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Yes, it’s critical to shift your weight from right (back foot) to left when transitioning from the backswing into the downswing. It’s a move many golfers fail to make. But you can overdo this weight transfer, too, usually resulting in a big push to the right.

When you make the transition too abruptly or shift too much weight onto your lead foot before impact, the arms and club lag behind the hips in a “stuck” position. The clubhead takes an exaggerated inside path to the ball, the hands don’t release completely, and the ball shoots right.

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Some golfers suffer pushed shots because they’ve got too much weight on their toes at setup and/or impact. Leaning forward makes it difficult to turn sufficiently on the backswing, leaving too much weight on the left side and sending the ball right of target.

If either scenario sounds familiar, remember these simple guidelines:

  • At address, 50% of your weight should be on the right foot, 50% on the left.
  • You should be balanced over the middle of both feet (between toes and heels).
  • On completing the backswing, about 60% of your weight should have shifted to the right foot. Stop Pushing – Maintain Balance 4
  • Coming down and through the shot, your hips rotate left while weight remains centered between toes and heels.

  • Balance is one of golf’s bedrock fundamentals. The feet-together drill is a tried and true method for developing and maintaining it.