Stop Your Reverse Tilt and Create Power

By Bill Herrfeldt

To improve their accuracy, many golfers keep their weight on the side of their bodies closest to the target and tilted toward that target during their back swings. Not only are they robbing themselves of distance, but they are also destined to have back problems later. In addition, golfers with a reverse tilt tend to hit a lot of shots thinly or they miss hit the ball more than they'd like. It is a difficult habit to break, but if you follow these simple instructions, you will begin hitting the ball more accurately and achieve greater distance.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Address the golf ball as you normally would with a middle iron, with the ball in the middle of your stance. Take the club back and stop at the top of your swing. If you are leaning toward the target, the line created by your belt buckle and your chin will be ahead of the ball.
Step 2
Gently shift your weight away from the target while holding that position. Make sure that your hips rotate slightly instead of move laterally. Address the ball again and take the club back; but this time, try to assume the correct position at the top that you practiced previously. Repeat this several times and create a mental image of your new swing.
Step 3
Stand with your back to the sun and pay close attention to your shadow. This is another way to see that you are shifting your weight correctly. Address the golf ball again, and take the club back to the top of your swing. You will clearly see if you are shifting your weight to the side away from the target or if you are still tilting toward it.
Step 4
Hit some balls with your new swing. Once again, be sure that your weight at the top of your swing is away from the target, then lead your downswing with your hips, creating more torque as you make your follow-through. Also, make sure that your head stays over the golf ball throughout the entire swing because there is no easier way for you to revert to your previous swing if it moves ahead of the ball. Before long, you will be hitting the ball straighter and you will amaze your golfing buddies with your added length.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.


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