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In the golf swing, the weight shift is a fundamental aspect that contributes to power and control. It starts at address with a balanced stance. As the golfer begins the backswing, weight shifts to the inside of the back foot. Allowing the body to coil around a stable spine. This shift is subtle; about 80% of the weight will be on the back foot at the top of the backswing.
As the downswing initiates, the weight transitions to the front foot. This movement is akin to a lateral slide combined with a rotation. The hips lead this transition, moving towards the target. The weight shift in the golf swing from back to front foot happens as the lower body uncoils. Which should be synchronized with the upper body as it delivers the club to the ball.
At impact, a majority of the weight is on the front foot, ideally around 70-80%. This forward position helps ensure a descending blow on the ball, which is critical for proper ball striking. It’s important that the weight shift is smooth and not overly forceful. As maintaining balance is key to a consistent swing.
Post-impact, the weight continues to move forward, allowing the body to follow through correctly. At the finish, almost all of the golfer’s weight should be on the outside of the front foot. With the body fully rotated towards the target, achieving a balanced and complete follow-through.
This sequential weight shift from back to front is essential for generating speed. Creating a path for the club to accelerate through the ball, and for achieving both distance and accuracy in the shot. In golf proper timing and rhythm in the weight shift are crucial and often require practice to coordinate smoothly.