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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

More from Mike Malaska on Proper Forearm Action (Video)

Last Friday I posted a short video from Malaska about forearm rotation and how it interferes with clubface control. Today I've got a slightly longer video from him that explains the proper wrist action in more detail.

There's a lot to unpack here and I'll be coming back to this soon. But here's the takeaway for today:

If your trail wrist is 'cocking' properly, the clubface stays square to the plane of your swing. Even if you don't 'uncock' your trail wrist at impact, you'll STILL make square contact with the ball. You'll just hit it low instead of high.

The timing that causes your trail wrist to uncock at impact, the same way it 'uncocks' when you throw a baseball, is something I'll be writing about soon. (Yes, I have found videos to help illustrate how it works.) It's not difficult to understand but you won't be able to do it easily and consistently until you understand how your trail wrist uncocks.

If you've been following this blog for a long time, you'll recognize this action as what I have described as a slapping action. (That image alone should help you understand it better.) If you want to take a look at a couple of posts I've done about the motion, I did one back in 2017 called The Wall Slap Drill and, if you want to go back even further, I think I first started talking about the motion in a 2011 post called A Relaxed Approach to Wrist Action. Although I've done more posts than that, those two are probably the easiest to understand.

But for as long as I've been talking about the motion, I'm still learning more about how it works... and we'll be going into more detail over the next few weeks. So stay tuned.

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