I talked about this in a previous article and felt more information was necessary. I understand it’s a huge issue, but there are two completely different kinds of errors that are both called flips and the pop culture solution for both is to hold on to something.
Flip #1-For a right handed golfer, the angle between the left arm and shaft is thrown away well before impact, the right wrist bows, etc. This is also known as a cast. The cure for this is to hold the lag, float loading, go wide to narrow, even try to actively add lag by reducing the angle with the wrists on the way down.
All I have to say is canine feces.
Flip #2-Just before impact, the body stalls and the hands flip the club shut. The cure for this is to hold off the release. I have even heard lead with the heel.
I said this on GolfWrx and called the first one an “early flip” and the second one a “late flip.”
You don’t fix these issues by holding anything.
The early flip happens for several reasons. Among the common ones are a backswing that is too long, getting the upper body in front of the ball and having no rotation and scooping. Quite often it is two or all three of these.
No drill or holding the angle is going to help any of this.
Why? Because if your swing is too long, you aren’t going to generate enough rotational speed and no one is strong enough to hold the angle for that long with no rotational speed.
If your upper body is getting in front, the angle of attack is too steep and you have to early flip or you will dig a grave you could bury Rosanne Barr. Throwing the angle away is the body’s way of shallowing the angle of attack when your upper body moving in front of the ball steepens it.
If you have no rotation and are scooping, holding the angle or any lag creating drill/action is just pulling the handle and you will shank it.
Shorten your backswing, keep your upper body behind the ball (use the lower body to shift to the left side instead) and rotate…Viola…no more early flip.
As far as the late flip, that is the body’s way of getting the club back to the ball when the path and/or face angle is open to the path or the path is too far right, or if the angle of attack is too steep because the downswing is too narrow (from trying to add lag with the hands).
Holding off the release just makes this worse. Most of the root causes of a late flip is pulling the handle from the top of the swing and/or coming too far from the inside to “swing inside out” to hit that magic push draw…holding off the release is just pulling the handle harder.
Let the body shift and unwind from the top. Allow the left arm and club to rotate from the top…and everything continues to rotate. Viola…no more late flip.
I have seen these two scenes play out hundreds of times.
Guy #1 was an early flipper. He had a decent swing, but he was getting his upper body in front of the ball. His friend said, “You are flipping the club before impact and that is why you are losing all your power (he hit the ball dead straight with every club). Power comes from having as much lag as possible and you need to use your hands to pull the grip at the ball to maintain that lag angle.”
Chunks and shanks galore.
Guy #2 was a late flipper. He was bombing it. Not that far behind where I was hitting it. Problem was he was hitting some hooks. I would actually call them slight pull draws more than hooks. He had a great swing. His hip turn was a little out of sequence and it made his path come too far from the inside with an open club. “You have a massive flip at impact, you need to hold off that release longer and swing more out to the right.”
The over draw turned into one of the worst diving snipes I have ever seen. Balls that were going nearly 300 yards, were now diving out of the air at 230 and going left of left. “You aren’t doing it enough.”
I have two bald spots where I pulled out chunks of hair from experiencing these two incidents.
…and you guys wonder why I rant so often.