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Golf Instruction Zone: The World’s Top Golfer Does It – But Should You?

May 18, 2017 by Jim Maggio

In this installment of the Golf Instruction Zone, Dustin Johnson Golf School director of instruction Allen Terrell discusses the unique position of Dustin’s lead wrist in his swing. It’s helped him become the world’s top golfer – but would this technique help the average golfer?

 

Today we’re going to talk about wrist angles, and specifically the wrist angle in the lead wrist – so, for a right-handed golfer, we’re talking about the left wrist.

Of course, since Dustin Johnson’s name is on our school, that’s going to mean even more because he’s obviously known for having a lot of bow or flexion in his lead wrist at the top of his swing. No one taught him that – he taught himself that, for different reasons (which would make for a separate, long video). But he’s obviously No. 1 in the world, and a big reason is for this condition. It allows him to do a lot of things that generate power in his downswing when he’s in this position.

When your lead wrist is more cupped (in the opposite direction), it’s going to be a lot harder to generate more power and consistency. Can you play with a cupped lead wrist? Absolutely – but you’re going to have to make some kind of compensation by trying to flatten or bow that wrist in the downswing, so you don’t hit the ball straight up in the air.

Why don’t you just simplify your swing? Go ahead and flatten your lead wrist at the top, so that on the downswing you have a much better chance of keeping the sweet spot of the club face behind your hands, then rotating hard and knocking the cover off the golf ball.

A flat lead wrist at the top of your swing will definitely help you do that!