A Simple Swing Drill to Improve Downswing Lag in your Golf Swing

By Mariano Bartolome

A Simple Swing Drill to Improve Downswing Lag in your Golf Swing

Hi, my name is Mariano Bartolome, and I am a Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. Today I am going to give you a drill that will help you to improve the lag in your swing.

Drill to Improve Downswing Lag

  • The only thing that we need for this drill is just a shaft or a club. We are going to turn it upside down and grip it only with the right hand right where the shaft starts.
  • From that position I am going to get into a normal setup, leave the club a few inches above the ground and I am going to put my left hand on top of my chest.
  • From that position I am going to get my feet together, make a full coil in my backswing and as you can see my left shoulder is turned behind the ball, I have a beautiful coil from there and the thing that I am going to do now is take a step forward and let the club swing through into my finish.

Balanced Finish Position to Create More Lag

Feet together, full coil, step, go. When I finish in that position my shaft should be resting on top of my left shoulder, my body is balanced on my finish and what it really helps to create is lag on the downswing. I get into my backswing and by doing that step forward I am getting the proper sequence of motion by getting the shift, rotation and you can see how my right arm and shaft are keeping that angle that we need in order to hit the ball with power.

If you hear any whistle of the shaft that should be produced always after impact. It should never look like throwing or casting the club, a very common mistake we see with the students that come to see us. We need to keep that angle and release the club right after impact. Try this drill; it will help you to get lag, power and better release.

Category: Swing Drills
Sub-Category: Downswing, Follow-Through, Distance
About the Instructor
Mariano Bartolome
Mariano Bartolome
Doral Golf Resort & Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 305-591-6409
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mariano Bartolome played more than six years on the South American and Argentinean Tours before joining the Jim McLean Golf School staff. Mariano currently works with top PGA, European and Champions Tour players such as Carlos Franco, Angel Cabrera, Hernan Rey and Vicente Fernandez. He teaches at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.


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