If you have a weight shift problem

What I am about to say is going to create scoffing as this is the opposite of what is taught.

It will create more hip turn, which a lot of people still think is bad.

If you have trouble shifting your weight and all else has failed, allow the left (front) heel to come off the ground and it will assist you in many ways.

Your weight can’t help but go to the back foot in the back swing…and in the downswing, you can’t possibly start it without putting your front heel back on the ground and that initiates the weight shift back to the front foot.

In addition, it helps your transition and in turn, your rhythm.

This is for a higher handicapper that just can’t get his weight shift going.

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  1. s.

    Back in the day, if would have been better if they hadn’t coined the term weight-shift.

    It’s a lot more dynamic than just clunky weight. It’s loading the mechanism, winding-up, or something along that line.

    Since your arms swing, there is automatically going to be more weight on the back foot (unless there’s a reverse pivot).

    For people other than whom you are addressing, thinking about it in terms of weight could be a distraction and a contribution to a sway. And it might get somebody too focused on their feet.

    But, without weight, we wouldn’t have those nifty percentages, like setup 60/40 or finish 90/10.

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    • meateater

      Great points. The whole “weight shift” issue creates tons of problems for adult men learning golf after a lifetime of playing dynamic sports where there really was a weight shift. Thinking about weight shifting is inconsistent with understanding the circular nature of the golf swing. A weight shift implies linear as oppose to rotational movement. Far better to concentrate on turning the front hip away from the target line.

      For those who consider the heel raise unathletic, most of the great swings in history featured prominent heel raises, eg Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus.

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  2. Calvin D

    Sorry. This doesn’t apply to me at all. I can’t lift my left heel on the backswing without destroying my tempo and creating a powerless uncoordinated downswing. I have spent some time trying to do it and I can’t. It doesn’t happen naturally for me and any attempt to force it destroys my coordination. Blech.

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    • bobs34

      Calvin,

      Are you saying you’ve actually tried different ways of swinging the club?

      Sorry, couldn’t help myself 🙂 I’m just messin with ya!

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      • Calvin D

        🙂 If you can think of a swing feature I haven’t tried, explain it and I’ll give it a whirl.

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  3. Christian

    Harvey Pennick talks about this in the “Little Red Book”. He prefers the left heel to come up, but only if it isn’t forced. I have used this when trying to work on shifting my hips toward the target. I find that the planting of the left heel after it comes up feels like a baseball swing when the left leg comes up and then gets replanted to start the swing. It seems to make my swing more athletic.

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  4. woody

    This guy says that doing it won’t stop you from winning on Tour.

    2009 Masters, he was 42nd.

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  5. BernardP

    Many golfers having a “weight shift” problem have in fact a problem with their concept of the golf swing: they think they have to get under the ball to make it go up. This makes them stay on their right foot in the downswing. Practice with the Tourstriker will bring a profitable change in mindset of these golfers.

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