are many contrasting opinions on what the correct weight shift during a golf swing should be.
Many great players down the years have enjoyed success by shifting a large amount of weight laterally on to the back foot before transferring their weight through the ball during the down swing. Some players stack their weight on to the front foot throughout the whole swing. Others try to keep their weight back throughout the swing. All of these different methods can have their merits but most left handed golfers will achieve the most consistent success by keeping their weight ‘central’ during the back swing before allowing a slight forward shift during the down swing.
Keeping central during the back swing means left handed golfers need to create a good spine angle at address and then simply rotate around the spine. Rotating around the spine angle will see players fully turning the shoulders and torso whilst keeping the weight distribution between both feet 50/50. The classic theory would see a large lateral shift of weight on to the back foot but keeping central allows for more consistent strikes. Rotating around the spine and keeping weight evenly distributed between each foot will see a number of key characteristics, one of which is keeping the head still and level. Follow this guide as to how to control your weight through the swing.
1. Take a solid set up which includes a good spine angle. To create a good spine angle, tilt forwards from the hips keeping the back straight. Don’t be tempted to bend or arch the back, keep it straight and push the hips back.
2. As you begin the take away, keep the club nice and low to the ground. The arms should extend away from the ball.
3. As the club is swung upward, focus on keeping your weight distributed 50/50 between each foot, turning around the spine angle until the shoulders have fully rotated underneath the chin.
4. At the top of the swing, the lower body should have remained solid with only a slight rotation of the hips.
5. From the top of the swing, the hips should begin to rotate towards the target. This rotation will allow the rest of the upper body to fall into place.
6. As the hips rotate there should be a slight lateral weight shift on to the front foot. This means that coming through impact about 60% of the body’s weight should be held by the right leg. Players again need to maintain their spine angle and make sure not too much weight transfers through the ball to this point, keep the head central.
7. After impact as the hips rotate fully through the ball, the body will lift and players should allow the rest of their weight to transfer on to their front foot.
8. At the end of the swing, the player's weight should be held on the right foot whilst balancing on the left toe facing the target.
Although there are many contrasting opinions about weight shift during the swing, players following these guidelines will achieve the most consistent results.