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The Specific Wrist Action in the Golf Swing

The Wrist action in the golf swing

Inside the leather Classic Golf Swing Mechanics and simple golf swing tips for self-coaching techniques.

By: Charles W. Boatright Author of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Delta Technique Geared for Distance and Control

The Specific Preset Wrist Action in the Golf Swing

The major issue that some golfers have using their wrists is that the wrists behave like a universal joint that has several maneuvers. To be specific, the wrists have six (6) maneuvers, three (3) of which are critical in setting, either at the start of the takeaway, which I prefer, or during the takeaway swing.

The three maneuvers that the golfer wants to use to preset their wrists are Palmar Flex, Pronation, and Radial Deviation, shown in the introduction figure above. This is explained in Section 1.14 of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. Each maneuver performs one of the three elements in the ESPY Golf Swing. The preset wrist action in the golf swing sets the following Ergonomic (E) elements, for the right-handed golfer:

  • SYNC– Is performed with the Palmar Flex, using the left Hypothenar to hinge the left wrist backward, toward the golfer’s right elbow. This was a similar technique that Ken Duke demonstrated on Golf Channel in an interview with Lisa Cornwell. The SYNC, Palmar Flex, maneuver is for CLUBHEAD SPEED!
  • PRESET– Is performed by the natural Pronation of the left wrist, as the left Hypothenar hinges toward the right elbow. The deviational move of the left Hypothenar will naturally pronate the left wrist into the Lock Position. The PRESET, or Pronation, maneuver is for CONTROL!
  • YAW– Is performed by the natural Radial Deviation of the left wrist, when the golfer takes the handle of the club to the top of their swing. Yaw is an aviation term for a horizontal body (shoulders) rotating about a vertical axis (Spinal axis). While the Yaw maneuver is for POWER, the Radial Deviation is for ACCELERATION. The Radial Deviation is what causes the ball to develop loft. Around the green, this is a key component.

Using a Bunt-type Pitch Drill Wrist Action in the Golf Swing to Improve your Game

If you perform these maneuvers correctly, your wrists should look like the figure below, with the wrists in the lock position figure below:

I produced a YouTube video demonstrating the SYNC/PRESET/YAW maneuver in a pitch shot, which is a very finesse golf shot. Anywhere you putt, you can perform this Bunt-type Pitch Shot, but just use a backstop like I do to catch those wayward shots.

The Bunt-type Pitch Shot is an excellent training technique for several reasons. Three are:

  • That is uses the same maneuvers used in the full golf shot.
  • It develops the muscle memory in the subconscious mind because it requires such finesse, by using the fine motor skills that we depend on for consistency in our golf game.
  • You can develop a baseball batter’s mentality, where you are just focused on the ball and nothing else; NO THINKING required!

An honest observation: You might very well use your conscious mind to practice your golf swing in the backyard or on the practice range, while thinking through each element. But I can guarantee you that once you step foot on the golf course, you will be using your subconscious mind, NO DOUBT!

If you haven’t practiced your golf swing subconsciously, you won’t be able to perform your golf swing on the golf course, regardless of how long you practice a particular technique. This is where the finesse Bunt-Type Pitch Drill is a very effective technique golf drill, because it requires a tremendous amount of finesse and fine-motor skills, a subconscious function. To learn more about the Bunt-type Pitch golf training drill to enhance the golfer’s performance on the golf course, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:

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