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How to Stop Hanging Back on the Downswing

If you hit lots of fat shots and slices, that may be the sign that you have too much weight on your right foot (back foot) during the backswing and impact.

Here is the interesting data about the weight shift. See the difference between the pros and amateurs.

The data which came from the research done by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Position Pros Amateurs
Top of the swing (Back foot) 90% 50%
Start of the Downswing(Front foot) 110% 65%
Impact (Both feet) 25% 50%

Pros shift more than 100% of their weight at the start of the downswing. But amateurs only shift 65% of their weight. This may be the difference in driving distance between the pros and amateurs.

Some amateurs tend to hand back and leave their weight on their back foot. This will cause fat shots and lack of distance as well.

Practice Hitting Shots from the Downslope

Here is the easy drill to stop hanging back during the backswing and impact.

Try to find the downslope and practice hitting shots from there. Because your left foot is lower than your right foot, you will easily shift your weight to your front foot during the downswing.

If you can't find the downslope at the driving range you use, put a towel under your right foot and hit shots.

You can also put the golf ball under your right heel and hit shots like that.

Also, you can use a balance disc like below.

Put the balance disc under your right foot and practice hitting shots. The balance disc will help you shift your weight to the front foot and teaches you to keep your balance during the golf swing.

If you get a chance, go and get one of those balance discs and try the drill above.

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