Say Yes – Weight Shift in Downswing

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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+

14 Responses to “Say Yes – Weight Shift in Downswing”

  1. As the weight shifts to the back foot is it best to have most of that weight medial edge of the foot? I imagine if you get onto the lateral edge it’ll harder to get weight off that foot. If this is the case is it worth keeping the slightly tucked in (knock knee stance) to keep from getting the weight onto the lateral foot?

  2. I meant to say …Keeping ‘the back knee’ slightly tucked in

  3. May 14, 2017


    This is so critical. Get this wrong and it could be the difference between shooting in the 70s or the 90s. Here’s my question, Paul; at what point does the weight distribution return to 50/50 in the downswing?



  4. Paul ,For those who play tennis or have played ,the weight shift in golf is very similar to delivering a forehand :you also move the weight on the front leg progressively.It’the same also for javelin throwing or weigth putting ,or in boxing throwing a left hand direct punch

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    May 14, 2017


    Good distinction. Seems it’s an initial lower body weight shift and not an upper body weight shift until much later in the swing. Upper body stays tilted back, head behind ball at impact while lower body weight shifts forward and hips rotate first. If the upper body weight gets forward and upright too soon, pulls and hooks, or pull-slices are the result. Am I right?

    • Bri,

      Exactly. So many people get this wrong and send it way over the top. Just work with a student yesterday doing this exact thing wondering why he pulls and pull hooks it. Glad you see it.

  6. This is good because I think I’ve been keeping my weight on my right foot at impact because of your paper cardboard tube video plus others. (I misunderstood these) I know you want to keep your head behind the ball at impact but I’m also keeping my weight there.
    I realize now I have to have 70% of my weight at impact. Even though I finish with my weight on my lead leg and my right toes pointed to the ground I think it makes me sluggish and lose some power.

    • John,

      Yes, the weight does shift but not right away.

      Glad you see it. This could be the missing link that gets you to the next level.

  7. Hi Paul,
    When I try to keep my head behind the ball, then I seem to hit a lot of the balls off to the right or slice them. Could allowing my head to get too far behind the ball be the problem?

    • Terry,

      You would do this because this is tilting your whole body behind the ball. Keep in mind this move may not get you hitting perfect shots. This is a vital part of the swing or a piece of the swing. You get this piece combined with other pieces to build a whole swing. Too many people work on 1 thing and think they are going to hit amazing shots. This is not how it works. You are working on each pieces. As you put all pieces together you see the whole picture.

      So your body tilt affects the path of the club. Tilt right too much and you will start it too far right. Tilt left (hitting with arms) and you will send it over the top. So you are too tilted to the right. This is fine for now until you master this feeling. Once you get the feeling you work on the tilt to the touch the legs position. If you are getting to the touch the legs position you would then be adding more rotation which would stop you from over tilting.

      Remember Series – Tilt and Turn:

  8. This is the biggest challenge for me so far as I have not been able to master it. I have made all the mistakes mentioned previously in an effort to get it right. Mostly I never switch my weight consistently enough to the forward foot enough or in time to hit the ball properly. Paul what do you suggest?

  9. April 3, 2020



    You didn’t mention how the weight shift coordinates with the hip pivot (sometimes you call it firing your hips) – does the hip pivot precede the weight shift, come after the weight shift, or somewhere in between?


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