September 26, 2017

Straight Golf Shots: Shift Your Weight The Right Way

straight golf shotsThere are many requirements to hit straight golf shots. One of the requirements to produce straight golf shots is to shift your weight properly during your golf swing.

You must not only shift your body weight correctly during your back swing but during your down swing as well, especially if your objective is to hit a golf  ball straight.

If you keep your left heel planted, maintain a steady head and execute a simple golf swing without any inadvertent or intentional manipulation of the club during your swing, your weight should shift naturally to the inside of your right foot during your backswing and shift to your left foot during your downswing.

In contrast to the past when many great players like Jack Nicklaus raised their left heel appreciably during their back swing, most professional players nowadays keep their left heel firmly planted during their backswing.

However, Nicklaus and many others used their left heel as a means not only to shift their weight onto the inside of their left foot during their backswing but to replant it to shift their weight to the left foot at the beginning of their downswing, as was noted in a recent article, a portion of which states:

“A quick test of weight transfer is to turn to the top of your backswing, and see if you can feel the weight in your right heel, and also easily lift your left heel off the ground. For many, including Nicklaus, the next move, to initiate the downswing, is to replant the left heel and step onto the left foot. If you have made a good move to your left side, you should be able to hold your finish with almost all of your weight being firmly on top of your left foot, and your right toe will be just lightly touching the ground.” Read more…

Frankly, I believe a better golf method is to keep the left heel firmly planted during the backswing.

As long as you keep your knees flexed, your spine angle in place and swing your club until your left shoulder firmly touches your chin, if not under your chin, your body weight should shift naturally to the inside of your right foot during your backswing.

Assuming also that you have kept a relatively straight arm during such a back swing,  you should allow your club to return to your ball in a reflexive manner. This will cause your body weight to shift naturally to your left foot during your downswing. This definitely will improve your golf swing.

One of the most significant disciplines relating to proper weight shift during the golf swing is to allow the hips to rotate instead of sliding them toward the target to begin the downswing. Unless the clubface is appreciably misaligned at final address, sliding the hips toward the target to commence the downswing typically will produce a push or hook because it will rotate the path of the club face to the outside of the body line.

If you desire to hit straight golf shots, lock-in a straight ball flight alignment, center your clubface directly behind your ball, keep your left heel planted, maintain a steady head position and align your shoulders parallel with your target line. Then keep your left heel planted, maintain a steady head and execute a balanced golf swing.

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