Most amateurs start the downswing with their hands and arms, and leave their body doing nothing. Clubhead speed squarely applied produces distance. That delayed uncocking of your wrists is called “lag. Stiff wrists at the top will cause an early releasing clubhead on the downswing. Think about how you swing a hammer or a flyswatter. This, of course, causes that chicken wing left arm and weight hanging back on your right leg at impact. For lessons and program information call or Jmsuttie aol.

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When we successfully create Lag in our downswing, we certainly feel that clubhead trailing and retaining its stress or Load. Clybhead problem is that most players don’t understand why lag happens or what they should feel. Southern was trained in electronics at Forsyth Technical Community College and is also an occasional woodworker. At the Top When you reach the top of your backswing and change direction, you’ll feel the pressure of the club head’s momentum in your wrists and particularly in your thumb joints.

Leave your comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. A good backswing will feel as if your wrists are fairly straight until your hands are about waist high in your backswing.

Jim Suttie: How to develop clubhead lag

He is the author of the instructional golf book “Ruthless Putting” and edited a collection of swashbuckling novels. Clubheav called “casting” and many players do it at the very top of their downswing. Golfers who have this in their swing usually hit the ball a long way because lag creates a lot of clubhead speed.


There are also many players who start their downswings with their shoulders unwinding first from the top. Too many players become obsessed with trying to “hold the angle” of their wrists, but the momentum of the club head does that.

But first, let me describe what Clubhead Lag is. If you are looking for more clubhead lag and more distance, simply tie a towel on the end of your driver and swing it 25 times a day for two months. Your elbow should feel as if it just drops to your side as you start down. This idea is fundamental.

Suttie also is the director of golf operations for the FGCU golf program. This type of lunging action will cause the club to release early. What is clubhead lag and clubuead is it so important? For example, the national long drive champion this year weighs only pounds, but he does have a lot of clubhead lag.

Lag also involves the stress or bend we place on the club shaft at the start of the downswing. Or what about the forehand in tennis?

You bend your elbow to lift the tool, then cock your wrist at the end of your “backswing. Think about how you swing a hammer or a flyswatter. When your hands reach the top of your backswing, your trailing elbow bends and causes your wrists to cock.

Create More Clubhead Lag with this Simple Golf Drill

This is why you don’t have to weigh pounds and have a lot of strength to hit the ball a long ways. To keep things simple, we will say it is the angle created by the clubshaft and the left arm on the downswing.


Creating and maintaining lag is a fairly natural action. After two months, you will develop lag and 10 miles per hour clubhead speed at the bottom. They are full hand, arm, and body tension which cause an early releasing action from the top of the swing. The momentum of the club head works against your effort to make your downswing, and the combination causes your wrists to stay cocked for a while during the downswing.

Create More Clubhead Lag with this Simple Golf Drill

This will teach you to swing “through” the ball instead of “to” the ball. More Entertainment Headlines Music: Many players never load the club or even cock their wrists enough at the top of their swing. Having the right driver and knowing how to hit it is so important Feb 4, Clubbhead Florida tennis column: Watson, Clark among top college doubles teams in country Feb 16, Gail Graham on golf: