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So, the primary movement of the wrist in the golf swing is radial and ulnar deviation (create and release lag)? I assume, of course, there is a bit of pronation and supination particularly in the trailing wrist?

All of which is involuntary (a result of inertia created elsewhere)?

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12 hours ago, CR McDivot said:

So, the primary movement of the wrist in the golf swing is radial and ulnar deviation (create and release lag)? I assume, of course, there is a bit of pronation and supination particularly in the trailing wrist?

All of which is involuntary (a result of inertia created elsewhere)?

All of those go on, and some are "involuntary" but that depends on the student - what they already do properly, etc. I've had to tell all people to do all of the motions more or less (though radial and ulnar deviation are the least likely to need to be fixed - without those, you whiff).

Extension - Trail wrist extends quite a bit on the backswing. Lead wrist extends quite a bit through impact and the rest of the follow-through.
Flexion - Lead wrist flexes during the downswing, particularly if it was cupped at all during the backswing. Trail wrist flexes in the follow-through.

Ulnar - Downswing, both wrists.
Radial - Backswing, both wrists. Follow-through, late, both.

Pronation, Supination - Opposite for each hand, and occurs as the forearms rotate in the backswing and downswing.

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6 hours ago, Gaetano Fasano said:

How much ulnar deviation should the trail wrist have at address?

Does it change among clubs (wedge, iron, DW)?

It's different for everyone, and different for different clubs.

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What about the upper wrist at address? 

When I pick-uk my club with pronunced ulnar deviation in my left wrist (I'am righty), it seems that several facts go right:

1) I can keep stable the clubface choosen for the paricular shot through out the entire swing

2) the left arm stays more straight naturally (also during the BS) helping me finding the proper distance from the ball

When I don't, my the arm is more "flabby" and I tend to

a) return the club face closed at impact

b) the clubs toe lies more upright and the swing results flatter

I don't reach for the ball, just try to keep my left arm almost in-line with shaft and only after I bend to reach the groud with the club head.

Do you think this is the proper way to do or you could also address the ball with radial deviation in the upper wrist?

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