As we learn from Fundamental #1, we must be able to hit the ground in the same place every time and forward of the ball (after the ball) to insure clean contact. We also would like to see every golfer swing in-to-out and produce a draw, rather than, the slice we see from over 90% of average golfers. Speaking solely of address numbers we see every Tour player measured having 55% to 60% of his weight on his forward foot at address (this is accomplished by a slight hip bump left).
Not only should the weight be forward at set-up but the lower body weight should continue to move forward the entire downswing to help make the contact consistent time after time. As for impact numbers, the average PGA Tour player has between 85-95% of his pressure on his front foot at impact. The average amateur has 55%. Some amateurs get to 70 or even 75%, but many will be backing out of the shot and have 65- 75% weight on their right foot at impact. How many people do you see at your local practice range finishing their swings on their back foot? It is way too common, and though those golfers may have rotated their hips and shoulders, they’ve done so with their weight on their right sides. They’ve got virtually no chance of hitting a solid shot! If we’ve maintained a steady head, then it becomes easier to get our weight forward at impact, and to do so properly.
The following pictures are some examples of the weight not moving forward far enough, fast enough or soon enough. This combined with the arms flexing and wrists flipping is the reason people top the ball (not because they look up), hit the ground behind the ball in various degrees and amounts, and get virtually every type of ball flight from pulling to slicing.
Below are some examples of the weight moving forward far enough, fast enough and soon enough. Hogan, Nicklaus, Faldo & Tiger.
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