When you hear commentators on TV talk about a golfer having "great footwork", what they're really seeing is the result of a player who transfers his weight in the golf swing properly.
Weight transfer in the golf swing is critical for:
- Sequencing in the golf swing
- Balance in the golf swing
- Power in the swing
If you don't transfer your weight correctly, you can run into every single golf swing fault imaginable, from swinging over the top, approaching the golf ball from too far from the inside, hitting it fat, hitting it thin...you name it.
Weight transfer is one of the top faults that we see at our Orlando, Florida golf academy, yet it's actually one of the easiest things to get right - as long as you have the right weight shift swing drill.
Weight Transfer Swing Drill
This drill will make transferring your weight in the swing incredibly simple, natural and athletic and improve your golf swing. You can work on this drill while at home or even while hitting balls on the course. It will make weight transfer seem incredibly simple, just like when you first picked up a club.
- Step 1: During your backswing, lift up your left heel, and
- Step 2: During your follow through, lift up your right heel.
At first, you'll want to really over do the part of the drill where you lift your heels. It's very important that you use the heel lift to "stomp" your left heel down to start the downswing.
Apart from helping you naturally transfer your weight, it will also help you instinctively fire the correct muscles in the left leg and hip that you need to stabilize the downswing and impact positions.
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Two Most Common Faults that Affect Weight Transfer
If you find this drill difficult at first, there are two likely causes.
The most common swing fault would be having your stance too wide. When your golf stance width isn't correct, transferring your weight properly during the golf swing will be very difficult and require your head to move off the ball significantly.
The second fault will be overusing your arms. Remember my backswing mantra, "Big body turn, little arm swing." If you focus on just the movement of your feet as described in the drill and forget about your arms for the moment, this swing drill will be a piece of cake.
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