The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer

Today’s post is about where your weight should be distributed at the address position of the golf swing.  We are not talking about between the right and left foot, but where on the bottom of your feet.  Again, there is more than one theory  in golf instruction. There are three ways that are advocated: 1. The weight should be on the balls of your feet at address. 2. The weight should feel like it is over the arches of the foot or just in front of the ankles. 3. The weight should be on the heels or towards the heels of your feet.  There is only one thing that everyone is in agreement. Your weight should not be on your toes.  One thing that you should be able to do at address is wiggle your toes.  So now look at each one.

The proponents of having your weight on the balls of your feet like to say that this gets you into an athletic position and gets you ready to move and gives  your body a lively feel. This is by far the most popular instruction. The big negative here is that the balls of your feet are not that far away from your toes. This instruction also likes you to shift your weight into the heels to try and prevent you from going on your toes during the swing.  The inside of your right heel on the backswing and the outside of your left heel on the downswing.

Now lets go to having your weight toward the heels at the address position. You hear about this recommendation the least, but none other than Ken Venturi wrote this as one of the  key fundamentals of the address position.  With your weight on the heels, Mr. Venturi felt that this kept you from standing too far away from the ball, and allowed the body to make a turn a lot easier. The biggest negative of having the weight favoring the heels is sometimes keeping your balance during the swing could be a problem. It is by far the least given advice but obviously has it’s advocates.

Finally having your weight over the arches of your feet or just in front of the ankles, is real popular on the golf channel instruction.  This, you could say is the compromise between the first two.  Your arch is farther away from the toes and getting closer to the heels but you don’t put the weight on the heels. The big positive here is that you should have no problem keeping your balance during the swing.  How much this frees your body up to turn is debatable but again shifting your weight into heels during the swing may help that.

Well hear are some rhetorical questions and you can give your own answers or just food for thought.  Do we really need to be in an athletic position to make a golf swing if we really are not moving off the spot where we are starting?  Do the heels really give us enough of a base to make a golf swing?  Can you really feel pressure in your arch to feel that this is where you are putting most of your weight at address? Something to think about and we will cross that bridge later.  Next up hip turn, do you or don’t you.

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5 Responses to The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer

  1. Sam Fregiato says:

    should i breath in, or breath out
    as i think of where my weight is on my feet?
    thx

  2. Brian Penn says:

    Vet, yes, I believe that we need to be in a good athletic position because any activity that requires rotation or weight shift is easier and generates more power with more lower body flex. Not sure about where to put my weight, I’ve always tried to think about being in a ready, athletic, and in a relaxed position. Good thought provoking post, thanks!

    Brian

    • I agree with the athletic position but I don’t know if having the weight on the balls of your feet guarantees that. That’s something you do if you are getting ready to move quickly like an infielder in baseball

  3. Vet

    I am advocate setting up with the weight on my arches and as I drive through the ball and my swing transfers forward, my weight shifts to the balls of my feet. This is a central to my weight distribution and balance through my entire swing. I would also pose that an athletic position depends on the athlete and their physical abilities – everyone is slightly different. Great discussion.

    Cheers
    Jim

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