Swing - Your Head
One of the things that I consitently hear
from amateurs to one another and even from professionals
trying to teach golfers a better swing and it bothers
me more than almost anything else is, "keep your
head down." or "keep your head still."
Too many people believe that the golf swing must be
completed while keeping the head perfectly still.
This is NOT, I repeat NOT
During the golf swing it is perfectly
acceptable to move your head as long as you do so in
the proper direction. Rather than saying the things
I mentioned above, golfers should say "Keep your
head at the same level".
During the back swing it is natural for
a golfers head to move back, away from the target -
especially if you are doing a full turn of your shoulders.
Shifting your head away from the target up to 8-10 inches
is acceptable as long as your head remains at the same
level (i.e. height off of the ground) it will not cause
you any great problems. What does cause problems is
when a player tries to keep his/her head perfectly still
and as a result ends up restricting their back-swing
or developing a reverse pivot.
If a golfer maintains the same level with
their head then they will have a much better chance
of returning the club back to the proper height when
hitting the ball. Not doing so may result in hitting
the ball fat or thin. For example, if your head raises
during the swing so must your shoulders. Your shoulders
are attached to your arms and they are, in turn, attached
to your hands. Guess where the club is located? You
got it - your hands! (smarter bunch than I thought).
Therefore, if you raise your head your club will raise
up as well and catch the ball thin. The opposite is
obviously true for lowering your head. You will swing
the club too low and hit the ball fat or heavy.
Now, although the vertical movement of
your head can cause you to hit the ball thin or fat,
there are many other reasons to miss-hit the ball in
these ways. I don't want anyone to believe there are
no other reasons to cause you to hit a fat or thin shot,
there are! But if you keep your head at the same level
throughout the swing, you will avoid these miss-hits