I always get asked by golfers how they can increase and get more lag in their shot. Firstly what is lag? It simply means lagging behind, like if you throw a ball or a javelin your arm lags behind your body and then you propel the object through like a slingshot. The same concept will apply to your golf swing the club head lags behind your arms and body, but firstly you will need a few key moves in place before you can have any chance of maintaining or increasing lag in your shot because you cannot do it without the following moves in place and a simple understanding of the swing mechanics. This is what lag looks like which is basically the angle you see between my left arm and club shaft in the downswing which is around 90 degrees.
Increasing or maintaining your lag can certainly add 2 - 3 clubs extra distance depending at what stage your golf is at. The great thing is it does provide a tremendous amount of effortless club head speed if done correctly and this will have a big impact on how well you contact the ball which is the #1 thing that got me addicted to golf and i'm sure you all agree with me on that.
You never forget the feeling of a perfectly struck effortless golf shot and there is zero enjoyment from hitting poorly struck golf shots, especially with low clubhead speed from throwing away your lag too soon as a result of poor swing mechanics and not having the right understanding or concept of the golf swing.
I believe the more golfers that I can get to understand the following 3 secrets delivered in a proven simple easy to understand step by step system coming out in September 2020, you will hit solid golf shots with precision and accuracy and this can lead to you knocking a bunch of strokes of your current score, and you can actually look forward to and enjoy playing golf with your friends without fear of embarrassing yourself or your playing partners.
We have all been there at some point in our golfing lives going through a bad patch, some lasting longer than others but there is a solution that I am putting together for you. Compiled over my lifetime from beginner to pro to coach to inventor of the GForce Swing Trainers I finally have the answers you are looking for.
1) Understand simple swing mechanics
This is the engine of your golf swing so you need to fine tune it inline with your physical limitations which I can show you.
2) How to generate effortless speed with no tension
This is a result of good sound swing mechanics.
3) How to consistently strike the ball out of the centre of the club face
This is a result of effortless clubhead speed, we need a freely swinging fast moving clubhead. A good analogy is twirling a ball around on a piece of string which when done correctly will take very little effort and a tiny amount of adjustment to connect with the ball. You can see this concept in the video I made below and how you can apply this to your golf swing to create effortless clubhead speed, get more distance and greater accuracy promoting consistent solid centre contact.
So in a nutshell the golfer through a simple understanding on how the body is designed to move efficiently which is also the key to prevent injury, creates tremendous effortless speed from (1) a centred body rotation, (2) hinging the wrists on the backswing which creates the lag angle, (3) weight shifted forward of original starting position before (4) a perfectly timed smooth transition which increases the lag angle, pulling not pushing the club handle down towards the ball stores the lag, keeping the right arm tucked in close to the body (wide backswing to narrow downswing creates speed and increases hip rotation speed)
And then (5) the Release, the left side of the body extends up and the golfer is actually pulling up on the handle of the club. Both of these upward movements cause the lagging clubhead to release downward towards the golf ball. All of the stored lag unhinges the wrists and unloads the shaft squaring the face and accelerating the club head.
A perfect example of all of the above happening is with the tour player below in slow motion using the GForce flexible shaft 7 Iron. Put this on repeat and watch over and over again reading what I just talked about. The biggest take away should be the centred rotation going back, waiting for the whippy flexible shaft to load up and the weight shift forward or original starting position before the club transitions into the downswing, every tour player does this and so can you.
The short follow through demonstrated by the tour player here is a great drill used by players to help feel the correct sequencing and unloading of the GForce shaft to square the face. This drill will prevent the ball from missing to the right, which is common when you first use the GForce Swing Trainer because most golfers are trying to power the club through too much with the arms or body which leaves the face open. The GForce Swing Trainer helps you sequence your golf swing and gives you instant feedback at the sametime because you can actually hit balls with it at flat out speeds..
WARNING..When using the GForce Swing Trainer if your misses are to the right never compensate by trying to close the face by rolling your hands, this is very destructive which is why it is so important to keep switching between clubs so you can see the changes working in and you are correctly loading and unloading the GFORCE shaft. Also look here in this link for drills and checkpoints I put together from years of customer feedback to make sure you are on track Drills & Checkpoints
What is lag and how does lag in your golf swing work?
Over the years in my quest to find answers to the golf swing I came across some really useful information. The image below from www.tutleman.com is one of my favorites because it models the golfers lag angle (90 degrees) created by left arm and club shaft at the top of the swing moving into the downswing. This is essentially what lag is in your golf swing and how it would look and work.
When fully hinged the club head would lag behind the hands in transition and halfway into the downswing the built up energy would than cause the lagging club head to swing forward unhinging the wrists, you can see this happen when the string in the image disappears.
When the the stored lag releases when the string is removed and the swing is allowed to unfold naturally you can see the blue circle (golfers arms/hands) slow down and the red circle (club head) speeds up, that is how an efficient golf swing works with the correct sequencing transferring energy from body to club.
This picture shows a good player using a flexible shaft heavy weighted head swing trainer. It's a great image showing the correct downswing sequence just before the release, right elbow into the right side, arms connected, left leg posting up, hips opening and shoulders square and clubhead lagging behind the hands, arms and body. There is stored energy in the shaft which through proper sequencing will unload accelerating the clubhead and at the same time squaring the face.
You can't maintain or increase lag without this secret move.
The #1 reason why golfers lose their lag in the transition and downswing is because their weight has not shifted to their front foot before starting down. This is also the #1 reason why golfers swing over the top from out to in because they have to throw away the lag to try and square the face.
As a golf coach and developer of golf swing training aids I am not going to lie to you but there isn't a single golf training aid, golf swing trainer or golf club that will automatically create lag for you, certainly not in just a few swings. You can stand there all day long trying to increase your lag (angle between left arm and club shaft) but if your weight is not in place you will never do it. The same goes for perfect tempo and timing which comes from a good body rotation (Pivot) so if you don't have that in place then you will never be able to improve in those areas either.
The #1 single most important thing is to have a very clear understanding on the swing mechanics. And with that using a golf swing training aid can then certainly make some big changes to your swing.
My company is about educating golfers on the swing in a simple easy to understand language and provide useful golf swing trainers to help with the areas that are difficult to teach a golfer such as timing the transition, improving swing tempo and rhythm, understanding the feeling of the correct release.
I would suggest if you want to increase your lag you need to address your weight shift in transition first and then using the GForce Swing Trainer will help you stop rushing the transition because you need to wait and feel the shaft loading on the backswing while at the same time you are shifting your weight to your front foot before starting the downswing. Its difficult to time this move but that is why the flexible shaft is so good at helping you with feeling and timing this.
Good Luck, and don't forget to get in touch with any questions :-)
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