Using too much wrist action in an attempt to gain more distance is no way to hit straight golf shots.
If you want to hit straight golf shots, you need to synchronize your body turn with your arms swing.
More specifically, you must complete a full back swing with a good shoulder turn and ensure your hips are active as well. A full shoulder turn, coupled with good hip action will dramatically improve your golf game.
If you saw the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament in 2011, you probably observed Ryan Palmer, who had a clear shot to the green on the first playoff hole, hook or pull his ball into the water adjacent to the green.
He simply used too much wrist action on his approach shot to the green. It probably cost him the play off because his opponent had a much more difficult approach shot than did Palmer.
During the tournament Nick Faldo and other commentators were remarking about Palmer’s lack of shoulder turn on his backswing, yet he was able to hit his ball a remarkable distance. He was able to attain such tremendous distance with what appeared to be little more than a half swing because of his tremendous wrist action.
However, it takes an incredible amount of timing your wrist action in order to hit maximum distances when there is a minimum of shoulder turn.
Under pressure, as obviously was the case with Palmer in the playoff, the tendency is to reduce the shoulder turn and try to make up the difference by over-cooking the wrists.
The result typically is precisely what happened to Palmer’s ball: water and wet. It is not a very sound golf method if your objective is to hit a straight golf ball.
The better golf lesson is to use your wrists in unison with your shoulder turn and hip rotation.
Palmer has already won a couple of tour tournaments, so he must have an otherwise sound game. However what might cost him in future tournaments is what probably cost him the Byron Nelson: too much wrist action and not enough shoulder turn.
Palmer is not the first professional to lose a tournament by over-cooking his wrist. It happened to Ray Floyd and Kenny Perry in the most popular majors of all, the Masters. It also has happened to countless other tour players.
I recently was helping one of my grandchildren with his swing at one of our local driving ranges. At 14 years of age and without practicing or playing in months he was hitting his 9 iron about 130 yards and his 5 iron over 150, with just a simple golf swing.
He usually hit straight golf shots.
But at times he would reduce his shoulder turn and try to make up the difference in distance by overcooking his wrists. The usual result was either a hook or pull.
Once he took his hands out of the swing, so to speak, he began to hit the golf ball straight-as-an-arrow, one golf shot after another.
You too should learn a valuable lesson from Ryan Palmer’s costly mistake. In order to attain maximum distance, make a full shoulder turn with good hip action and you will begin to hit straight golf shots too, one after another.