LAG IT LIKE BROOKS

Golf Australia - - CONTENTS -

Three-time ma­jor cham­pion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, Brooks Koepka, is one of the most pow­er­ful play­ers in the world. Learn why here.

By far the most com­mon fault of the av­er­age golfer – par­tic­u­larly those who hit most of their shots short with a fade or slice – is they cast the club from the top of the back­swing.

Cast­ing refers to the club­head be­ing thrown out, like a fly fish­er­man would cast a rod, at the top of the back­swing and the an­gle cre­ated be­tween your hands and the club shaft is lost. Los­ing this an­gle is cost­ing you dis­tance as you can­not gen­er­ate good club­head speed in the down­swing, while ac­cu­racy is also com­pro­mised be­cause the ‘caster’ usu­ally swings into the ball on an out­side-to-in­side the tar­get line swing path cre­at­ing a fade or slice.

As you can see here with big-hit­ting Brooks Koepka, there is a sig­nif­i­cant an­gle be­tween his hands and the club shaft as the hands lead the club­head through­out the down­swing.

With the hands in line with Koepka’s right hip, the club­head is still above head height. From here, the hands only need to travel a short dis­tance be­fore mov­ing in line with the ball at im­pact but the club­head has to travel much fur­ther to catch up to achieve that per­fect im­pact po­si­tion.

With the club­head lag­ging be­hind and then catch­ing up to the hands in the last split sec­ond be­fore con­tact, this is where great power comes from as the club­head speed is at its fastest at im­pact.

Ideally, the hands should be slightly ahead of the club­head at im­pact. A good golfer will en­sure the club lags through­out the en­tire down­swing and he will never let the club­head flip past the hands be­fore im­pact.

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