Originally Posted by mvmac
Real quick for everyone, yes weight forward helps us move low point forward so we can hit the ball first but is also has a big influence on path. If my weight stays back or isn't forward enough, there is a very good chance you're going to hit a weak fade/slice because the path will be across the ball. Test it out...
Trust me, I've been inadvertently testing it out for the past 1.5 months. I've been hitting weak fade/slices with my 3w and driver, shanking my short irons, and overcompensating for it with an over-the-top move that has left me scratching my head for weeks...even at the range. I had literally lost 20-30 yards with my longer irons/woods from last year when I finished the season striking it well.
I can say that partly as a result of this thread I've starting getting back to the form I was in last season. The only thing I started trying to do differently was push my weight forward before starting the downswing. It wasn't a light switch, but after 200-300 balls, I'm FINALLY starting to hit it like I did last season. I'm pretty sure I was unable to get the correct path and feel for the downswing because my hips were damn near static and most of my weight was still on my right side. They weren't clearing, so there was no room for the club to drop down inside...either I would come over the top and hit a duck-hook, or I would nearly supinate my right wrist to get the club inside, resulting in an open-faced shank or hosel-rocket.
Last night was the first range session of the year that I felt really good about. Pretty much the entire time my only swing thoughts on the downswing were to push my hips forward and keep my right elbow connected. Whether feel is real or not, it has helped tremendously. I was probably carrying my 3w 200 yards 2 weeks ago, and now it's back up to around 240.