I define flipping as an instance when players really stall the pivot and accelerate the unbending of the right wrist. For some people, that will get the clubhead passing the hands and for others it complicates contact. As many of you know, I coach college golf at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. I also give golf lessons at Webster Golf Club as its Director of Instruction. The most common plateau causing element of the swing I see is flipping. This year I have 11 players on my golf team and 7 of them flip it. They have decent swing but have such a hard time creating consistent impact alignments because of the flipping. This condition also caused me to plateau at a certain level and once I got rid of it, my level of ball striking immediately became more consistent.
Here are some video and pictures to show you what I mean:
This player is a very good player that can shoot par or better at times than all of a sudden shoots 80. This part of impact is an imperative, to quote The Golf Machine. Being able to keep your left wrist flat and right wrist bend as you pivot through impact will greatly help your ability to control your angle of attack into the ball, your spin rate and your low point control. It’s these things that drive the good player crazy because they do it one shot but not the next or one day but not the next. Without reasonable repeatability is these areas, it is impossible to control spin, trajectory and distance.
I’ll go into drills to help with removing the flip in a future post but for now practice chipping while keeping your left wrist flat and right wrist bent while using your pivot to hit the ball.