Golf Lessons: Increase Lag to Add Speed to Your Golf Swing

Is increasing your lag and adding speed to your golf swing important to you?

What would you say if I told you that you could add 2 feet of lag to your golf swing in the time it takes for just one golf lesson?

Tough to believe? Well, you'll see it when you watch the new, free video below.

What Causes You to Lose Lag in Your Golf Swing?

Something I see on a regular basis from students who struggle with lag in their golf swings is the pushing of the club from the top with the right forearm or right wrist.

You do this because casting or pushing from the top feels very powerful, and it very well may be for the first two feet of your downswing.

Here's the problem: once you reach the golf ball, all that leverage is long gone, and you're left in a position of very little power.

At Rotary Swing we strive to have the club parallel to the ground when the left hand (for righties) moves in front of your right thigh.

This gives you ample leverage in your golf swing without requiring you to "flip" the club at impact to square the face in time.

A Student Example You Can Learn From

Below are some pictures from a recent lesson I gave. In the leftmost image, you can see that when his left hand reached his right thigh, the hands and club head had already lost all of their lag.

Now the hands are going to move another five or six inches to impact, and the club head is only going to move another two feet to impact, so he'd lost a ton of potential energy.

This lead to a massive lack of power in this golfer's swing and also a very weak and high ball flight.

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This sequence paints a great picture of the improvement that was made during the golf lesson. The golf swing on the left has limited power, the final product on the right is one giant step in the right direction.

This problem of casting the golf club like this is extremely common, but as you can see, in just a few minutes this golfer added a TON of power to his golf swing.

So How Did This Student Pick Up Almost 30° of Lag in One Golf Lesson?!

More Importantly, How Can You?

The first thing we did was train the left arm independently, using the Rotary Swing Tour left arm only downswing drill (LADD).

While performing this drill, we used the golf impact bag, which is an awesome tool for working on lag. It will also promote forward shaft lean at impact which is one of the other big keys in the golf swing.

Here's what to focus on as you do this drill:

  1. Stay nice and wide in the backswing, with very little wrist set.
  2. As the hands slow down and start to transition, keep the wrists very soft.

In the center photo, notice what this student accomplished by doing that -- with the left hand at the right thigh, the club head is actually above a line parallel to the ground, indicating big lag!

Bottom line, now when the hands move that same five to six inches to impact, the club will have to move twice as far. This means tons of added speed!

If You Struggle With Lag in Your Golf Swing, This Video's a Game Changer

Watch this video to find out how your shoulder position at impact influences lag and shaft lean, along with one of the other key Rotary Swing Tour drills that will help you increase your lag.

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Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 8 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 100 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, and other major tours around the world.

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