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What, exactly, IS lag? How does it help you get more distance? More importantly, how do you get more lag in your swing? And how come, no matter how hard you’ve tried, you’ve never been able to hold lag in your swing? (Trick question – you can’t “hold” lag. Watch the video to find out why). Watch the Whoosh drill and try it for yourself to see where you are leaking distance with your current swing. CLICK HERE to watch VIDEO #1


Now that you know “carrying” lag is one of the keys to more distance, you need to know what your body position should be at impact. In this second training video you’ll see where your body should be and why. We’ll debunk the myth of “square” body at impact. Plus, I’ll show you that you already have a great lag position in your swing, and that the issue isn’t “how do you create more lag” on the downswing but “where are you losing it?” You’ll learn a lot from the leaning balance exercise in this video! CLICK HERE for VIDEO #2


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There are five fundamental aspects of the swing that affect your distance. The best way to learn them is through systematic training with specific drills. I learned the hard way, but you don’t have to. I’ll show you the five keys to distance and the training program I put together to help you learn, practice, and integrate the keys into your golf swing. I’m absolutely certain you can learn to hit the ball farther than you do right now if you put in the effort to master these fundamental concepts. CLICK HERE for VIDEO #4

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  1. Sean McMullen

    Can we include these videos into our iron play? Including the posture fix? Because with short irons and wedges it is a must to bend over to hit down on the ball. Thanks Eric these videos really are a big help!

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA

      Hi Sean
      Good question regarding balance. The answer is YES! You should be in Athletic Balance on ALL your shots … including putting!
      Yes, we do bend over more with the shorter irons. But it is always possible to do it in an athletically-balanced way.
      I once asked my dentist which were the most important teeth to floss. His answer was “Only the ones you want to keep.”
      Balance is the same. Only do it on the shots where you want to be consistent (I think that is all of them).

  2. Fred Green

    Thanks Eric – I have been working on the balance module in your The 5 Keys to Distance and all the drills have been very helpful and enlightening. I’m looking forward to mastering the rest of the drills in the program. I only wish you weren’t located 3,000 miles away!

    Thanks for all your help,
    Fred Green

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA

      Hi Fred – Thanks for the note! Glad to hear you are making progress. The “Mastery” approach will serve you well, as all the drills build on each other. Balance, and in particular Athletic Balance, is like the foundation of your house. Get that solid, and your house will be solid. Keep us posted on your progress and what you learn!

  3. Fred Green

    Eric – Is it possible to be in good atheltic posture and balance at address, but then lose it at some point during the swing? What is the most common cause of this?

    Love your teaching methods!

    Fred Green
    Princeton, MA

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA

      Hi Fred,
      Thanks for your question about balance. Yes, it is possible to start out in balance but lose balance during the swing. The most common cause is a change in spine angel – usually evidenced by your head dipping down toward the ball or back away from the ball on the back swing, or by the upper body initiating the downswing and moving down or in toward the ball as you start down. That’s why in my program The 5 Keys To Distance I start the program with a module on Athletic Balance. The module includes three specific drills for balance: Happy Toes is a pre-swing balance check, Tight Ankles is an in-swing balance check, and Toe Tap is a post-swing balance check.
      If you are starting out in good athletic balance, try paying attention to your center of mass during the swing to see if it changes. Your center of mass is the middle of your tummy. If it moves forward (most common issue), try to find the root cause, or try to swing while staying centered over the middle of your feel the entire swing.

  4. Carl Vandrie

    Eric- I just purchased your book and DVD set and found them outstanding. To insure I completely understand the balance concept (previously I felt I was on my toes but now I feel like I have to move my weight more to my heels to be able to move my toes independently) I would like to schedule a lesson with you. Where in the East bay do you teach and on which days? I live in Carmichael which is a suburb of Sacramento so I can easily get to the Bay Area. Thanks

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA

      Hi Carl,
      Glad to hear you are close by. I teach in Pleasanton at the Pleasanton Golf Center. I’ve had program customers visit me from all over the country, so you are welcome any time. I actually prefer it when you have the program first, because then I don’t have to spend any time explaining the concepts or drills. We can get right to work. It’s much more efficient that way. Look forward to seeing you soon!

  5. Terry Gillmore

    Dear Eric

    I would like to congratulate you on coming up with the concept of ‘carrying’ lag with core rotation, and finally dispelling the notion of ‘holding’ lag. In my reading I have not come across instruction that communicates this as explicitly or perfectly. Also, I’d never quite got the concept of ‘happy toes’ and your recent videos clarified this for me.

    Great and valuable instruction.



  6. Dave D'oh

    I played golf today for the first time since watching the first three videos. There is an uphill 220 Yd. par 3 where I play and I almost never reach the green with my 3 wood. Today I smacked one high and straight, carried 215 in the air and wound up pin high, 5 ft. away. Sweet!!

  7. Nancy Hatten

    Could not open Balanced Finish video. Can u send again. The first 2 were awesome. Covered exactly what I have been working on. Couldn’t wait till the next one!

  8. caroline Peacock

    great tips on distance I have learn’t a lot from the dvds I got.
    I have no job @ this moment in time and my home is first priority.
    Thanks again.


“I recently purchased your instructional videos on Long Drive. They are the best golf teaching tool I have ever found. Your explanations of what to do and why are outstanding. I am a structural engineer and have a good understanding of the physics, mechanics and dynamics of the golf swing, so your explanations are especially meaningful to me. At age 63, I am still reasonably fit and strong, and your instructional videos have increased my average distance per club by 15 to 30 yards… Thanks for excellent videos!” – Barry

Hi Eric, I wanted to send you a big thanks to your 5 Keys to Distance program. It has done two very important things with my golf. The first is that it has increased my ball flight carry by 10% in only a few weeks. And secondly and the most satisfying is it has given my whole golf game in particular my shots from scoring range (100 yards and closer to the green) pure control with my centered balance. So I can't thank you enough. Your effective balance drills I do without fall each day before I have breakfast, and will continue to be my daily routine. Without Balance The Club Can Not Swing!! Kind regards Clayton P.

“Eric, After several weeks of study and practice on the first section of BLAST. The results have been OUTSTANDING thus far… at age 73 my driver length ranged between 175 yards and 210 yards. Now with some extensive self-help training from you the distances are ranging from 220 yards to 255 yards. The 255 yd. distance was achieved after working on the BALANCE, LEVERAGE & ARC WIDTH drills…Thank you for your help. I almost resigned myself to play from the seniors tee or give up golf!” – Dick B.

"I just wanted to follow up with you regarding my progress while using your program. After just 3 months I am seeing a lot of new and exciting things happening to my golf swing. I find that I am hitting all of my clubs longer and more squarely than ever before. Every shot I hit now feels like it is hitting the sweet spot and is going very straight. My club head speed use to be about 90 mph now my club head speed is on average 110 mph. The main key for me was increasing my hip speed and reducing my grip pressure. My old swing was very arm dependent and now it feels like I can swing much faster with a lot less effort. Thank you again for your great series..." - Jorge O.

Dear Eric, Played today and hit it better than I have for some time. I have always struggled with distance. Today shot 7 over hitting it 15 - 20 yards further off the tee. One went a good 40 yards further nearly driving a short par 4. Amazing after only 2 days. Thanks for helping me understand leverage, arc and club head speed for the first time. David J.

Hi Eric, I ordered your book and DVD a few weeks ago and I'm getting a lot out of it! I'm going very slowly, but thoroughly. Thanks very much for writing it - I've read tons of golf books, but no one has ever put as much emphasis on balance and FEELING what the body is doing during the swing. The drills bypass the intellect and force the body to "get it" directly. Pete

"I received your book yesterday and have been reading it and highlighting ever since. Your book, DVD, and interviews are awesome!! Just what I have been looking for a very long time. I can tell already that I need to build up some stabilizing muscles in my body. Thanks again for your dedicated research and sharing this incredible book with your fellow golfers" - Mike P.

“Just want to tell you that I've been doing the drills for a few weeks now, up to the swing arc drills, and am noticing much improvement at the range. I can't wait to take it out to the course. Thanks for simplifying golf instruction for me!" - Rick P.

Dear Eric -- Instantly the game has become fun again. The consistency was amazing, both as to direction as well as trajectory and shot shape. Even the sound of the iron shots was much better. Thanks for an exciting round. I look forward to working through all the steps and drills. Greens in regulation are now the rule and not the exception. More distance, less effort, more accuracy, no sore muscles, more fun." - Ron G.

Eric, best investment I've made so far in all the you know whats out there. I played nine and was nailing my tee shots like I haven't seen in ages. I haven't been more encouraged ever..." - Peter S.

Eric, I have to tell you that I’m absolutely delighted with your drills.They make perfect sense to me, and I’m actually enjoying doing them because I can tell intuitively that they will make a real difference. I have for a long time avoided going to the range because I felt that I was simply reinforcing my mistakes. I am going to the range now with quite a different attitude because I’m confident that your drills will help me really improve my game. After only two sessions on the range I can see improvement already . I’m determined to keep up with the drills, and I can tell you that your presentation of them is excellent. I’ve had lots of lessons in the past from some of the best "swing gurus" in the world. But none of them have made a real difference to my swing like you have. I’m very excited now because I can already feel the difference. Thanks again for your help, and for taking the trouble to write to me. Best wishes Jeff W.

“Eric, Am doing as you say and have seen remarkable improvement in the past week. My balance, hip turn, leverage etc were out of whack. For a little old 75 yr old I hit a 300-yard drive on 16 and was over the green in two with a baffler on a par 5. Thanks” - Klaus

Eric, I’m impressed with your advice. I’ve learned much more from your program than from any of the other programs I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a lot of them. Your drills have given me insights into what’s wrong with my swing, and the means of correcting the problems I have. I’m sure I can overcome all my bad habits as I continue with the drills and concentrate on achieving better balance and leverage, and a high finish. Thanks again. Jeff W.

After the dozens of lessons I have had from accomplished PGA pros and the hundreds of hours I have spent practicing my swing I did not believe I would ever be able to overcome my obsession with the mechanics of the swing. Nor did I believe it was even possible to will myself into “the zone” and, potentially, stay there for long periods in spite of the chaos going on around me. Nor did I believe I could apply the concepts involved in the full swing to every part of my game with ease and immediate results. After reading The Five Keys to Distance, practicing your drills for a few months and taking just one lesson from you, I now know I was wrong on all counts! your methods are pure genius! JM

Eric, I am loving the course - Already seeing more distance but more importantly (to me), consistency is way up throughout the bag. Thanks! Al P

Eric, I know you promised me 20 more yards with my driver. I'm actually getting more like 30 yards and sometimes even 50 more yards. But what you didn't mention is the added distance WITH EVERY CLUB IN MY BAG! I'm hitting all my irons at least one club longer, plus I'm really compressing the ball now. It's so much fun! You should tell everyone about this "extra" benefit from your program! Gerry M.

Hi Eric, Got to tell you that I really like your encouragement and support with the specific helpful hints and reminders. My guess is that we all have a lot going on but really want to try to be very disciplined about learning and practicing, the reality is that in most cases it will not happen without your prompts and pushes. I love it and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for becoming a good friend. Paul R.

Eric: Your book and dvd have helped me correct problems with my swing which have added 20 yards to all of my clubs. I'm so impressed that I want to order another book/dvd for my grandson who is on his high school golf team. Bob C.

Dear Eric, I just had to tell you that since I bought the Five Keys to Distance (last week), and although I have only managed to work with the balance section and am still busy with it, I am soooooooo excited because I am immediately more consistent and my accuracy has improved dramatically right through from driving to putting. It is astounding and revelationary just to work with the balance concepts and drills. You are right when you say coaches don't even touch on balance. None of mine ever have! I've played four rounds and come down from 92 to 82 in those four rounds! I cant wait to see whats going to happen when I have been through all the material but am in no hurry as I wish to go through everything thoroughly and in order. I just want to thank you so much cos even if i don't get any further I have definitely got my moneys worth already! I am a 53 year old woman, mad keen on golf and play off a 13 at the moment. All I can say is this is such fun. Thank you so much, Regards, Beryl B

Hello Eric. I am blown away by these exercises. They make sense and now I realize I have been on that tip hamster wheel for a long time. I will say in the short time I have used your program I have been able to hit most greens in regulation. I am driving farther and my short game has improved greatly. I use to get on the green in 4 now I am on in two and putting for a bird. I can hardly wait to become proficient with all your exercises. Thank YOU! Jess

Eric, I am 73 years old and after watching the videos and practicing the drills a few times, today I shot my best score ever (82 which includes a triple bogey). Great!!!! Richard A

Dear Eric, Your views on “fast Hips” and working from the bottom up on the downswing are excellent. I believe the feedback these drills give you are a great education on my own swing and why I produce good and poor shots. Should save a lot of wasted time and lead to far more enjoyment of the best game in the world! Martin H.

Dear Eric, I'm really enjoying doing the drills and feel this is the programme that will surely benefit me. Your programme is indeed very scientific and helping me immensely. And what is really great is your consistent follow-up. Unlike other sites who make the sale and then are gone, then only come back when they have something new to sell. You are indeed setting the standard for excellence in teaching. Thanks a lot, Atulya S

Hello Eric I’m really enjoying your no nonsense, practical, informative videos and instruction manual. I’m showing immediate improvement in my game as I’m sure all would who follow. It’s great for those that aren’t scared to shoot low and aren’t scared to drive a monster. Rgds, Stuart

Eric, This is superb instruction. Very clear an easy to understand. I have countless books and videos on golf instruction but you are the first person to explain these principles so clearly. I have been struggling for years with hitting from the top and now after watching just a couple of videos I have very clear idea of how to finally overcome it. Thank you very much. Don

Hi Eric, thank you for your tips on how to carry lag. I just realized that I have been doing it all wrong and that is why my distance never improved even though I drink energy boosters and do extra gym work. I also realized that I have been focusing on the ball and not on the target. Again thanks for the simple and yet effective method of instruction and more power to you. Toby

Hi Eric, Thank you, after 20 years of playing Golf I’m now starting to see an overall improvement in my game, the most enjoyable part has been the much improved distance and accuracy from the tee. The whoosh drill makes sense to me and I believe this is the right path to improve my game even further, my handicap has now been reduced and looking forward to it coming down even more. Roy W.

Eric, nice job my friend. Not only is your instruction clearly presented in picture and word but also practical and I use it on the range and the course. I am working on the technique with all the clubs in the bag. Thank you for your help. Ed L.

Ahhhh… It’s finally coming together. very nice training sequence! Errol

Hi Eric. Thank you for your good advise. I am a guy from Denmark and have played golf for 10 years. I have experimented with my golf swing and have not been certain about where in the golf swing one would have to release the power. Now I will follow your instruction. Thorston

G'day mate. "GUILTY” of squaring the shoulders at impact. I have been working on leading my right elbow in my downswing working really well till it comes to impact, then I push it left or block straight out to the right. How can this be I tell myself when everything feels so good? Well now i know, I am stopping at impact and not rotating through. How bloody simple is that when it is explained by someone like yourself! Thank you mate for sharing your knowledge with us. All the best. Gary T.

I have been playing golf, for over 30 years, and this was the BEST explanation of lag and creating speed that I have ever seen! I am going to start working on these moves, right now-in my den! Thanks. Art D.

Hi Eric, I am a teaching professional in Australia, I get to watch a lot of videos on golf and it is refreshing to see yours that are simple to understand for all and correct in their nature. Communication is the most difficult thing in coaching. Keep up the good work! Terry A

Fascinating. I can see where a blocked turn would cause hindrance and a loss of distance. Oh, by the way, I got my irons (at least short irons) to work for me now. 150 yards easy for 8 iron, and that's very good for me. It's your approach to the issue that's so easy to understand. Honestly, I can glean loads of information from your presentation. Usable information. Normally I cannot do that, no matter how hard I try. Fantastic teacher! Ray B.

Eric - I have been playing golf for over 50 years,(now 75 handicap 5), had numerous lessons and read just about every golf book that has been written. I can honestly say that these video lessons describe what the ideal golf swing should accomplish and how to perform it. My oh my,…. if only this instruction had been available when I started to play! This is seriously the best instruction ever, I actually perform these moves after all the years of experiment, readers now have it in a package without having to go through all the frustration of knowing how to do it. Peter B.

Eric, You have an uncanny ability to break down the components of the golf swing into simple terms with great clarity. I gain additional insight each time I read your book “5 Keys to Distance” and review this video. Thank you soooo much. Orson L.