I am taking lessons and working into a net with video and a launch monitor. I finally found an instructor that explained and demonstrated it (lag) in a way that I understood. I have been working on my swing for 3 years and although I got better and better I knew I was flipping but did not know how to stop it. I also asked the pro a lot of questions. One that always bothered me is that there should be no tension in a golf swing. I found it impossible to create lag without tension. I have hit balls 4-5 sessions trying to groove the new feel and although I need more work the results are very promising. When you get it right you can feel the shaft load coming into the strike and the ball speed/distance pick up dramatically. Amazingly my dispersion is also tightening. Really looking forward to grooving this and getting out on the course. Based on the weather in MI it looks like I will have plenty of time to practice into a net.
One drill I use is quarter swings holding lag and working on hip rotation. High frame rate video is also invaluable to see what is actually happening and to compare my swing to a good one. The lag king appears to be Sergio so I am keying in on his swing for comparison.
Some observations that I believe are correct that took me a long time to make sense of (I am sure Erik will jump in if I spread untruths):
- Bringing the club down is a drop, right arm tight to the side.
- As I move the club forward the end of the handle is pointing left of the target.
- I am actively holding the lag, I don't see a way around it. Commentators always mention the strength needed to maintain lag, can't apply force without tension
As I said it is a work in progress but the the gains in distance and the tightening of dispersion I feel like I am on to something.
What other drills are helpful to learn lag.