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Build Consistency with Aim and Alignment by Dennis Sales Professional Golf Instructor.

by Rob Baxter PGA Director of Instruction Swift Results Golf Center

Loading the Lag and Lagging the Load

e one aspect every golfer searches for is consistency. We’ve all hit some good shots during the course of a round, but having the ability to hit multiple solid shots is what we are striving for. During our pre-shot routine the most important factor is aim. At the driving range you should practice aiming. I’ve seen plenty of people laying clubs on the ground for alignment. is is a great tool to build consistency in alignment, but this is not practicing aiming. Working on aiming is something very rarely seen. To do this we must pick out different targets, address the golf ball and then reach back with the club in your hand and place it so it touches both your heels (not your toes because if your feet are flared it gives the perception of your body being more open than it really is.) From there move behind the ball, looking down your target line and see if your feet are parallel to where your target is. Do this to multiple targets and see what your tendencies are. Repeat this process and make the necessary adjustments to aim correctly. What this is doing is training your eyes to better align yourself. Work on this for five minutes before every trip to the practice facility and you’ll soon find yourself aiming correctly.

"Clubhead Lag" has been described as "simple, elusive, indespensible, without substitute or compensation, and always present." It is the "Secret of Golf", that eludes so many players. How often has a player just made a smooth swing and become astonished on how far the shot had traveled. Perhaps it was just the fact that because they swung withing themselves they were able to sustain their clubhead lag longer into and through impact. For the player to have Lag they must first accumulate and load their Lag. Once loaded and stored it must be delivered and released in correct sequence. Lag by definition means "trailing" or "following" and can be felt in every area of the players swing, from the feet right on up and through the clubhead. A great way to develop the feel of clubhead Lag is to place your hands onto the handle of the club allowing the forefinger and thumb of the right hand to surround but not attach themselves. Waggle the club back and forth slowly about 2 feet in both directions. As your hands begin to change direction and begin their movement forward, you should be able to feel the weight of the clubhead against the first pad of your forefinger. e key is to maintain the same amount of pressure that the change of direction has just loaded and continue though impact. Maintain and Sustain that Lag! Do not let the feeling of Lag run away from you or else you will not be able to get it back and apply compression to the ball. Once you feel the lag and deliver it through the ball you will be on your way to better golf. Ben Doyle, the 1st Authorized Instructor of the Golfing Machine was once asked if you can have too much Lag, his replay was simple. Can you have too much love? Learn to Lag and you will love your results! All the best and may you enjoy learning what G.O.L.F. is all about.

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New England Golf Monthly - September/October 2010  

Fall Golf in New England, Home on the Course-The Landings, The Deutsche Bank Championship, Golf Real Estate, Virual Golf in New England, Mus...

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