Weight shift and weight shift is two

One of the conditions of perfect impact is that your weight needs to be on our lead leg (left leg for right-handed player).

By shifting your weight you will be able to ensure the low point of your swing is a few inches past the ball.

However, there are multiple ways to shift your weight. It is absolutely crucial to understand how to do it correctly and what you should avoid. In this article and the next I’ll focus on just that.

Sway v weight shift v pressure shift

Allow me to clarify some terminology:

  • Sway: you are considered to “sway” if your right leg moves to the right (for a right-handed player) during the back swing. To improve our chances to make contact at the precise location we are aiming for, it is crucial to eliminate any sway from our back swing. This will ensure that we do not need to compensate for the sway during the down swing and will improve our consistency.
  • Weight shift: during the back swing our weight transfers slightly away from the target (without swaying!), and then it moves towards the target during the down swing. This is mainly achieved by moving the hips towards the target.
  • Pressure shift: less understood, but very important to understand! During the downswing you need to put pressure on the ground with your back foot (right foot for right-handed player). This change in pressure should be felt on the inner side of the foot.

Andrew Rice from Revolution Golf explains the difference very well in this video. He uses a pressure mat from Swing Catalyst to make the difference very clear.

Hopefully this article has given you a better understanding of the terminology used. Let me know if you learned anything in the comments below!

In the next two articles I’ll discuss how you can apply this knowledge to improve your ball striking.