Weight shift drill

Adopt this drill - devised by Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Andrew Reynolds - to get your weight moving correctly through all stages of the golf swing

weight shift drill

Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Andrew Reynolds has devised a weight shift drill to get you moving correctly throughout the golf swing

Weight shift drill

Fault: - You struggle for distance off the tee

-You often hit a slice

Fix: I often hear golfers offer advice to a playing partner saying 'keep your head down'. However, this thought often leads to mistakes. There are very few golfers who I have ever met who suffer with lifting their heads through impact. This is often sighted as the problem when actually fault is that the player is losing their posture, lifting up through the ball and coming out of the shot.

If you consciously try to keep your head down, you are likely to get hunched at address and then get your weight stuck on the front foot in the backswing. From here, the only way to deliver a good strike is to lean back - this is called a reverse pivot. Here's a drill I've devised that will really help you.

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Place three allignment sticks in the ground - the middle one pointing at your sternum and the other two either side.

These represent where your weight should move to during the backswing and follow-through. At the top of the backswing your weight should be over your right side and then in the finish position your weight should be over your left side. These alignment sticks represent where your weight should be at three crucial points - address, top of backswing and finish position. Crucially, you need to keep your spine angle constant as you swing back and through. If you can do this you'll hit longer, straighter drives.


Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X