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How your left wrist (for right-handed golfers) controls the club face right off the ball is very important. What Scott Hamilton talks about in this video can not only creep into a pro’s swing, but it can cause the everyday golfer a lot of issues as the swing continues back.

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  1. Meiko

    Dec 4, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Hi, does this apply to driver, as well?

    • don

      Dec 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      No, it’s entirely different for the driver because of the longer shaft and bigger swing arc.

  2. Dan Jones

    Dec 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Good Tip, although a bit too simplistic. Most people can relate to the position of the wrist through kinesthetic feel, in other words, a tactile learning or feel. In reality it is actually the two forearm bones, the Ulna and Radius, that are turning the wrist into position, the wrist itself should move very little other than a slight tilting towards the palm side to extend fully and prepare for forces generated during the downswing, as a fully extended wrist needs less energy to maintain position.

    One key that amateurs usually don’t understand. As humans we do everything with our hands and wrists, so we have very good awareness of them. But the hands and wrists are the biggest destroyers of good swings (I’m as guilty too, usually with short shots when I haven’t played in a while). Let the big muscles do all the work for you, the muscles in your hands and wrists are just powerful enough to destroy the rest of a good swing. Use them to hold the club and nothing else.

    If you don’t believe, try this. Go to the range and put your arms in a static position. Without the use of your arms, see how far and how accurately you can hit a ball with just your hands. Remember, the arms have to feel locked in concrete when you try it, they absolutely cannot move.

    Good Luck!
    Dan Jones, PGA

    • SK

      Dec 3, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Scott Hamilton only explains the orientation of the clubface in the takeaway and to club approaching vertical on plane. The point he makes is the left lead wrist flex is maintained until the left arm is at horizontal and only then the left wrist flattens out. Nothing more.
      There is good reason to maintain a flexed left wrist until then and it’s to control the change of leverages of the club handle.

  3. Neil

    Nov 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    It’s a lie angle tool, not a “face aimer.”

    • Dan Jones

      Dec 1, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Give us Pro’s a break every now and again. Hell, one day I forgot how to write my own name, was it i before e? Or e before i? I hadn’t wrote Daniel in so long I had to stop and think about it a minute. I’m sure he knows, but in the middle of recording the video, which he did a good job mind you, it can be a little stressful. Been there, done that!

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