- When setting up, you should feel equal pressure on both feet. Weight should be poised over the center of each foot (between heel and toe) as well.
- At the top of the backswing, about 60% of your weight should have shifted to the right side.
- In the impact position, weight has transferred back to the left foot – 60% or so is ideal, though it’s not easy to tell while swinging at full speed.
- Finish balanced on your left foot, with the right foot merely in a supporting role.
When plagued by extra-low iron shots, the first thing to do is check your ball position at address. If it’s too far back (to the right for a right-hander), you’ll hood the clubface and effectively lower its loft. The same thing happens when your ball position is good, but your hands are too far ahead of the ball.
If your ball and hand position are A-OK, it’s time to examine your weight distribution. Excess weight on your left (lead) foot will create a steep downward motion – almost a chopping action – and de-loft the club at impact.
To get your weight proportioned correctly throughout the swing, follow these general guidelines:
The key is to start from a balanced position, then transfer weight efficiently to the right and back left during the swing. Here’s a great tip to learn and ingrain a solid pivot: Proper Weight Shift on Takeaway and Downswing.