Weight distribution is very important to a consistent golf swing. Through the years, I have experimented with all different aspects of weight distribution. Recently, I widened my stance because of a tip from a PGA Tour Canada golfing professional. This small adjustment increased my power and conversely increased my distance off the tee. Additionally, by widening my stance, the issue of weight distribution re-emerged.
Balance during a golf swing is very important. With proper balance, a player can consistently reproduce the same swing. And consistency is a core fundamental skill required to shoot low scores. After several hours at the driving range, I have determined that the proper weight distribution for my swing occurs when:
- my knees are over my toes
- my shoulders are over my knees
- the inside of my feet are even with my shoulders
- my arms hang straight down and are about 2 inches forward of my body
- before my swing, my weight feels centered at the front part of my arches or ankles
- Finally, during my swing, my weight is transferred from the instep of my back foot to the instep of my front foot
This may all sound familiar and it is. By standing as outlined above, I feel like my body is in a natural stance. When in this position, I hit consistently and hit the ball further off the tee. Also, if I am not in this position, I notice it immediately when I swing the club. Sometimes I fall forward, backward and even sideways if my weight distribution is off.
This is a great drill to help determine the proper feel of your weight distribution during your golf swing.
A good video explaining weight distribution created by a good set up. Their explanation is simple to understand and easy to duplicate.
Finally, Jim McLean talks about keeping your weight distributed on the inside of your arches during your golf swing.
Weight distribution is very important to a consistent golf swing. By controlling your weight distribution, you will lower your score and improve your over all consistency off the tee.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!