Pushing Your Weight Around
One of the most glaring errors I witness in the swings of most amateur golfers who are not low single digit players is an incorrect or almost non-existent weight shift through the downswing. Whether it is a chip, short pitch or full swing shot, the weight has to be moving toward the target and predominantly on the left side at impact. That’s the only way you can “stay ahead” of the club so that proper impact can be made.
What I see in mid- to high-handicap players is that they initiate the downswing with the arms and hands, which forces the body turn to be stopped as a counteragent to this upper-body turn. The result is the poor shots most amateur golfers hit. It’s not that their upper body movements are that wrong, it’s just that they are out of sequence with the lower body to generate maximum power and consistency.
So, how do you fix this? It’s really not that hard, actually. But you’ll learn it quicker without a club at all. Here’s a drill to really learn what the lower body is going to be doing to move your weight to the left side during the downswing.
The key is to make/let your hips lead the entire action. Let me know if this little drill doesn’t give you the feeling of a more powerful swing through impact.
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