A weighty Is­sue

This club and mir­ror drill will help ne­gate one of the root causes of in­con­sis­tent strikes

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - Luke Tidmarsh is a PGA teach­ing pro­fes­sional at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s Peter Cowan Academy Dubai. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit dubaigolf.com

Ne­gate a root cause of in­con­sis­tent strikes. BY LUKE TIDMARSH

Most golfers are aware that weight trans­fer is im­por­tant for the golf swing, es­pe­cially when it comes to gen­er­at­ing power and dis­tance. How­ever, a lot of the time I see play­ers ei­ther shift­ing all of their body and their head lat­er­ally right and left to get this trans­fer which causes in­con­sis­tent strikes. In other in­stances, I see am­a­teurs tilt their body in the back­swing which forces the weight onto the left side at the top of the back­swing and re­sults in them fin­ish­ing on their back foot in the down­swing. To get this weight trans­fer hap­pen­ing ef­fec­tively we need to en­sure that we are set­ting the back­swing by ro­tat­ing your body cor­rectly. To check how you should move, stand in front of the mir­ror at home, place a golf club across your chest (as pic­tured left) and try to turn your shoul­ders so that the mid­dle of your chest faces be­hind you - mim­ick­ing the back­swing. As you do this, try to main­tain the flex of your right knee. This will en­sure that the weight trans­fers into your right side on the way back. With ef­fec­tive weight trans­fer you should see a much stronger and more con­sis­tent ball flight.

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