Casting and Create Lag in Golf Swing

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Casting and Create Lag in Golf Swing

Learn to avoid thin shots and improve compression at impact.  Watch as this video defines what casting is and lists the symptoms of casting such hitting the ball thin, scooping, and a lack of distance.The “how” “why” and “what” that initially causes casting such as a weak grip and open club face, and finally some specific drills to stop casting, create lag and improve compression at impact in the golf swing. The result will be crisp, long golf shots with piercing flight and a divot like the Tour Pros.

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Bryan Robinson says:

I just tried your third drill. My question is if I make contact and my
divot is after the ball does this mean I have my hands in front of the ball
when making contact? I don’t feel my ball flight is low so I’m questioning
whether I’m doing it correctly.

mary fenton says:

Great tips love your you tube channel:-)

Zach W says:

Hey Herman great drills, but I’m a little confused on how to tell if I have
an open clubface at the top of my swing. Any other ways to tell. Does a
flat swing generally have an open club face at the top?

Edge4writer says:

Most casting problems occur when a player tries to ‘hit’ the ball with his
arm swing. When you try to use your arms to hit the ball you take your body
turn out of the equation. Bad move.

What you need to do is turn your body AHEAD of your arms. Actually try to
get the sense that you’re leaving your arms behind as you bump your hips
towards the target and begin to turn. You must let go every bit of muscle
tension in your arms and hands for this to work. If you get the sensation
that you’re losing control of your swing, then you’re doing it right.

What happens then is pure laws of physics – the lag you create in your arms
will make it impossible for you to cast the club. And the club head will
release at the right time and whip through the ball with great speed and
power. Simple.

Michael Upton says:

Good job!

Jez Hollinshead says:

Thank you so much for uploading, I have suffered with this problem in
varying degrees off and on for 20 years. My bad shot is a nuclear straight
pull left with a divot shallow but deeper towards the toe pointing to where
the ball just went O/B!!
Very good tips that actually work (I’ve just done the wedge drill outside
in the pitch black and rain !!) I can feel my wrist angle wanting to extend
at about half way down the down swing and I really have to Lag the wrists
so I know where my fault is. I used your wedge drill and the position I
gained at impact felt amazing -attacking from the inside and extending my
wrists just after the “shot”. Even without a golf ball to strike ,the swing
feeling felt awesome. Thankyou again from a 10 H/Capper.

scottrrman says:

Super helpful!!!! Great drills!!!! In the last drill you set the wrist in
front of the right thigh… then swing thru to impact… Great drill, but I
have trouble, when I do my full swing getting my hand in that position…
in front of left thigh then starting the release… How can I get my hands
down in front faster… thus releasing on my left side more?

gmonkey808 says:

great video herman thanks. What is the feeling of starting the downswing in
the hands or arms? Do you feel like your left hand or left arm is leading
the pull down or even or right dominant? Is the cast made worse by pushing
the club with the righ hand? Im guessing left arm leads the swing from the
top? Please explain

brad stecklein says:

i think this guy is a solid instructor, but the whole “pending comments”
thing is WEAK.

Herman Williams Golf says:

@imsuprised Great – welcome aboard and stay tuned.

cvlyons18 says:

Try to this drill today. Huge improvement. Lowered my usually high
trajectory and felt solid.

DsevenO says:

Just when I thought the video on the flat left wrist was the greatest piece
of instruction I’ve ever seen, I found this. For 25 years I’ve been casting
the club and hitting the ball either dead left or hook left. I never really
knew why until I discovered the concept of club head lag and a flat left
wrist. I shot par for the first time in my life yesterday; the ball just
kept firing long and low (compared to my old swing) down the middle and the
seeking the pin like a magnet. Thanks once again!

david fraser says:

@hermanwilliamsgolf Thanks a lot for reply and explanation, makes sense.
I’ve been trying your drill and it feels as if my swing is almost lethargic
as compared to before, hopefully as I’m not trying to hit from the top so
much by powering it with my hands (my post drill swing is on my channel,
“post lag drill”, before lag drill is “Swing2”. It feels better (and have
had a lot of help from your other vids, excellent stuff)

RunThemAll says:

I think I just learned why I never take a divot…..casting/picking. Thanks
for posting this.

TheBigOh says:

Great video, great drills. Thank you.

david fraser says:

Great instruction. Question: In a normal swing, why does one need to keep
width on backswing rather than early wrist hinge that would mirror
downswing? (like what you use for this exercise to a). I’ve read multiple
reasons for a wider arc on backswing but I don’t see the logic if the
downswing is performed correctly with a late release of the wrists?

Herman Williams Golf says:

texnet or wittek … can’t remember it’s been almost 10 years. It’s made
for 10′ x 10′ hitting cage and I used iron gas pipe to hang it like a
shower curtain.

bretwalters says:

Hey Herman, Great video! I have a question though, should the wrists be
very loose? And kind of floppy? Or is it more of a flexed feeling in the
wrists? I guess what I mean is am I trying to hold my wrist cock by flexing
them or is the gravity with loose wrists making me maintain the lag?

brad stecklein says:

fair enough as long as criticism is allowed in. makes for interesting
conversation. thanks for response

IceKellymoore says:

Your awesome!!!!! Question, Im a 2 handicap and ball striking with irons is
what’s keeping me from the next level, this video has helped because I’ve
always hit a fade but it is over the top, can you help explain hitting a
fade from the positions you talk about it this video, because for an over
the top decent player this can result in a hook or double cross !!!!HELP!!!!

DrewGags says:

Fantastic video! I’m a late caster! Do you have any videos on how to stop
coming UP and OUT of your swing? I’m a 6’3” golfer, and I think my mind
processes staying constant throughout the swing as my club getting too low
and hitting the ground! (Irrational!) As a result, I come up when I swing.
Hit things fat/thin! Any advice?

Herman Williams Golf says:

Thanks … I’ll take you up on that if I get across the pond.

ghostzapper2006 says:

Very good training tips.

birdienfool says:

These are EXACTLY what my local pro had me doing about 5 years ago.
Practice these every night for a week to get the feel & then hit the range
& trust it. These drills really, really, really transformed my game. If you
want to hit ultra clean, crisp, boring irons that take off with a crack and
you can actually hear the ball “wizzing” as it takes off with a lot of
spin, then master these and watch your handicap drop quickly. Great
Video-wished I had seen it 10 years ago. Thanks Herman.

Howard Bennett-Clews says:

This is the best training video I have seen. I always picked tge ball clean
off the turf, and my drives lacked penetration always fading to the right.
Using this video for two weeks has totally changed my game. I get much
better distances from my shots, I can actually hold a green now from
distance. My drives are straight, gaining 50-70 yards. I can now sell off 5
of the 6 drivers I have bought in the last 12 months, in an effort to cure
my slice. Hermon you are a Guru Thank You

Herman Williams Golf says:

Thanks Kunal. That’s one thing I think more people should realize. If we
are doing things correctly and take time to be patient and deliberate to
get it right, we should see changes almost instantly. Glad you’re finding
it. – Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

Sure … you basically want to strike the ball on the “inside” quadrant
with a mildly open face to hit a slight push/fade like Freddie Couples.
Hands drop to waist and continue with butt of club driving targetward to
delay any face closing. If you can keep the hands ahead of the clubhead &
butt of club moving down the line, your impact will be on the inside corner
with slight open face and ball will behave as intended. You should be at
impact with crease of right elbow facing up and still bent.

Paul Ward says:

Most casters lack the ability to get arms in front of chest on down swing
… It’s almost impossible to cast if golfer keeps butt protruded and
quickly moves arms in front of chest

Herman Williams Golf says:

@birdienfool Thanks for the endorsement. Herman

David Burrows says:

I try not to think of my hands or arms, it’s all in the hips baby!! But I
do have a slight casing problem though. Hopefully this vid will help thanks.

saijinkai says:

Herman’s lessons are the only ones that worked for me and makes sense. Kept
coming back here… Herman, can I think of throwing the butt end of the
grip to the ball while hitting it to base 1, instead of thinking of hitting
the club head to the ball, which I think causes casting? I can hit 3i that
way, but I still suffer from fade shots with long clubs.

Herman Williams Golf says:

More reps with the smaller swing will ingrain it to work with larger faster

paul Durso says:

being a plasterer im kinda hoping you do hit that wall….

NeiL Chen says:

I don’t slice but tend to push, the ball go straight to 1o’clock direction.
What are the possible causes, and how to prevent it from happening again?

gretzkyz says:

It’s taken me 4 years to figure out that is what I was doing wrong. Its
kind of embarrassing. But I don’t care. I’m really excited to try my new
swing. Thanks for the video.

bruizer1100 says:

@tflinn22 thank god tiger woods wife never got ahold of a club that big

Kurt Justin says:

lag is the hardest for me, my body is going wt heck are u doing?? but the
move with the wall may help, so going to practice that move before I do any
more golfing

Herman Williams Golf says:

Nice job, DsevenO. Sounds like you got some key things figured out. Hope
you keep it going. Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

@bruizer1100 Pull with both equally. In fact it is very necessary that the
right is pulling at least as much as the left. Imagine driving the butt of
the club into your right foot and using both hands to do it. Good luck.

Herman Williams Golf says:

@meil212 Your swing path is headed to 1 o’clock and the clubface is also
pointed at 1 o’clock to get that result. You can close the face slightly in
the setup, and your normal swing pattern should produce a slight “draw” to
curve the ball back to target. Or you could work on developing the feeling
of your swing path exiting more to the left after impact. This will usually
bring the club more directly into the back of the ball and improve the
tendency to head to right field. Good luck. – Herman

juicyj56 says:

Fantastic video. Thanks so much!

airplaneking says:

I could never understand something about the golf swing. If you are
supposed to compress the ball by hitting the ball on the down swing and
causing a divot afterwards, then how do you do that if your stance position
has the club behind the ball? Wouldn’t you end up coming down just shy of
the ball where you started from?

Herman Williams Golf says:

@saijinkai Good luck and check back in to let us know how it goes. – Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

Thank you so much … I need you advertising for me. What a great
testimonial. Glad you’re getting results. Herman

MrJthum says:

thank you this is very helpful.

Herman Williams Golf says:

@droslund Current favorite is Casio EXFH-100. Films at shutter speeds of
1/2000th per sec & up to 1000 frames per second where normal video is only
30. It’s so slow you really don’t need swing software – looks like Konica
Minolta SwingVision from TV. These files are huge though and may not work
with all software. We like Swingview Pro software. My other cameras are
Canon ZR85 camcorders with manual shutter speed settings of up to 1/2000th
per second. Necessary to freeze the shaft in motion.

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