Sigh, I had someone debate this with me…again.
A guy saw me hitting balls, then saw me giving a lesson and asked me to look at his son’s swing.
The kid had a pretty good move, but every time I said something to him, the father chimed in with a cliche that was unrelated to what I was talking about.
After telling the kid if he didn’t have so much arm run off, he wouldn’t throw the club away before impact. The father responds, “See, I told you you need to hold the lag.”
I then explained the same thing I have explained on this blog many times about lag. Here is what I got as a reply.
“Long hitters have lots of lag, it is where all of the power comes from and you need to use your hands and wrists to try and generate as much of it as possible. If you don’t know this, you need to keep up on the latest literature on the subject and shouldn’t be teaching people until you understand this fact.”
I was going to respond that I was a world long drive champion, am considered an authority on the subject by many people and he should shut the hell up as I was doing him a favor by looking at his son for free.
What I really wanted to do was take off my golf glove and slap him on either side of the face, hoping he thought I was challenging him to a duel. Throwing clubs at each other from ten paces.
Instead I said, “Pregnant women have a round belly. If you drink beer and eat pizza till you have a round belly doesn’t mean you are going to have a baby.”
I then turned to the kid and said, “Good luck, you are going to need it.”
The good news is, I am noticing an excellent trend. There actually seems to be a movement toward understanding that lag is a result, not a goal. On the Golfwrx message board, it was almost 100% hold the lag people 2 years ago. Now it’s over 50-50 in favor of it being a result.
I’d like to think I had something to do with that.