Sergio manana. 🙂

Since I am also a national long drive champion, I don’t feel it is arrogant on my part to say that Jamie’s swing reminds me a lot of my long drive swing. I wasn’t as slight as he is, but I was 190 pounds when I won and I believe I was the smallest until he won.

He stands up a bit to clear for that massive shoulder turn and I used to have a big lateral move for the same reason. Both of those things are great for generating speed, but terrible for playing good golf.

Peter Kostats says he makes the angle bigger…well, I measure the angle between the shaft and left arm as getting smaller on the downswing when you generate lag.

I can say I thought I generated the smallest angle ever on the downswing during my 20’s. Well…I did, I don’t anymore and never did it like Jamie does…WOW!

When you generate that much lag and delay the release, it creates a tremendous amount of power, but the club gets way underneath the plane and you can’t control the direction on a 30 yard or less wide fairway with one ball…don’t get me started on that much lag and controlling trajectory and distance on a wedge or short iron.

Being slight of build, the easiest way to release that much lag is to back your spine out of it…and he does exactly that. In other words, you pull your spine/body away from the target and it helps you release the club out in front of you. Again, I did something similar in the early 90’s.

This video illustrates why teaching lag and delaying the release to the average golfer is HORRIBLE. You have to have a special set of skills to implement it…and it is bad for everything but hitting a driver far.

Take it from my experience, too much lag is bad for accuracy, distance control, trajectory control and touch. So unless you want to learn two completely different golf swings, stick to the release I have talked about on this blog…that is the proper one and this video of the world’s longest hitter demonstrates the extreme that illustrates my point.

Now if you don’t care what you shoot, don’t mind losing a lot of balls and just want to impress your friends with how far you hit it…go ahead and work on decreasing the lag angle throughout the swing and delaying the release. 🙂

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  1. Nigel

    Holy Crap, that`s some club head speed. The lag he generates is just ridiculous. I feel as if my back is broken just watching that!

    It`s a great long drive swing, as you say, but controlling that on a golf course would be impossible. How far does he hit his putter? 265?

    The whole deal with teaching lots of lag in the golf swing is based on more “normal” humans hitting it 300 than long drive guys hitting it 400+, but this just exemplifies how bad lag can be without huge control, 4 hours a day in the gym and 4 hours on the range trying to time the lag. I was once on the range with David Mobley about 2 months after he won Re/Max and I was shocked at how far he hit it, how much lag he generated and how often he hit it 60 yards right, 10 feet off the deck 🙂

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I know David really well. Lag is your enemy as much as casting the club is…even more so actually. There is a happy medium in between that people are supposed to learn. I thought one of the greatest accomplishments of my career was finishing 2nd at the National Long drive and making it through the first stage of Q-school a few weeks later after opening with 79. Controlling that long drive lag is tough.

      It seems we agreed on Sergio 100%. People are going to start thinking you are me with another email we agree so often.

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  2. Ringer

    I’d say about 90% of the reason he has so much angle is because of his extremely strong grip. Yes there is some flexibility, but I can make anyone look like they have oooobers and oooobers of lag if I give them that kind of grip.

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