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PRO vs AMATEUR Lag, by Athletic Motion Golf

Here we will explain why wrist angles and clubface control is important for lag and how you can use HackMotion wrist data to measure it.

Watch the video in which Athletic Motion Golf coaches demonstrate 2 keys for creating powerful lag.

  1. Clubface angle which is controlled by wrist angles
  2. Lead arm position relative to your shoulders (not the focus in this post)
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Image credit – Athletic Motion Golf video

How wrist angles control the clubface

First, AMG coaches show there are the 3 things to keep in mind to have good lag position

  1. Squaring the clubface early, out of the top. Using Hackmotion wrist data we see that pros are much better at closing it and squaring early, while amateurs often have very open clubface late in the downswing (wrist data will be shown later in the post).
  2. Flat wrist by delivery (shaft horizontal before impact). Not all grips are the same, so stronger grips might be slightly extended, weaker grips more flexed, but on average pro wrists are quite close to flat.
  3. Early “vertical” face angle. Look at the image below, the pro (blue) on the left has a “vertical” face angle which is much more square to target. The amateur (red) on the left has 22 degrees  more open clubface because of excessive extension in his lead wrist.

Image credit – Athletic Motion Golf video

Wrist Extension/Flexion opens and closes the clubface

Before looking at wrist data, here is terminology used – wrist flexion (bowing) and extension (cupping).

Take a look at the graph below. In one simple data chart from HackMotion sensor you can see the clear difference between amateur player and a pro. The graph view shows wrist extension/flexion throughout the swing.

The green solid line represents a typical amateur swing. Notice how starting from the top of the backswing they typically at first increase the extension (cupping) in their lead wrist (the peak in the green line) and then sharply try to decrease it. This typically happens by players trying to add lag to their swing and not realizing that they are opening the clubface instead.

The green dotted line represents Tour player. As we clearly see the player is not increasing the extension (cupping). Instead, starting from the top he is gradually flexing (bowing) the wrist until impact.

Image – HackMotion Wrist Data, tour pro vs amateur

Image credit – Athletic Motion Golf video

Using HackMotion wrist data you can monitor your player’s wrist angles and make sure that they get a strong clubface position. The delivery position is very different for pros and amateurs, and that makes the difference in lag and clubface control.

Image credit – Athletic Motion Golf video

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