Clarification of the left and right wrist at setup and impact

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    Bpeyton Jul 08, 2021
    Hi Ross,

    Just need clarification on how the left and right wrist works in the duPlessis Setup and impact position.

    Should the left wrist be flat and the right wrist bent in towards the target at setup and impact for right hand golfers?


    Ross Jul 09, 2021
    Yes, because this is how the wrists must be at impact. The back wrist is bent in and holding to keep the left wrist flat or even bowed out a little. If you start any other way at setup, then you’ll have to find this critical position during the swing before impact. It is also why hinging during the back swing does not help, but only causes problems.


    Bpeyton Jul 09, 2021
    Thanks, my playing partners informed me that I was flipping my right hand at the range yesterday. That’s because I setup with a flat right wrist initially. Going back to range and also playing 9 holes today. Will keep me right wrist bend in at setup.


    Ross Jul 09, 2021
    Great… and try to keep it there through impact. Just after impact, the club will release on a full shot. Don’t confuse this with the Fixed Wrist Drill I have in the Lesson Videos that teaches you how to maintain the wrist angle through impact all the way to the finish (and is a great technique for short shots around the green). That is a special use.


    Femgolf1 13 days ago
    Dear Sir. What is your personal grip pressure with all clubs? I want to train to do everything like you. In your various writings you have said it depends individual. Yes I grip very firm. You even recommend firm because the club wants to flip. But what to know your that I may train with it and master it as the ideal coming from my teacher. Smiles


    Ross 12 days ago
    The ideal grip pressure for every golfer, is about controlling the club so it does not “flop” or “flip”. I use the term “flop” to replace the word “hinge” (they had different meanings). Here are my definitions so you understand the difference.

    Flop: If when the grip pressure is light or soft, and the shoulders do move the club and arms to a point in the backswing, where the club shaft/head starts to fall (towards the golfer) due to the weight of the club head passing over the top of the shaft… or, in other words, where the club head passes the grip. This is difficult to explain but, what happens with a light grip is, the wrists hinge without the actually being activated. The wrists are not moving the club, the weight of the club head falling pass the center line of the shaft (due to gravity) is hinging the wrists… or the club “Flops”.

    Hinge: The wrist muscles contract and bend to prepare the hands to throw the club head at the ball (like and axe at a tree).

    Flip: Flip or flipping is the result of the wrists having been hinged (either by flop or hinge) and now have the need for the opposite reaction* … to be un-hinged and this many times results in the club head passing the butt end of the shaft just before impact, resulting in thin shot, weak shop, opened or closed club face and other bad things. Many times if there was control on the backswing, there is no (opposite reaction) need to “flip” and the body can just rotate and trap the ball.

    Restrict the shoulders: If the golfer grips the club so hard that the arms also tighten … or the arms extended and elbows towards each other with a very firm grip, can hinder or restrict the shoulders from turning freely.

    … again, grip pressure (with my method) is about controlling the club just enough that you don’t “restrict the shoulders” (too tight)… let the club head “flop” in the backswing… or “flip” into or just after impact.

    * There is a saying: For every “Action” there is an opposite and equal “Reaction”. This means if you ‘do something’ the energy potential stored will have the need to ‘un-do’ it. Like a child on a swing… if you push them one way, as some point the potential energy will want to do the opposite.


    Femgolf1 12 days ago
    OMG!!! Many thanks for taking all the time to explain all of these. I am fulfilled. I will keep working. I am on the right path. I just need to hold ,TURN and ROTATE maintaining the RADIUS from the left shoulder to the clubhead. And the ROTATION through must be finished balanced. This working for me at the moment.


    Ross 12 days ago
    No worries. This is a tough element in the golf swing. You can even create different kinds of shot results using different grip pressures on purpose… but that’s a whole new ball of wax as they say.

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