Every golfer needs to shift on their backswing, but not every golfer needs to shift the same way. There are three basic shift types, as illustrated below:
1. Front post: Front-post golfers like Bryson DeChambeau prefer to stay more on their front leg on the backswing. Many think that staying on your front leg is bad, but it’s not.
2. Center post: Players like Tiger Woods shift a moderate amount to their trail leg on the backswing. If they shifted too little or too much, their timing would be thrown off.
3. Rear post: Gary Woodland is a rear-post golfer who likes to shift entirely to his trail leg on the backswing, then use lots of lateral force on the downswing to get back into position at impact.
You can experiment with all three methods, but it’s better to find out for sure. Place a club across your thighs and rotate as in a mock backswing. You’ll instantly feel where your pressure goes: to the rear, forward or center. That’s your post—and your road map to instant improvement.
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