Golf Swing Lag & a Wide-Narrow-Wide Golf Swing Like the Pros

How would you like to have massive golf swing lag and the same swing shape as every PGA Tour golfer?

That sounds crazy because of the million variations among the players.  I mean, all you have to do is compare Jim Furyk’s swing to Tiger’s swing.

But all the pros share something in common…

A Wide – Narrow – Wide golf swing shape with lots of lag.

It’s this wide-narrow-wide swing shape that will allow you to get more consistent and faster club head speed. (It’s also the topic of our latest Premium video, which has been a huge hit!)

But let’s first take a look at the opposite of a wide-narrow-wide swing shape and why it’s bad for your golf health.

What You Don’t Want: Narrow-Wide-Narrow

The narrow-wide-narrow swing shape is more common with the higher handicap golfers and starts with losing lag at the top of your golf swing.

Let’s take a quick look at this swing shape, so you can check to see if you have it.  If so, you need to get rid of it immediately, as it’s a sure-fire way to kill your swing speed!

Don’t do this! Starting with a narrow takeaway tends to cause a wide, casting motion at the start of the downswing. That’s what you’re seeing here.


If you start your swing by yanking the club back with a narrow takeaway, this puts you in a bad position at the top of your swing, and you’ll have a tough time creating the lag that you need for a powerful swing.

In fact, you’ll be in such a bad position at the top, that you’ll probably start casting the club way early, which will kill a lot of lag that you have built up.  (shown in the pic above)

At this point, most of your club head speed has been wasted!

The next phase of this bad swing shape is narrow.  The club has been released way too early, and the next motion is a follow through that sports an ugly chicken wing.

Enough of what I don’t want you to do…let’s move on to the pro “wide-narrow-wide” golf swing shape that will allow you to create massive club head speed!

First Step:  Go Wide!

Start with your takeaway.  A nice, wide takeaway will allow you to build up proper lag.  The pic below shows me starting to build lag after a wide takeaway.

wide takeaway
A wide takeaway like this one will set you up for better lag on your downswing!


Another facet to focus on is weight shift.

I don’t want you to get a wide swing path by simply leaning way past your back foot.  Keep your weight shift under control and have a nice shoulder turn as your weight shifts.

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Second Step:  Go Narrow to Increase Your Lag

Starting your swing shape wide will allow you to transition nicely to a more narrow swing at the top.  This is where you start building monster lag.

Check out the angle of the club to my arms below.

Transition from a wide takeaway into a narrow downswing with plenty of lag!


In this step I want to point out that you don’t need to jam your right arm into your midsection on the downswing in order to create lag.

I’ve heard this nonsense from other instructors, and you simply don’t need to do this.  It’ll create other problems like jamming you up and flipping the club.

I want you to have enough room to release your club, and jamming your right elbow into your side is not going to help you.

We have a great drill that will help ingrain this feeling of creating lag.  It’s in the “9 to 3 Lag Building Drill” video found in our Premium Membership.

Third Step: Go Wide for a Full Release

Often, when the shape of the swing is discussed, the conversation ends at “you want a wide-to-narrow golf swing.” However, it’s crucial you ensure you finish by getting wide again!

In this final step, this is where you release the club and get the club head speed.

Here’s a pic of the final step of the swing shape: going wide! This indicates a powerful release took place, and the ball left the club face with lots of speed!


As you release the club, your arms will end up extended, creating a wide finish on your swing shape.  (shown above)

If you follow the wide-narrow-wide golf swing shape that all of the PGA Tour pros have, you’ll be in a great position to whip your club head into the ball for Tour-caliber speeds!

Wide-Narrow-Wide Recap:

  1. Your swing shape should start off wide, which will put you in a great spot for building lag,
  2. Then you’ll transition into a more narrow swing shape as you increase your lag, and
  3. Finally, you’ll release that built up lag with increased club head speed, which forms a wide swing shape in the follow through.

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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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