How do the hands work in the back swing?

Golfers get in more trouble on the first part of the takeaway doing all sorts of nasty things. Below is a drill that shows the only way the hands need and should work in the back swing. The drill splits a proper takeaway into two parts. The hands hinging the way they are supposed to and the shoulders turning. All you have to do is sync up these two movements at the same time.

This drill is great at showing you how each part is supposed to work, then all you have to do is combine the feels…and it is easier than you may think.

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  1. s.

    “All you have to do is sync up these two movements at the same time.”

    In the drill, yes. But, in golf, there might be other ways to think about it. There are ways to think about it as all one movement.

    For me, key thought is the right shoulder…because until it gets out of the way your left shoulder, arms, and hands can’t do anything correctly.

    In the very first move in your video, about the time you say, “level to your spine,” you’re pulling your right shoulder toward the centerline of your back. For me, that would feel more like my shoulder blade than my shoulder (although neither one is actually accomplishing the movement).

    By the way, yesterday I figured out why you had that forward press in your long-drive days. You may not have felt this way about it, but I think it took out the slack in your arms, so that right shoulder movement (toward the centerline of your back) would be transmitted directly to your hands (or, in my case fingers).

    For me, I get slack taken out by thinking that turning my right shoulder turn is pulling the fingers of my LEFT hand…kind of a cross-pull. (That’s not the way it’s actually working, just how I want it to feel.)

    Your very first move can make a very BIG difference. By following Bobby Jones’ advice of pushing back with the left side, I screwed-up my game for more years than I even want to think about. The folks who talked about left-shoulder-under-the-chin didn’t do me any favors either.

    To me, it makes sense to think that the things that lead a movement are the things that have to get out of the way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQPC10oj_RI&feature=related (Bobby Jones)

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  2. Nick Hanson

    Hey Monte,

    I actually do this drill on a regular basis, with one variation. My wrists don’t hinge vertically in the backswing. Based on my grip/alignments/etc… my wrists hinge in a more diagonal fashion (somewhere between vertical and horizontal (horizontal to the body line). Either way a great drill and I find it helps me tremendously with making sure my wrists hinge properly.

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  3. Wally

    All golf courses should have a sign like this. ONCE A BALL IS DEEMED LOST IT BECOMES THE PROPERTY OF THIS GOLF COURSE. WE RECOVER LOST BALLS CLEAN THEM, SELL THEM, AND THE PROCEDES GO TO CHARITY. BALL HAWKING IS STEALING. IF CAUGHT YOU WILL BANNED FROM THIS GOLF COURSE FOR LIFE

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