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How to Flatten a Cupped Wrist During a Backswing

If you have “dorsiflexion” or a cupped wrist, the condition has the tendency to ruin your golf swings, regardless if it is the best swing you ever make. When you are “cupped”, your left wrist bends and creates an awkward angle during backswings. See Photo 1.

The more cupped your left wrist is, the greater the trouble you will have during your swing’s remainder. Golfers who have the most prominent wrist cupping are most likely to bend and fold their lead arm, separate their arms from their torso, and open the clubface to the swing path, hence, swinging the most over the top.  (See Photo 2)

A cupped wrist can be such a nuisance, resulting in fades, slices, or travels high and to the right, which usually cause distance shortages. Does this sound like something you usually do? If yes, there’s a simple drill that you can do and you’ll just need a hardcover book.

Book Drill

This is an easy and simple drill that you can do anywhere a hardbound book, a clipboard or a tablet is available. Start by placing the book in your hands, with your typical golf grip. (See Photo 3) Then, do a few slow backswings, taking note which forearm touches the book as you do the backswing. Does the book touches your right forearm? If yes, check your left wrist and you’ll see an angle instead of a flat or bowed left wrist. Do it again, making sure that this time, the book touches your left forearm. (See Photos 4 and 5). Check out your left wrist and see  FLAT wrist. Practice this drill a few more times to master it.