TPI Niagara: The Wrist & Golf
The wrist is a very mobile joint and is able to move through 3 planes of motion - pronation/supination, radial deviation/ulnar deviation, & flexion/extension.
👩🏽⚕️This mobility means it is prone to injury, most commonly sprains and strains such as a TFCC irritation/tear and De Quervain's syndrome. These injures are most commonly caused by excessive ulnar deviation during the swing which can be a result of early extension and loss of posture in the golf swing!
🏌🏻♂️Most golfers that struggle with a slice or steep angle of attack tend to have excessive extension and radial deviation in the lead wrist in the transition. This results in an open face and the shaft pitch getting too vertical.
🏌🏻♂️To combat this these golfers should add flexion and ulnar deviation in transition. This will get the center of mass of the club behind the hand path and get the shaft to shallow more. This will lead to a shallow angle of attack and more outward club path.
💪People often complain of wrist pain when performing such exercises as push-ups or anything in the quadruped position. This just means you need to work on the prerequisites.
💪The wrist is also one of the four main power sources in the golf swing so you're going to want o train it. Once you have restored mobility and strengthened the wrist, incorporate drills such as the Med Ball Chest Pass to improve your power and release.
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