Defining Lag

What is lag? Lag is defined as ‘hanging back’ or ‘being behind’. In terms of the golf swing, clubhead lag refers to the club ‘lagging’ behind the hands. Why do you need lag? The lead foream and the shaft form a lever. When you maintain/create clubhead lag you are putting this lever to use and thus generating more speed than if you did not have a lever. When you cast the club and the club gets equal to or in front of the hands, you no longer have a lever and lose a huge power source in the golfswing.

Furthermore, when you cast you lose the proper impact alignments for good ball striking (plus you put extra stress on your hand and elbow joints and that leads to injury) Where do you create lag? It starts by forming a good lever on the backswing. That’s why I’m concerned with the V-Factor.

Since the backswing is easiest to manipulate, most golfers will try to create less angle on the backswing (thus increasing their V-Factor), but if they don’t know how to create lag, then they will actually hit it shorter. That angle is crucial. All great players on tour (except one extremely gifted long hitter) set the angle and thus form a great lever.

In these pictures (taken from the Casio Hi-Speed Camera) you can see the club behind my hands all the way thru impact. This is the key to solid shots, especially with the irons. How do you create lag? stay tuned…….

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