What benchmarks to use for the wrist angles during the backswing and the downswing?
Although the golf swing differs from player to player, Alistair Davies has shared a detailed video that coaches and players can apply when starting to optimize their wrist angles.
Watch the video (10 min) where Alistair Davies measures wrist angles with HackMotion sensor and explains the exact positions of his lead wrist throughout the swing:
Alistair Davies looks at flexion and extension of the lead wrist. Here are his measurements with HackMotion at the key positions:
Address: The lead wrist has +20 degrees extension (cupping).
Takeaway: Extension of the wrist is stable, remains at +20 degrees. During this stage, radial deviation is added.
At the top: Flattening of the lead wrist should happen. Extension should not be higher than in address, consider 0-20 degrees of extension.
In transition: The lead wrist should go into flexion (bowing) at the beginning of the downswing. Alistair’s wrist flexion has a range of -6 to -12 degrees. Maintain flexed position throughout the backswing.
At impact: His lead wrist remains flexed. The range is similar to the one in transition: -6 to -12 degrees.
After impact: The lead wrist goes into extension.
Practice with biofeedback!
Use HackMotion audio biofeedback to practice flattening the wrist at the top of the backswing.
Alistair sets the biofeedback range from -35 degrees flexion to +4 degrees extension, practicing the position to allow the body to learn it. After a bit of practice, improvement is instantly observable.
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