Anti Sway Backswing Drill: Eliminate Fat Shots


This Anti Sway Backswing Drill is from the Golf Practice Planner.

Anti Sway Backswing Drill

Long Game Practice Drills

1 out of 10

5 minutes

Use any club in your bag. Golf Practice Planner.

The anti way backswing drill will stop you from swaying on the backswing.

A sway is when the hips move laterally off to the right. If you sway you’ll be putting most of your weight on your right foot at the end of the backswing which is death to your golf swing.

A sway usually results in fat or thinned shots.

This drill will also help you with weight transfer and coil on the backswing. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this drill. Swaying is widely regarded by teaching pros to be one of the most common swing faults they see when teaching.


Step 1: Watch
Watch the video.


Step 2: Club Under Right Foot
Place club on the ground at a right angle to where you want to hit the ball, in the position where your right foot goes. Set up to the shot.

Step 3: Hit balls 
Place the outside of your right foot on the shaft (sets your foot at a turned-in angle). You’ll feel all the weight on the inside of your right foot. This is a fantastic way to hit shots if you sway, but will still allow you to shift your weight properly onto the right side (without swaying). If you can’t hold your finish without losing balance, you almost certainly have a sway issue.

On the course (you won’t be able to put a club under your right foot) try to keep a 50/50 weight balance between right and left foot on the backswing. This 50/50 feeling will simulate having the shaft under your right foot.

Step 4: Keep Score
Hit 10 balls on the practice ground. Give yourself one point each time you hit the ball solidly (a sway will usually result in a poor strike).

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