Holding Your Lag Angle Too Long?

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

16 Responses to “Holding Your Lag Angle Too Long?”

  1. February 5, 2013


    Paul, what is you take on not grounding the club on tee shots? I have a problem (coming over the top) this seems to help.

    • February 6, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      If it helps keep doing it. Some people get a little tight when they do this. I have seen this work for other people too so I don’t have a problem with it. It is also good to help people do the one-piece takeaway.

  2. February 12, 2013


    Hey Paul – I just watched a video from another golf site in which it was claimed that pro golfers slow their hands down slightly through impact as a way to improve the release of the club head. Any truth to that? Thanks.

    • February 12, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      I have never heard this before that they would be manually slowing them down. If so, this would be inline with my teaching of powerless arms. If they are slowing them down they are trying to take them and any hitting out of the swing.

  3. If I “pull down” holding the lag angle, am I not using my arms to “pull down”

    • Dom,

      As I have said in previous tips when you are working on certain positions you may feel your arms. When you are working on your swing as a whole you are trying to turn the arms off. This is a specific, precise position. Keep setting the position and you will master it. Then you will never think about it ever again. I have not thought about lag in about 30 years.

  4. Paul,

    I’ve been working on the release, and love the drill pointing the butt of the club at the target line on both sides. I’ve also been working on getting the arms fully extended at the release point. Do you have a drill that puts these two feeling together at the same time?


    • Jay,

      I do not have a drill for both of these. Just keep working on them individually. Glad you like those drills they are very important.

  5. Paul ,The quality of this vid

    • Raymond,

      If the tip didn’t play just pause it and wait for it to load or watch it later. No one else is saying there is a problem so it is your connection speed. Try it again later and it will play.

      Tons of people are too late in their release from holding this angle too long. I see it all the time.

  6. Hi Paul,
    This is a great tip. I have been holding on to angle to long and hitting thin shots.
    I am playing in a small Best Balll Tourney this weekend and I get quick under
    Pressure. Can you lead me to your best Tempo videos.

    Thanks – Brien

  7. Hi Paul, I push a lot of my shots and with your tips I’m slowly straightening them up.My question is,is there a target point or something similar where my hands snap over or release at impact? My hips are turning nicely through impact when I slow down and my shots are crisp but I still leak to the right,any comments Regards Colin

    • Colin,

      Glad you are improving. It sounds like you are close.

      If you are pushing the path is right and the face is square to the path. If the face is even a couple of degrees closed you will have a perfect draw on your hands. A couple of degrees is not that much. So what you need to do is manually hook the ball first. You do this by rolling the wrists way earlier than you ever have. You roll it (manually) as soon as you start down. Remember it is only 1/4 of a second from the top to impact. If you roll it right away the face will be slightly closed at impact causing your to pull hook it. Once you can do this consistently you forget rolling it over and you work on using your lower body (as you are) to start the downswing. If you do you will have that perfect little draw.

      Here is the drill you must start doing:

      Manually Square the Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface

      Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up

  8. I saw a tip on “Squeezing the grip “just before impact and it works .
    This is it : your wrists are loose:just before impact ,squeeze the the last three fingers of the left hand and press strongly the fleshy part below your right thumb on the handle .I seem to gain 2/3 MPH in clubhead speed in doing so .
    Is this just a gimmick or is there a sound and proven explanation to it?

    • Raymond,

      One of the members told me about it so I did a tip on it. No proof it works but now you are saying it does so maybe it does. Logically, if you are gripping on to something super tight you recognize what too tight is. Knowing this, you can loosen up. If you do not know you are tight why would you loosen?

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