Do You Know The Story of The Flail

Did you know the golf swing is a version of the flail?

A flail was first used by the ancient Egyptians as a means of speeding up the way they threshed crops.

A common flail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later, the flail was turned into a weapon.

flail use as a weapon

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a golfer, we use these same principles.  The lead arm acts as the “rod”, the wrists as the leather thong, and the golf club as the end that creates the speed.  In golf, we start with these 2 pieces and as the lead wrist cocks, ( radial deviation as the medical professionals call it) it creates an out of line condition.

As the lead wrist uncocks (ulnar deviation) this out of line condition rapidly starts getting inline.  As the lead arm and club get inline they rapidly start getting out of line again.  This is the flailing action we use in golf.

wrist movements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Submitted photo Golf Tips Todd Elliott) 

 

 

By NOT allowing this action to happen you are actually slowing the club down!

 

Here is a clip from Peter Allis with a little more explanation.

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