Lag. All amateurs want it, most pros are trying to get rid of it. What gives? What is lag and do you need it?
Well, yes, you absolutely need lag in your golf swing, it's what provides 2/3's of your clubhead speed!
That's right, about 66% of your clubhead speed comes just from the release of your wrists. That's a massive amount of speed and if you're losing lag at the wrong time in your golf swing like most golfers, you're leaving a ton of distance on the table.
The good news is, you don't have to anymore. I'm going to show you one simple fix that makes it easier biomechanically to have more lag in your golf swing because having the proper grip creates more leverage.
Having more leverage with a slightly stronger grip makes it easier to maintain lag in the golf downswing without even trying.
When you have the pad of your left had on top of the butt of the golf club, it allows you maintain the angle without having to tighten up your grip.
Strangling the golf club with a tight grip tends to cause you to cast the club, or throw away lag. So, your wrists need to be soft and supple and responding dynamically to the change of direction of the club during the transition so that you can dynamically create more lag in the downswing.
This is called downcocking. Downcocking helps you create lag at the only point in the golf swing that you need it - the downswing. Setting your wrists early, as in during the takeaway like some golf instruction advocates, just tends to create more tension early in the backswing that builds to a crescendo by the time you get to the top and leads you to cast the club coming down, when in fact, you should be increasing your lag by downcocking on the way down.
I hope you enjoy this golf instruction video from RotarySwing.com!