Friday, March 25, 2011 at 4:42 PM
A good drill that I've come across to teach this action is the wrist watch drill advocated by David Leadbetter. It relies on the simple image of a wrist watch on your left wrist. Concentrate on maintaining the watch face facing toward the ground at impact. Leadbetter says, "To get the feel of this, practice making smooth half-swings holding the club with your left hand alone and swinging waist-high to waist-high. Focus on the face of your watch, trying to feel it going from looking at the sky from the top of your swing to looking toward the ground through impact."
Another simple drill that I like is to ungrip the right thumb and index finger (for a right-handed golfer) right before impact with the ball. This drill quiets the right hand and wrist so that they don't overpower that of the left. I have found it to be very effective in preventing the dreaded wrist "flip" or "scoop." Remember, scooping is for ice cream, not golf.
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