Golf Lessons | Right Arm Fold & Wrist Hinge

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I’ve spent much of my time over the years trying to understand fundamental differences between good and bad golf swings.

Why do the Pro’s seem to naturally develop LAG so easily? and why do most amateurs seem to throw this LAG away so early in their downswing? – essentially throwing power and accuracy away also.

Understanding the role of the hands and educating them accordingly is obviously important but equally as important is educating our arms and body (the pivot).

The more research I do into just why many people “throw the clubhead away” on the downswing, the more I find myself looking at and understanding the role of the right arm (the trail arm).


What you start to see when slowing both good and bad players swings down is a direct correlation between the amount of right arm folding and left wrist cocking and uncocking.

In the backswing, as the right arm starts to fold – the left wrist starts to cock and in-turn hinge the club. The higher the amount of right arm folding in the backswing, the greater amount of left wrist cock. The lower the amount of right arm folding – the lower the amount of left wrist cock.

To put it another way, if the right arm stays more extended during the takeaway – the wrists will cock a lot later during the backswing.

Now as you would imagine in the golf instruction world, there isn’t just one consensus on the subject.

For example – Sean Foley talks about the need for the club head to start the move, because the club head has the longest arc to travel on. This then pretty much immediately starts some folding of the right arm and in-turn causes the left wrist to cock the club head. If you look at his client base in let’s say Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan as examples – you’ll see that they achieve an early wrist cock in the takeaway and have achieved a 90 degree angle between their left arm and shaft quite early.

Now if you compare this style to someone like Bubba Watson who believes that the club head should be as far away from the body as possible during the early part of the backswing for a wider arc and greater power. You’ll see that his trail arm is a lot straighter than that of say Rose or Mahan.

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