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#1 Braveone

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:34 AM

Hi, I was just wondering if any members here could give me some info as to my recent range swing discovery.
I've been hitting my irons very well where I equally distribute my weight through both legs.
However, everything above 4 iron has been awful, mainly because at address I never feel balanced with my weight 50-50. It felt like the weight shift in back swing caused too much sway and as a result I would hit very inconsistent tee shots.
Yesterday at the range, I remembered a swing vision of Rory Mcilroy where the commentator mentioned braced right leg on his driver and fairway wood swing. So, I thought about having more weight on my back foot at address kind of 60-40 or 70-30.
The results were so much better as long as I didn't hang back. It allowed my head to stay behind the ball and my weight shift on the down swing felt much more centered with no swaying.

I've googled 'weight on back foot' and from what I've read so far, it's a bad thing to do.

Can someone with more swing knowledge enlighten me?


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:30 PM

I anchor my back instep to the ground at setup by chucking my knee to the target.  This actually helps me square up to ensure that my head is over the ball, my left should is 3 inches from the target and my club face is square.  When I rotate, I want to feel like I am moving back away from the ball and towards the instep to maintain spine angle.  If I don't have a wide enough stance, then the weight transfer will go to the outside of the foot and a sway.  

I don't totally do it, but have a look at the "reverse K".  I think it is very similar.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:21 PM

pre-loading weight on back foot @ address is an old school trick w/ driver

have to make sure 1st move is to load -- even more -- and not reverse weight shift into left foot

also have to be careful you dont (hang back) get stuck on the back foot.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:25 PM

John Daly once said to do that.
don't forget the Abe Mitchell fan club too.
it might be that just emphasizing on foot with more weight gives you a good feel for transferring the weight.
a bit more on the front foot seems to help with feeling a transfer  to the rear foot.
with even weight on both feet it seems harder to feel or do the transfer for some reason.
just a thought.............

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 08:58 PM

 Braveone, on 20 November 2012 - 04:34 AM, said:

Hi, I was just wondering if any members here could give me some info as to my recent range swing discovery.
I've been hitting my irons very well where I equally distribute my weight through both legs.
However, everything above 4 iron has been awful, mainly because at address I never feel balanced with my weight 50-50. It felt like the weight shift in back swing caused too much sway and as a result I would hit very inconsistent tee shots.
Yesterday at the range, I remembered a swing vision of Rory Mcilroy where the commentator mentioned braced right leg on his driver and fairway wood swing. So, I thought about having more weight on my back foot at address kind of 60-40 or 70-30.
The results were so much better as long as I didn't hang back. It allowed my head to stay behind the ball and my weight shift on the down swing felt much more centered with no swaying.

I've googled 'weight on back foot' and from what I've read so far, it's a bad thing to do.

Can someone with more swing knowledge enlighten me?


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#6 Hit-it-stiff

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 09:00 PM

 Braveone, on 20 November 2012 - 04:34 AM, said:

Hi, I was just wondering if any members here could give me some info as to my recent range swing discovery.
I've been hitting my irons very well where I equally distribute my weight through both legs.
However, everything above 4 iron has been awful, mainly because at address I never feel balanced with my weight 50-50. It felt like the weight shift in back swing caused too much sway and as a result I would hit very inconsistent tee shots.
Yesterday at the range, I remembered a swing vision of Rory Mcilroy where the commentator mentioned braced right leg on his driver and fairway wood swing. So, I thought about having more weight on my back foot at address kind of 60-40 or 70-30.
The results were so much better as long as I didn't hang back. It allowed my head to stay behind the ball and my weight shift on the down swing felt much more centered with no swaying.

I've googled 'weight on back foot' and from what I've read so far, it's a bad thing to do.

Can someone with more swing knowledge enlighten me?


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 09:12 PM

I do not have swing knowledge, but I am sure glad to see your swing discovery! I have always had trouble with my weight transfer. I, too, discovered that setting up with more weight on my back foot allowed me to strike the ball MUCH better. Like you, I know it is against all the rules, but for some reason, it definitely works for me too.

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 04:07 AM

To me, it looks like Henrik Stenson does something very similar in his swing.
From address, he seems to pull his weight away from the target, onto his back foot, before commencing the backswing.

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 05:22 AM




All comments are made from the point of
view of my learning and not a claim
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Posted 08 December 2015 - 10:13 AM

It works for everything below a 4 iron because of the length of the club.

If you hang back on your rear foot you cannot compress the ball as well with a longer club, you will skim it off the ground or hit a pop up off a tee.

If you want to become a better ball striker you should have proper weight shift and let your hips control your swing.

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