I hate to bring this up again when there's been about a jillion lag posts before, but I'm fairly new here and I wasn't sure posting a response to some thread that hasn't been read since 2010 will be seen by anyone. Then again, who knows if anything I send today will get read by anyone, but that's besides the point :)
After reading several "lag" posts, it seems that one common thread I've seen is the difference between a "sweeper" lag like that long drive champ (Zubek - is that right?) and then a "snapper" lag like Sergio. I've noticed that I am more of a sweeper, but I wonder if it's hurting me. I feel like I might be swinging too hard to hit the ball a decent distance, and if I incorporated more wrist cock delay like a Sergio I wouldn;t need to use my big muscles so much. I'm overweight right now (really working on that. Dropped 50 pounds in 2012) so my flexibility is very limited , but I've always been a pretty big guy (about 6'2 and 215 as a HS football player in great shape) anyway. Does a larger body type lend itself to being a sweeper more than a snapper? Jamie Sadlowski is a small guy who uses a tremedous amount of lag, while Zubek is a beast who could be an NFL linebacker as a sweeper. Both crush the ball. Does it make sense that if I used more delayed "snapper"-type release, I could probably shorten my backswing a bit, have my full body under control, and still hit the ball a good distance? I think the majority of my problems come from trying to swing too hard.
Also, as a former college baseball player, I always employed a tremendous amount of BOTH wrist action and body action in my swing. It's why I always batted 4th and was a very deep ball hitter. I think it was the forum moderator who commented that Sergio's delayed lag action requires a lot of timing. I guess my question is - for an amateur who has plenty of other swing flaws and not 40 hours a week to hit balls like Sergio, is it better to forget about trying to time a late release action like that, or if I have a natural tendency to do so, go for it? My swing just looks far too "sweepy" to me, and I think lag might help me a lot. Question is, how much? One of these days I'll post my swing in Member Swings to allow for greater specificity and stop boring y'all with MY problems! Hope this stirs up some like questions among others, though.