Why Your Backswing Technique May Be Reducing Wrist Mobility in Your Swing

By Ramsay McMaster

Has your golf professional told you that your clubface is too open at the top of your backswing? In other words, are you achieving this open position at the top of your backswing? Well, the problem may be physiologically based, it may not be your fault at all.

Fix Tight Wrist Extensors and Flexors

The muscles that allow the upward and downward cock in the wrists are called wrists extensors and flexors, and if they are tight it will have a direct effect on the position you achieve at the top of the swing. Ideally, the right wrist needs to be able to fold into position. If it is straight, which is the sort of effect you can get if don’t have range upwards in the wrist, the clubface can end up in an open position.

This happens to a lot of people who use computers or are gripping hold of a steering wheel. A typical example wrist tension is rushing to get to the golf course and you are getting your hands in a locked position on the steering wheel and you carry that on to the course itself. I want to show you two exercises that will stretch and strengthen these muscles, but I really want to point out some of the faults that people will make when they are doing these exercises.


Category: Wrist
Sub Categories: Backswing, Fitness

About the Instructor

Ramsay McMaster
Ramsay McMaster
The Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic
1100 Dandenong Road
Carnegie, VIC 3163
Melbourne, Australia

Sandy LaBauve is one of the world's best beginner, junior and women's instructors. She is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and is Founder and Creative Consultant for the LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club.