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Weight Shift - Power Package #3 - Technical Thursday #90.

Weight Shift – Power Package #3 – Technical Thursday #90.

Weight Shift – Power Package #3 – Technical Thursday #90.

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As you start the downswing, the first move is a lateral shift of the hips, moving the weight from the back to the front.  This is a small, subtle move, not a jerky move.  This allows the club to drop into “the slot” as the club starts down.  By starting with the hips and legs and not the arms, the golfer will also retain lag.  That is the angle of the shaft on the downswing between the forearm and shaft.  By allowing centrifugal force to release the club and not doing so with the upper body, the clubhead will pick up speed on the downswing—an essential move to generate clubhead speed right at impact.

A Simple Drill.

To help understand the correct sequence of the weight shift, stand with your feet together, swing the club to the top of the backswing, and take a step forward as you start the downswing.  This will give you the proper feel of initiating the downswing with the lower body, and it will definitely get the weight from the back foot to the front without much effort.  Make sure that the upper and lower body turn simultaneously.  You do not want the hips racing ahead of the arms or visa versa. 

The rotation of the hips and the rotation of the shoulders should match.  Take the club, put the butt end into your sternum and rotate your body back and through.  If you keep the club in your sternum throughout this motion, you will notice that the hips and shoulders match as they turn through.  Sometimes do this on the range while you are practicing to help get this feel. 

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for watching – Weight Shift – Power Package #3 – Technical Thursday #90.

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