"It is simple, elusive, indispensable, without substitute or compensation and always present".- Homer Kelley
What is lag? We’ve all heard this term. Lag can be defined as, “trailing” or “following”. Golf Instruction tells us we need to have it but why?
In this article, we will focus on “clubhead lag”. Clubhead lag promotes even and steady acceleration assuring dependable control of distance. An example would be a tour player hitting a shot. As the player starts their pre-shot the announcer tells us that the player has 193 yards to the flag and that they are going to hit a 6 iron. A 6 iron! A lot of players would love to hit their Driver that far!
In every good swing at the moment of impact, the club shaft is leaning forward (toward the target). The hands are in front of the ball, and clubface, turning the 6 iron into a 5 or 4 iron. The average player arrives at Impact with the hands BEHIND the ball and the club shaft either vertical or leaning backward. This ADDS loft, turns that 6 iron into a 7 or 8 iron! Do you play golf with someone that is always complaining that all of their irons go the same distance? These players have a backward-leaning club shaft.
The good players use a steady acceleration, and the poor players over-accelerate. The hands reach maximum speed before reaching Impact and this one move dissipates all of the “lag”.
Here are some drills to feel, establish, and maintain clubhead lag.
What does “lag” feel like?
It is exactly like dragging a wet heavy string mop through Impact. In this drill use a towel. Wrap the towel around the hosel of your club and place the clubhead on the ground just outside of your trailing foot. Now try to use just your wrists to take the clubface to the ball. This move is difficult at best and the shaft will be leaning backward. Now replace the club but this time rotate your right shoulder down the plane to the golf ball and toward "right field". You’ll notice a distinct sensation of dragging and a heavy pressure through the ball.
For the next drill, you can simply take a piece of rope and hold it like a club. Go to the top of the swing and allow the rope to rest on the top of your right shoulder. As you start down “feel” like the rope stays on the shoulder as you take your hands on a direct downward line to the ball or a spot in front of the ball. This is called a “rope handle technique” in The Golfing Machine. As you can see, the “end” of the rope is “lagging” your hands.
The majority of golfers do just the opposite. They try to move the clubhead with the wrists. This produces a “quitting” motion and the club moves upward toward Impact instead of downward.
A properly lagging clubhead produces a strong downward thrust which adds distance, trajectory, and consistency.
For a great drill use a duffel bag, pillow, or Impact bag. Take the club back to waist high with the club shaft parallel to the target line and horizontal to the ground. Now simply rotate the right shoulder down the plane to the golf ball and toward "right field". This will bring the hands and body to Impact position and the club will be lagging!
This is every one that is NOT a Professional Golfer and the main topic for what they want in their swing to be fixed!! Getting LAG in the swing, or creating LAG in the swing. Well, this is how to do that!! If you want more info or if you would like to spend a full one-on-one lesson just on this topic, then click below here and get signed up for our lesson series