Please note: This is part three of a three-part series.
Fundamental #3: Flat Left Wrist
This is the third and final installment of the miniseries with V1 Sports Ambassador Bob Grissett. Bob has guided us through the fundamentals that he finds most critical to great golf. In this post we explore his third and final fundamental: a flat left wrist. A flat left wrist is imperative to striking the ball “pure” and creating a tight dispersion pattern. “Look at some of the best ball strikers of all time such as Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Dustin Johnson...the commonality is without question a flat left wrist at the top of the back swing and at impact,” says Bob.
A majority of amateurs cup their left wrist at the top of their swing, opening the face and diminishing power. A cupped left wrist can be played but requires a high degree of coordination and manipulation. A flat left wrist narrows errant shots and significantly increases distance potential.
How to Check: Flat Left Wrist
Bob uses the V1 Sports Video Technology Platform to provide students with instant visual feedback with before and after swing comparisons. Check your wrist on your own by following the steps below.
Open the V1 Golf app and select a swing to analyze or capture a new swing.
Forward to the top of the backswing
Draw a line along the left arm and wrist to the shaft. (or right wrist if left-handed)
Check that the line is straight, indicating a flat wrist.
The photo below demonstrates the improper (left) and proper (right) left wrist positions at the top of the backswing via the yellow lines.
You can check your own wrist position by downloading the V1 Golf app or working with a V1 instructor like Bob Grissett.