GMR - Now, when you throw clubs do it with your left (lead) hand ... and practice on making sure the back of your wrist faces the target ... and work on making sure the wrist is at least flat or preferably slightly bowed or arched when you release the club. This will make it easier to throw the club on a lower trajectory to your target. But, more importantly, it duplicates what you want to have happen in your golf swing - lead wrist facing the target that is [at least] flat or preferably have a slight bow or arch. This squares the clubface, brings the hands in front of the clubhead, leans the shaft, allows you to feel the lag of the clubface's sweet spot path...along with all sorts of other good things.
If you lined up 100 amateur golfers with mid-to-high handicaps and asked them to hit some shots you might find a handful that actually had a flat left wrist at impact. If you actually asked all 100 of them to make sure to have a flat left wrist at impact - you might have a dozen of them that accomplished doing it, however you'd have practically 'all' of them that 'think' they had a flat left wrist at impact. Only after asking them to make absolutely sure to positively bow or arch their left wrist toward the target at impact would you have any sizable percentage of them that could literally produce a flat left wrist at impact ... and only a small percentage that could produce a slightly bowed or arched wrist (as requested) at impact. In other words, what you 'think' you're doing with the lead wrist at impact is not always what you are literally doing. The biggest mistake most golfers make is the left wrist breaks down before or at impact because the golfer is not controlling their swing with their lead side and their trailing side (most often their dominant/stronger side) collapses the lead wrist. It's like Dennis Clark (PGA Master Professional) has said; 'The lead wrist IS the club face in golf. I have seen more problems caused by cupping the wrist than almost any other swing flaw. As soon as the wrist cups, you have opened the face, steepened your swing and added loft to the shot.
' Obviously you do not want your lead wrist to be in this condition at impact!
If you want to play good golf and strike the ball well a flat left (lead) wrist at impact is absolutely critical, and preferably being able to have a slightly bowed or arched left wrist is even better. Your practice of throwing clubs to a target can be an important training method, but incorporating the proper lead wrist action through your release process should also be part of your development.
Most golfers have their lead wrist in a slightly cupped position at the top of their backswing, which is perfectly fine - some may be very cupped (e.g. Freddie Couples) and of course some may be very bowed (e.g. Dustin Johnson). Most, but not all, find it easier to move the lead wrist into a slightly bowed or arched position at impact beginning somewhere midway in their downswing, something that can really only be determined for each individual through practice. Some people may find it preferable to start moving toward the bow/arch position from the top, however most find it easier and more beneficial to do it around P4/P5 - there is no right or wrong place to start the process. Along with squaring the clubface the other benefit of moving into a bowed lead wrist position (during the downswing) to face the target at impact is that it also provides the off-plane 'tumble' of the shaft that is required (that Mike Malaska and Brian Manzella talk about in their teachings) and gives you the feel of lag in your swing. All good things, and nothing bad!
Edited by Strike Force, 10 October 2017 - 03:32 PM.