August 21 2012
By Travis Fulton, Director of Instruction, PGA TOUR Academy
Sergio Garcia is back in the winner's circle on the PGA TOUR after a Monday finish at the Wyndham Championship. When I think of Sergio, I think of a golf swing that has tremendous lag on the downswing, resulting in consistent contact at impact.
Lag is a concept that most amateurs would love to understand better. Lag is important, because we need the clubhead to trail the lead wrist on the downswing all the way to impact and beyond, down to the swing's low point (adjacent to the lead shoulder). When done correctly, the clubshaft will return forward at impact, assuring a clubhead that is accelerating and moving down.
What's interesting is that even though the lead wrist has some influence to this, the big factor lies in whether or not the trail wrist stays bent on the downswing. One of the most common errors on the downswing is this: The trail wrist will lose its bend too soon, resulting in clubhead throwaway. As a result, the clubshaft will lean back at impact, leading to inconsistent ball flight.
At the TOUR Academies, one of the drills we like to use to promote more lag is the "two-tee" drill. Here is how it works:
1. Chose an 8-iron.
2. Tee up a ball in the middle of the stance.
3. Place a second tee halfway into the ground about an inch to an inch-and-a-half in front of the first tee (towards the target).
Start with small swings. The goal is to retain the bend in the trail wrist down through impact. What's important is you want to hit down past the golf ball -- therefore, the second tee is a great visual to help create more lag through impact, supported by good rotation in the body.
When done correctly, you will see both tees either break (or come out of the ground), resulting in solid contact just like Sergio.
Travis Fulton is the Director of Instruction at the TOUR Academies at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Village. For more information on the TOUR Academy, click here.