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Breaking Down Weight Transfer in the Back Swing

This post is really a two part series. Today, I want to help you understand how the weight transfer in your back swing should feel and ultimately how it breaks down. I will cover the down-swing transition in another blog. For now, lets get after this since this is an area so many golfers struggle with.

To be honest, if you struggle with this you certainly aren't alone. Weight transfer is something that is difficult to master in the golf swing. However, when it's done properly, you will find an untapped power source that will add as much as 25 yards to your drives and between 10-15 yards on your irons. Even better, because your swing will be in sync, your ball flight will be much straighter and more piercing as it cuts through the air.

So let's get started in breaking this down, so you can transform your ball striking.

Let's Take A Look at How the Tour Pro's Shift Their Weight During their Back Swing

When you set up to the ball, where is your center of gravity/balance? For most pro's their center of balance will be slightly behind center due to what we call "negative tilt" which is when the spine tilts away from the ball.

Meanwhile, their leg's are spread just outside of or "in-line" with their hips, with their lower body weight evenly distributed via both feet.

As they start their back swing, most pro's will transfer some of their weight onto their trail leg (60-70%), pre-loading the muscles in the right leg and firing the right glute in order to to bring more power in the down swing.

This move produces tremendous power from the ground up that will be transferred up their torso, into their arms, and into the club head before impact.

I want to point out what you won't ever see with touring pro's do and that is you will never see them swaying their hips backwards or away from the ball.

Many amateurs will sway to the right if they are right handed and left if their left handed, rather than properly load.

How do you know your swaying? You know you're swaying if your hips are outside of your back leg or your back leg is leaning away from the target. Its kind of like setting up leaning to the outside of their right foot, which you would never do if you where going to run in a sprint race at the starting line. Instead, for explosive power to start your sprint you would lean on the inside of your right foot. Does that make sense? To lean right would effectively put you in a poor position to sprint off the starting line with no explosive power. Its the same with your golf swing!

If you sway the feeling you will end up with is your body's center of gravity will feel like it's centered on your left side to counter the leg's and hips moving right on the sway.

This is a bad place to be!

The Proper Back Swing Transfer:

You want your loading via the the center of gravity/balance to feel like it's on the inside of that back leg and even a slight stretch up with inside of your right leg. When you have mastered the proper take-away this will naturally happen.

Just take a look at Tiger on the right. You will find that keeping your weight back into your

heels and centered over your ankles is used by the greatest in the game.

Allow me to quote the Great Ben Hogan when he wrote about the proper loading of the golf swing when he stated, "the completion of the shoulder turn will shift the weight briefly to the right foot. The arms and club are moving backward and with some speed (force) especially at the end of the back swing. This force is resisted from moving the mass of the body backward by a counter force in the right foot and leg.. As the back swing finishes, the back swing force abates and the right leg, no longer having to resist the back swing force, is now left with nothing to do but drive the mass of the body toward the target."

In other words, as your upper body turns and your torso winds up, causing your back to be 90 degrees to target you want it to feel like you're using that back leg to resist that weight shift. When done properly, you will feel the right glute fire. This will help your upper body coil more, creating more torque, much like pulling a rubber band back as far as you can, which results into more power on the down swing when it all unwinds.

In conclusion, instead of thinking about “shifting” weight, think about your trail hip being anchored to the ground while sitting in your right glute as you wind up your torso against it.

The result be be that you will not only feel your weight move, but you will also create a stretch between the upper and lower body (like a rubber band being pulled taught) ready to fire as you start the down swing.

This proper weight shift will happen as a result of the torso rotating rather than any swaying shift of the lower body.

If you would like a hands on lesson to master this move, simply contact us for a FREE Zoom call and see of coaching is right for you and your game.

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