LEARNING TO LAG
▶ One of my mentors, the late Ken Venturi, came up with this great analogy to get golfers to understand how to lag the club. It’s like the motion your hands make when you’re painting a wall. Whatever direction your hands move, the paintbrush does, too, but in a trailing position. That’s key. To apply this concept when practising your golf swing, address a ball. As you start your backswing, let your hands and the handle of the club move away from the target before the clubhead does
(bottom le). Feel the clubhead lagging behind your hand action. Then, as you get to the top and start to swing down, again let the hands and handle move before the clubhead changes direction – just like the stroke of a paintbrush. Two more downswing thoughts to create lag properly: (1) Always start down with your lower body; lead foot pressing into the ground and the hips unwinding towards the target. (2) Keep your lead arm connected to your chest. Feel like the arms are being pulled into impact by your body rotation.