Speed in Golf | Use the Right Arm to Maximize Speed and Lag in Golf

Do you ever feel like the harder you swing, the less distance you get? I think this is something everyone struggles with at some point in golf.

So why does this happen?

If you're anything like most students I see, you're probably using your body and trying to rotate your body to get power in golf instead of using the much faster right arm.

If we can create good lag in golf, we can generate more speed in golf, but we have to understand how to use the right arm in order to do that.

Our newest Premium video, "Lag and Speed Drills," covers this in detail, but here are some crucial concepts from it (and a cool demo of how it works) to get you started...

How to Throw the Right Arm to Generate Speed

The fastest way to start understanding how to generate some speed from the right arm is to do the throw the ball drill, if you haven't already.

Now let's talk about a couple of big keys we want to pay attention to while doing that drill.

 

Lag in Golf equals Speed in Golf
The "Throw the Ball Drill," when done properly, is a great way to get a feel for what the right arm needs to do to generate speed in golf

 

1) Shift to the Left: As you shift to the left I want you to make sure that your weight goes to the center of your left foot (around the front of the ankle), not the toe.

If you let your weight shift into the toe, the hips will move forward, and you're going to lose room to swing the golf club or, in this case, throw the ball.

This is also known as early extension, a form of loss of posture in the downswing.

So shift to your left ankle, maintaining neutral joint alignment and feeling like you drive that left ankle into the ground, and then throw the ball.

2) Limit the Body: Make sure you're not using the body to drag the golf club through impact. We want to limit the body in the downswing and maximize the use of the right arm for speed in golf.

Two ways to check that you're doing this properly on camera are to ask:

Missing either one of these steps will most likely lead to the shoulders opening up, as well as the right arm staying bent and getting stuck behind you.

Once you have the correct technique, really put some speed into this drill. After all, that's the whole point of doing this!

You're trying to generate some power and club head speed so feel free to throw the ball pretty hard.

Remember the Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Mantra

In the backswing we want "Less Arms, More Body." Well, in the downswing we want the opposite, "More Arms, Less Body."

This may go against a lot of what you've heard.

But if you watch this excerpt from the new video, you'll literally hear how powerful this mantra is...

 

 

Don't Miss Out on Drills for Adding Lag. Watch the Rest of This New Premium Video Now!

The rest of the new Premium video combines throwing the right arm with lag drills to increase distance in your golf game.  Soon, you'll be bombing it by every other player in your group!

Lag in Golf equals Speed in GOlf

 

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Chuck Quinton

Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 5 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 300 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, Web.com and other major tours around the world.

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