ARTICLES - DECEMBER 2007
All In The Wrists
accuracy isn't one of your strong suits, one way to get
a wayward clubface under control quickly is to check
your left wrist at the top of your swing. There's a
direct correlation between the angle of your left wrist
and the position of the clubface (open, closed, or
square) at he top of your swing and at impact. The ideal
position would be if the back of your left hand
and your left wrist formed a straight line after you've
brought your golf club to the top. This indicates a
your left wrist is cupped, or bent back at the top, your
clubface will be open and you'll be more likely to hit a
push or a slice, depending on your swing path. On the
other hand, if your left wrist is bowed, or bent
forward, chances are good that you'll bring your golf
club down to impact with a closed face, which can result
in a pull or a hook.
most of your bad shots are going right, and you notice
that your left wrist is bending back at the top, take a
ruler and either tape it to the back of your left hand
and wrist, or hold it there with your wristwatch.
Practice taking the golf club to the top. You'll soon
get the feel of what it's like to swing the club back
without cupping your wrist, which will reduce those
left-to-right or right-to-right ball flights.
Similarly, if most of your mis-hits are heading left,
and you notice that your left wrist is bending forward
at the top, move the ruler to the underside of your left
wrist and palm. This will prevent you from bowing your
wrist, and with practice, will help you straighten out
those pulls and hooks.
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