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Get maximum clubhead speed using your right side
A sound address position is key to loading the right side. The right knee should be slightly bent and the right foot should be at a 90-degree angle to the target.

This position serves as a support and keeps you from swaying, encouraging a turn of the hips rather than a lateral slide.

A common fault for many handicap golfers is the reverse-pivot. In the backswing, most of the weight is on the left leg. The natural reaction in the downswing is to shift the weight to the right leg. Thus, the ball is struck while moving backward.

Obviously, nothing good can come of that action. There is no propelling force. Accuracy is nothing more than a wish and a hope.

However, another common fault among average golfers is the sway - the exact opposite to the reverse-pivot. A sway is caused by wrongly shifting the weight to the right side causing the body to rock.

Instead of the hips turning as the weight shifts to the right side, they slide laterally. By the principle that every action produces an equal and opposite reaction, in the downswing the hips don't turn so much as they only shift laterally to the left with no power or accuracy in that either.

To load the right side correctly, during the backswing shift your weight to the right side in such a way as to create a stable foundation from which to deliver a powerful downswing. The right-knee should be flexed with the feeling that the weight on the inside of the right leg at the top of the backswing

Like everything else in the golf swing, this begins with a sound address position.

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