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Did you know that Sergio Garcia, Jordan Speith, Henrik Stenson and many more top golfers are lead-hand dominant? This means they’re wired to deliver the club through the ball with the lead side, creating the proper “lag” in their swing.

The vast majority of golfers know what lag looks like, but they don’t understand how to achieve it. They’ve never been told that the lead side is already designed to “lag.” In this video, I’ll show you some easy steps to bring your awareness to what you need to do to properly lag and release the club so you can hit more on-target shots. Enjoy!

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Shawn Clement is the Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn Clement was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee and was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet with 65 K subscribers on YouTube and 29 millions hits.

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  1. WM

    Sep 11, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    When that lead elbow flairs out all kinds of problems will ensue for amateurs.

  2. Ron

    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:14 am

    The overall concept here is something not talked about enough in golf instruction, but is spot on, and that is we need to be more dominant with the lead arm. Anyone who is a chronic slicer should try swinging lead arm only, and I guarantee won’t slice one of them (after they’ve grooved solid contact swinging this way, which takes a little bit). The struggle I have when trying doing this is bringing the right arm back onto the club. Once I do, it takes over again and I swing right back over the top. I wish the video had more info/drills on ways to keep the right arm passive.

  3. Loganbock

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:35 am

    lol. such a one-sided/uneducated response.

  4. Fred

    Sep 10, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Cool video, but I worry this technique will create huge hooks if the right hand gets involved at all through impact.

  5. Jack Hammer

    Sep 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    This is a video I have been searching for, played golf for 20+ years left handed (right hand dominant) and I always struggled with what to do with the left hand. After hitting some balls using this method it feels much more natural.

  6. joro

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Interesting but won’t work. Throw a ball with your lead arm and then with your stronger arereleasing the hand with a snap. I guess the Teacher has never really looked at and broken down Sergio, Jordan, stenson or any of them. They all hit with right, or throwing hand if a Leftie it is the Left hand hit. Hitting with the lead arm usually will result in a push, like turning hips too fast. Just swing the club and hit with your throwing arm and the body will naturally go with it.

    • Chipolte

      Sep 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

      What Shawn is trying to demonstrate is the effect of gravity when free swinging around the lead shoulder. It’s a pendulum-like action that accelerates due to the force of gravity on the arm and club.
      A perfect example is one armed golfers who can hit the ball 250+ yards. Perhaps the trail hand slows down the lead hand and messes up the gravity swing.

  7. PeteS

    Sep 8, 2017 at 1:51 am

    “lag” is the angle between the lead arm and the clubshaft. The lag action is called “flailing”, and what you are doing is simply flinging the club with your lead arm.

  8. Golfur

    Sep 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    One of Shawn’s better ones. Definitely something I can take away and work on.

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