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Question on Irons:

When and how should you cock your wrists on your irons and woods?
--Richard B. from Millsboro, DE

Hi Richard,

Thanks for the question. That's a very good one because in reality there are 3 styles when it comes to cocking your wrists. There's an early, mid and late wrist set with all 3 having certain advantages and disadvantages.

Without seeing your swing and when you are cocking yours it's hard to say for sure, but I'll describe all 3 for you.

I think you would find most instructors recommending a mid wrist set which I do as well. For this, you would make a gradual wrist set starting upon takeaway and by time your hands reach about waist high where your front arm is parallel to the ground, your wrists would be fully set.

An early wrist set (cocking them fully immediately upon takeaway) is beneficial to those who tend to drag the club back and get too wide with their arc. When that happens and they set too late, the club often feels heavy and there is a lot of unwanted movement at the top of the swing leading to inconsistency. Because they don't feel their wrists cocking, they often collapse their arms subconsciously feeling that something needs to give. When I instruct these players to cock their wrists right away, they feel they have more control and the club feels lighter.

For players that cock too early and get too narrow with their arc, the result is often loss of power and over active hands. These players are better served feeling dead handed and wider with their arc or arms.

So you can see each method can have it's advantages and disadvantages depending on what each player's individual goals are.

I hope that helps and if you haven't already start loading your stats in the free game tracker so we can help you plan your attack this year!

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