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Occasionally I get a lesson where someone doesn't get their weight forward. They "flip" and "throw" and hit the shots you'd expect to hit: fat, thin, etc. Even their good shots are "picked" pretty cleanly without a descending AoA, and they often play the ball farther back in their stance than better players do. I'd like to think I'm pretty good about fixing this. It takes some time, and the students have to practice - of course - but by doing things differently and knowing the priority and order of things, they can work away from this. But occasionally - really rarely - you get a golfer who just cannot stop throwing the trail wrist, throwing the clubhead at the ball. I follow the "5 S" principles and simplify, shorten, and slow down. We'll try to hit shots only 50 yards. Then 30. Then 20 (which the student will still often hit 50) yards. Sometimes I've had to ask someone to chip the ball ten feet and, even if they miss the golf ball (they don't, but I tell them this to emphasize the main point), to do everything in their power to retain some of the trail wrist angle. And rarely, occasionally… they can't do that. They can't hit a ten-foot chip without throwing out the trail wrist angle. Rarely, occasionally, I get something like this even on a ten-foot chip: I will admit to struggling with this type of lesson. Yes, I can put a stick in the end of the shaft and "make them" do it better. We can emphasize it so severely - to the exclusion of worrying about anything else - that they can do it 50% of the time, or 80% of the time for short chips and little punch shots that go 20 or 25 yards in the air. I'll pull out all the stops: mental pictures like "chip the ball under a chair," sharing the concept of impact/where the shaft should be at impact, the works. But as soon as you go back to something else, or they hit the ball 50 yards with a 6-iron… THROW! FLIP! And a little part of me thinks "you'll just never be good at golf." If you can't hit a chip shot ten feet without throwing your wrists - even when you're thinking about it and doing all that you can do to finish like this: then I don't know that you'll ever play great golf. That's my current working theory, anyway. That the ability to do this - even at slow speeds for short shots - is the single most important fundamental skill in golf. Note: The student on the grass above can do this. He is not an example of someone who can't do it, but is an example of someone who wasn't doing it. He's improved.