The pros all do it and so should you. If you watch any pro golfer swing in slow motion, you can see that they reach the top of their swing (transition) and start to shift their weight from the trailing leg to their forward leg. Some call it the power move and other call it the bump. If you don’t make this move, your club will bottom out before impact with your ball and you will hit it fat or top the ball. I learned a trick that will help you make the shift for every swing.
Why Don’t You Shift Your Weight for Every Shot?
When you are relaxed on the driving range with no pressure to make a shot, it’s easy to shift and swing through your ball. Unfortunately when you play from deep grass or when you try to hit a longer shot over water or even into the wind or out of sand, we often tend to freeze-up and swing with our arms. We miss the weight transfer to our forward leg.
We tighten up and swing off our trailing leg.
Recently a friend of mine commented that I hit a poor shot while leaning back on my trailing leg. That was a good reminder for me and it prompted me to write this blog. When I am not paying attention and rush my swing I can count on a poor shot. [Keeping a consistent TEMPO in your backswing is so important to help your make your transition and pressure shift.]
Trick to Forward Shift on Every Swing
I devised an easy way to fix this problem when I saw a weird wedged boot training aid that Jim McLean was promoting a few years ago. Of course you can’t play with a wedged boot but you can setup for your swing with 10% to 20% more pressure on your leading foot. By doing that you are actually starting with a built-in forward shift.
I have learned that if I start my driving range practice or my round of golf with 10% more pressure on my forward foot, I eventually build this position into the cadence of my swing. I start to include the shift in my swing as a start my downswing. For any chips or pitches I always setup with more pressure on my leading foot to make sure that I hit the ball before grazing the grass. Unfortunately when I get cocky and forget the forward pressure, the old fat shot returns.
I know that this works for any recreational golfer because I won a tournament with this trick. We had a high handicap golfer in our foursome who was falling back on his trailing foot as he hit thin or topped balls. I suggested that he setup with more pressure on his leading leg and he immediately started making clean shots. Instead of shooting his normal 110 strokes for the round he shot a 90 and his net score helped us win the tournament.
If you start practicing with a forward press on your leading leg, you will learn to build this into your natural swing as you reach the transition at the top of your swing. Practice with your GOLFSTR+ for every swing in your game and learn your MAGIC transition press. Try it and let me know if it works for you too. Buy one today at WWW.GOLFSTR.COM