Creating more lag in your golf swing is important if you want to maximize your power and distance with your golf shots. Lag comes from creating and maintaining a good wrist set in your golf swing. If you have lag in your golf swing it also means your release is delayed and closer to being correct. Really high handicap or bad golfers will generally not have much lag in their golf swings. This is important to fix if you want to improve as long as you are working on things in the right order. Once you’ve learned a proper grip and other basic fundamentals, adding a good wrist set will really give you extra power and you’ll be able to hit longer and straighter golf shots.
The first thing that is necessary for improving lag is to have a correct grip. You want to make sure you are holding the club in your fingers as opposed to up too high in the palms. It’s also important to have a proper amount of grip pressure. Holding the club too tightly will inhibit your ability to set your wrists well and it’ll be difficult to generate power. A correct amount of grip pressure will be not too tight, but not too loose. Hang on to your club securely but don’t grip it so tight that it’s a death grip.
On your backswing, it’s important have a good takeaway that is on plane or on the correct swing path. Then, you simply want to allow your wrists to set. You will feel like you are almost flicking the club head up as your hands stay low. Once you’ve completed your wrist set, you should be about half way into your backswing. You are now in a great loaded position where there should be a 90 degree angle between your right forearm and your club shaft.
Once you’ve made it to a good position halfway back in your backswing, you can now simply turn to the top of your swing. You should be in good position with everything working together. You don’t want to just lift your arms or the club up without your body turning. The arms and body need to work together so you stay in good swing sequence. Then, at the top of your swing there should be a strong angle between your right forearm and the club shaft. This angle is the same from when you set your wrists in the halfway back position. You simply just maintain that angle as you move to the top of your swing.
Now, the key on your downswing is to maintain that wrist set or wrist angle as long as possible. You want to swing your arms down but not release your wrists or use your hands. You pull down with your arms while holding your wrist angle. This gets you in the slot as you approach impact to hit the golf ball. At impact, you’re simply getting everything coming through together similar to the position you were in at your setup. Your hands will lead slightly as you compress the golf ball if you’ve held your wrist angle correctly.
Then, as you swing your club head through the ball and towards your target, your release will occur automatically without needed to worry about it. And then your wrists will reset or re-hinge as you swing through and complete your follow through. This re-hinging on the follow through pretty much happens automatically. It is a reaction from your backswing and downswing as the club accelerates through the ball and continues on your follow through. Many parts of the backswing and follow through mirror each other as in the case with your wrist set in the backswing and your re-hinge on your follow through.