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Lag vs Casting In Your Golf Swing

Lag vs casting and the power that is delivered to the ball can be explained simply as when that power is used. Is it early in the swing or is it at impact? The longer we can store the energy in our swing (lagging) and the closer we can release it at impact, the more efficient our swing will be in relation to the power we generate.

For example, there are two people who swing the club at 100MPH but one golfer applies the 100MPH early in their swing (casting) while the other delivers the 100MPH at impact (lagging). The golfer who releases the 100MPH of energy at impact will inevitably transfer more energy into the ball and the ball will travel further.

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3 Responses to Lag vs Casting In Your Golf Swing

  1. George Turtle April 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

    In the middle of the video there is a graphic instead of Gene. I really wanted to see him show how the left shoulder moves in the downswing to create the casting.

  2. John Rosenthal April 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

    love what you are saying about lag, but how to achieve this isn’t quite so simple – how can you achieve – what is your first move? Thanks John R

    • Gene Parente April 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

      John,
      Tricky question to answer in a text but here are some simple rules. One of the most common mistakes that most golfers make is that they think that power comes from immediate acceleration or jerking at the beginning of the downswing. It is almost instinctual to think that to do something fast you need to start fast.
      The reality is that you actually need to start slower and build up velocity so that it peaks right at impact.
      There is an adage in golf that says “slow to go fast”. It definitely applies to the swing.
      When you start fast or jerk it causes the hands to release the club head early which loses all of the energy potential of the wrist hinge acceleration. It also has the effect of causing your head to move which makes returning the club head to the impact position very difficult.

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