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Learn to Swing Like Major Champion Collin Morikawa

In this post we will look at Collin Morikawa’s swing and what coaches and players can learn from it.

Collin Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship impressing everyone with his superb tee-to-green performance. His swing is a great example of modern, athletic motion and a great model to use for coaches.


                                  Image source: Golf.com article, link below

One of the most noticeable aspects of his swing is his lead wrist flexion also known as “bowing” of the wrist. Colin has a flexed wrist at the top and he has it flexed also during the downswing.


wrist angles = club face control

First of all, let’s review the terminology – what exactly is wrist flexion/extension?


There is more than one way to swing the club and pros do it different ways. However what we consistently see among amateurs is that they manipulate the clubface much more before impact to square it which results in a weak flip.

With the lead wrist in a flexed position the clubface is stabilized and all that is left to do is to rotate your body. Of course, that is not easy for everyone to do, since many players do not have the athletic capability to rotate as much as Collin Morikawa. But if you are able to rotate then follow the advice – hands make the club face stable and body generates the speed. Very much like Lee Trevino used to do.


"Simply, whatever the lead wrist does, the club-face follows. So when elite players flex their lead wrist as they transition from backswing to downswing (and most do), the clubface rotates with it, closing slightly. It’s proof that the lead wrist’s role is fairly significant. Flexing it early in the downswing requires less work on the player’s part to make sure the clubface is properly closed later in the swing. " "Keep in mind an important analogy: Your lead wrist is your swing’s steering wheel, but your body remains the engine. The engine can never stall. By taking the correct grip and maintaining lead-wrist flexion deep into your downswing, all that’s left to do on your part is to rotate your body."
Dana Dahlquist
PGA Tour Coach, Golf Digest Top50 Instructor, Golf Magazine top100

                                  Source: Golf.com article, link below


But how to train wrists for getting into more flexion during the swing? The answer is the “motorcycle move”

In this video coach Tyler Ferrell explains what is the motorcycle move, why it is helpful for squaring clubface and how he uses HackMotion sensor’s biofeedback to teach it during his lessons.

Tour professionals at impact have around -25 degrees more flexion (more bowing) than they had at address. So if average pro player has 25 degrees extended (cupped) wrist at address, he on average has 0 degrees extended (flat) wrist at impact.

What is the “motorcycle move”:

At the top of the backswing take your lead hand and pretend it is no longer on a golf grip but on a motorcycle grip.  Feel the knuckles of your lead hand turn clockwise as you start your downswing. This will give you the feel of closing the face earlier in your downswing. If you turn you knuckles but don’t keep rotating your body you will hook the golf ball or start the ball well left of your target. If you turn your body but don’t knuckle down enough you will leak it to the right.

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  • Audio feedback helps to fix common swing faults – too much wrist cupping (extension) in full swing causing open club face and inconsistent wrist angles in your putting stroke.


Learn about 3 different tour player release patterns, when they are effective and which players should use them.
Watch our exclusive wrist seminar video by Scott Cowx (Canada PGA Teacher of the Year)

Collin Morikawa Golf.com article source: https://golf.com/instruction/collin-morikawa-golf-swing-2020-pga-championship/


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