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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Shifting Your Weight Properly (Video)

Hopefully this short video from Mike Malaska can help you understand the difference between a weight shift and a sway. Between what Mike says and my attempt to explain the move after the video, I hope you get a clear understanding of what's happening.

What we normally refer to as a weight shift is more of a momentum shift (that's a better name for the correct move). When you turn your shoulders away from the target during your backswing, the momentum toward your trail leg (which remains straight) allows you to unweight your lead leg (which bends). Then your trail leg pushes forward on your downswing; that's when you replant your lead foot and push up slightly with your lead leg as you actually hit the ball.

The turn of your shoulders away from the target during the backswing creates enough momentum to increase the pressure against your trail leg. I know, it's a subtle thing. But unlike an actual weight shift (which Mike is calling a sway in this video) which would allow you to balance over your trail foot as long as you wanted without putting weight on your lead foot, this momentum shift can't be maintained once your shoulders stop turning. Once you stop turning, you'll start 'falling toward your lead side'... and that's what creates the sensation of your weight shifting forward.

I hope this makes the proper move clearer to you. Once you know what you're looking for, it's pretty easy to tell if you're doing it or not. But if it's still not clear, just let me know in the comments and I'll see if I can come up with a better explanation.

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