How To Stop Rolling Wrists Through Impact

on July 15, 2022
We can never stress this enough, clubface control is the key to a good and accurate golf impact. But it’s easier said than done since clubface control requires timing and proper rotation. The concept of the square clubface is easily understood. However, many golfers still struggle at this phase of the swing sequence. Only because they miss the timing of squaring their club before impact. How to stop rolling wrists through impact?


Do you roll your wrists at impact in a golf swing?

One of the most common mistakes as you swing down for impact is rolling or flipping the wrist. Regardless of how good the swing is executed, you can still end up with a poor impact. If you find yourself missing your timing and swaying your hips as you go down from backswing, you might be rolling your wrist or over-rotated it at the top of your backswing. This swing fault results in slices and hooks because the clubface failed to square before the ball contact.

What causes flipping and rolling at impact?

Many golfers are not aware that there are many kinds of flipping issues and they are surprisingly simple ones.

Going out of the swing path

One of the most common flipping issues is when the between the trailing arm and the club angle is disconnected due to excessive bending or what we refer to as a cast. Once the arm and club angle is thrown off, it also throws off the swing out the swing path which causes slices and hooks.

Early or Late flip

Another reason is when you flip early or late before impact. Early flips happen when your backswing is too long and goes over the top of your body in a lateral chopping movement towards the ball at impact. On the other hand, late flipping happens when you over-rotate and do not hold off your release longer to produce lag. This more often than not leaves your clubface open or your path is too narrow for a downswing.

What most players commonly do is consciously eliminate wrist-roll through impact when they realize their issue. This makes them compensate for the mistake which proves to cause poorer results.



What do wrists do at impact?

To find the cure on how to stop rolling wrists through impact, it is important that we understand the concept and role of our wrist at impact. Wrist position and movement are very crucial to clubhead and ball flight. The slightest change could turn over your impact and therefore your ball direction and distance.

The most ideal impact is when the hand trails naturally and ahead of the ball. How your wrist moves or hinges are determined by your forearm and shoulder rotation during backswing. How strong your wrists are also helps your forearm to have better control, and as a result better control with your rotation and club positioning.

Drills to stop flipping:

Here are some simple drills to learn how to stop rolling wrists through impact:

Left-arm only:

For right-handed golfers, one good way to stop your wrist from rolling is to practice swinging with your left arm only, and vice versa for left-handed players. When you practice one-armed swings with your trail arm or non-dominant arm, you will find issues with your body’s movement. Your body may be relying on to move the club rather than your hand. Therefore, you have the tendency to roll your wrist as you come down during the downswing.

One arm and both arms:

After practicing with your trail arm, practice swinging with both arms again and try to take your shots. If you can retain the feeling of your trail arm movement, then you will be able to have better control of your wrist and forearm rotation which improves your speed and distance.

Shorten your backswing:

For most beginners, shortening your backswing improves your accuracy and distance. The shortened backswing is when your hand and club are on the parallel level and do not go all the way up. Give you just enough space to allow your lower body to shift to the left while your upper body is behind the ball.



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