Set Your Weight for Pure Contact

By Steve Silverman

A good golf swing is all about timing and rhythm. The more you play, the more you know that as you rotate your hips, the more club head speed you will have at impact. That's an important part of the golf swing. However, so is setting your weight so you can get the most out of your hip rotation.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Take your stance and square your shoulder to your target. Your left foot should be directly under your left shoulder.
Step 2
Your hands should be directly in front of you. Play the ball in the middle of your stance. If you feel like you will have a hard time getting the ball up in the air with your driver because it has a loft of 9 degrees, play the shot one ball length closer to your front leg. This will allow you to sweep through the ball and get it up in the air.
Step 3
Begin your swing by rotating your hips to the right. This will allow you to set your weight on your back leg before you come through the ball. This will give you the primary impetus for driving the ball a long way. Once your weight is set on your back foot, rotate your hips forward and allow your hands to follow. Then all the weight that had been on your back leg will be transferred through the hitting zone.
Step 4
Finish your swing by allowing your hands to reach shoulder height on the follow-through. Setting your weight for good contact is one thing and bringing that weight through the hitting zone is another; you must finish to get the most out of your swing.
Step 5
Go to the driving range so you can become aware of the point where your weight is transferred to your back leg. Once you do this, you will understand one of the key principles toward hitting the ball consistently.

Tips & Warnings

Use a smooth and even swing in order to set your weight before coming through the ball. Rushing through the ball will upset the timing of the swing.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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