Lag Shot 7 Iron Golf Swing Trainer Review

We test out the popular Lag Shot 7 iron golf swing trainer club as Mike Bailey puts it through its paces

Lag Shot 7 Iron Golf Swing Trainer Review
The Lag Shot is an actual golf club so you can hit balls with it.
(Image credit: Mike Bailey)
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Lag Shot 7-iron is a training aid that can benefit any level of golfer and help correct several swing faults at once, not the least of which is developing natural timing and tempo.

Reasons to buy
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    Encourages lag in golf swing, discourages casting

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    Helps golfers feel a correct swing without technical thoughts

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    Instills rhythm and timing into overall motion

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    Great warmup tool before rounds

Reasons to avoid
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    Absolute beginners may not see benefits until they build a reasonable foundation first (stance, grip, etc.)

Lag Shot 7 Iron Golf Swing Trainer Review

One of the main benefits of a training aid called Lag Shot, obviously, is that it helps players find a critical element in their golf swings - lag. It's evident in all good golf swings, but what is lag? Basically, it's the idea that the clubhead stays well behind the handle in the downswing until it nearly catches up at impact, then eventually passing the hands after impact. 

The opposite is true in many bad swings. High handicappers typically cast the club, which is releasing the club early as the clubhead passes the hands at impact or even before impact. Casting robs the golfer of swing speed, consistent contact, accuracy and most importantly, the ability to really compress the ball, especially with the irons

The Lag Shot training aid has a regular clubhead on it so you can hit balls with it.

The Lag Shot training aid has a regular clubhead on it so you can hit balls with it.

(Image credit: Mike Bailey)

The Lag Shot training aid helps golfers feel that lag with an extremely flexible blue shaft. Because you can hit golf balls with this training aid, feedback is immediate. And because of the whippy shaft, you have to gain a sense of rhythm and timing to successfully hit balls. These two benefits of the Lag Shot can't be underestimated, and in our view, are just as important as teaching lag. In fact, for better players, it's probably the best feature of the Lag Shot training club.

The Lag Shot is basically the evolution of  another successful training aid/warmup tool, the Orange Whip, which encouraged its users to feel the weighted ball at the end of a very soft shaft (and in the butt end as a counterbalance) and whip it through the hitting zone. 

The idea with the Lag Shot is to hit several shots with it, then when you start having success with the Lag Shot, go to your own 7-iron and try to imitate that feeling. We tried it out on several players (handicaps 10-20), and in almost every case, they were able to solve the Lag Shot on their own, then translate it to their own clubs. 

The flexibility of the Lag Shot shaft is evident.

(Image credit: Mike Bailey)

We also found that the Lag Shot 7-iron produces about the same distance as a regular 7-iron (testing with a Swing Caddie 300i launch monitor confirmed similar balls speeds and carry distance). In fact, you could certainly play with it on the course or even a golf simulator, which isn't a bad idea.

One of the biggest benefits of purchasing the Lag Shot, however, might be the 10 instruction videos by Florida golf professional Adam Bazelgette. Included in the price of the Lag Shot (£88, $119), these are high-quality presentations without a ton of technical instruction. 

Available in both left- and right-handed models as well as lighter versions for juniors, seniors and women players and even a heavier version for really big strong players, the Lag Shot 7-iron has a couple of companion clubs for those are interested in expanding their training. The Lag Shot driver and Lag Shot wedge are the other two, and while the principles are the same, they help in slightly different ways. All three are offered in a package that saves you money from buying them separately. (The company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.) 

Mike has worked in the golf industry for nearly 30 years with full-time staff positions at publications and websites that include PGA Magazine, the Golfweek Group, and GolfChannel.com. He is currently writing for several different sites and magazines and serves as a contributing equipment writer for Golf Monthly, focusing on irons, shoes and the occasional training aid or piece of technical equipment. 

Mike has experienced a number of highlights in his career, including covering several Ryder Cups and PGA Championships, writing instruction pieces and documenting the best places for golf travel for more than a decade.

Mike carries a 7.6 handicap index and has two hole-in-ones, the most recent coming in February 2022. A resident of Texas for more than 40 years, Mike plays out of Memorial Park Golf Course (home of the Houston Open on the PGA Tour).