Cock Your Wrists On the Plane – John Hayes Golf March 2017 Golf Tip Newsletter Newsletter Golf Tip – March 2017

For your golf game: Some students have asked how they should cock their wrists during the backswing? Should they try to cock them upward or what? The first part of the answer is: You should not TRY to cock your wrists. Be sure that your wrists are a very flexible hinge, flexible meaning that you have no muscular tension, and let the momentum of the backswing cock your wrists for you.
The second part of this question is really about the direction of the coiling of the wrists in the backswing. Simply stated by Manuel de la Torre, World Golf Teachers Hall of Famer, “The wrists hinge on the plane.” (This is lesson #17 in my golf instruction book, Learning Golf with Manuel.) So if you have a tall golfer who is swinging a short iron then that swing plane will be more vertical than with a very short person, like a junior golfer, who is swinging the driver with the resulting swing plane being more horizontal. The coiling of the wrists in the backswing should match the plane of the swing and so will be different for each of these golfers. Even with the same golfer then the wrist coil should be slightly different for each club and will correspond to the plane of each particular club.
Here is the good news: You do not have to figure out on what plane to coil your wrists. The momentum of the backswing will coil your wrists on the correct plane if you keep your wrists flexible and just let them respond to the motion in the backswing. If you happen to notice that the wrist coil in the backswing is on a different plane for the driver versus the wedge then you are correct but this is not something that you will need to concern yourself with during the golf swing.

Upcoming clinics and events: My next specialty clinic will be a SHORT GAME BOOT CAMP for 2 hours held on Saturday, MARCH 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. I will cover pitching/chipping, bunker play, putting, and fun games to practice effectively! Men or Ladies welcome. This is NOT for new beginners. There is a limit of only 3 students so call or email to sign up. Total cost is only $55.
I will conduct a GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP on Thur., March 30th through Sunday, April 2nd. There will be 4 hours of golf clinics (Thur. & Fri. from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sat. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and then we will finish on the golf course on Sun. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is perfect for beginners who want to feel comfortable on the golf course in a short time. Total cost is only $99 and includes everything!
My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 2 consecutive Weekends – APRIL 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on all 4 Weekend days. Cost is only $40 total for all 4 hours! It is good for beginners or newly dedicated golfers.
Please call/text (727) 692-4679 or email,, to sign up as space is limited for all clinics. Go to for more details.
** I will be conducting the Adult Golf Clinics every week on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. There is no sign up, just show up and cost is only $20 which includes a large bucket of range balls.
As always, please contact me with any questions or comments and I hope to see you soon on the lesson tee at the Chi Chi Golf Range & Sports Complex in beautiful Clearwater in the Tampa, FL area.