Lag: The Mystery, Myth's and "WAIT FOR IT" Approach.
Homer Kelley... Moe Norman... Sergio Garcia... All Individual's who studied and presented (present I.E. Sergio) great visuals and written material on lag. Some may say it's the secret to the swing. I'm not sure about "Secret" to the swing, however understanding it's importance and how it works is quintessential in creating power and precision that repeats itself through impact.
This week, I want to describe a thought process to create more lag in your transition to impact position. I'm sure many of you suffering from less lag in the golf swing, can see it demonstrated with good ball strikers on tour or at your local club. So you know, having lag is important but what's most important is that it's being implemented by correct body motion and sequencing. There are many occasion's in where one has too much lag with incorrect body motion and their ball striking is all over the map. Typically this takes place when a golfer is trying to learn / create lag too fast and using the hands and arms to feel this process.
There should always be speed and power through impact, however It has to be worked on and developed from a Lethargic Like, Lackadaisical Approach! Or in other words "SLOWLY". Lag is something most golfers must earn and aren't born with out the gate.
WAIT FOR IT: The initial remedy for someone looking to create more lag is what I like to call "Wait For It". You've warmed up hitting short wedges keeping the body in motion. You've gone on to hit some short and or mid irons to get the body and fluidity prepared for range work. Now... Let's learn to start the lower body working "1st" with the upper body and down / forward part of the swing lagging "2nd" into impact. The idea of you developing lag has to be created when the back potion of the golf swing is finishing, as the weight must be moving in the opposite direction toward the target.
Most of the time Amateur's I'm working with (although their take away is slow) still transition too fast from the top using their hands, arms and torso across the ball. If anything the sternum and head must stay back through impact as the hands and arms are passive through the ball. Don't worry, the remainder of the body will come along for the ride. Think "Wait For It" from the top. When I say "Wait For It" that means as your turn to the top is nearing completion, allow the legs to start working toward the target and "WAIT" for the elbows, forearms and hands to arrive at and through impact. THIS IS A MUST, TO BE WORKED ON AT HALF SPEED. Once you get to a point (100 or even 1000 motions made) then work your way up to 60%, 75% then Full.
It will take some time and dedication, but one thing I promise is the work you do here will better your angle of attack, create more power and assist in less pain in complete swing over time.
DO IT SLOWLY!
NOTE: I'm thinking of hiring on a local Piano teacher for you amplified ones out there thinking you will get it in one swing. Half of our one hour lesson, will be working with her on learning finger elements and key signatures. If that doesn't work, Crosby's just sent me in a Jar of Molasses I will wipe on the top of the 50 yard sign. We can then watch it drip down until its hits the floor between each shot....
Or..... You can work at half speed, slowly with purpose of achieving the proper result. ;) Simple...
Please feel free to shoot me your questions on this topic and hope to see you all soon on the lesson tee.
Think Less, Swing more and Enjoy yourself - JJ ;)
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