With our Junior Summer Camp Program now underway, what better time to introduce one of my favourite weight transfer drills that we use for our juniors, but also use for students of all ages. It is called Squash the Bug. Very simple in concept, as golf instructors, all we want our students to feel is a little bit of weight shift onto the trail foot on the backswing and the weight shift towards the lead foot in the downswing.
So what I get my juniors to do is take their set up position and visualize that there is bug underneath their right foot and a bug underneath their left foot (or you can use tees or ball markers for real “bugs”). Now the goal here without making too big of movement is to feel that they are squashing the bug that is under their right foot on the backswing (RH golfers) and they squash the bug that is under their left foot by the time they finish their swing. So Squash the Bug, very simply visualize and feel squashing the bugs with proper weight transfer from trail foot to target foot. This will help with that athletic weight transfer and rotation in your golf swing! Give it a try on your own and/or introduce Squash the Bug to your junior golfers.
Have fun, Matt Truong