Weight Transfer

Improve your weight transfer with this drill, therefore, your direction and distance will improve.

Swinging with less effort is the key to proper weight transfer:

Hitting the ball straight and far with less effort is the key. Understand how the correct body motion will help you to swing easier (good fluid motion). This will enable you to develop greater club head speed therefore ensuring more distance. The direction will also improve with less effort from the upper body.

Direction:

Direction is influenced more through the upper body and distance more through the lower body although the correct blending of both components is  necessary for optimal results. 

 

Let’s start:

Transfering your weight properly is necessary to maximize your distance potential.

Here is a great drill to improve your motion:

Weight Transfer Drill:

This drill helps golfers to promote better weight transfer. The left hip initiates a lateral move towards the target accompanied simultaneously by a rotation of the right hip towards the target as well (right handed player).

 

1- Position your Body:

Position your body as if you were addressing the ball. Place your hands on your hips. When starting your full swing, distribute your weight equally on both feet with the left foot turned slightly towards the target.

 

2- Slide your Hips (slightly):

Without moving your head, slide your hips towards your target until you feel most of your weight on your left foot. Feel your right foot roll towards the target keeping your heel on the ground.

3- Face the Target:

Finish with almost 100% of your weight on your left foot making sure your right heel is pointing in a vertical direction (straight up). Hips and shoulders should be pointing towards your target. Notice your right shoulder will be lower than your left shoulder at the finish position. This is very important as it shows that you have maintained your posture during the entire swing. Your head maintains the same angle it had at the address position. Practicing this drill regularly will allow this movement to become almost second nature therefore producing a better golf swing.

Let’s try to do this exercise 3 times a day for about 3 to 5 minutes. Hold the finish position for a few seconds. By holding this position, your body will become accustomed to what a good finish position feels like.

The Chair Drill:

Positioning yourself (if right handed) by placing your left hip 2 or 3 inches beside a chair as illustrated on the image to the left. The start of your downswing will be initiated by sliding your hips laterally toward the chair (not confusing this action as swaying of the body). 

The chair on the ground indicates a correct weight transfer. Finish in balance facing the target. You must move your hips laterally at the beginning of your downswing in order to knock the chair over. Finish with 100% of your weight on the left foot at the end of your swing. Practice this educational drill until you can consistently knock the chair down.