WEIGHT SHIFT IS CRUCIAL IN THE SHORT GAME
Right-handed golfers should load their left side with weight on short shots. One of the keys to the short game is the ability to hit down with a descending blow. You cannot hit down at the correct spot if your weight is on the back foot. You either hit behind the ball, or on the up and in the teeth.
When throwing a ball you would naturally shift your weight on to the left foot, so think of that motion. A big mistake with short shots comes when players try and stay still. Using your legs and shifting your weight naturally means less tension, and you gain a sense of feel. Your head should stay quiet but you must shift and turn your lower half. KEY POINTS 1) At address, set up with 70% of your weight on your left side. 2) Hit down through the ball. 3) Your weight moves naturally to the left so that 90% ends up on the left side at the finish. 4) Like throwing underarm, your right arm should extend towards the target, which is impossible to do off your back foot. 5) Make sure your right heel comes away from the ground on all shots. 6) Hold your finish for balance.