Every golfer struggles mightily with producing the proper lag in their golf swings, but this video promises to solve all your golf swing lag problems once and for all!
What is lag and why is it important? Simply put, lag is the angle between the forearm and the shaft. Why is it important? HERE IS A STAGGERING STATISTIC: Lag makes up 2/3rds of your clubhead speed.
Now that you know that golf clubhead speed is created by lag, we want to show you the four simple steps that you can use to create lag simply and effectively.
Step 1 - To create lag, you need to start by properly shifting your weight. You might think that you can simply manufacture lag using your wrists. This would be a tremendous mistake because your body will automatically want to compensate and release the tension in a way that will cause a variety of faults in your golf swing. Our suggestion: Watch Step 1 in our 5 Step System Series.
Step 2 - You must stop pushing from the right side. Almost every ameteur golfer makes the same mistake... do not force lag and momentum by pushing. Instead let your left side dictate club movement and PULL the shaft and clubhead through the swing.
Step 3 - Next you need to release any pressure created by your left thumb on the golf swing. By releiving the pressure, you will free up your swing and increase clubhead speed and lag.
Step 4 - The final step to increasing lag is to follow the laws of physics and don't rotate your torso. If you start rotating from the top, you will lose lag. Instead of rotation in your shoulders, simply shift your weight and allow a free and tension free golf release.
Follow these golf lesson steps and you will have MASSIVE LAG in a matter of minutes.
Lag, everybody wants it, and it seems like nobody has it. What is lag exactly, and why is it so important? Well, the first thing is defining what lag is. It's very simple to understand. It's simply how far the club head is lagging behind your hands into the hitting area. And we measure that, or quantify it, by the angle between the forearm and the shaft. So here I have 90 degrees of lag, and here's what most amateurs look like. I have no lag. All right.
So, why is that so important to have this lagging, and why have you heard about it spoken about so much in the golf world? Well, simply put lag makes up two thirds of your club head speed. That's right. About 66% of your club head speed comes just from the release of this leverage, this angle you have as your wrist release. That's about two thirds your club head speed. That's a lot. That's the majority of your speed, and so that helps you define what your thesis statement is for the golf swing as far as rotary swing is concerned. And that is your job is to create, maintain, and release lag. That's your thesis statement. That's the most important parts of the golf swing. You can't make up for two thirds of club head speed loss when you don't have any lag like most golfers don't, by doing something else.
The key is you have to have lag. Everybody wants it. It's super, super easy to get when you follow these simple four steps. Four simple steps to help you create tons of lag, and you're going to go through them in sequence. And the first one, the most important piece that you have to be able to create and maintain lag, these two steps together is all about what I talked about in the first video in the RST 5 Step System, and that is weight shift. You must shift your weight correctly, as exactly as I described in that video, in order for your wrist to create lag. And that's the first step.
Most golfers think that you go out and create lag just by setting your wrists really early in the swing. That's the last thing on Earth you want to do. As you tense up these muscles in your forearm, as they get to the top, they have nowhere else to go. The first thing they want to do is release that tension. That's how your brain uses what you're giving it, and what muscles to fire in what order. So, if your muscles are really tight it wants to get rid of the tension in the tightest muscles first.
So, if you go to the top and you set your wrist really hard the first thing you're going to want to do is get rid it. That's the last thing we want to do. So as we're going back, we want that weight shift to create that lag angle. And I'm using the orange whip training aid that we have on our site here. Just because it helps exaggerate this, and so those of you that have bought an orange whip from us, it really helps you feel how the club sets when you shift your weight. Because this has got a little mass on the end of it as it's swinging back this way, it's very easy for me to feel this momentum plus the shaft is bending as it goes here, and I shift my weight, you can see the shaft stress. Now the real golf shaft, the steel one's that you use in your irons, does this as well. Just doesn't exaggerate it as much as this does. This is why this is a really good training aid. Normally I can't stand training aids because most of them are junk.
But this one's actually quite good especially for learning how to create lag. You can see as I shift my weight, and let my wrists soften up, this lag angle increase and the shaft stresses or bends. And that weight shift starts helping me create lag, because I went back with a wide angle and as I shift the balls still going this way while my- Ball on the end of the shaft, while my weights starting to make my body go the other way, that makes my wrist bend back as long as they're soft.
So this is the first thing, creating lag is done by shifting your weight. That's the most important first piece. Now, here's the second step. Step one, weight shift. Step two, this one is really the key. If you do this, and every single amateur golfer that I've ever seen in the last 20 years of instruction, does the exact same thing and you must stop this. So pay very close attention to this next piece.
The second thing you've got to get rid of here is stop pushing from the right side. The right side, the only thing it wants to do, is increase this angle. And then the downswing, the first thing you want to do is go this way with it. You don't want to lose this angle. So as you start going this way, this is the last thing on Earth you want to do. Now you're losing lag and losing control of the club head, and the right side is the side that does this in the golf swing.
If you take your right wrist and you bend it back, and it's really tight, the only place it can go is out. Which is going to do what to the shaft? It's going to cause you to lose your lag angle. Same thing for this right forearm or this right arm. As you bend your right arm and you start going like this with it, guess what that's doing to the angle. You're losing it. So all of a sudden this side is starting to cause you to lose lag in the downswing. So as you start doing this, this is a death move. You take your right arm completely off the shaft, and then all of a sudden this is really easy.
Your left arm is in a place where it can't really cause you to lose this angle. This is already straight so you can't get any momentum by snapping your arm out. That would cause you to lose it. So the only thing, this is the second thing- Or third thing, excuse me, that we need to do. Is take your left thump off the shaft if you're somebody who pushes against the shaft with your thumb. Really easy thing to check. Look at your grips on your clubs, and see if you have a little wear mark where your thumb is. If you do, it means you're probably pushing really hard against the shaft. Not only are you going to eventually hurt your thumb, but you're also causing yourself to lose lag.
Anything that can push in the downswing against the shaft can cause you to lose lag. Okay? So if your right arms in this way, all it can do is widen that angle. The left thumb is also in a position where at the top, it's underneath the shaft, and it can push against it and widen this angle. So first three things. We've got to shift our weight, relax the right side, take the left thumb off, and now the last thing is rotation.
Most golfers when they go to the top of their golf swing, the first thing they want to do is get this right side overly involved. We're not talking about the right arm now, we're talking about the whole right side of the body, and start spinning it from the top. Now what is that going to do? Well, you're rotating so rotation creates centripetal force. Now bare with me for a second, we'll give you a very, very simple physics lesson here. If I start rotating my shoulders really hard that creates centripetal force. The result of that centripetal force is going to be centrifugal force. And that means whatever out far away from the center rotating circle piece, is going to cause this one to fly away from me. So as I start spinning my shoulders really hard, I'm not going to do anything with this shaft, but watch what happens.
As I start to spin it starts wanting to release. That's centrifugal force. It's wanting to move away as I'm rotating in a circle. So, as you start rotating your shoulders by pushing really hard from the top, you can't beat Newton on this. He's always going to win. Physics can't be denied in the golf swing. So, as you start rotating hard with your shoulders, you are going to have centrifugal force as a result of that. There's nothing you can do to prevent that. So the simple solution is, don't rotate really hard from the top. Really simple.
Anybody that's telling you to take your chest and rotate it really hard in the downswing to create club head speed is crazy. They have no understanding of how simple the basic physics of this are. If you start rotating really hard from the top you are going to lose lag. It's a basic result of the centripetal force you're creating. So, if you get rid of that rotation from the top with your shoulders, all of a sudden now instead of rotating hard from the top, you shift your weight. I've now increased my lag angle, and now as my hands are soft, my left thumb is soft, my right hand is soft, my right arm is soft, now I have all the lag in the world that I need. And now I get to the fun part, which is the last step. Releasing lag.
We've talked about the release in the videos a lot. So look at the release videos if you don't understand that. But that's all we have to do to create all of this insane lag that you see with my students all the time in real lessons. That's all we're really doing. The first step is I make sure they're shifting their weight correctly. Again, RST 5 Step System. Second thing, same thing with RST 5 Step, take the right arm completely off the club at first until they learn to start shifting their weight and letting their lead side, their left arm side for right handed golfers, to start doing the work in the swing. If they still are losing lag after we take the right arm off, then I know the left thumb is pushing against the shaft, and it's also making this angle wide.
And then the last thing from there we starting focusing on keeping the chest away from the target as long as humanly possible so you don't open your shoulders right away. Because again, that creates centripetal force, which the result is going to be club head throw away. So, if you can do these four things you will have more lag then you've ever dreamed possible in no time flat.
-Dr. Jeffrey Broker, Assoc. Prof. in Biomechanics at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Former Senior Biomechanist for U.S. Olympics Committee
-Hub Orr - Happy PREMIUM MEMBER of RotarySwing.com
-Sam Jarman, PGA Golf Instructor in the UK