caryk, on 30 November 2010 - 11:15 AM, said:
Glad to see that's worked for you and is helping you understand how that feels. I've learned though that a flat left wrist is NOT the result of any conscious effort to create it but rather the consequence of a good downswing motion that allows the left wrist to get to that position naturally, not artificially. If you let physics do it's thing, that should happen automatically.
Like you, I thought creating that flat left wrist position was the "nirvana" position and what I needed to strive for when in reality, it was the physics of the swing that I really needed to understand. The FLW is just a beneficial by-product of that. Take it from a former flipper ... if you learn how to create a good downswing motion, everything else will fall into place.
Well, it turns out that both Chop and Caryk are correct. But, you have to go into more depth on the subject. It's something we've been working on for over 20 years and finally have a cure for casting and coming over the top, flipping, chickenwinging, etc.
(1) Flat or bowed left wrist at top (think Dustin johnson) for example, versus Gary Player who was on Golf Channel with Michael B. and stated that the biggest mistake ams make is not to cup their wrist at the top. By the way, Jim Colbert personally told me the same thing, and I personally think the easiest way to move in the backswing is to to that.
But then the question then becomes - which (or somewhere in between) is easier and more effective for you. It's not something that I consciously think about anymore - I have no need to do that. The swing is a motion, and unfortunately we do not practice it like the game is played. For example, in the May 2010 issue of Golf magazine, Rickie Fowler said "My game is all about hitting all-feel,no-think shots."
(2) There are the aha moments, but the trick is that you not only have to create a reliable swing, but you must maintain it. That's where caryk's post is right on:
Take it from a former flipper ... if you learn how to create a good downswing motion, everything else will fall into place.
and how you have to do that is thru "Feel." This feeling is subject to change
, so you need something that will allow you to rekindle that feel as fast as possible.
If you notice the video on the Power Tools page, you'll notice that Jr has a perfectly flat leading wrist at impact. He's not consciously trying to do that, as its just a result of the correct swinging motion.