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Two Checks for Ulnar Deviation
There is a common misconception that golfers want to "hold" the angle or hinge of their wrists for as long as possible in the downswing. The idea is that this will increase lag, power, and consistency, but we know from the 3D data of touring professionals that the club starts unhinging, or ulnar deviating, much earlier than what we have been told. In my teaching, I have found that many golfers benefit from actively training this unhinge, or ulnar deviation pattern, especially if they are struggling with fat shots or have a tendency to hit pulls. You can visually check to see if you are unhinging early enough from both the down-the-line and face-on views. If you are ulnar deviating at the proper time, from the down-the-line view, you will see that the club has shallowed considerably by the time it is waist high or at 9 o'clock. From the face-on view, you can check your follow through to make sure that you have close to a straight line relationship between your arms and the shaft at again, waist high or 3'clock. This straight line relationship would indicate that you have fully unhinged and released the club. Ultimately, you can do some great training on this pattern by working on some "9 to 3" swings, especially if you have been taught to "hold the angle" and struggle with being overly steep.
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Iron, Driver, Transition, Concept, Intermediate