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Keeping weight on your heels?

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Just today I heard that you should keep your weight on your heels when swinging. Before today I had always tried to keep on the balls of my feet and swing. I tried keeping my weight on my heels and found that I hit the ball a lot straighter but lost maybe 20 yards. Is keeping your weight on your heels the correct way to swing? If so I will certainly start doing that.

post #2 of 9

Balls of your feet, no question.

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Originally Posted by peskypole46 View Post

Just today I heard that you should keep your weight on your heels when swinging. Before today I had always tried to keep on the balls of my feet and swing. I tried keeping my weight on my heels and found that I hit the ball a lot straighter but lost maybe 20 yards. Is keeping your weight on your heels the correct way to swing? If so I will certainly start doing that.


Absolutely not, I always start every swing with the majority of my weight on the inside of my lead leg...
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No, I don't think you should do that. Weight at the middle of your feet or the balls, in that vicinity. The golf swing is an athletic move, and like many other sports, you want the agility of your feet helping you. In weight lifting, the weight should be on your heels, but not in golf.

Why you hit it straighter and why it went shorter I can't tell, there are so many things that can affect your swing. I suggest you use a mirror and see how your posture looks, or even take a picture or video and post it here. Compare it to the posture of pros and you'll see soon enough that most of them got a pretty similar posture.

You can get too far forward also, which can also cause problems. You should be in an athletic, yet stable position.
post #5 of 9

Whoever told you to keep your weight on your heels gave you some bad advice.  Having your weight on the balls of your feet (on the balls of your feet, NOT your toes) keeps you in an athletic postion, which makes it much easier to keep your balance and make a good turn.

 

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for clarifying this. Weight on heels seemed opposite of how it should be, but a lot of things seem opposite in golf.

post #7 of 9

I always thought it was the balls of the feet? But what do I know :)

post #8 of 9

What you are looking for is a 50/50 weight distribution in your feet to give yourself good balance and a stable lower body. I was taught to find this position by taking your stance and rocking your feet forward and backward to find a spot that was comfortable. Doing this also gives you a feeling for where too far forward and too far back in your stance is. All your weight in your heels is definitely wrong. I learned the balance for my feet from an LPGA member/LPGA Teaching Professional.

post #9 of 9

Weight on the heels will produce a straighter shot and less power, this should only be used to cure a case of the "S" word. This will work for a round or two but all you are really doing is putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. There is a lot more wrong in your swing and the thought of this is taking your mind off the real cause, it wont work for long. most likely your problem is leaning into the ball on your downswing..., the weigh on the heels is preventing this.

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