott to Moe Norman do not have heaps of wrist-cock. But, when hitting irons – there is more wrist-cock required, we stand closer the the ball, the shaft is shorter, the swing is more vertical (up and down).

Play around with this, if you have trouble getting a really good irons-swing going when you are hitting the driver well or visa-versa, think about this article.

Plus if you slice, the 3/4 less-wrists swing will help you hit the ball straighter (remember to be smooth from the top).

Take a look at a solid driver-swing in the video below.

The video is from inside the Magic Move e-book/video product. I talk (and mumble a little:) about the importance of being in control during the transition from back-swing to downswing.

The video is a little old now but this is a good driver-swing – the 3/4-swing with less wrists – (my irons-swing has changed since shooting these videos; I will shoot some updated videos soon).

Go for it!

Anthony

The Driver

If you want to explore the transition in the golf-swing – the one move all solid ball-strikers possess (regardless of what back-swing they use) dig a little deeper here: The Magic-Move

What thought do you use when you are driving the ball well?

Do you have some clubs that you hit well and others that you can’t hit well?

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