Creating Lag for Increased Distance and Accuracy

Lag is the second aspect of a golf swing that one must get correct to have a good swing. Lag as it relates to the golf swing is usually defined as “to stay behind.” In other words, the hands are always leading while the clubhead is trailing behind. This is easy to visualize as we all have seen the slow motion videos of professionals creating lag on their downswings. Looking at the definition and videos of lag leaves a lot to be desired when trying to understand this important aspect of the golf swing. Creating lag requires proper body movements in combination with the dynamics of the golf shaft to deliver the clubhead squarely and with increasing velocity to the golf ball. A good explanation of the purpose of lag can be found in Homer Kelly’s book “The Golfing Machine.” In it he states that “clubhead lag promotes even and steady acceleration, assuring dependable control of distance – any amount of deceleration during the down stoke dissipates clubhead lag.” Therefore, constant acceleration is needed to ensure a lagging clubhead through impact.

There are many misconceptions on how to create lag. One is that lag is created intentionally by holding your wrist hinge/bend and arms back as you rotate the shoulders forward. Another is that the wrists should be flung at the ball to create clubhead speed. Both of these ideas could not be further from the truth. Poor players often over accelerate the club with the hands reaching maximum speed well before impact. Better players continually accelerate the club through and beyond impact. See my post on Biomechanics for a further explanation.

To create lag, one must start from the ground up. That is, with a weight shift and a turn of the hips forward followed by the torso and finally the arms. The arms and wrists stay relaxed and passive at the beginning of the downswing and into the slot position. As the arms move forward from the slot position, inertia carries the club through impact with the ball. Again, I am going to refer you to a paper written by Jeffery Mann as he does an excellent job at explaining lag and how to create it. It is another long article, so you may want to bookmark it for future reference.

Stay tuned for the last post in this series relating to impact and release.

I also would like to mention that comments and questions relating to any of my posts are always welcome.

Why is the Department of Justice Concerned about the Pricing of Ebooks?

The Department of Justice is considering a lawsuit against Apple and 5 other large publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of Ebooks. The issue is whether or not pricing of Ebooks should be set using an agency model or a wholesale model. In the agency model the author sets the price of their books and in the wholesale model retailers set the price of books. Which of these two models are used is very important to the growing number of indie authors as royalties that are paid are substantially different. Although book prices are usually lower using the agency model, royalties paid to the author are much higher than under the wholesale model.

At this time most retailers use the agency model for Ebooks written by indie authors. Large publishers that convert best selling paperback books, by well known authors, to Ebooks use the wholesale model for pricing. Herein lies the problem with possible collusion about keeping book prices high. A lawsuit with an outcome requiring all ebooks to follow the wholesale model could undesirably impact royalties paid to indie authors. Mark Corker of Smashwords recently called the DOJ and talked to them about this situation. Read about it here.nt

What Really Happened To Trayvon Martin?

I started to research this incident and was going to write about it, but the only conclusion I have been able to come to is that this sort of thing should not be happening in this country. This and similar incidents always seem to end up as racial issues and I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of it. Get the facts, arrest the man if necessary and let the due process of law determine guilt or innocence. If current laws are not appropriate, then change them. Why we continue to let an incident like this drive this country into the dirt I will never know.

If you want to read an unbiased opinion go here.

The Backswing, Getting it Right.

Previously I posted that if you have limited practice time there are three things that you should work on. They are based on the things that a person must get correct to make a good golf swing. The first thing and subject of this post is the backswing. The object of having a good backswing is to get your body, arms, hands and club shaft in the proper position at the top. The two most popular methods are called “the one piece takeaway” and the “right forearm takeaway.” In my book “Triangulate Your Golf Swing” I discuss the one piece takeaway because it is the most widely taught. In reality, I use the right forearm takeaway because it seems to fit my body type and flexibility capabilities the best.

Rather than try to explain the differences I went on an Internet search to see what I could find. The following is the best article that I came across (backswing article). It is a lengthy article and a bit technical. You may have to read parts of it a couple times to understand the concepts. Also, there are links to related articles which lengthens the reading time. I would advise to bookmark the link so that you can go back to it as needed. Once you know how the backswing should end up and the different ways of getting there, try the methods out on the practice range to see which one best suits your body type and swing style.