You Must Set The Top Before You Work On Lag

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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+

15 Responses to “You Must Set The Top Before You Work On Lag”

  1. Paul, the term “hold the lag angle” I think is deceptive. About a year ago I was thinking the wrong way. Now, I just keep my wrist as loose as possible, take the club back by turning my shoulders, at the top I turn my hips and the angle is maintained as long as it should because my hips are moving first not my hands and arms. Also, the faster I move my hips I seem to get more angle. So maybe it is just another way of thinking of it but when I understood it this way it was a break thru for me.

    My long game is doing great, thanks to you but is still have to work harder on my short game.

    Thanks again!

    • Wade,

      You are right it is deceptive. If your wrists are loose the club will lag if you star the lower body first. How else does a kid do it perfectly without any instruction on this yet adults cannot. Stay loose.

      Short game is huge. Just got to learn the techniques and practice.

  2. Dear Paul ,To make sure I Cock fully my wrists at the top of the bckswing ,I have taken up the instruction of the very ancient Teacher (1950′ s .. )JOE DANTE :”Start the backswing with an early backward wrist break “.So when I am at the top ,I’m sure the wrists are fully cocked as far I can possibly go.
    Then to know I really am at he top of the backswing I follow at the same time your previous excellent instruction to have the butt end of the club pointing down the line in the opposite direction of the target (Or ,as you advise ,the thumbs pointing to my left ear ).
    This has worked wonders to the distance I send the ball !
    As for the lag angle (Angle between the left arm and the shaft ) ,there’s nothing much you can do to keep it closed as long as you wish :it’s the law of the “Conservation of Angular Momentum “which takes care of it and straigthens the shaft in time to sweep the ball.

  3. Paul,

    Great tip. Should we actively try to hinge the club, or should this occur passively. At the hallway point of your down swing you are still hinged with your right elbow close to your body. Does the hip turn get you into this position or do we drop the elbow to our side.

    I see you have a fat grip on your club. .Any pointers about larger grips for our putters and other clubs.


  4. Paul,

    I am sure I’m hinging the max, but should I see the club head out of my left eye’s peripheral vision? (I’m right handed) Is this too far over for the top? I seem to have the best timing and best carry when I have this happen.


    Dan …

  5. December 11, 2015


    In your Video, Set the top before working on your Lag & the Set,Hold,Roll Drill. Aren’t you using your hands to hold the Lag. Instead of letting the rotation swing the arms & club ..
    I thought the arms and hands where suppose to be dead.

  6. April 17, 2019


    One of the problems I have identified for myself is not completing the backswing before I start down. I do not think it is because I want to hit with the arms, but that my body is too anxious to start the transition and turn back. One of the things that seems to help when I start to fall into this fault, is to feel that my hands and the club are starting back down before I turn on the body. What other ideas would you suggest for people that fail to complete the backswing?

  7. April 19, 2019


    On other thought on this, it may be that my hips are too restricted, caused by the placement of my feet?

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      April 22, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Your foot position can wreck your golf swing. Back foot too straight and it may hamper your coil. Front foot too straight and you can’t turn through. So make sure the back foot is out 5 degrees while the front foot is 25-30 degrees.

  8. April 26, 2019


    How long should the pause at the top be? I have heard that the pros practice a long pause at the top to help them complete the backswing, which is their number one fault. Should there be a feeling that everything, including the club, arms, and hands, come to a complete stop at the same time?

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