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The Lag Shot golf training clubs have potentially huge benefits for golfers who swing “over the top” or don’t use their body to create power. This trainer is not easy and will require patience.
When it comes to training aids, big promises are the norm, but Lag Shot really goes for the gold. “Adding 2-3 clubs of easy, effortless distance,” “doubling your greens in regulation,” and “knocking 7-10 strokes off your score” are all promised within seconds of visiting their website. Like any golfer, I would love to experience any or all of these, so I grabbed the Lag Shot training clubs and headed to the range.
Ease of Use & Set Up
With the Lag Shot swing trainer, there is no set up. The club comes fully assembled and ready to go. That said, it’s important to check out the training videos that are included with your purchase. It is very easy to get frustrated with the Lag Shot if you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish. I cannot emphasize enough that you should watch the videos and take some notes before trying them out.
There are ten total videos, one being specific to the driver and two specific to the wedge. On average, they’re about seven to eight minutes long. In my opinion, they could be shorter, but I want to credit the instructor, Adam Bazalgette, for sharing really good information. There is no anti-science BS about “holding off” the release to create fake lag. On the contrary, Adam emphasizes using your hands actively to get all the speed possible out of the club.
Let’s cut to the chase about what the Lag Shot is and what it does. This is a hittable 7-iron with a very flexible shaft (think Orange Whip). I weighed it at 20 ounces (my 7I is a touch under 16) with a swing weight of D4 (I typically play D3). I was actually surprised it was this close to standard – it feels very heavy. Finally, it’s worth noting that the shaft is very thick – it feels slightly larger than a midsize grip in my hands.
In practice, the Lag Shot forces you to pause your arms at the top and let your lower body drive the downswing. It also demands that you actively use your hands/wrists/forearms through impact to square the club face. These are worthy goals that can absolutely help a lot of golfers.
As I’ve said many times, no one will ever compare my swing to Ernie Els or Louis Oosthuizen, so I was not terribly surprised to find that the Lag Shot judged me rather harshly. My first few swings with the 7I were blasted miles right. I made a concerted effort to slow my transition which moved the results from outside the foul line into right field. With a slow transition and a strong effort to rotate my hands through impact, I started hitting good shots.
I “figured out” the Lag Shot within a few swings, but this could be a very trying training aid for some golfers. For the player who doesn’t know how to use their body or forearms/wrists, the Lag Shot is going to create a stream of shots to the right. This level of difficulty isn’t inherently good or bad, but it’s worth noting. Don’t buy this club thinking it will fix your problems in five swings.
I was able to test all three Lag Shot clubs – wedge, 7I, and driver – and I found the level of challenge varied with the club. None of these clubs are easy to hit, but you can fake it with the wedge. The 7I is a good challenge. With the driver, you need to be painfully patient in transition. I spent a good bit of time with the driver and can count on one hand how many really good shots I hit.
Note: If you go to the Lag Shot website, you’ll only find the 7I. The company advises everyone to start with the 7I and will only sell the driver and wedge to golfers who already own the 7I.
Want an even more testing trainer? Check out the GForce 7 Iron NXT-GEN HERE
As I stated earlier, this is a trainer that most golfers will need some time to figure out. And once you’ve discovered how to hit good shots with it, it will take still more time to ingrain that successful swing. Those two things give Lag Shot built-in longevity.
Lag Shot gets more longevity points because you can swing it indoors (use it like an Orange Whip) or outdoors. It can live in your golf bag and be your warm up club, especially if you’re a rider and aren’t concerned about the weight.
The Lag Shot Golf 7-Iron is available for $120 through their website HERE. If you have the problems that the Lag Shot aims to fix, I think it’s a good buy. It’s also worth noting that Lag Shot provides a 30-day money back guarantee.
Does Lag Shot go over the top with their promises of transforming your game? Without a doubt, yes, but try to get past the hype. For the player who swings “over the top,” this hittable training aid has the potential to drive real improvement.