All great players do this during their swings, says top teacher!

All great players do this during their swings, says top teacher!

Much like snowflakes, every golf swing looks different. But while the aesthetics of each swing might differ, there are certain commonalities — especially among high-level players.

Take the swings of Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy, for example. These are two of the best players in the world, yet their swings look drastically different. However, if you look closely at how Scheffler and McIlroy swing the club, you’ll see there are some components that are quite similar.

How pros shift their weight

High-level players are extremely talented when it comes to the sequencing of the swing. This essentially means they know how to move all the components of their bodies in the correct order to produce the most efficient swing.

Having the proper sequencing is a huge reason pros can generate power without it looking like they’re exerting much effort. When you can time everything up in the correct manner, generating power becomes much easier.

If you want to swing like the pros, it’s important you sequence the swing in the same way they do. And a great place to start with that is by learning how to properly shift your weight.

“A lot of people we see, they get to the top of the swing — especially amateur players — they’re scared of getting their mass forward,” Yarwood says. “What we see with great players is as their arm is going to the top, the lower body and the mass is shifting direction as the lead arm is going to the top. So there’s a change of direction before they get to the top. That’s a common denominator among a lot of good players.”

This act of shifting your mass and pressure forward before completing the backswing is called “re-centering,” and it’s something that all great players do during the swing.

How to teach yourself re-center

If you’re among the huge population of golfers who doesn’t shift their weight properly, worry not. There is hope for you yet. In fact, one of the best drills for learning how to shift your weight is incredibly easy to do when you’re on the range.

All you need to do is line up to the ball with your feet slightly closer together than normal. Make your backswing to the top, but before you complete the backswing, step forward with your lead foot.

“That’ll increase your horizontal force,” Yarwood says. “It really creates some really good mass movement. Really good for an iron in particular.”


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