By Kiel Christianson
One of the surest ways to lose distance off the tee is to cast the club out behind you on the downswing. The motion is great for fly-fishing, but horrible for golf.
If you watch Tour players, they create massive clubhead speed and power by maintaining the lag in their swings – the angle between the arms and the clubhead – by keep their wrists cocked as long as possible.
In this video swing tip, Martin Hall, Director of Golf Instruction at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., describes a drill for visualizing and practicing keeping your wrists cocked.
Turns out, it's all in the thumbs.
Hall says be aware of your thumbs, and keep them pointed up, as long as possible, and you can’t help but maintain lag. Keep your thumbs up, and the casting move naturally disappears.