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Flipping

Flipping is used to describe the clubface passing the hands to quickly through impact. The hands should always lead the club into the impact zone. When the clubface catches up to the hands before impact and passes the hands, the result is a cupping in the lead wrist and a weak, scooping shot that will lose considerable distance. Fat shots and thin shots are often the result, but spraying the ball also becomes a problem.

Flipping Drills

Flipping Tips

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  • Lag the Clubhead

    For all full swings keep the club head behind your hands as long as possible to make sure that you hit the ball first, then the ground. When you lag the club and let it release at the last possible moment you are storing your energy and maintaining control. Remember, as soon as the club catches up to your hands and starts to pass them you are no longer descending and no longer in control of the face.

  • The Bigger Your Grip, the Less Wrists You Use

    To eliminate excessive wrist action try a fatter grip. You can by bigger grips and even huge ones like you may have seen KJ Choi use. You can also use tennis tape to build up your own grip. The more of your palm it takes to hold the grip, the quieter your wrists will be. The more you hold a grip down in your fingers, the more active your wrists will be.

  • Hold the Putter in Your Palms

    To prevent excessive movement of the face, make sure you are holding the grip in your palm with your thumbs pointing straight down the shaft. Keeping your palms facing each other ensures a neutral grip. When one hand is turned inward or outward your forearm position is altered. This encourages rotation of your arms and wrists during the stroke which would alter the clubface.

  • Keep Your Hands in the Lead

    To store your energy and unleash it into the ball, make sure your hands stay in the lead well in front of the club head on the way down. Allowing the clubhead to pass your hands before impact throws all the energy out of the golf club and causes deceleration. When the clubhead passes your hands you are no longer in control of it either. This can cause shots to spray left and right or come out thin or fat.

  • The Bigger Your Grip, The Less Wristy You Will Be

    Try a fat grip. If you are having major troubles with speed control, chances are your hands and wrists may be too involved. When the little muscles are over active, it's hard to be consistent. You could try to wrap your grip with tennis grip tape to fatten it up or purchase a new grip altogether like the super fat one that you may have seen K.J. Choi use. The bigger the grip and the more you have to palm it and the stiffer your wrists will be.

  • Finish With Front Wrist Flat

    When hitting greenside chip shots finish with the back of your front wrist flat and your back wrist still bent. This will help you prevent a flip or early release of the clubhead. When your front wrist cups through impact the result is often weak scoopy shots. Flipping the wrists can also result in fat and thin shots as your clubhead will reach the bottom of it's arc too soon.

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