Hanging back is defined as a lack of weight transfer from the trail foot into the lead foot during the forward swing. The inability to transfer weight correctly can lead to various mishits. Topping the ball, chunking the ball, or pulling the ball can all result from this swing fault.
In order to transfer the weight correctly during the forward swing several physical characteristics must be developed. First and foremost, the trail leg must possess sufficient strength to beable to transfer weight into the lead leg during the initial stages of the forward swing. Secondly, the lead hip must have the capabilities to internally rotate. Thirdly, poor balance in both legs will limit the ability to transfer and post up over the lead leg during the forward swing. Finally, the inability to separate the lower body from the upper body during the forward swing makes it virtually impossible to transfer the weight correctly.