Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 378 - Wed. December 2nd, 2015
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Lagging, Dragging, Turning
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Golf News in China
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Lagging, Dragging, Turning

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Q: Hi Tom, I have been wrestling with how to get lag into my swing to get more swing speed, and when to release the club in my downswing.

I've been trying to use my body turn more in my swing, and when I do it feels like I am dragging the club through impact.

Is that how it's supposed to feel?

Thanks, Allen W., Buffalo, NY.

A: Thanks for your question Allen.

This is an interesting question, because loading lag into your backswing is only helpful if you know how to unload it.

There are arguments to be made for working hard at developing lag, as well as for letting lag occur naturally. I've had students have success each way.

My experience has led me to conclude that if you are a body swinger, you should probably just allow your lag to occur and release naturally. If you are more of an arms swinger, you would probably benefit from working on developing more lag in your backswing, and starting to release it as your hands approach the thigh of your rear leg on your downswing. .

Body swingers differ from arms swingers in that they will have continual body rotation through impact, whereas the arms swinger slows down his/her rotation just prior to impact. For an arms swinger, it will feel like the rotation stalls just prior to the strike to let the arms and clubhead catch up.

At impact for the body swinger with a full swing, it will feel like the clubhead is being dragged or pulled through impact, and the rear arm will not straighten as much at impact as that of an arms swinger. It will feel like the full, natural release happens just after the strike, and the consistent rotation turns the body into the follow through..

At impact for the arms swinger with a full swing, it will feel more like the release is happening right at the strike, then that the momentum of the swing pulls the arms and body into the follow through. The rear arm will get straighter at impact than that of the body swinger (but not perfectly straight). The arms swinger will also put more conscious effort into releasing the clubhead at the bottom of their swing than the body swinger type.

There is no right or wrong here, it's a matter of swing style preference.

It's my observation that with a full swing, body swingers will be more accurate than arms swingers. However, arms swingers will be able to generate more swing speed than body swingers, so they will hit the ball further.

That's why both types of swingers switch to a body release swing for short pitch shots. It's simply more accurate.

The common thread for both of these swing styles is that the downswing is started with a lateral weight shift to the forward side, then rotation - but it differs on how the rotation progresses through the rest of the swing sequence.

One way or another, it is important, to end up with the swing that suits your body, your talent, and your personality the best.

I hope this answered your question Allen, and thanks again for asking it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Tom's Bonus Tip: Golf News in China

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I saw this BBC Report and have been wanting to mention this for a couple of issues, but other topics won precedence.

According to the BBC, the Chinese Communist Party recently updated its list of party discipline rules, and, as part, banned its 88 million members from joining golf clubs. It's seen as another step in the country's effort to crack down on corruption.

China has had a ban on new golf course construction since 2004, and in March the country announced that 66 courses were being shut down. Earlier this year, an LPGA event slated for China was canceled without explanation just weeks before it was to be played.

The new regulations do not elaborate on why golf club memberships have been banned, but the report indicates that the clubs are perceived as places "where officials have cut shady deals."

I guess this is just one more reason to dislike the Communist Party in China :-)


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