The golf weight transfer

The classic golf tip series:

1 – Shoulder turn
2 – One-piece takeaway
3 – Downswing
4 – Weight transfer
5 – Golf club release
6 – Backspin
7 – Chipping and pitching

This classic golf tip provides so many keys in the golf swing. Every golfer needs to understand the importance of ‘moving’ or ‘shifting’ your weight from one ‘side’ to the other in order to maximise power and get all the parts of the body moving the way they should.


The golf weight transfer

There are a lot of mechanics at play here and a proper weight transfer is important in creating power in the golf swing.

(1.) From a good set-up, turn to the right in the backswing to allow the weight to transfer to the right foot – this helps the body coil correctly.

(2.) Having weight on the right side at the top of the backswing then sets you up to (3.) transfer your energy to the left side on the downswing.

(4.) The transfer of energy translates into greater power and flow through improved clubhead speed and should see a balanced finish with the weight on the left side.


Avoid the golf tip no 1: Wrong weight transfer in the backswing

In an attempt to transfer weight to the right side, ammies often make the mistake of allowing the hips to sway laterally to the right.

This gets the weight outside the right foot and it is almost impossible to catch up and get the weight to transfer fully to the left during the downswing.

If you don’t catch up by impact, the weight will be too much on the right foot and this can lead to an inconsistent strike – where you often catch the ground or hit the top of the ball. There’s also a significant loss of power.


Avoid the golf tip no 2: Wrong weight transfer in the downswing

This often occurs with better players who, searching for more power, overdo the weight transfer in the downswing.

The legs and hips slide too much towards the target as shown, leaving the hands and arms behind, trying to play catch-up, causing lots of inaccuracy because the clubhead has to catch up, too.

This causes the ball to be pushed out to the right by the open clubface, but if the hands overcompensate, you can end up with a pull-hook because the clubhead is thrown past the hands, closing the face at impact.


Golf tip: Weight transfer drill

To get a feel for the right amount of weight transfer, without the sway or the slide, place two chairs adjacent to your stance, touching the outsides of your feet.

Turn and shift your weight to the right, moving fractionally closer to the object without touching it. If you knock it over, you’ve slid too much, but if you don’t touch it, the weight transfer was correct.