Power Leak Series – Weight Shift

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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+

16 Responses to “Power Leak Series – Weight Shift”

  1. December 24, 2015

    Kermit Clayton

    Merry Christmas to you too Paul,
    Broke my left elbow Nov. 1st and just received OK to start back to golf next week. Have been catching up on your daily tips and looking forward to your excellent instruction into the new year.

    • December 27, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      If it’s not one thing it’s another. Be careful.

      Have a Happy New Year too!

  2. excellent tip. I have a hard time shifting my weight on the downswing. Now I will throw the ball. Garry

  3. December 27, 2015


    Sound instruction ,Paul .
    I’m not a baseball player ,but what yous describe is very similar to what great base ball players do when batting,SAMMY SOSA and others .they put a lot of weight on the back foot before moving energetically forwards;
    I consciously try ,when taking practice swings ,to feel through the soles of my feet the weight shift from the front foot to the back foot :the only difference I see with your recommendations ,is that I bring my weight back on the right heel before turning the hips forwards and starting the downswing ,while you bring your weight on the right instep only .
    What about JORDAN SPIETH’s move with the front foot rolling over in the throughswing?

    • December 27, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I like the weight loading to the back instep/heel but the time get to the top. Once you are going to start down the weight is coming off this foot. I find the instep/big toe the best place to do this from (ala Hogan). Not sure how you are driving hard off your heel. Maybe this is an issue causing you distance.

      Lots of good player have been on the outside of this foot through impact (Tiger). I prefer it to be solid as you hit the ball as this is your base. Keep in mind Spieth has probably hit over million balls doing this without ever fixing it. Like any flaw that a great player has, do you fix it? If you fix it will he still be a great player or will it make him worse? As a teacher, these are the things I think about. Do you fix Jim Furyks swing? I doubt he would be the player he is if you did.

      Amateurs have hit nowhere near the golf balls a pro has. So it is usually better to fix it.

  4. August 15, 2017


    This is vital for my swing. I have been shifting the weight, but swaying or moving head too much going back. Now when I feel more centred and focusing on the weight stacking up over the right instep it is way easier to start down with touch legs only. Previously I had to start with the head moving towards the ball as well as touching my legs as I was too far back. Hopefully this will give me more consistency, and it should cure my pulls ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

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      August 16, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, your body need to be stable with the weight loaded so you are in position to uncoil. Glad you see it.

  5. Paul,
    My Name is Richard and the only problem I have is my left ankle has 9 screws about 6 inches up. So I can coil but I can’t turn my ankle over on the left side but a little. Is this OK?

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      August 7, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      You need to turn this foot out if you can at address. If this foot is too straight you will put too much pressure on it coming through. If it’s turned out (even a little more) you should be able to get through it into the follow through with no pain. Give this a try.

  6. Apart from BEN HOGAN ,the best examples of this weight shift are given by MICKEY WRIGHT and GENE LITTLER (GENE” the MACHINE” ).MiCKEY WRIGHT especially shows how she braces the left leg before going back and how she uses it going through ;BEN HOGAN said she had the best swing he ever saw .She has a marvelous fluid tempo .Her book is worth reading :Many tips to be found in it .
    Maybe the gentleman writing above-Richard JESTER- could benefit from the way she lifts the left heel going back then stomps it down going through .This should alleviate any tension in, the left ankle

  7. August 4, 2019


    Are there drills for weight shift? It seems , I am not shifting weight enough.

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    August 9, 2019


    I am left handed, playing right handed. I struggle with the weight shift and transition. I am not sure i can even throw a ball right handed, and I have shifted 100 % weight immediately to left side and can’t seem to master. Have hit some beautiful shots when I am not rushed or aiming at something (lay ups to creeks or hazards, more relaxed).
    Best drill for me?

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      August 12, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      I have been through this with many students in the past. This is super tricky for most people. This is because they want to do a reverse pivot all of the time. If you reverse you are in serious trouble. I had a right hander playing left handed. Every time he came out for lessons I would move his head back to get the weight to load. Every time he cam back for his next lesson it was over the ball again. Right handed he had no issue. So I told him to switch to right handed. He said to give him until the next lesson. If he didn’t get it he would switch to right handed. He moved his head in practice swings every night for 5 weeks straight and finally mastered it. He got to a 3 hndcp. So you see this is tough. You need to coil and allow the head to move going back. If so, you load the weight. If the weight is loaded you can use it. If you don’t move the head you reverse pivot which will be a disaster.

      Instead of thinking about shifting etc. you need to see the coil and uncoil. This will be way easier and better.

      So you see your body as a spring. You are coiling the top of the spring (shoudlers) going back. If you coiling on what feels like a more level plane the head should move back. You can also look at the back of the ball as you coil back too.

      Coil Moves The Head: https://ignitiongolf.com/coil-moves-the-head/
      Watch Back of The Golf Ball: https://ignitiongolf.com/watch-backside-golf-ball/
      Another Way To Stay Behind It: https://ignitiongolf.com/another-way-to-stay-behind-it/
      More Level Shoulder Rotation: https://ignitiongolf.com/level-shoulder-rotation/

      Once you lean how to coil you need to uncoil from the bottom up. This means lower body and you turning. I would choose the forward hip as the trigger or left leg. These should work but the biggest thing is getting the coil.

      All Downswing Triggers: https://ignitiongolf.com/all-downswing-triggers/
      Try The Triggers: https://ignitiongolf.com/try-the-triggers/
      So forget the arms for a little bit. Switch focus to the body. Do practice swings nightly in a mirror or reflection in a window to see the head move and feel the weight load. Get this part then simply uncoil to go the other way. You are not thinking about shifting. You are thinking coil … uncoil. Visualize your body as a spring. As you get this you can work on the arms if necessary.

  9. October 26, 2019


    Hi Paul

    I have been a member of your club during 2,5 years and I feel like I am adicted by now! As I started my golf activity very late (about 65) my playing progress is very slow but what I can say is that I am very proud of my swings quite often by now and this is thaks to you.
    . But I still have some problems: my backswing. I canโ€™t get on my backfoot the proper amount of weight becouse I feel that I loose my centraation or balance and then I miss the proper release. This affekts usually my swings with my driver.
    Could you analyze this problem and how can I
    Thank you for your fantastic teachingteknik.

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