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▶ If you feel a lot of weight in your left foot as your backswing ends, there’s a good chance you’ll hit a line drive. You need to get your body behind the ball, as they say. Try this: Step on the shaft of a club with your right foot and pin another across your chest as I’m doing here. Now turn back (near, right). Feel all your weight move into your right leg, but notice how the club on the ground serves as a backstop so you don’t sway from the target with your body. The club pinned across your chest should be pointing well behind the ball when you complete your turn, and your head should be behind the ball, too. If you can get to the top of your swing in a similar position when you play, you’re ready to fire off your right side when you start the downswing. That’s good weight shift. It’s a lot like how pitchers wind up and then push off their back leg to throw a fastball.