Most miss hits are caused by a “bent in” or “flipped” front wrist at impact! A solid golf shot at impact, will have the front wrist flat or even bowed out a little and the back wrist is bent in. This wrist alignment keeps the shaft in line with the front arm and maintains a full radius.
What generally flips the wrists by impact is, the body rotation stops half way, to support some kind of hand release or throwing of the club head at the ball. This “hit at the ball” urge starts before impact, so by impact the opposite of what we are trying to accomplish has happened; the club head has passed the hands and bends the front wrist in.
There have been many fixes over the years to salvage the swing just before impact. Ben Hogan’s “Supinate” (roll or bow your front wrist just before impact) helped, but was a trade off with the face of the club pointing all over the place. This fix is not reliable… you may get more solid shots in many different directions.
The real big issue in all of this is the BODY ROTATION STOPPING because, when the body stops turning, the arms and club pass the body’s core/mass or what I call the Body’s Sweet Spot!!!
With my method, if you use the body rotation to trap the ball, keeping your hands passive, your front wrist will stay in setup position* and you get solid golf shots that are straight and long. What happens, is as the body unwinds, the ball is trapped with the entire body, all body parts aligned with the body’s sweet spot and they all sum together for a very efficient golf shot. With a little practice, this athletic move is very repeatable for a reliable golf swing… Ross
* I teach to setup with the shaft of the club already in line with the front arm. This is how we want impact.
Sounds easy… it is for some and it’s not for others. My method focuses on using the Large Muscles to control your golf swing. For the Large Muscles to take control, there has to be no disruption from the hands taking over during the swing. Once learned, the results are awesome. The more control you have with your grip pressure, the better and better you strike the ball. The feeling is like your shoulders, arms and club are one unit, not disconnected levers and pieces hoping to reconnect at the ball.
Why is it difficult to keep your hands passive during the swing?
A large part of our brains is dedicated to hand movement. We do so many things with our hands. Moving our hands to accomplish tasks starts at a very young age. So now Ross says, don’t use your hands to hit the ball. Well, some things take work and practice to overcome. The trade off it so worth it once learned. The golf swing becomes effortless, continuous, repeatable, predictable and powerful.
If you analyze the traditional golf swing, it is hard to believe anyone could ever hit a ball. There are so many levers sliding, moving, lifting, hinging and the whole time the hands are rolling the club face open and closed.
Learning to control your grip pressure, keeps the club face square the entire swing, so direction is greatly improved. Learning to control your grip pressure, allows the shoulders to dominate the arms and club creating powerful potential on the backswing and allows the body to control the downswing. And, since the hands did not take over and disrupt the flow… the club face easily returns right back to impact square with the shaft leading for a repeatable, solid golf shot.
The best way to learn to control your grip pressure is with many, many shots into a net with no ball result… just body feedback. You will feel your hands becoming more and more passive. You’ll hear the ball striking become more and more powerful. Your grip pressure (about a 3 on a scale from 1-10) holds the grip just tight enough to control the club. Once again, you want to feel the shoulders, arms and club become one unit that the body can control on the downswing.