An overview of the full swing
Our basic set up for your golf swing. Apart from feeling the weight in your feet. make sure to do a slight tilt so that your hips are in the right position, which will also help you stay behind the ball.
Simple video lesson to understand weight shift in the golf swing. It is in my view the easiest thing to do. If you can concentrate on the proper weight shift you will have a very balanced golf swing.
The most important feeling you must have when shifting your weight is that you weight must feel in the bottom archers of your back foot…….right in the middle of your archers.
If you maintain your weight on the arch of that back foot you will have great stability. Now as you move into the forward swing your weight will shift from the arch of you back foot to under the toe of your front foot.
That is as simple as it has to be. But you must learn to feel the transfer of weight back and forward. The best drill I have found for this is to follow Tracy Reeds set up routine
Over the years as I have learnt more about “balance in the golf swing” I have incorporated dynamic balance into my set up routine.
The Routine… Step-By-Step
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First I step up to the ball with the right foot and ground the club head behind the ball. I keep 90% of my weight on the ball of my right foot and tilt my upper body until my arms are hanging straight down.
Having the weight on one foot while placing the club forces the upper body to find the correct forward bend.
Once you get the angle of waist bend/forward upper body forward tilt, it is very important to keep it while you place the rest of your body.
The next step is the most important:
Look down range at your target, and keeping the upper body angle intact, place your left foot and then your right so that your weight is distributed behind the balls of your feet with about 65% of the weight on the arch of your right foot.
Move back and forth, foot to foot, in very small steps until the feet feel comfortable with the weight in the arches.
This movement should be made without swinging the hips, but rather keeping the hips centered and rocking foot to foot as you pickup and place you feet.
The feet should raise a few inches off of the ground each time. The key here is to consciously feel the weight distribution under your feet.
DO NOT look back at the ball until your feet are positioned and you feel comfortable!!!
AGAIN, all placement of the feet is performed while you are looking down range at your target. You should be imagining in your mind where the ball is to “see” where to place your feet. This jump starts the visualization process and keeps you relaxed for the swing.
Since your right hand is lower on the grip, your right shoulder should be lower than your left (right handers). This is accomplished by tilting the spine slightly to the right.
The arms should hang straight down directly under the shoulders because this is where gravity will fight to take them during the downswing. If you allow them to follow their natural path, you can direct more energy to the club head.
If you feel like your hands are too close to your body, (It should be about the width of your hand across your fingers away) it means you do not have the proper forward upper body tilt.
When you start the club in the right position, you don’t have to fight the laws of physics during the swing and you then have more energy to direct to the club head.
The reason you look away when you set your feet is so that you automatically get the right amount of knee bend and you automatically balance yourself.
Setting the spine angle to the right sets up the right side pivot point which reduces the tendency to slide the hips as you take away the golf club which allows a coiling on the right side where all of the energy is stored in the backswing.
IMPORTANT: If you center yourself and find that the club is no longer behind the ball, STEP BACK and start over.
The tendency is to just reach a little bit to put the club behind the ball which will create an off-balance condition and defeat the whole purpose of the routine.
- Lastly, ball position is handled by remembering only three important rules:
- The club head goes behind the ball.
- The grip/handle should be ahead of the ball (with exception of the Driver). To get more exact, the bottom of the grip should be just ahead of the ball. And
- Your hands should be lined up with your target side inner thigh. In that position, the club face should be lined up to the intended target line. If you get the setup and the club face lined up properly, the ball should fly on line.
- Great Set Up……Use It
This routine should help you to start hitting the ball more consistently, no matter what pattern your shots have. The pattern can be corrected, once you have a consistent shot.
Learn the proper weight shift in the golf swing and you will have the best and most consistent golf swing. You need to master the art of balance in the golf swing to be more consistent.
As guys it is sometimes hard to feel things. But you need to feel the weight transfer as latter on we will teach you how to draw and cut a ball by just using weight transfer.
On the 6th June 2015 I scored my first ever Albatross on the 13th hole at Te Awamutu Golf course. The 13th is a Par 5 with a dog leg. Though only 404 metres it is still a challenge for most golfers to get there in 2.
I used a driver and a 21 degree hybrid for my 2nd shot. It hit the front of the green and ran up into the cup.
I had a great day scoring a 2 over score of 72.
The Meaning Of an Albatross in Golf
Albatross is the term for three under par and is a continuation of the birdie and eagle theme, but is in fact a British term. Ab Smith said his group used the phrase ‘double eagle’ for three under, which is still the term most Americans and the name for their Double Eagle Club.
Three under par is a very rare score and an albatross is a very rare bird. The exact origin is unclear but the first known reference in 1929 indicates that it had been in use for some time before then. John G Ridland, who scored an ‘albatross’ in India in 1934, theorized that it was the introduction of steel shafted clubs in 1920s which made this score achievable enough to necessitate a name for it.
Durban CC Hole 18 LDurban Country Club 18th Hole site of first recorded albatross, a hole-in-one on 271 yard par-4
The first ‘albatross’ score reported as such in the press is from South Africa when E E Wooler scored a hole-in-one in the summer of 1931 on the 18th hole of the Durban Country Club which is a par-4. It cost £40 in drinks but, had he known that he was making history, he would not have minded.
Albatross scores from some famous golfers in Golf Tournaments