Wrist motion when putting


Just what exactly are your wrists supposed to do with a excellent putting stroke? Do they break? Load up a little? Turn over or roll over? Are they just frozen?

Thanks, enjoy your emails. My wife loves her pink frog she received for her birthday a couple of years ago.

– Jerry


Thank you for the kind comments and I am truly pleased you are enjoying our weekly Q&A.

I am also pleased to hear that the Pink Frankly Frog Putter your wife received for her birthday is behaving itself, we train them very well.

Obviously, a well-fitted and well-designed putter is very important, but it is also important to spend some time perfecting the putting stroke. The object of our putting instruction at the Frankly Frog Putting Studio – now considered the most advanced in the States – is to build consistency by reducing the potential sources of error. Because the overall movement is relatively complex – as is walking if you had to think about every movement involved – we try to simplify the stroke and let the body gravitate to do what it wants to do. In some cases, teachers have tried to force a particular club head path, which is unnatural and only adds to our putting problems.

With this in mind and in an attempt to minimize the sources of error we strongly suggest that once the back stroke has started the wrists, forearms and putter all remain as one unit until well after the stroke has been made. The motion of the stroke should be initiiated by the shoulders, which will result in a natural arc and rotation of the putter head which you don’t need to try to control or manipulate.

There were some great golfers – most of whom dominated the tour a generation ago – who had a significant wrist break. If you learn to time the wrists break but with a different amount for each length of putt then it may result in good numbers on the green but it requires hours and hours of practice – we can do almost anything if we practice it for long enough. This style of putting is not recommended as it carries with it potential inconsistencies and we don’t have enough time to work on perfecting a bad stroke.

Jerry, I know Nebraska is a little way off but in the meantime please email us and request a free Putting Guide which will help you improve your putting
Next time you are in Orlando please give us a call and we will show you why we have the most advanced teaching facility for putting in the world of golf.

I hope this helps.

Frank Thomas, inventor of the graphite shaft, is founder of Frankly Golf. Thomas is chief technical advisor to GolfChannel.com. He served as technical director of the USGA for 26 years and directed the development of the GHIN system and introduced the Stimpmeter. To email a question for possible use in an upcoming Let's Be Frank column, please email letsbefrank@franklygolf.com


Frank Thomas