How to Properly Shift Weight in a Golf Swing

By Matthew Fortuna
Correctly executed, your weight should shift from your back foot on takeaway to your front foot on impact and follow through.
Correctly executed, your weight should shift from your back foot on takeaway to your front foot on impact and follow through.

Just like a baseball swing, a golf swing requires the shifting of weight during contact to achieve the best possible results. Many do not shift weight properly because they think it adds an extra element to the swing and creates too many moving parts. But shifting your weight before, during and after contact will allow you to hit the ball farther than you ever have, all with your normal swing.

Begin your takeaway during your golf swing by shifting your weight to the back of your stance. Begin shifting the moment you take your club away from the ball.

Turn your shoulders as you wrap your club around your body and place your weight on the back leg. Your back leg should remain mostly stiff while your front leg bends slightly at the knee.

Shift your weight back toward the middle of your stance as you bring your club back down to the ball. Your hips should open first, followed by your hands coming through the ball as you bend your back leg and stiffen your front leg.

Swing through the ball, moving your weight on the same plane as your swing and opening your hips to face your target completely. End your swing with your back knee bent and your heel off of the ground. Your front knee is locked with almost all your weight on that side.

About the Author

Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, wiseGEEK.com and Suite101.com, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.

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