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Measuring Wrist Motion in Putting by David Orr

David Orr (PGA Tour Putting coach, Flatstick Academy) analyzes Brad Faxon’s (top10 all time putter) putting stroke. Watch the video with his excellent presentation (20 minutes) and explore the wrist data below the video.

The terminology used:

    • Flexion (-)/Extension (+) (green line) = Bowing/Cupping of the lead wrist
    • Radial (+)/Ulnar (-) deviation (blue line) = Cocking/Uncocking of the lead wrist
    • Rotation (+)/(-) (purple line) = Global Rotation relative to address. Closing clubface, counter-clockwise motion(+)/Opening clubface, clockwise motion(-)

Extension(+)/Flexion(-)

Radial(+)/Ulnar(-) Deviation

Rotation Clockwise(-)/Counter-Clockwise(+)

Take a look at Brad Faxon’s wrist data, broken down into parts. Pay attention to the sequencing of wrist motion- rotation, ulnar deviation and flexion.

Since some wrist motion is inevitable, it is very important to understand if the wrist motion pattern is functional or non-functional. Here is an example of FUNCTIONAL PATTERN – lead wrist moves into flexion and ulnar deviation during backswing. Green and Blue graph lines are both moving in negative/downwards direction.

Here is an example of LESS FUNCTIONAL pattern – lead wrist moves into extension and radial deviation during backswing. Much harder to play from this position. Green and Blue graph lines are both moving in positive/upwards direction.

Setting biofeedback (audio signal) range is an effective way to improve wrist motion and decrease it if needed. Take a look at before and after data – there is less unnecessary wrist motion after the change.

Conclusions from presenatation:

  • Absolute Values vary from calibration to calibration
  • Absolute Values vary from player to player
  • Study Graphs of individual wrist motion first, then all together
  • Test Wrist Motion from varying distances – 10ft, 20ft, 30ft
  • No One had ZERO WRIST MOTION from all 3 distances tested
  • Minimal to No Wrist Motion from LESS THAN 10ft Only
  • Certain Wrist Sequences are very compatible and functional
  • TRANSITION WRIST MOTION is VERY FUNCTIONAL in certain stroke patterns
 

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