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  • weight transfer Part II

    I know i must be boring folks with this stuff; one more thing:
    now alot of folks think of the backswing as having weight transfer and may not realize that the downswing is maybe the most critical part of weight transfer. Here's my take on it:
    As one finishes or nearly finishes their backswing, the lower body should already be moving rotationally forward in the approximate direction of the target. I say approximate because some prefer to rotate more left and others prefer to rotate more center to the target line.
    Whichever works is fine, as Hogan said, Dig it out of the dirt.
    While the push(for some)off the right foot is occurring and the weight is moving now rotationally forward, the critical part is to clear the left hip out of the way. If you don't it's a block or pull, if you do, it's a bomb.
    Why a bomb? well the force(F) of the body weight coupled with the unwinding of the upper body(M) produces unbelievable speed(V) or F=M x V into and through impact but the hips must do their part, esp. the left hip(for right handers). If the left hip moves out of the way with proper timing, the body is then free to have it's maximum effect on impact.
    I suspect one could gain another 25 yards by doing this one thing right. Check out the guys on the Long Driving Circuit, there are youtubes all over the place. Zuback, Sadlowski, and the rest are great to view.

  • #2
    Re: weight transfer Part II

    IF you transfer your weight in the backswing to the back foot; it's absolutely critical you start the downswing by shifting your weight back to the front foot before starting rotation. If you don't shift the weight (the "bump" towards target) then you simply spin out and can quite easily still come over the top because you've now created a ton of centripetal force in the upper body to which the arms and club will react.

    Now this weight shift isn't huge and isn't a lunge and isn't even really perceptible in real time. In real time it looks (much as keiko said) as the hips "simply rotating". But if it's true simple rotation with the weight on the back foot, a spinout is inevitable resulting in a huge power loss.

    And I agree that when you can "shift and clear" while maintaining speed and tempo, you gain yardage. When you shift and clear with less speed and tempo, that's when you get that sensation of "I didn't even try to hit at that one" or the old "effortless power".


    • #3
      Re: weight transfer Part II

      On the Aussie site they have a pro long driver section run by a pro, he dispells a lot of myths and has some great insight.


      • #4
        Re: weight transfer Part II

        If you wanna feel the effects of weight shift, try swinging w your feet together.