One key to hitting more powerful golf shots is keeping your body behind the ball before impact. A premature lifting of the right foot during the downswing causes golfers to shift too much of their weight to the left side, resulting in a loss of power and distance.
Don't get me wrong, getting to the left side is crucial in the golf swing. One common flaw among amateurs is the tendency to hang back on their right side without a proper weight shift. But the move to the left side must be made in the proper sequence.
To keep from leaving for the left too early, anchor your right foot and avoid lifting it before contact. With your foot anchored, you'll be able to ultimately fire more of your right side into the shot and maximize your power.
Contributing Editor Art Sellinger is a two-time winner of the National Long Drive Championship. He represents the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, Texas.