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Golf Practice Drill #35: Weighted Golf Swings

Weighted Golf Swings – Practice Drill #35

In this article we’re going to talk about why I love weighted golf swings as a golf practice drill. There are many different golf swing training aids on the market including weighted swing devices to help you make golf swings with extra resistance and weight throughout the swing.

These weighted golf swing trainers can help you get used to swinging a heavier club properly, which will in turn help you swing faster with your normal weighted club.

There is really no other reason to use a weighted golf swing trainer other than for the purpose of trying to increase your swing speed.

Today’s golf practice drill of the day will share tips on how you can use these weighted swing trainers to improve swing speed, giving you another golf drill to add to the list when you visit the driving range.

How to Perform the Weight Golf Swing Drill

To get started you’ll need to either purchase these weighted donuts or this weighted golf swing trainer device.

Next, find a spot on the driving range to practice swinging the golf club.

Setup like normal, getting your body aimed out at a target on the practice range.

Take hold of the weighted golf club and start making practice swings with it using a controlled tempo and speed to start. Keep the club under-control throughout this entire drill. Gradually increase the tempo and speed of the swing as you feel more comfortable.

You’ll notice the difference in weight as this new swing will feel much heavier than normal. It will work your golf swing muscles which may lead to some muscle soreness after the first few range sessions using the weighted swing training device.

Work on Achieving Key Swing Check Points

After spending some time making practice swings with the weighted golf club, now focus on key checkpoints in the golf swing.

Start with the takeaway. Take the club to the point the shaft is parallel with the ground and about waist height. If you were the center of a clock, the club shaft would be pointing straight sideways at the 3 o’clock.

Take the club back, focusing on the club path that you take the club back on as well as the swing plane. The golf club should never be taken back on too steep or too shallow of a swing plane.

The swing path should start by taking the clubhead straight back as you’re lifting it and pause when you get to waist height.

Check the club face position at this checkpoint to see if the clubface is open, closed, or square. This will tell you if you’re over rotating the face during this initial takeaway and you can work on reducing the face rotation to keep it square to your swing path.

Next, reset the club on the ground and now take the club up to the top of the backswing.

Check your swing plane at this position and check to make sure the club isn’t taken to far past parallel. The club shaft should be parallel with the ground at the top of the backswing. If you’re dipping the club past parallel this is not good.

Check your shoulder rotation and upper torso rotation. Are you making a full turn? This will increase your power when you can get your body to fully turn back on the back swing, creating more coil in your abs which will generate more power on the down swing when the body unwinds.

Next, focus on the start of the downswing. How do you handle bringing the club down the first few feet? Are your shoulders and hips unwinding with good sequence or are the shoulders unwinding too fast, outracing your hips, causing pulled golf shots to the left?

Are you getting your lower body involved on the downswing, clearing the hips and generating power from the ground up?

How is your follow through? Are you releasing the club properly or keeping the face open through impact, causing sliced golf shots to the right. Are the hands finishing low, middle, or high on the follow through? Is your body weight getting moved forward onto your lead leg or are you hanging back, almost falling back away from the target?

Work one step at a time to not overwhelm yourself, and progress through the golf swing sequence with the weight golf swing training aid until you master each swing check point.

Gradually increase swing speed so you can maintain control over the weighted club and still achieve the proper swing sequence!

Once you get comfortable doing full speed golf swings with the weighted golf club, then you should notice a faster swing when you move back to your normal weighted club.

Overall, this golf practice drill is effective at making you swing faster for more distance on the golf course. It will help you lower your golf scores overall. Be sure to follow our YouTube Channel for video lessons, swing tips, and more golf drills.

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