“I still swing the way I used to, but when I look up the ball is going in a different direction.” – Lee Trevino
By Ian Hardie
Like all the other bits of ‘public information’ that I have written about previously
Transferring your weight to hit the ball as you start the downward action
Is a piece of advice most golfers take too literally
By the way if you are wondering why I use the term ‘downward action’
Instead of the more commonly understood term ‘downswing’ – you can see why here
The basic reality is that unlike the other four parts of ‘public information’
Which when followed makes the golfer manipulate parts of themselves into either
Ineffective or unnatural positions in an effort to hit the golf ball better
Transferring your weight dramatically to hit the golf ball
Which is how most golfers apply the advice they are given
Affects what I would term as ‘good sequencing’ of your golf action
Which is exactly what I talked about in the book I could play golf when I first started;
Let’s take a look at some of what I talked about when it came to transferring weight
………………………Do you remember what I said when we were talking about taking the club straight back what the power of the golf action was?
“I’m pretty sure you said the shoulders”
Absolutely correct Pete
In fact if you really think about it, that’s basically what a golf shot is
A shoulder turn away from the address position which as it goes naturally begins to move the hips and legs with it
“Because they share the spine in common”
That’s right Pete
On the way down towards the ball the simplest method is simply to unwind the shoulders and rotate them through the ball as far as they will go
Much like the earlier turn, this results in the hips and legs being pulled through until the shoulders have reached their maximum rotation.
For consistency, the more the golfer can use the spine as the central rotation point
The more likely they are to return the club face to the ball well and consequently hit a good shot.
“Gee, it really sounds so simple when you say it like that”……………………….But like everything else, when the golfer physically tries to ‘transfer their weight to hit the ball’
What do you think happens?
“I’m guessing they would end up with a big movement into the ball with their legs and hips”
Precisely but what else would result or not result in this case?
“I suppose if the lower body is moving sideways then there isn’t much chance of rotating the shoulders properly”
Which would result in?
Yes but what else – what wouldn’t happen as a result?
“If the shoulders are the power of the golf shot as you say and they don’t turn properly – the shot won’t go very far!”…………………….Just another bit of ‘public information’ that actually has the opposite effect on players
“Ok, so if understand this right – I shouldn’t try and transfer my weight at all?”
That’s right Pete
Your weight is transferred automatically as your turn your shoulders on your back action
Then as you begin to move downward and forwards through the ball your shoulders will simply naturally move your weight for you
“So don’t focus on weight transfer at all then?”
Not unless you want to hit slices that don’t go far Pete………………………
To find out how to get rid of the slice that listening to the advice to
‘Transfer your weight to hit the golf ball’ gives you
As well as to get rid of a bunch of other problems from your game
Now those of you who are very observant will have noticed that
The golfer in the image at the start of this post had only one leg
While serving as a soldier in the First World War in France he suffered the loss of his right leg just below the knee to a grenade explosion
Clearly a severe injury for anyone, Jones was afraid it would be a handicap that could perhaps be the end to his career as a professional golfer
After he had recuperated for four months and was finally able to walk using crutches
He played his first round of golf at Royal Norwich in 1916 where he carded an 83 (38/45)
He followed that round shortly thereafter with a 72 on the long and challenging course
Those first couple of rounds as a one legged golfer would prove to bring
A surprising and revolutionary change to his concept of golf and its instruction
Which I might just talk about another day
Until then consider this;
Do you think that he was consciously trying to transfer his weight to hit the golf ball?