How to Quit a Reverse Pivot

By Bill Herrfeldt

You hardly know you might be doing it. In an attempt to correct golf shots that have consistently gone to the left or right of the target, you have compensated by keeping your weight on the side of your body closest to the target. Not only are you losing distance, but you also might be creating back problems. And if you are like most players, such a reverse pivot causes players to mishit a lot of shots or to hit the ball thin.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Use a 5- or a 6-iron and with the ball a little bit back from your leading heal, take your normal address. Swing the club back to the top of your swing, then stop. Look down at a line drawn from your chin to your belt buckle. If you are leaning on the side closest to the target, that line will be ahead of the ball.
Step 2
Hold the position, then shift your weight to the side away from the target, making an effort to twist your hips a bit instead of moving them laterally. Relax, then address the ball again the same way. Swing the club to the top, but put your body in the same position as Step 1. Repeat that a number of times until it begins to feel natural.
Step 3
Reinforce your new swing by doing a simple drill. Pick out a favorite song that has a beat. Begin humming the song as you make your golf swing without the ball, taking the club back with your body going back too. Then make a downswing, with your weight shifting to the side nearest the target. Do this drill 10 to 20 times in tempo. Before long, you will begin shifting your weight without having to think about it.
Step 4
Take your new swing to the driving range. Ideally, at the top of your swing, the majority of your weight will be on the side away from the target, and the club will be close to parallel with the ground and pointed toward the target. Make sure that throughout your swing, you keep your head steady and slightly behind the ball.

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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