Keep Your Weight Behind the Ball on the Downswing

Golf Sage - Thursday, April 04, 2013

KEEP YOUR WEIGHT BEHIND THE BALL
 
Your legs must pull all of your weight through impact.
 
 
During the backswing, most of your body weight should shift to your right side—to the inside edge of your right foot.  This keeps you in perfect balance at the top of the backswing, so it is easy to start the downswing with a hard, smooth leg drive back to your left side.
 
Smoothly start your downswing with your hips, legs, and knees quickly pulling your upper body laterally toward the target and transferring your body weight back to your left side.
 
Keep your knees flexed and your legs driving to the completion of your swing, so your torso, shoulders, arms, and hands do not end up hitting against a stiff left leg at impact.  This stiff left leg at impact indicates you have not fully transferred all of your body weight back to your left side at impact, and that you are making primarily an upper body swing at the ball.
 
It is best to make a full body swing through the ball, with your lower body fully pulling your body weight and upper body through impact.  This sequence of motion creates maximum leverage in your swing, so you can hit the ball as far as possible.
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