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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.



  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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Trackman Tuesday (Episode 2): Driver Loft



Welcome to Episode 2 of Trackman Tuesday. In this weekly series, I will be using Trackman data to help you understand the game of golf in a little more detail and help you hit better shots and play better golf.

In this week’s episode, I look at driver loft. What effect does driver loft have on your shots and how important is it, really?

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How Far Away from the Ball Should You Be at Address?



How far away from the ball should you be at address? This video is in response to a question from Tom McCord on Facebook.

In this video, I look at the setup position. I offer a simple way to check your distance from the ball at address with your driver, irons and wedges.

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Tour Pros Revealed: 3 Tests to See How You Stack Up



You want to be better at golf, more consistent and longer off the tee. I am sure a lot of you would love to stop hurting. You would like these things with minimal work, if possible. You also want them yesterday. That about sum it up?

In the next 5 minutes, you’ll learn about the one thing that solves these problems for good. Before we dive in, though, I want to tee up three stats for you from my research.

  1. PGA Tour players can jump between 18-22 inches off the ground while LPGA Tour players can jump between 16-20 inches off the ground. Long drive competitors can often leap 30+ inches off the ground!
  2. Elite-level golfers who drive the ball 300+ yards can shot put a 6-pound ball more than 30 feet with less than a 5-percent difference in right-handed to left-handed throws.
  3. Elite golfers in the world can hurl a medicine ball with a seated chest pass just as far in feet as they can jump in inches (ie. a 20-inch vertical leap and a 20-foot seated chest pass).

What do these numbers have to do with you and your game? More importantly, what do these stats have to do with solving your problems? Let’s start by telling you what the solution is.   

Objective Assessment and Intelligent Exercise Prescription

Say that three times fast. It’s a mouth full… But seriously, read it two more times and think about what that means.

It means that before you act on anything to improve your health or your game, you need to objectively assess what the problem is and get to the root cause. You should use quality objective data to arrive at intelligent health and golf improvement decisions based on the long-term likelihood that they will be successful. We can’t just select exercises, swing changes or training aids based on what is hot in the market today or what the latest celebrity was paid big bucks to sell to us.

There is a reason why the infomercials you see today on Golf Channel will be different in 2 months. The same gimmicks run out of steam when enough people realize that is what they are… gimmicks. When looking to achieve your goals of playing better golf and/or having less pain, don’t just grab for the quick fix as so many golfers today do. 

We are in the information age. Information from quality data is power. Using this data intelligently, you can fix problems in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. Hopefully, I am giving you the power to make a meaningful and lasting change in your game. I’m sorry to say that most amateurs will not be hitting 300+ yard drives despite what the latest marketing ploy will have you believe. But, if you know what tests you can do to measure the areas that affect your distance off the tee, you can at least gain insight into where your biggest return on your time investment will be. 

This is where working with a golf fitness expert can be so valuable to you. Not only can they help you interpret your results from the tests, but they will also be able to prescribe you the most effective means to move closer to 300 yards from where you are right now.  

If you have a problem with your car not accelerating as fast as you would like or not being able to reach top end speed on the highway, I hope you take it to the mechanic and don’t just look up quick fixes on YouTube to see what you can do on your own. The reason you pay the mechanic to fix your car is because that is what they do all day. They will get it done as quickly as possible. More importantly, they’ll get correctly so that the problem doesn’t pop up again in 2 weeks.

A golf fitness expert is no different. Use them for their expertise and knowledge. Once you have a diagnosis of what is holding you back and a plan to correct it, you are on your way and won’t have to waste any more time or money trying silly quick fixes that never stick.

The three statistics mentioned earlier represent numbers measured across the globe by industry leaders and at our facility 3-4 times per year on hundreds of golfers each time. Our facility has thousands of data points. With this much data comes the ability to draw conclusions from objective assessments. These conclusions drive the intelligent implementation of successful solutions directed at the root causes of problems for thousands of golfers around the globe.

The first three statistics have an R-value of over 0.85 in correlation to clubhead speed. Translation: if you perform well in the first three tests with high numbers, you are very likely to have a high club speed. Further, if you improve in any of those three tests relative to where you started, you are almost assured to have a higher club speed than when you began (assuming swing technique and equipment is relatively unchanged).  

Keep in mind that in statistics, correlation is not the same as cause and effect. But when the R-value is that close to 1 and anecdotally you have seen the results and changes we have, you put some weight behind these three tests. So:

  • See how high you can jump
  • See how far you can shot put a 6-pound medicine ball
  • See how far you can chest pass a 6-pound medicine ball from a seated position

Doing so will give you an idea of how much power you have in your lower body, total rotary system and upper body respectively. Train whichever one is the worst, or train them all if you want. Rest assured that if you improve one of them, you will more than likely increase your swing speed.  

By doing these assessments and addressing the one or two weak areas, you will improve with the least work possible. Sounds about what you were looking for, right? If you are able to identify where you need to improve BEFORE you buy whatever is claiming to fix your problems, you will save lots of money and time. You will actually start to improve with the least amount of work possible and in the least amount of time possible.  

What’s next? After completing the assessment tests, start working to improve them.

  • Coming Soon: Lower Body Power for Golf
  • Coming Soon: Upper Body Power for Golf
  • Coming Soon: Rotary Power for Golf
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