Weight Transfer Drill

Golf Swing Weight Transfer Drill

What I like to do on the range when I am working on something is to over-correct the issue I’m having at the particular time. I feel that when correcting a slice, I want to hit a nasty hook to start with to feel what it feels like, and get your muscles and swing to feel what it takes to hit a hook. After over-correcting for a few shots, then it’s easier to work backwards to find the happy medium.

One of the biggest causes to slicing the ball is failure to get your weight shifted to the left side at impact and follow-through. If you struggle with weight shift in your golf swing, and this is one of the reasons you slice the ball, give this a shot. One drill I will do to combat a slice, is shift my weight from my right side on the backswing to so far in front of the ball at impact and follow-through that after I hit the ball I have to take a step forward. Because my momentum in shifting my weight from right side to left side during the swing, it will carry me off balance. This is ultimately not the ideal, but it’s a drill I use in the meantime to unlearn some bad habits, and figure out how to fix a golf slice.

When you have your weight in front of the golf ball at impact, you will naturally close the club face down. A slightly closed club face at impact will result in hook spin on the ball. Because your weight is more on your left side at impact, your club has, in a way fallen behind and needs to catch up to the rest of your body. In your arms’ attempt to catch the golf club back up to the rest of your body, you will have a tendency to begin to close the club face prior to impact because that’s the only natural way for your arms to begin swinging around your body and up through the follow-through when your weight is in front of the ball at impact.

So when I’m struggling with hitting too many fades when I don’t want to be, it’s often because my weight is still behind the ball, and I’ll resort to this exercise to over-exaggerate what it feels like to get my weight shifted to the left side. And then work backwards from there to find where my weight is equally balanced at impact.

If you’re one who hardly ever hits a golf draw or hook, and don’t know why or how it happens, you should concentrate on where your weight is at impact. There’s a good chance that you never get your weight back to square at impact and are always behind the ball. And often times, I’ve been playing with people and they’ll actually step backward right after contact. When you lose your balance backwards after impact, nothing good can ever come out of that. You’ll notoriously slice the ball, and lose so much distance and power, it’s a shame. It doesn’t have to be like that, and you you can fix your golf slice with a couple easy corrections.

Have you ever watched a tour player when they’re stymied behind a tree, and their only shot is to hit a big hook around the tree to draw the ball back to the green? Watch them closely next time. Without fail, they will hit the ball and have to step forward because they’ve gotten their weight so far in front of the ball they can’t keep their balance, and have to take a step forward. This is by design. Tiger Woods is most recognizable for this when he hits a big hook to get him out of trouble, he’ll begin walking right away because the momentum of the weight shift to the left side naturally propels him forward.

On the contrary, do you remember when Sergio Garcia was in the final round with Tiger Woods of the PGA Championship? I think it was 1999 when Sergio had just come on the scene as a pro. Sergio had hit his tee shot on one hole on the back nine to the right and was behind a huge tree right close to the trunk. His only shot was to swing and close his eyes pretty much for fear of the ball ricocheting off the tree.

If you remember this, it was an amazing shot that somehow landed on the green. He went on to lose the tournament to Tiger by a stroke, but the shot that he hit was an illustration of how to hit a slice. Sergio was falling backward when he made contact with the ball. At impact, his weight was behind the ball, and it was this that contributed to the huge slice that he had to put on the ball to bring it back to the green because he was aimed so far left to avoid the trunk of the tree. After he made the shot he went running and jumping up the fairway as we’ve all seen on TV many times as one of the classic shots in golf reruns.

The role that your weight shift plays in your golf swing is enormous and is probably one of the two main contributing factors to why you slice the ball (swinging the club on an outside to inside path being the other main cause for a golf slice). Next time you’re on the course or on the range, consciously pay attention to where your weight is at impact and if you have a tendency to finish your swing flat footed or with your weight behind the ball.

You watch professional golfers on TV. You see how they finish their shots on their follow throughs right? If they’re right handed, they all finish in nice balance and they’ve shifted their weight to the left side, and only the tip of their right toe is touching the ground as they pose and watch the shot. There’s a good reason they do this. It’s because their weight has been shifted to their left side where it should be following a proper golf shot. Just try making this pose while still carrying weight on the right side. It’s not possible unless maybe you’re a ballerina.

Over exaggerate your weight shift to the left side to start with, and you’ll start seeing shots hook. This will give you some confidence, and that’s a great place to be on the golf course. We can work with that.  

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