Why You Need This: Why You Need This: In this video, you'll discover "The Best Lag Drill Of All-Time | Not What You'd Expect"
There’s a great drill that can get you that extra lag you’re looking for, but most recreational players perform the drill incorrectly...
With one minor adjustment to the drill, many of our students who struggled to get lag in the downswing wound up finally adding a ton of lag...
… which will add more speed and distance to your game!
One of Quentin’s students worked on their lag with this drill, and wound up adding 50 yards!
In today’s video, you’ll find out what that adjustment to this common drill is…
… and you’ll see how much extra lag and distance is added to your swing.
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Instructors Featured: Quentin Patterson
Video Duration: 7:24
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Quentin Patterson: All right. I will definitely take that one. Right in the middle of the fairway, there.
So we wall want to have that nice angle of lag in the start of the downswing. You know, players like Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, all these great players have that nice angle of lag, especially with the driver when they’re coming down.
I struggled with this, and I have a lot of students that struggle with this as well. They’ve tried everything to get lag in their swing, but no matter what they did, they could still never get lag.
I’m sure a lot of you that have worked on your lag have done this wide-narrow-wide drill, where you go really wide in the backswing with the club head, and then you go narrow in the downswing, and then you go wide again in the downswing.
Well, conceptually that drill, it’s great, but almost nobody does it right including myself. When I first did this drill, I never did it right.
See what most people do, is they’ll initially go out wide in the backswing, but as they get up to the top of the swing, they’ll get narrow.
So they’ll go wide, then they’ll go narrow, and then they’ll go wide again. Because as soon as you fully hinge your wrist, that’s the moment they’re going to want to unhinge.
If you go up to the top and you fully hinged your wrist, you’re going to want to completely unhinge and cast the club in the start of the downswing. That’s exactly what we don’t want. That’s the opposite of lag.
If we want to get lag, we actually need to get those wrists reaching their full hinge as late as possible in the swing.
That’s why I’ve actually made an alternative to this drill, this wide-narrow-wide drill, which I believe makes it the best lag drill of all time, because I give it to students who’ve worked on getting lag their whole life, their whole golfing life, and have never been able to get lag.
They do this drill, they get lag for the first time. So I’m excited for you to be able to try this out if you’re struggling with lag yourself, or if you just want more lag in your swing, I believe it will help you as well.
The difference that I made with this drill is that I actually added a wide to it. If we have the thought that we go wide and then wide in the start of the downswing as well, so we’re going wide in the backswing, so zero wrist set.
Actually, in the start of the downswing, I know this seems counter-intuitive, but in the start of the downswing I’d feel wide as well. Then we get narrow as late as we can and then we get wide again.
If you have this feeling, that’s the reality of what you’re going to do when you speed this up, but that’s the feeling that you want initially when you’re doing this drill.
That’s going to allow you to get that sharp angle of lag as late as possible in the swing, which is what we want for speed and distance and everything else.
What I want you to do is I want you to stand up, if you’ve got a club handy, and just do some reps where we go wide at the top, pause at the top.
I want you to go wide in the start of the downswing to the lead arm parallel, and I want you to go narrow as late as you can, hands past the golf ball. I’d try to have that club parallel to the ground there, so lots and lots of lag there, and then go wide in the follow through there.
Let’s get about 10 of those in, where we go wide, wide, narrow, wide. That’s what we want to feel is going on.
Now I know it’s going to feel, it’s going to feel awkward and weird because you feel like you’re casting in the start of the downswing.
Technically, you kind of are, but that’s what we need to feel to be able to get that sharp angle late. Otherwise, you’re going to be hinging that wrist too early and then we’re going to want to unhinge it right away.
Once you get 10, 20 of those, until you get comfortable with it, you may not get totally comfortable with it, but if you get a few of those you can start understanding how your wrists are going to move when you do this.
Now we can start adding some fluidity to it. Now what we want to do, and I’d set up the camera for this. Set up a camera from face on and see if you’re actually doing what you feel like you’re doing.
We’re going to go nice and slow, and we’re going to go wide, wide, narrow, and wide as we’re coming through here.
I’m going to try to go as slow as I can, but if you have this concept, it’s really going to help you to get this angle lag. We’re going to go wide, wide, narrow, wide.
As you see there, I got a ton of lag when I did that. Now it probably didn’t look like I did this in the start of the downswing, but that’s what it felt like to me.
When you speed this up, it’s going to feel like you’re doing that, but when you look on camera, I think you’re going to be surprised to see that you’re getting that angle of lag to really sharpen as you’re coming down.
So again, I’m going to do a practice swing here, nice and slow, and I’m going to go wide, wide, narrow, wide.
It’s going to look like this, so you probably I had a ton of lag there. A ton of lag, really, really sharp angle late, and that’s what we want to have.
So once you start feeling comfortable with the slower ones, I want you to speed it up. Let me see if I can do a more speeded-up one here.
I’m going to go wide, wide, narrow, wide again. A little bit faster, yeah. So that felt, you really feel that woosh through contact, through the impact zone.
That wasn’t a lot of effort. I didn’t really feel like I was exerting myself very much there. I felt like it was about the same effort as I would take if I was trying to hit a nice, easy drive down the middle.
But you can feel that woosh of speed that you may not have had before. So get some of those full speed ones in there. Get up to full speed with it, look on camera, see if you’re getting that nice sharp angle getting late.
Then once you see that on video with your practice swing, now let’s try to add the golf ball and let’s try to get that same feeling.
So let’s see if I can get a few more miles per hour than I did on that first one. All right, so let’s see if I can get one out there a little bit more here.
All right. Got a couple more miles per hour there. I’ll definitely take that one.
Now that we have that nice angle of lag in the start of the downswing, we have a lot of potential to get a lot of speed and distance.
But we still have a problem. We need to learn how to release that lag properly so that way we get the most out of it.
In fact, I had a student that was casting the club, it was one of those students that had never really gotten lag before, was casting the club in the downswing.
Went from this kind of position in the downswing to this kind of position in the downswing and he learned how to release that lag and he gained 50 yards. It went from 230 to 280 off the tee.
Now, these aren’t typical results but it shows the potential if you get this lag and this release of the club properly.
So that release of the club that I’m talking about is the Straight Line Release in the Top Speed Golf System.
Once you get this lag correct, I want you to go to the Straight Line Release course and start getting that club, that butt end of the club to turn back up and in as quickly as possible through impact so that way you get that nice snap, that nice whip of acceleration through impact to get you all that effortless speed.
To get to the Straight Line Release course, go ahead and click the Instruction tab at the top, then click the Top Speed Golf System, and then select the Straight Line Release course.
Work through level one, level two, level three. Make this second nature, so that way you walk out of the car and you’re just whipping that club easily through contact without a lot of effort.
So keep up the hard work everybody, play well, and I’ll talk to you soon.