I added the Francesco Molinari Freeze Hands Drill to the Golf Practice Planner today because Molinari is one of the best ball strikers the game has ever known, and this drill is his secret sauce.

His name is not Molinari anymore. It’s Machinari because he’s a machine.” – Sergio Garcia on Molinari, who became the first European player in history to claim 5 wins from as many matches.


Francesco Molinari Freeze Hands Drill

Long Game Practice Drills

2 out of 10

5 minutes

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The Francesco Molinari Freeze Hands drill will help you become a lot more consistent with your strike. You’ll learn how Molinari went from a wristy player to “freezing his hands” to take the wrists as much out of the backswing as possible.

One of Molinari’s key swing thoughts on an iron shot is to almost completely freeze out the wrists out of the swing as much as possible. When he was a little kid he didn’t have a lot of strength so used a lot of hands and wrists to gain power. Progressively throughout his career, that’s something he’s tried hard to eliminate. 

Ready? You’re going to have a lot of fun swinging like Molinari!


Step 1: Watch
Watch the video.

Step 2: Right Arm Only Backswing Freeze 
Take a practice swing with your right arm only, and left wrist by the middle of your chest (see image below). Feel as if you’re freezing the wrists (very little wrist cock).

It’s not going to happen like that in your “real swing”, but it’s a good drill to help quieten the wrists and hands. This will help you complete the backswing with the bigger muscles (torso and legs). 

Molinari Freeze Hands Drill

Step 3: Both Arms Backswing Freeze
Take a full practice swing (with both hands on the club) and feel as if you’re freezing the wrists (very little wrist cock). On the backswing feel the bigger muscles (torso and legs). 

Step 4: Hit Shots With The Freeze Feel
Do 10 Francesco Molinari Freeze Hands shots. Give yourself one point each time you perform the freeze correctly. 

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