What Is the “60/40” Rule? Understanding Weight Distribution
The three key areas of any golf swing are the address, the position at the top of the swing, and the impact position.
Understanding pressure and weight distribution in golf can help you get more consistency and control out of your swing. In this edition of Teaching with Technology, PGA Professional Todd Kolb uses his Swing Catalyst system to explain how to shift pressure throughout the swing, without drifting back and forth.
A lot of teaching professionals use basic rules to help their golfers better understand their golf swing. At address, we believe in a rule called the “60/40” rule.
Now, what exactly is the “60/40” rule?
In this edition of Teaching with Technology, PGA Professional Todd Kolb uses his Swing Catalyst system to explain how to shift pressure throughout the swing, without drifting back and forth.
Watch the video here:
In the video above, you’ll notice Todd is using his Swing Catalyst, a device used to measure pressure and weight distribution.
They use sensor plates to pick up the frequency of the weight, not just at impact, but throughout the entire golf swing. The product measures various forces throughout the entire golf swing. Watch this video featuring Sean Foley and the Swing Catalyst system.
Todd starts this lesson in the address position.
He notes early that most all good players at address have a little bit more pressure on their lead foot versus their trail foot. For a right-handed golfer, that’s the left foot.
The swing catalyst system indicates Todd has a 59/41 split, meaning 59% of his body’s weight is on his lead foot. This leads to the lesson he always tells students is “let’s see 60/40.”
He wants to see a 60/40 split at address.
You’ll also notice in the video—represented by the red line—that Todd’s head is behind the golf ball. He is a firm believer that the head should be behind the ball at address, at the top, and at the moment of truth—of course—impact.
His setup position then has 59% on the front and 41% on the back foot, with his head just behind the golf ball.
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As we move to the top of the backswing, things start to change.
The head, of course, is still behind the golf ball, though it is critical to notice how it hasn’t moved laterally, or away from the ball. It’s rotated around a nice center spot.
But the pressure on Todd’s feet has definitely changed.
At the top of Todd’s swing, he’s got 76% on my trail foot, only 24% on his lead foot.
That’s a general thing; it might be a little more, a little less, but you’re definitely going to have more pressure on the trail foot at the top of the backswing than you do on the lead foot. This is a good example of that.
Go back to the video again. Todd also put a green line here to show how the hips have rotated. The upper body and the lower body are rotating. They’re not drifting off the target.
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Now when we move into impact. Of course, the moment of truth.
We’re going to see a change again. The head’s still behind the ball—it should remain that way. It’s behind the ball at address, at the top, and at impact, but notice how the hips have a strong move towards the target. You will then see the pressure on his feet has drastically changed. now have 74 percent pressure on my lead foot, and only 26 on my trail foot.
At impact, Todd now has 74% pressure on his lead foot, and only 26% on his trail foot.
When you’re looking at the golf swing, the head is always behind the golf ball. This is true during all phases of the golf swing: at address, at the top and at impact.
The weight is going to move a little bit pressure-wise, but be mindful of where your weight is throughout the swing.
- You’re going to start with a little bit more on weight the lead foot (the 60/40 rule!).
- At the top of the backswing you’re going to feel a little bit more pressure on the trail foot
- Then, at impact, you’re going to definitely see some weight on the lead foot.
Understanding proper weight distribution in golf with Swing Catalyst is just one example of how teaching with technology is allowing us to help you become a better golfer.
— Todd Kolb (@toddkolbgolf) September 8, 2016