Swing Tip – How To Transfer Your Weight

You will often hear golfers say that your weight should be on the left side and that you should hit down on the ball. This because you will need to do these things to make sure that weight is being transferred correctly.

The problem is that when you are trying to perfect your swing your brain is trying to get you to do the opposite. The brain gets used to doing things a certain way and it isn’t comfortable when it feels like you are going to topple over.

This over compensation often leads to leaning back as you try to hit the ball up. Then as you try to lean too far forward the body corrects itself by ending the swing on the back foot. So your mass isn’t being transferred and the ball isn’t being hit with the required force or accuracy. You may even find yourself coming up and over the ball with an incorrect weight transfer, so what’s the solution to this annoying problem?

What you need to do is shift your weight to the left side of your body (if you are a right hander) as you swing. More specifically that weight needs to shift firstly to the toes of your left foot and then finish on the heel. If you look at the swings of professional golfers, they will always use this same technique of moving towards the front of their left foot on the downswing.

When they transfer their weight to the left in this way they are able to get the clubhead to impact squarely with the ball. Not only will this help with accuracy but it will also transfer more power to the swing because the chest and hips will be in correct alignment.

Sliding the hips to far towards the target and overcompensating will only hold back the vital rotation needed to generate speed. If it becomes a habit then ball striking will end up being inconsistent.

If you’re new to golf try stepping into the shot as if you are about to hit a baseball. This shoulf give you a good feel for the type of movement your are aiming for.

Summary

• Shift weight to your left toes
• Rotate chest with weight on the left side
• Rotate around the front foot
• Shift weight to the left heel

Editor's choice 2015