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Proper Weight Shift is the Key to Successful Golf Downswings

Using your body weight is an important element of the golf swing. While you want to make a rotation rather than a ‘shift’ during your backswing, it is necessary to shift your weight toward the target as you move into the downswing. If you are able to get onto your lead leg as you bring the club down toward the ball, you will have the opportunity to unleash all of your power into the shot. Swings that have weight hanging back on the rear leg during the downswing will have a hard time living up to their power potential.

Weight Transfer Starts the Downswing

Sequencing is very important in the golf swing, and it is vital that you use the transfer of weight at just the right time. If you start to move your weight onto your front foot before the backswing is finished, you will cut your swing short going back and not have as much speed as you could have otherwise. Also, you are likely to hit the ball off-line because the timing of the swing will have been thrown off. Likewise, transferring your weight too late means your arms are going to win the ‘race’ down to the ball and the shot is likely to be pulled. This problem will cut short your power as well.

Think about the weight transfer as being the mechanism that starts the downswing. Allow your weight to start moving toward the target first, and let the club be pulled down into position by the momentum of your body. This is the right sequence for your swing, and can unlock power you didn’t know you had.

Slow and Steady

You never want to feel like you are rushing through any part of your swing, but especially the transition. Your swing should be smooth from start to finish, and should gather speed gradually until you reach impact. When you try to force the weight transfer, or any other part of your swing, to happen quickly, accuracy and power will usually both be lost.

As a way to practice your smooth swing, work on hitting some shots on the range with as slow of a swing as you can manage to make. Still make a full shoulder turn and swing to a complete finish, but do so at a much slower speed than usual. When you return to full speed, you should have a better feeling for the easy tempo that you should be using.