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    I am a lefty and tend to slice. I have NSA and "Flipper". In an attempt to improve my swing I tried flattening my right wrist during the takeaway. This seemed to allow me to take a more complete backswing and to effect a left hip pivot. When I don't flatten my wrist (via twistaway) I find that I can't make a good backswing nor can I effect a left hip pivot. The bent right wrist seems to lnhibit these motions.

    Is this a valid observation? Is there an explanation for the apparent inhibitory effect on the full backswing and hip pivot. When I achieved a more complete backswing/pivot the shot straightened out and went farther.

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    I was thinking about this the other night and I figure that a twistaway type move will tend to flatten a swing and a pivot (I assume you allude to a sharper hip turn with your "left hip pivot"?) vs. a cupped left wrist in the backswing. Tend to.

    Same deal with making you swing more to the right in the downswing with a twistaway clubface control.
    "birdie_man" guy

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    it would be easier..to twist with your left hand hand....as oppose to twist it with your right hand. I think alot of people try to flatten their wrist on top with their right hand because you see your right hand..and not your left hand. If your just bend your left wrist your right wrist would be flat...and it's really easy to hit the ball compare to try to flatten your right wrist at the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenhaoyen View Post
    it would be easier..to twist with your right hand....as oppose to twist it with your left hand. I think alot of people try to flatten their wrist on top with their left hand because you see your left hand..and not your right hand. If your just bend your right wrist your left wrist would be flat...and it's really easy to hit the ball compare to try to flatten your left wrist at the top.
    Reverse this statement for the lefty who's posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kobylinski View Post
    Reverse this statement for the lefty who's posting
    I'm sorry lol

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    I've been away for a couple of weeks, so. sorry for the lack of a prompt response. Yes, the bent left wrist does the trick for me, rather than the focus on the right wrist. Thanks for the helpful suggestion.

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    Three words that should be in instructors vocabulary...

    "Its kinda like...."

    'Its kinda like' holding a sweeping brush and sweeping it back along an uphill slope (or more technically a perpendicular plane to the inclined plane - or what I term the reverse plane).

    Now for more indepth....

    Make sure you keep the hands vertical to the plane for the period of initial acceleration but as the acceleration subsides allow the orbit of the clubhead travelling around the left wrist to create the wrist conditions of turned/either flat or bent dependant on release type you wish to create. I cannot overstate that the initial acceleration should not include turning the hands to the plane. Why anyone would want to add a spin to the force that starts their stroke, I do not know!
    Last edited by Deadly_Scope; 10-13-2008 at 10:01 PM.

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    A flat left wrist for a (righty) or a flat right wrist for a (lefty) is a take away used by many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Hero View Post
    A flat left wrist for a (righty) or a flat right wrist for a (lefty) is a take away used by many.
    how can one say that a flat left wrist is an imperative when there are pro flippers winning big monies

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    Quote Originally Posted by joec View Post
    how can one say that a flat left wrist is an imperative when there are pro flippers winning big monies
    The only imperatives are a true path (the 3D path of the sweetspot) and true clubface (i.e. "Lie Ange tool") that are aligning for a D-plane ("Ball Flight") of your choosing, with enough power generated to have the ball travel far enough.

    Period.
    All you have is your hand path, the force along that path, and torque about that path.


    That's your means for creating the proper D-Plane with the proper speed, for the desired shot.


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