Wrist Cock Drill to Improve Golf Distance Control

By Chuck Cook

Focus on Your Wrists

For those of you who have trouble controlling the distance of your shots, one of the problems that you may have is that during the backswing or downswing you create too much wrist cock. That is too much angle between your shaft and your arm so that when you come into the ball and get the clubhead down to the ball from this very deep position the clubhead just explodes into impact creating way too much speed for the shot that you want.

Learn From the Pros

Tom Kite is one of my students and probably the best distance wedge player to ever play the game. What he tries to do on these types of control shots is go back and keep his wrist very firm without cocking his wrists at all so that as he is coming into impact he does not have all of this wrist angle to straighten out to get the club back to the ball. Therefore, he does not decelerate into the shot to hit the ball shorter but instead he keeps the acceleration and is able to control the distance of his shot a lot better.

Firm It Up Drill

I would like you to try to use this Firm It Up Drill. Just feel like you make swings and hit shots without ever letting your wrists cock either on the backswing or the follow-through. This will allow you to still accelerate through your shots to control the distance of your shots. You can see I did not have a really deep angle coming into the ball. I did not set a deep angle on the backswing or coming in, and I did not have a lot of flip here at the end either. This was a very firm wristed swing with a lot of rotation of the body to be able to control the distance of the shots rather than hit the ball too far.

About the Instructor

Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook Golf Academy
Spicewood, TX 78669
Tel: 512-329-4000