Golf tips: Weight Shift Two Step

To hit the long ball you have to shift your weight properly. Improper weight shift is the major cause of lack of distance. Assume a narrow stance using a mid-iron. Take several practice swings. Begin your backswing by lifting your left foot slightly off the ground.

As you initiate your downswing replace your left foot and then lift your right foot as you follow-through. Trouble with this drill may indicate a weight transfer problem. You will know immediately if you are not shifting your weight back and then forward properly.

To detect an incorrect weight shift. If you are struggling through a round hitting fat shots (hitting under the ball) and/or topped shots (hitting near the top of the ball) your problem may be an incorrect weight shift. It's an easy habit to get into and just as easy to break - if you recognize the symptoms right away. This drill provides you with a simple "on course" detection method. If you have trouble doing this drill you have found your problem. Concentration and correct repetition of this drill will solve your weight shift problems.

To improve your footwork and gain distance. Proper weight shift is necessary to hit the long ball. Learning a proper weight shift will add 10 yards or more to your shots. This drill will also help you stay balanced and light on your feet throughout the swing. If your weight is back on you heels, this drill will help you get your weight more centered.

To build tempo. Tempo means a backswing and downswing with the same smooth rhythm. It should be a balanced one - two type of action. This drill and the Weight Shift See-Saw drill help to slow down people who have gotten into the bad habit of a fast backswing.

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Remember this drill can be used as an "on course" diagnosis of weight shifting problems.