Friday, January 25, 2013

How Little Wrist Cock is Too Little?

Since I wrote earlier in the week about Brian Gay's wrist cock (or lack thereof), I thought this post might be apropos.

Are you wondering why I've included this post in the "mindset" category? It's because too many players have a mental hang-up about power, and it keeps them from making the correct moves. If you have the right mindset, proper wrist action is almost automatic.

Rocco Mediate is another player who doesn't cock his wrists a lot during his backswing (as is Steve Stricker), although he gets a bit more wrist cock than Brian Gay. It's part of the reason these guys have a reputation for being so accurate... and such good short game players. This little video says a lot in just a couple of minutes, so play it as many times as necessary.

I know Rocco says that the swing is all legs and no arms, and that anybody who tells you different is wrong. But he's only half right. All swings use both legs and arms; it's just that you only notice the one you have trouble with! If you tend to use your arms too much, you think the legs are the most important part of the swing. If you tend to use your legs too much, you think the arms are the most important.

A good swing is a balance of the two, and most weekend players tend to overuse one or the other. The irony is, if you give those same players a Frisbee™ or a tennis racket or even an axe, they won't have any trouble at all moving everything in sync.

It's important to note that players like Rocco don't have problems with flipping and such. If you're having those problems, there's a good chance you're trying to manipulate your wrists rather than just hold onto the club and let nature take its course.

When a player like Rocco Mediate says he doesn't feel his wrists cocking at all (as he has in some of his TV appearances), it's because they are relaxed and because of the way he moves. Rocco actually bends his lead elbow at the top of his swing, which lessens how much he cocks his wrists but gives him the same effect as a bigger wrist cock. (You may remember that big-hitting J.B. Holmes has a similar move. You might want to go back to that post and compare his move with Rocco's.) I think I've used this video before, but this is so relevant that I'm posting it again.



Also note what Rocco says about where the elbows should be pointing. That's why I make such a big deal about the one-piece takeaway. If you make an OPT your elbows will point toward the ground pretty much all the way through your swing.

All-in-all, there's a lot of good advice in this video. To quote another famous Rock, maybe you should "smell what the Rock is cooking" and see if it doesn't heat up your game a bit. Even if you can't get yourself to use it in your full swing -- as I said, some people just can't get past that mental power block -- I bet you'll see a major improvement in your short game.

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