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Increased lag = More open clubface at impact?

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All other things being equal, will increasing ones lag open the clubface at impact?

 

After seeing my swing on vid a few months ago, I was appalled at how I lost virtually all lag at impact (my right arm and right wrist were fully straightened).  Since then, I've worked into a net to try to improve in this area.   

 

My goal #1 was to try to get my right elbow to feel like it is leading the hands into the hitting area.  Goal #2 was to maintain my right wrist cock into the hit with a flat left wrist (I've found that Goal #1 really helps to achieve Goal #2).

 

Anyway, it was 60+ degrees in Indiana today, so I played a few holes.  Early on, it was really ugly.  Everything I hit was a slice.  Before I started trying to make these changes, my normal ballflight was a slight draw.

 

After a few holes of this, I strengthened my grip.  For many years, I've used a very weak grip (think Hogan's 5 Lessons...).  I only played a few holes with a stronger grip, but it made my ball flight much, much better.

 

In thinking about it tonight and doing some slo mo swings with the mirror, a stronger grip or a supination of the left wrist were the only 2 things that seemed to square the face.

 

Also, is it a bad thing to us a stronger grip to square the clubface as opposed to better "educating" my hands for a change like this? 

post #2 of 4

Yes.

 

It's much easier to roll your forearm when the wrist is uncocked. Otherwise you're rolling the clubhead around your forearm.

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I reckon building lag is like kissing a girl with a cold sore.....Kinda nice at the time but annoying for years afterwards.

 

Anyway......lag, yep well, you're asking your wrist to do an awful lot in a short space of time. Basically the wrist is going from a cocked right  angle with the club horizontal to a straight wrist, with a forearm turn in one third of a downswing.

 

I reckon grip strengthening is a way to try to help the wrist get to square.

 

But I'm very anti wrist....

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I reckon building lag is like kissing a girl with a cold sore.....Kinda nice at the time but annoying for years afterwards.

 

That's the best you've got?


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Anyway......lag, yep well, you're asking your wrist to do an awful lot in a short space of time. Basically the wrist is going from a cocked right  angle with the club horizontal to a straight wrist, with a forearm turn in one third of a downswing.

 

And yet virtually everyone manages to do it to varying degrees of success.

 

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I reckon grip strengthening is a way to try to help the wrist get to square.

 

Sometimes (if you mean turning them clockwise for a righty). Almost never if you mean actually making the wrists "stronger."

 

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But I'm very anti wrist....

 

If you believe you don't use your wrists at all, you're wrong (or you don't hit the ball out of your shadow, so to speak).

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