WEIGHT TRANSFER IN THE BACK SWING

We often hear about weight shift or weight transfer in the golf swing but time and time again we see golfers confused about how our weight actually moves. The high majority of touring professionals will transfer some weight to their trail leg during the backswing and this helps load the muscles to then fire in the down swing to help produce power and an efficient delivery to the golf ball.

Understanding how that weight is transferred is key to allow you to produce the correct movement.  Many golfers “try” and shift weight in the back swing and this often leads to a poor lower body movement causing a sway.

Instead of thinking about “shifting” weight, think about your trail hip being anchored as you wind up your torso against it. You will not only feel your weight move but you will also create a stretch between the upper and lower body ready to fire as you start the down swing. Here your weight will move as a result of the torso rotating rather than any shift of the lower body.

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  1. Tom Roberts

    I like the diagram right / wrong, very helpful

    1. Piers Ward

      Thanks Tom we’re glad you like it. Keep interacting. TakeCharge

  2. Tom Roberts

    I like all your tips, very helpful.

    1. Andy Proudman

      Thanks Tom! let us know if you have any questions.

  3. jjm5674

    Hey guys, this is an area where I get a bit confused. I hear the weight transfer as mentioned above, however, I also hear to keep more weight on the front (pivoting off the front) essentially keeping…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi, thats a great question. In general we prefer to see people transfer weight as demonstrated above but there are examples of how we would get you swinging back feeling that you “feel” (feel not rea…

  4. mcgoveb

    Hey guys, hopeless case here. I cannot stop swinging over the top and it’s starting to really really get to me. I’ve gotten my handicap down from 20 to 10.7 since last May but still come over the top …

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi and thanks for the email. I think you would hopefully get a lot from the site as we feel there s more of a clear plan to find out what you are doing wrong. What a lot of people do is actually join …

    2. Piers Ward

      Hello and thank you for your email. I think the best thing to do from a golf swing point of view is to make sure that your club face is doing a good job! If your club face is open through out your sw…

  5. Nathanaelm1012

    Hey I have a question, sometimes when i drive the shot seems good then it just goes down really fast. How do I fix that?

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Nathan. When the ball is dipping fast, does it have hook spin on also?

      1. Nathanaelm1012

        Yes it does and thanks for replying

  6. RCoakland

    Hey guys, I just started recovering from a nasty over the top move which was the result of being over plane in my takeaway. My turns feel much better now, but I started to struggle with not getting o…

    1. Andy Proudman

      Thanks for the comment. Yes building up a good coil is important and you should ideally feel the weight on the inside of the right foot with out the lower body swaying. It can be very difficult to thi…

  7. Nathanaelm1012

    Yes it does

    1. Andy Proudman

      Great!

      1. Nathanaelm1012

        I said yes it does to your question that you asked me

  8. Derek Maltby

    In terms of weight distribution, would you like to comment on the balance between heel and toe in addition to right and left?

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Derek. Thanks for the comment. Yes that’s a great point. We like to see the weight in the arches of the foot so it is even between front and back and ready to move.

  9. damian mcleod

    should my front heel be lifted as I load up in the end of my backswing ?

    1. Andy Proudman

      That is fine if you raise your front heel yes. It will allow you to feel a good weight transfer and also help you start the down swing with your lower body.

  10. David1983

    Hi guys,
    I have recently noticed the distance of all my shots have reduced, and I’m told its due to placing too much weight on the back foot once the shot is finished, I’m also finding …

    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi David. It sounds like you have the “hanging back” swing fault. Take a look in the video vaults section and go to “swing Faults”. You will see this swing fault and there are many fixes to help you i…