Learn The Correct Golf Swing Weight Shift

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In this tip I explain the golf weight shift.  This is a huge part of the swing so you must learn how to do it properly.  This tip not only explains where the weight should be distributed at address but throughout the backswing and downswing and even into the follow-through.

Once you know the correct distribution you can incorporate this and get the weight shifting so you can generate more power in your golf swing.  This takes a long time to master so make sure you’re very careful in feeling the various balance points throughout the swing.

It’s not like you haven’t done this basic shift before because it’s in every sport you would play but in golf you have to train yourself to do the proper weight shift because human nature wants you to just try and hit the ball with your arms.  So take your time, understand what you’re trying to do and keep working on it.  You’ll be glad you did.



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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

8 Responses to “Learn The Correct Golf Swing Weight Shift”

  1. June 27, 2012


    at the finish of my swing knees touching, weight is finishing on outer side of left heel but i often feel like the final bit of turn makes me fall backwards on left side. its like the momentom carries me back off balanced. any suggestions as to what i am doing to cause this.

    • You need to go through until your hips are perpendicular to your target. This means they will end up slightly left of target. If your right leg comes around and touches your left leg this should be stopping you from going around more than this. Without seeing you swing it is a little tough for me to know what is causing this. Typically, this would be from hitting too hard. In doing so the club is moving way to fast long into the top of the follow through therefore it is making you fall over. The club should be releasing down, through and past impact. Once the club is around 3/4 through you are starting to naturally slow it down so you don’t fall off balance.

      So work on perfecting the touch the legs position and getting the hips to end up slightly left of target (perpendicular). Slow down and finish with the clubshaft also perpendicular against the back of the head. Just do this nightly in practice swings until you start to get your balance.

      Also, check to see if the left foot is turned out too much. This could case you to roll to much to the outside of the left foot.

      Finally, check your weight distribution throughout your downswing. In doing a few practice swings to try and figure out what would be causing this both of these things come to mind as well. If you are onto this left leg too soon this would send you over the club which would get the club swinging too much left. Therefore the club would pull you off balance.


      Lean On Club to Touch Legs: http://www.revolutiongolf.com/Vip/DailyTips/Video/1213445797001

      Weight Distribution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP_PEMCwDwo

  2. June 27, 2012


    Thanks my left foot was turned out too much , finish much more in balance with left foot not out as much,i had it out like close to 50 degrees when i checked.reduce to 20-25 much better. thanks again

    • Glad you found the problem. I knew it had to be something. Very few people go around too much unless they are doing something wrong.

  3. I am 69 and have played golf for 50 yrs, unfortunately I have had 2 shoulder reconstructions and a right knee replacement during the last 5 yrs. I am still playing golf or trying to. I used to play off 8 30yrs ago but as I have aged so has my golf. Because of my bionics I have some difficulty with my swing and weight shift. On a good day I can score well but I have more bad days than good. Any tips for me to improve my golf considering my circumstance.

  4. August 25, 2018


    How much do the hips move laterally in the back swing”

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      August 26, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      It is going to be minimal. You are coiling and loading. As you do your head will move 3-5″ but this is your head not your hips. In no way am I even thinking of it. As I coil and load the hips may move a little.

      I show it in this tip:

      Do Not Squat: https://ignitiongolf.com/do-not-squat/

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