Achieving Good Leg Action and Weight Shift in Golf

The legs are the engine that drives the golf swing and provides its power. If you are struggling with not hitting the golf ball as far as you would like, there is a good chance you aren’t using your legs to the best of your ability. When your legs function correctly during the swing, your weight should remain in the right positions and the club will have all of the opportunity it needs to build up speed and strike the ball with maximum force. You might be holding onto the club with your hands, but the legs are really the key to the swing.

Try putting the tips below into use during your next practice session –

  • Build a platform. During the early part of the swing, your legs should simply be a stable platform on which you can build a good rotation. While you are taking the club back away from the ball, your legs should play a passive role and should hold relatively steady while your upper body rotates and your arms move the club up into position. If you have taken a good stance with flexed knees at address, you should find you have a much easier time holding that position and loading the club up at the top of the swing.
  • Start from the ground up. The legs should be the part of your body that really initiates the downswing. Make sure your lower body starts to unwind toward the target first, before your upper body gets moving toward the ball. You want to uncoil from the ground up, so that your arms – and the club – are the last things to come through the hitting area. When this is done correctly, it creates a whip-like effect that will help you speed the club up and maximize your power potential.
  • Always find a balanced finish. Your goal on each swing should be to find a balanced finish position which you can hold while you watch the flight of the ball. If you are unable to achieve this goal, you are either swinging too hard or have another technical flaw in your swing which is putting you off balance. Work on your mechanics and timing until you are able to hold a balanced finish position comfortably shot after shot. Good balance leads to consistency with your ball striking, and that is always helpful on the course.