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Hi Maria,

Can you explain about the importance of a flat left wrist through the impact zone and how you go about executing. It gets talked about a lot by golf instructors and i'm curious to learn more.

Thanks

Troy
--Troy V. from Arizona City, AZ

Hi Troy. Great question. The importance of the flat left wrist lies in the ability to apply pressure down into the ball and compress it with a forward leaning shaft. This obviously de-lofts the face a bit hitting the shot out lower and longer and the increased compression creates more distance as well.

If you have a cupped wrist at impact the shaft is leaning backwards (no pressure) and the club is coming up with added loft. These will either be thing shots or just weak high shots as the ball rolls up the face.

One thing I always tell my students is that you don't have enough time to both flip (or cup) and roll the arms through impact. In other words if you focus on keeping the wrists flat with the forearms and simply rolling the arms through impact, you won't cup. Makes sense right? So next time you are out at the range focus on rolling your arms over through the impact zone while maintaining flat wrists and let me know how it goes!

Check out the Roll Down Drill here:
www.mygolfinstructor.com/instruction/diagnosing-problems/drills/

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