The reason why I ask is because it is extremely uncomfortable for me to do this and I have heard contradicting opinions on this.
What do you do and should this uncomfortableness be something that I should strive to overcome?
I know this is an old thread... but I've been having this dilemma also. I went to the range yesterday to work out some kinks in my fairway wood striking... I couldn't hit my hybrids straight at all. I was hooking and slicing them and my 3 wood all over the place.. I may as well have taken them out of my bag during my last round. So I started to mess with my wrist position at the top.. I was under the impression that I had to have a flat wrist at the top... however.. I took a swing with a cupped wrist at the top...and I started smashing the ball straight with a slight draw at the end and I must have hit about 14 balls that way before I ran out of balls.. I am of the thinking that the flat wrist at the top isn't for everyone.
fyi... I use a gererally neutral grip with every club except my driver... I use a slightly stronger grip with that.
My own experience. The position of the left wrist at the top (flat, cupped or bowed) affects the swing plane.
In my case, if I cup my left wrist at the top I get out of plane and in the the downswing the club goes outside-in and I pull the ball.
If I have a flat left wrist at the top (like the great majority of pro's) my club stays on plane and I hit the ball straight.
I suggest you film your swing. Maybe for you a cupped wrist puts your club on plane.
I don't focus on my left wrist, though I do focus on my right wrist, which I try to get into a "waiter tray" position--like I'm a waiter holding a tray--this makes my left wrist flat. This helps me guarantee during the downswing that my right palm is facing down when the club gets parallel. Otherwise, I'm holding the face wide open at impact and end up with a push fade/slice.
This is the biggest issue with my swing right now.
I would agree with this to some extend. I am sure it is much more dependent on the golfer. I wouldn't say that a weak or strong grip tendency is toward bowing or cupped. Zach Johnson has a slight cupping of the left wrist due to his very strong grip. Yet someone like Dustin Johnson bows his wrist a ton, and he has a strong grip. Tiger is very much a neutral grip and gets to a flat left wrist. Yet Hogan was a neutral-ish grip and had a very cupped left wrist at the top.
I wouldn't take it with that logic. I would say, what ever your left wrist is at address. Being a stronger left hand starts off more cupped than a weaker grip (this also depends if a golfer holds it more in the finger or palm as well, more in the hand grips I think will look flatter). I would say from that position, maintaining it is a neutral setting. Then if you cup it more versus bowing it depends on the golfer.
Honestly I don't think it is something you should worry about. I do think that having a neutral position at the top makes it easier to effect the path in the downswing. If you have a cupped left wrist, and want to try drop the club inside, it might be difficult because the drop to the inside move is a bow action.
I've tried flatten the wrist at A4, but I did not seem to have any more control of the club face. I do motorcycle my left wrist a small amount just past A4 and this helps keep control of the club face. I seem to make better contact with this too. I don't focus on it that much though and it is not my priority item that I am working on with my instructor at the moment.
I don't have an opinion on a flat left wrist at the top for other golfers, since some golfers don't do this, and still score well. In my swing I think a correct position at the top requires a some what flat wrist at the top. If I have my club in the correct position at the top, for my swing, then most of the time it will be in the correct position at the impact position.
My reasoning is this. If my left wrist is not some what flat at the top, then my club face is in the wrong position at the top, and to get it back to a correct impact position at the ball, I would have to make some sort of compensation(s) (extra moves) on my down swing to deliver the club face on the ball, that is square to my line of play. Since I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to practice down swing compensations, I don't want to worry about any of them them. My own "KISS" down swing so to speak.
Another reason I want my left wrist some what flat at the top, is that if I don't, then my left hand grip might open up a little, which would weaken it, which would allow my dominant right hand to take over to soon. For me this would cause me to throw the club, and/or hit from the top.. Also, if my left hand grip loosens on the club handle at the top, then when I start my down swing, I would try to close it, which again would cause me other problems on the down swing. Maybe even a smothered club face at impact.
I like to guide/pull the club down with my left hand, and arm, and I don't want my right hand to do anything until I am at least half way (+) down in my down swing.
Just my own swing's, swinging thoughts.