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Natural Weight Shift Made Easy!

Natural Weight Shift Made Easy!

Natural Weight Shift Made Easy!

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2 and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

Monthly Golf Tip by the Mel Sole Golf School.

This month’s tip request comes from Chris Hanrahan of Ballarat, Australia, who asks: “I am finishing some shots correctly with the weight on the front foot, and it feels great when I do. I can feel the power from the club, and it seems effortless to hit the ball a long way. However, this is not happening as much as it should.  Some shots I am finishing with the weight on the back foot. These shots get some distance and normally go straight, but it takes much more effort.

It feels much easier and crisp when I finish on the front foot. I have tried narrowing my stance, and this has helped to a certain degree. Sometimes I consciously try and shift the weight, but this takes my concentration off the shot, and the ball goes everywhere but where I want it. So I want to make a more natural weight shift and do it with consistency.”

Chris, you are not alone in this quest, and most of our high handicapped students have the same problem. The root of the problem is that to get the ball airborne, the golfer tries to get “under” the ball and subsequently holds the weight back. So here is Natural Weight Shift Made easy!

Underhand Throw Helps Weight Shift.

Take a ball in your right hand and stand in your golf posture with your left hand behind your back, as in Picture #1.

Toss the ball as far as you can down the fairway as in picture #2.

Natural Weight Shift Made Easy!


Natural Weight Shift Made Easy!


You will note that you naturally transferred your weight to your front foot to get the necessary power. Remember, the golf swing is a similar motion to an underhand throw.

Underhand Throw with a Club.

Take a pitching wedge, tee it up slightly, hit the ball one-handed as in picture #3, again with your right hand, and try and get the same feeling as the first drill as in picture #4.

Natural Weight Shift Made Easy!


Natural Weight Shift Made Easy!


Half Swing with a Club. 

Now put both hands on the club, start with only a small pitch shot, and duplicate the same feeling as tossing the ball down the fairway. You should finish this drill with your arms extended out in front of you, as in picture #5.


Full Swing.  Putting it all together!

And finally, go to a full swing, and feel the weight transfer through to the front foot smoothly and effortlessly and in picture #6.


These drills are intended to get you to shift your weight naturally, but obviously, this can only happen if you spend time on the range working on them. No move happens through osmosis, so get out there, work on these drills, and see your power improve after just a few times out on the range.

Source: Mel Sle Golf School.

Thanks for reading – Natural Weight Shift Made Easy! Try it, and you’ll like it!

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