Supercharge your swing with lag. Some golf blogs suggest the thought of “shallowing out the club in the downswing” to create lag. Others refer to the generation of lag as loose or lazy wrists during the transition to create a 90 degree club shaft angle from your straight leading arm at the top of your swing. Whatever you do, you need to learn the wonderful feeling of lag to generate more distance for every shot.
I love it when friends ask me if I have been working out. That’s the surprising reaction when my shots take off with unexpected power with seemingly little effort. Lag did it!
Dustin Johnson creates a lot of power and distance by holding his lag in the downswing and you should too.
The only way to generate more club head speed is to snap your wrists as you fling your club through the impact zone at the bottom of your swing. Your leading arm is straight throughout your back and down swing to maintain consistency. The weight of you club head has to do all of the work as your weight shifts to your leading leg and you whip your lagging club head through the ball.
Tips to Create Lag
–Make a least 10 practice swings with a very light grip and lazy, loose wrists.
-So lazy that your arms start their downswing while the club is still changing direction during the transition at the top.
-The weight of your club head is creating a 90 degree angle between your straight leading arm and your club shaft. (Your trailing wrist is actually pulling to create this angle.)
-[CAUTION: Keep your leading arm straight in the backswing and downswing.]
-During these practice swings, don’t worry about hitting a ball, just use your lazy wrists to feel the delayed transition from up to down cause by the weight of your club head.
-FEEEEL the club weight creating a lag (or delay) in the change of direction to your downswing as you shift your weight to your leading leg.
-Don’t rush your arms at the top of the downswing. Let them accelerate as you start the shift of your weight to your leading leg.
-Maximum club head speed occurs as it catches up with your hands as they whip through the bottom of the swing arc with a whooshing sound.
–Now hit some balls by waiting and FEEELING THE LAG at the top of your swing. This is a long list of tips but the lag feeling only happens in a split second. It’s so wonderful when it happens.
Of course your swing starts with spine rotation and pressure on the instep of your trailing foot (without swaying back over your trailing foot). During your downswing, let your right elbow drop down near your side as you swing from the “slot” (inside to out). That’s how you “shallow your swing” and hold your lag angle.
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