How to Maintain Lag in Your Golf Swing

Do you know the basic reason why there is a lag in the golf swing? It’s because as you swing, your hands and wrists are gliding along on their own pace. As a result, your body isn’t transferring the weight from your feet to your golf club. To add more challenge to the matter, your wrists tend to speed up during the backswing as well as downswing.

How to Maintain Lag in Your Golf Swing


Lag in golf swing can greatly affect your game. Actually, this theory is also called inter-fatigue. In other words, it’s the time that it takes your mind to think of your next shot even after making an earlier swing move. Practicing this skill so consistently can definitely help you enhance your golf swing speed, making the transition to golf smoother and thus everybody wants to have this quality.


To start with, let’s discuss what causes lag in golf ball striking. As discussed above, there are three main factors that cause lag in ball hitting. They are: your angle of approach, your hand position, and your golf swing tempo. Let’s take each of these factors separately to explore its effect on hitting. This will give you an idea on how to correct it and ultimately improve your golf swing.


One of the major causes of lag in the golf swing is your angle of approach. When you go for a swing, most golfers tend to turn their shoulders and swing the arms first. You turn your shoulders initially to get the feeling of momentum. But this is not the right thing to do because it causes the body weight to shift forward, which results to less distance between the ball and the intended target.


The next factor, your grip, is also considered as a contributing factor on the lag angle. Most golfers use the normal golf grip, where your pinky finger and thumb are placed together and facing each other. Although this grip seems easy to use and makes your swing smooth, it causes the hands to move in different directions, creating a lag in the follow through.


The third factor is your golf ball’s orientation in flight. If you hit a perfect square-shaped golf ball, the lag will be zero, meaning that there will be no lag in the follow through. But if the ball has an uneven shape to it, then it will create a partial lag in the follow through, because the club head is slightly open at the point of impact. So if your ball is off-square to your target, then you should turn your hands, shoulders, and arms in different directions to gain a complete impact and minimize the lag. A good way to do this is to grip the club in such a way that the shaft lies across the top of the forefinger.


This drill can help you learn how to make a consistent high-golf club-head contact, which creates a great ball position and maximum distance. To perform this drill, you need to stand behind the golf club and line up the club with the front foot first, with feet shoulder width apart. Then make your backswing and your downswing, as hard as possible without shifting weight. You want to make sure that the golf club remains square at all times during your follow through, because a good, solid golf club stays square as you hit the ball.


After you finish performing this drill a number of times, you will notice that you can maintain lag throughout your golf swing and hit the golf ball straighter and longer. Another great thing about this drill is that it will not take too much time out of your golf practice time. Just fifteen or twenty minutes per day will suffice to see great results. This drill will work for most golfers, from beginners to those who have been on the course for years. You can build great muscle and flexibility, and the great muscles and flexibility you gain will improve your game.