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Weight Shift

Weight Shift refers to the movement of one's weight from foot to foot in the golf swing. During the swing a golfer's weight should shift to their back foot during the backswing (about 80%) and then shift 100% to their front foot in the downswing. A poor weight shift can cause a player to lose tremendous distance, fall out of balance and hit errant shots.

Weight Shift Drills

Weight Shift Tips

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  • Keep Your Feet Quiet

    Keep your feet quiet on the bump and run. The only thing that should move is your back heel which should come up just a bit in the finish. Your weight should remain on your front foot throughout. Overactive legs can result in weak and inconsistent strikes. Remember it's a little shot than requires you to stay centered and compact.

  • To Strike Down Move Your Weight Forward

    Make sure to have your weight over the ball at impact so you can hit the ball first and then the ground. If your head and sternum are leaning back too much your weight will be on your rear foot and you will strike the ball with an upward blow. This will usually result in a thin shot and no divot. To hit down on the ball and compress it, you need to be more on top of it.

  • Shift Your Weight Through the Strike

    Make sure your head does not hang back or back up too much in the swing. It will cause you to swing on too much of an inside-out angle and push shots. To trap the ball and keep your swing on plane (on an arc) make sure that you are moving through the ball as you strike it and shifting your weight to your front foot. After impact your swing should come around on an arc rather than moving down the target line.

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