Online Golf Instruction: Best Drill Ever to Create Golf Swing Lag

Online Golf Instruction: Best Drill Ever to Create Golf Swing Lag

hi guys I’m like dr. clay Ballard and today I have a fantastic tip for you on how to transform your baseball swing into a lag producing motion it’s a motion that you’re all familiar with I’m going to lead you through it in this drill so let’s go ahead and get started okay so a motion that we’re all familiar with is a baseball swing most of us watching this grew up and we played a little bit of baseball if you grew up in America we’re going to learn to turn that baseball swing into a lag building exercise so let me grab a golf ball here and what I want you to do first is I want you to make a baseball swing and I want you to stop when your hands are in front of your right PEC and from the right side of your chest here this right arm is going to be extending but what’s going to happen is this club is going to stay bent at 90 degrees so if I go ahead and show you this from down the line I’m going to extend that right arm get my hands in front of my right side of my chest and this club is still going to be at 90 degrees well most of you are going to say what that’s easy to do anybody can do that that’s a very simple motion I can I can easily keep that club at 90 degrees what if I told you that’s exact same motion you’re making when you’re building lag in the golf swing the only reason it’s tough in golf is because we put all these extra expectations on top of it where we want the ball to go and how we think we should be swinging a club so let’s go ahead and do that exact same motion now but let’s go ahead and tilt from our hips forward well now we’ve got all this like that’s the same motion you were making as you were standing straight up so I want you to feel like you’re working this right arm forward but you’re still keeping that 90 degree angle now we got to do is go ahead and release the club as I’ve talked about in many of the other videos let’s watch it again from down the line extending that right arm getting the club working in front of my body still got that 90 degree angle then I’m going to go ahead and get that great release that’s going to help you to get tons of speed so go ahead and do about 50 of these repetitions once you’re comfortable with that motion and it looks just like I’ve shown you in this video go ahead and bend over into your posture and start hitting a few small shots doing this you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to get lag I’ve got a great video that’s going to help to further ingrain this if you’d like to watch that that I’m going to attach later in just one second I want to take this time to thank you for watching this video and I help this I hope this quick tip helps you to improve your game rotary swing students are truly the best students in the world and it’s truly a pleasure working with you guys now in the full rotary swing system and the online website it’s not just quick tips we actually have a learning process where you start from the beginning of swing work throughout the entire swing so that you can develop fantastic fundamentals now as a bonus I’m going to include the first half of a premium video that’s going to start as soon as I’m done here if you want to watch the entire video you can click on the bottom right hand side of your screen that will take you to a little forum where you can sign up for your free rotary swinging membership you’ll receive about 3 hours of free online instruction plus you’ll be able to see this video in its entirety I look forward to working with you guys much more in the future and I’ll see you soon hi I’m rotary swing instructor clay Ballard aka the lag doctor and I want to talk to you about one of the biggest myths and creating lag in your golf swing and that’s it we’re going to hold this angle and really pull down we’re going to keep our forearm tight we’re going to keep our wrist tight and we’re just going to pray that we can keep this angle as we make our downswing now that’s never going to work the reason for this is I hold a club or a hammer in this case and in front of my body here the natural anatomical alignment of my wrist is going to be slightly cocked forward now that’s not a position of lag to get lag we need to keep these keep these wrists really loose and soft and let this club hinge back now if I get really tight and I try to you know hold this angle what that’s going to do is that’s going to contract my wrist flexors when I can track my wrist flexors you can see it extends that angle of lag and you’re going to lose that angle so one of the biggest keys to make sure you keep your wrists nice and loose and soft as you swing down the heavy weight of the club head is naturally going to want to lag behind so at this point we understand while getting really tight with the forearm and the wrist can cause you to lose lag but now we need a step by step process some drills that we can work on to incorporate lag in your swing that’s exactly what this video is I’m going to go through starting out at very very small steps and working you through a process until you’re completing a full 9 to 3 drill which is going to be the biggest key for you to creating lag in your swing so with each piece I’m going to give you one new thing to concentrate on I want you to focus on that with that particular piece of the drill you’re going to move on to the next piece and then a new thing to work on by the end of the video you’ll have accumulated a lot of different things that you want to check in your swing and make sure that you’re doing correctly you can go to the swing viewer and compare those with either my swing or chucks 9 to 3 drill swing and make sure that you’re performing these correctly ok so the first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to make some mini swings and what I want you to do is grab a swing donut or a weighted wait for a golf club go and put that on your club it’s going to help you to feel the heavy weight of the head if you don’t have a swing donut you can still do this just with your normal club but this is going to help to to really feel the heavy weight of the head and that’s going to be key and creating lag in your golf swing so go ahead and start making some little mini golf swings just with your right hand only as I’m doing this I’m really feeling like I’m keeping my wrist in my forearm extremely loose and relaxed and letting that Club flow as I make these little tiny swings so I don’t want your arm going away back in a big back swing I don’t want you to try to get any power in this it’s not even really a golf swing at this point as much it is just filling the weight of that club head and keeping the wrist nice and loose and relaxed now after we’ve done this we feel pretty comfortable with this we’re going to go ahead and switch to the left hand as I start to make some of these swings with my left hand I’m going to have the same feeling my wrist is nice and loose and relaxed you can see that I’m not having any tension or carrying any tension in this wrist and then I’m also going to start to get a little bit of a weight transfer so in my backswing I want about 60 to 70% maybe even 80% of my weight to go to the inside of my right foot I don’t want it to sway all the way to the outside of my foot but I wanted to just go to the inside of that right foot just as it would in a full golf swing and as you’re about to complete your backswing I want your weight to start to transition to your left so in a real golf swing and a full golf swing we actually start to transition our weight a little bit before the club is completely completed the backswing so as the club is still moving back we’re actually going to transfer that weight to our left side or start to transfer the weight to our left side you can see it that’s exactly what I’m doing here now one big key I want you to focus on is that as you transition your weight I want you to make sure that you don’t go up on your left toe so if you start to transfer your weight to your left toe you’re going to see that your hips are moving toward the ball and you’re losing room to swing the club that’s a big mistake that I see on a regular basis so you want to make sure that your weight is transferring to the center of your left ankle if you do this correctly it should be very small swings and very effortless so go ahead and do this for about a minute or two until you really feel that flow making sure that your left wrist is staying nice and soft now that we’ve gotten familiar with filling the heavy weight of the club head lagging behind our hands and staying very loose and soft with this I’m going to go ahead and do the same thing without the swing donut and you’re going to start with just your right hand here all you

19 thoughts on “Online Golf Instruction: Best Drill Ever to Create Golf Swing Lag

  1. I would focus a lot on lag and release of the club. This will be crucial if you want to get down to a scratch golfer and get some great club head speed. Good luck Joe Clarkson. ~Clay Ballard

  2. Hi Clay, im cast and its heavily ingrained into my swing, trying to work on building lag, etc. I tend to cast quite early, i wouldnt say i throw the club, its more like the angle of lag is lost smoothly from the start of the downswing. I think im guilty of over rotating my upper body and unwind the shoulder too early. Thinking "extend right arm" is a dangerous thought being a caster, at what point are you starting to extend the right arm ? how low are the hands before you start ? also, the initial "baseball" swing down into the slot, just before you start extending, what is this movement driven by ? is this all created from the hip bump and the body pulling the upper down ? its not driven by hip rotating right ? as im thinking this would cause shoulders to unwind ? is this downward start of the swing an active movement you feel in your upper body ? like dropping your right elbow into the side of your torso ?

    What i can feel with this drill that is distinctly different from what i feel im actually doing in my swing is the feeling that my right shoulder has to stop rotating or slow down at least or my arms swing around and to the left of my chest. Sounds obvious to me then that my shoulders are unwinding too early in the downswing ? and if im right, the video on the 'right shoulder's role in downswing' is an important one for me ?

  3. Richard I think I'm in the same boat as you, do you feel you force the club into these positions or let you body cause the club to fall into these positions? I believe the weight shift to the left from start of downswing with soft arms/wrists and grip allows the club to fall into the correct position, it's starting to work for me now but I still cast a little just before impact.

  4. You have suggested that the right shoulder slows down or even stops for a brief moment on the down swing, and by doing this it allows the arms to release the club faster.
    This is an Illusion.
    What really happens is the shoulders continue rotating, you can clearly see in Tiger Woods swing that the left shoulder never stops nor does it slow down, it rotates around a center point,  the right shoulder assumes that center point for a very short time at some point just before impact thereby fooling the eye in believing that the shoulder is slowing down. 

    Jeff Hall

  5. Mickelson has a ton of lag and a roll over of the forearms release.  Great if he can time it right, if not he will be in the woods a lot this week.  Kuchar will contend and just may win, couldn't happen to a nicer guy, hated to see him lose to a couple of lucky shots Sunday.

  6. Most golf videos spend most of the time with a talking head.  You do a good job of showing what to do.  Keep it up.

  7. Hey Clay!–Regarding the "similarity" of the golf swing to swinging a baseball bat, what would you think of a drill where someone took a position in front of you (like a pitcher) and rolled a golf ball towards about where your swing path would be, whereupon you would time your swing to hit the ball and of course hopefully make perfect contact?  Do you think expanding on the whole baseball comparison so that you're swinging at a moving ball might improve your timing and help you avoid casting the club? (Incidentally, not to be a negative Nellie but it when your objective is hitting a baseball with a bat it is also possible to "cast" the bat–it's not necessarily automatic that you're going to "lag" the bat and make perfect contact all the time, having played my share of baseball I know this from personal experience (unfortunately it seemed to have transferred over to my golf game for much of my life)–I think it is easier however to learn to hit a baseball more solidly, for the reasons you state in the video, and because the moving ball helps initiate a more instinctual response than having to look at a ball just laying on the ground and wondering how I'm going to start a series of events by which I am going to contact that ball solidly and send it where I want it to go.

  8. Sorry Clay, Youtube fails.  Here take a look.  As you can see I'm generating a bit of lag and the shaft is like a wet noodle.  What should I do?

  9. At 1:32 you're not really generating that  much lag are you or else the shaft would be bow'd like a mofo in the link I provided.  I'm just trying to figure out how much lag is too much?

  10. People struggle with "lag" because they manipulate the club head and hit instead of swing. As a matter of fact most of the common errors ams make is because they can't tell the difference between hitting and swinging. If you truly are struggling with lag then learn to swing instead of hit. If you are using your body in the same sequence you would throw a ball you wouldn't cast the club. 

  11. interesting points ,if anyone else needs to find out about golf video tips try Boshapra Instant Golfer Boffin (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my co-worker got cool success with it. 

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