Right Wrist Action in Golf Swing – Golf Lesson by Herman Williams Golf Raleigh NC

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www.hermanwilliamsgolf.com Watch as Herman Williams, PGA Pro Golf Instructor in Raleigh NC, explains the role of the right hand and describes in detail the right wrist action in golf swing. Learn the exact right hand grip and how to position the trigger finger. Learn how the right wrist moves in the takeaway. And then get all the inside info on how to set the golf club at the top of backswing and finally drop in the slot and fire through impact with a powerful release for piercing iron shots and divots after the ball. Video link www.youtube.com For more information visit Herman Williams Golf blog for detailed articles, photos and videos on this subject and more. www.hermanwilliamsgolf.com Herman Williams Golf 4750 Auburn Knightdale Rd # 102 Raleigh, NC 27610


hermanwilliamsgolf says:

That’s correct. We’re not advocating that the palms actually face each other. I will occasionally teach palms facing to some students, but most will do best following the anatomically neutral position of each palm turned slightly inward.

knockplayer says:

Herman, I’ve felt for many years that my right hand, wrist, and arm, along with my right hand grip were wrecking my swing. Especially my right hand grip and right wrist condition throughout my swing. I see that you’re in Raleigh. I’m only an hour away. Looks like I will be driving to Raleigh to see you. Thanks for the great video and make room for me on your lesson book. I’ll email you soon.

andeochful says:

“both palms” , sorry

andeochful says:

Alot of instruction indicates that both plans should face each other. If the left hand is so strong and the right hand is weak or neutral, the palms will not be opposite.

dannyfr22 says:

another great video mate. all your videos help so much

MassimoeMimmo says:


scratchgolfermd says:

Lagnload on youtube says in his videos to keep the right wrist bent before, at and after impact and follow through…..which is correct?

haricsl says:

Great set of vids, very concise and articulate. I agree with pretty much everything you say. However, I too disagree with the right arm push through swing shot. I agree you can teach a golf swing like that but in my opinion the feeling should relate more to the left arm swinging as a result of body pivot, rather than the right arm hitting..imo Thanks

ubb4me says:

Ive been working on these wrist positions. Its amazing how many flaws are cured by having the correct hand positions. I am now hitting the ball instead of slapping at it. Thanks for the weaker grip suggestion. I tend to hook the ball more than what I want. I also like the fact that the weaker grip will flatten my legt wrist more at the top. Thanks for the video.

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

As an addon, I do think a player can learn to manually manipulate the hands to finally get a sensation of a square clubface and solid hit and then as he progresses can probably graduate to the swing senorchipotle describes. But if they are already a weak slicer, I think you have to attack the hands and get an immediate difference before moving to a dead-handed, body-release type of swing.

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

No, if i did I’d be teaching it. I totally understand your point. It works well for good players who basically already do everything pretty well anyway. But if you’ve spent years in the trenches like I have watching thousands of hackers come up with every conceivable way to screw up a golf shot, you’d realize there are people who have a flat left wrist, bent right wrist, come over the plane, hang back on back foot, spin out & wipe across the ball open because that flat hand doesn’t face target.

senorchipotle says:

That’s true, but only if you’re flipping through impact. If the golfer is keeping a straight lead arm with a flat left wrist and bent right wrist at impact, it’s impossible to wipe across it, unless they’re severely under plane.

Do you not feel it’s easier to get them to do that than to learn to manually manipulate the club and depend completely on timing?

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

Apparently we disagree, but thanks for commenting and providing your input. It will surely help some on this forum. The humans swinging the club are the difficult, unpredictable part of the process. What you describe will work for some, but in my experience most amateurs at least will struggle with that description. They turn the body thru and wipe across the ball with the face wide open. Granted if the face is closed enough at hip high coming down, then you can just turn through.

senorchipotle says:

I agree with you up until about 4:15. It’s impossible to square up the clubface in an efficient and repeatable manner using the hands. Isn’t it the body’s job to square the clubface by keeping the upper body turning through the shot and allowing momentum to bring the club through?

TheMeanmachine87 says:

Great vid! I cast the club late in the downswing. How can hold the lag longer?

ariezdiezh says:

great explanation for late wrist movement on golf swing

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

Alter your grip if necessary, but the key is to have the leading edge of the clubface line up with your left forearm at top of backswing. Although it is prevalent with most pros, you don’t always have to have a flat wrist to succeed.

crisisofconsciousnes says:

my right wrist really prevents me keeping a straight left wrist, help!!??

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

Probably so when you’ve had such a strong habit of casting. Ultimately you want to keep training to get comfortable that you can get the handle past the ball and still square up the clubface in time to avoid slicing. At first, your brain will not want to give up hitting at the golf ball. You’ve got to learn to swing thru the ball and on to the true target down the fairway. Imagine throwing the club downrange vs throwing it at the ball. Good luck.

Abe Abrahamian says:

Herman great video. I started playing golf 4 years ago and want to improve dramatically. I have seen myself on video with the cupped left wrist. This has helped a lot. I recently started scoring in the mid-80’s however I am still scooping and loosing major power and accuracy. One very important question. Should we hold the right wrist position and let the force of the swing make contact with the ball?

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

I’m not sure I agree with Jack on the likelihood of casting, but if we really check this wrist position closely, he’s got it right. The truth is, most people will never realistically have the palm facing straight up even when thinking about the tray of dishes. I’m willing to present it that way knowing it will likely help more people than suggesting it is a 45-degree angle. Ultimately the goal is sufficient wrist hinge for power and a square clubface … lots of ways to get it. Thanks for input.

secretogolf says:

Herman shouldn’t the top of the right wrist postion be at about 45 degrees.In Nicklaus’ Golf My Way he has this position as being the best-45 degrees-,sighting that in the tray position there is a better chance of casting the club.

CheckBookIRAWeb says:

You are an excellent teacher. I’ve stopped cupping my left wrist and have seen a huge difference in distance and accuracy. I’m was 5 but have been under par quite a bit lately. By not taking as big a turn and a more firm wrist by accuracy has really improved. This video on the right hand and the index finger on top is too cool. I’m headed back to the range to give it a go. I’m 60 and this has helped my distance so I can better keep up with the young bucks. Keep up the good work!

dlaird8 says:

Love your vids Herman. Very fundamental stuff.

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

Thanks. My “Grip, Flat Wrist and Release” video series should help. Also check “over-the-top or in-the-slot” and “how to stop blocking golf shots.”

777bigred says:

Hi Herman,
I love your techniques, they are really helping. Please do a video on preventing a slice for beginners.

teleman1280 says:

Thanks mate. Been to different teachers and no one ever explains this they just say stop scooping at release. Thank you again

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

Your description should work fine. I always want people to remember those hands have to work in concert. Left forearm rotates and back of hand bows outward and downward; right wrist stays bent until impact and rotates thru in an over handed fashion. Key on whatever you need to do to get that to happen. Of course, all of this depends on your grip. So it sounds like you understand it better now and can keep training in the right direction. Good luck. – Herman

teleman1280 says:

Herman I commented on one of your other videos about the right hand but I think this answers some of my question. I think a fundamental problem was in my grip I would re grip and all the rest and right hand would slip off . Would I be right in saying one purpose of having the right hand like this is so that it releases in a rotational manner and not scooping? Can I therefore focus in using the right hand to to trigger the release from the hand and not think about the left hand ?if grip is right

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

Generally when you keep the trailing hand “palm down” as this video describes, the face stays closed and outside. So it’s very unusual to be under the plane if you execute this correctly. Keep your hands “in” and the clubhead “out” is my best advice without seeing you swing.

ads2494 says:

Herman, I have been working on properly hinging my wrist and in doing so am noticing the club jerking way too much to the inside and under plane. It has been brought to my attention that my right arm/elbow are rolling to the inside. I’m wondering if you have thoughts about a proper takeway, combined with the proper right wrist action so that the club does not jerk inside and under plane. Thank you.

hermanwilliamsgolf says:

200 -225 may be ok for what you have to work with. Stronger grip may help since wrist is immobile. Defintely keep snacking, drinking while playing. 4 hours is a long time to go with nothing, especially with all the walking and swinging. It’s more athletic than people give it credit for.

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