Let’s begin to change the “keep your head down” cliche. I complain about it. I discuss how and why it is damaging…. but I’ve yet to offer an alternative “mantra” for golfers who feel like their head continues to come up in their downswing!
We know that most instances when the head lifts up it’s not because a golfer wants to see where the ball is going, rather it’s a physics response to a downward pull of the arms! Action/reaction. The arms pull down to strike at the ball. The body responds by pulling up.
I would agree that occasionally a golfer will look towards the target too soon in anticipation of where his/her ball may go. It’s critical to understand that in most cases, keeping your head down will only exaggerate the bad tendency golfers have to NOT move their body’s correctly.
You see, when you lift your head to see where the ball is going, that wasn’t the reason you missed the ball. The problem was that you only turned your head, and not your body around your forward pivotal axis. Your swing arc collapses if the rotating body is not turning the club on an arc through the golf ball. Because you are no longer looking at the ball in order to HUNT IT (very bad concept), you most often mis hit the shot.
Click here to see what I mean: Annika’s eyes are most certainly not looking at the golf ball at the moment of impact, but her body is freely and completely rotating around her left pivotal axis….
When most golfers gain comfort in the short term by keeping their heads down, they shut down rotation which causes long term inconsistencies.
Back to the “movement”! Every time you here someone say “you need to keep your head down”, I want you to begin correcting them by saying “you need to turn level”.
“You need to turn level”
Surprise, surprise, this blog is running long. Perhaps I’ll go into more detail as to why “turn level” is far better than “keep your head down” in my next blog.
P.S. Tiger is looking pretty sharp. Should be interesting to watch him in 2011!