Classic Golf Swing Mechanics- Knowing Your Wrist Factor

Knowing the Wrist Factor in Your Golf Swing

The classic golf swing mechanics

The Classic Golf Swing Mechanics, my grandfather in 1946

A significant part of the golfer’s classic golf swing mechanics is knowing the wrist factor in the golf swing sequence. The wrists factor used here has a positive connotation. The wrists are responsible in setting up 80 percent of your golf swing and have a major part to play in establishing the classic golf swing mechanics and swing sequence. The golfer’s subconscious mind depends heavily on developing and establishing ESP (ExtraSensory Performance) muscle memory by following a simple sequence. The golfer’s sequence and routine is what develops and reinforces the golfer’s muscle memory that is stored in the subconscious mind. This is one of the characteristics of how the subconscious mind functions, as noted below:



  • The longer the subconscious mind believes something, the harder it will be to alter this belief in any way.

The golfer can use a key muscles in the wrists and forearms to initiate their muscle memory and establish the classic golf swing mechanics. This muscles allow the golfer to develop a reliable golf swing. You don’t have to become a kinesiologist to understand how to take advantage of these three key muscles. But the golfer needs to understand the function of these three muscles in order to maximize by exercise these muscles for the golfer to produce and control their distance. There are very few golfers whom I have met who do not want to have more control and distance in their golf game. Control and distance is a part of the golfer’s DNA and the classic golf swing mechanics.

To properly set the wrists and the right elbow, in the right-handed golfer’s case, the golfer needs to understand two modified maneuvers, CAM and CAM-OVER. The golfer needs to establish what is called the (CAM), or modified supination, to Sync the right elbow. The golfer then pronates (CAMS-OVER), to preset the left wrist. The golfer has to think about what will occur at impact and work their way backwards. Because, in actuality, this is exactly what the golfer does from their address position in the takeaway swing.

This is where Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion influences the golf swing- for every action (takeaway), there is an equal and opposite reaction (Impact).

The Classic Golf Swing Mechanics- The Strong Force

As any fitness person will tell you, the pronation is stronger than the supination maneuver, as shown in the illustrations above. So, in the case of the right-handed golfer, the golfer who wants distance and control wants to key in on executing the pronation maneuver at impact. This means the golfer wants to pronate their right wrist and wristband at impact. In my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, I found that boxing gloves are useful to help me identify these three key muscles. The image of the boxing gloves below is positioned as if they are gripping the golf club at address.

Boxing gloves 

It is important to note that the wrist is not where you would wear a wristwatch on the forearm. The wristwatch would be worn on the lower forearm, or what I refer to as the wristband, where the EVERLAST label is. The wrist is part of the upper hand that contains one of the key muscles, the Thenar. The Thenar is the strongest and most dexterous muscle in the hand. See the Figure of the hand below.

Preset the wrists

The Thenar of the hand, and the wrists in the Lock Position.

The left Thenar, below the left EVERLAST wristband, is used to engage the right wristband, where there is a small nodule called the Radial Styloid Process. This is where the link muscle is located. The right Brachio-Radialis links with the Supinator muscle. Refer to the figure below. In order to properly set the golf swing, the golfer must first Sync the right Supinator muscle by supinating, or CAMMING, followed by the Presetting of the left Thenar by pronating, or CAMMING-OVER.

Presetting Your Golf Swing Into the Lock Position

These three key muscles establish the feel that golfers are looking for, or the muscle memory. These three key muscles are the ones I consider the dominant muscles in my golf swing, there are secondary muscles, but these are the key muscles that are located near each key component. These three dominant muscles take the lead in setting up the natural chain reaction of engaging other muscles in the golf swing, including the core muscles that are responsible for speed.

The golfer’s swing can be dramatically simplified by properly establishing the following muscles:

  • Thenar
  • Supinator
  • Brachio-Radialis

This will allow the golfer to preset their left wrist, the left wristband, and sync the right elbow into the Lock Position, in the Figure below. From this point, the golfer just has to take the handle of the club to the top of the swing.

The preset position

The golfer’s wrists in the preset, Lock, position.

For more information on presetting the wrists and developing the golfer’s muscle memory, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below or your local book store:


My book can also be purchased at Edwin Watts Golf Store in Jackson, Mississippi. Phone No. 601-956-8784
820 East County Line Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157

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