A lesson in “feel isn’t real,” “lag,” and “the release”

Below is a video of me from the 1993 Long Drive Championships. Many of you have seen it. In those days there were only 4 balls. My second place drive that got beat on the last drive of the entire competition and prevented me from going back to back…was an absolute shank.

I was generating so much speed during that time, it was difficult to control. My forth and final ball that year destroyed the face of the driver, went about 150 yards and dove out of the air. You can hear me on the telecast saying the club broke. That ball would have been untouchable.

A few weeks earlier, I beat a field of world class hitters by over 40 yards.

To put it into perspective, during that time, I generated 212 mph of ball speed with a metal head and balata golf ball. The club head speed display read EEE. This was on a multimillion dollar computer at one of the major manufacturers. Who knows what that would translate to on a Trackman with a modern driver and ball, but I find it hard to believe it wouldn’t be north of 220.

Now that my boasting fest is over, on to the point. In the video below I was generating well north of 140 mph of club speed and 210 ball speed and here was my swing thought.

“Hang back and throw the club from the top.”

Guess what happened if I didn’t do that?

Well, I would have produced an amount of lag that would have sexually aroused much of the golfing public who thinks that’s important, but my swing would have been out of sequence and I would have hit the ball right of Mussolini…or stalled and hit one of the most beautiful snap hooks of all time.

Speed creates lag, lag doesn’t create speed. You don’t want to hang back and throw it away, but you don’t want to hold it either.

You want a properly sequenced golf swing and that will produce your maximum power.

Right now I can get 130 and 195 on a Trackman. Did it during a long drive competition a few weeks ago. The 1993 me could probably hit 3 wood as far as the 2012 me…and I was trying to cast on purpose…LOL.




  1. woody

    “Speed creates lag.”

    It’s probably more dependent upon sequence. The only reason that the club doesn’t “throw-out” near the top is that you haven’t yet created enough centrifugal force to produce that.

    It’s your legs-body action that creates the centrifugal force. While you’re in the process of doing that, your arms are responding to what you’re doing with your swing-center…and the club is lagging.

    You might be able to get the same amount of lag doing the correct sequence slower (as long as it’s not so slow that gravity becomes a significant factor). The ball just wouldn’t go as far.

    And, speaking of the idea of “hanging back,” Sean the Beast Fister liked it too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fx2C-O_NyI&feature=related (1:36) Sean Fister, Stay behind the ball

    • Robert Johansson

      Must stay behind to create speed.
      Lag is the idea the modern swing togheter with the classic swing people think is needed to have.
      You can have superb lag but then likely to kill your back.

      You always need a sequence right aka kinetic chain no matter what swing as the same principles applies. Move object with force, once the chain is shorten the arc, the question is if you can hold onto the club when that is happening and not built compensations along the way which slows down the motion and also likely to cause injury?

      Once your on plane you can release with everything you got and absolutly smoke the ball.

  2. HoldTheLag

    Oh baby oh yeah


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