Keep Your Head Down
If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times. My students will ask me, “If I just keep my head down, will I be able to hit the ball?” Does this sound familiar to you? Actually we are going to clear up this golf myth. It is not your head coming up that is causing you to miss the ball, but rather it is your spine angle changing position during your swing that causes the miss-hit. When you address the ball, you should bend forward from the hips, creating an angle to your spine. The goal is to maintain this angle throughout the swing. If you do this you will have a successful golf shot.
The best way to check your posture is to stand in front of a mirror as if the mirror were the target. When you address the ball, your spine should be tilted towards the ball. When you look in the mirror if you move your head up or down you will see that the club will not move from the ground. However, the minute you change the angle of your spine, the club comes off the ground making it difficult for you to get the club back to the ball consistently.
As you make a swing, your spine angle should stay in this position as you take the club to the top of your backswing, on your downswing and through impact. As the club moves into your follow-through your spine angle will straighten up. This is okay since the ball has already been hit.
Keeping a consistent spine angle throughout the swing is a key element to solid ball striking and less frustrating days playing golf. So the next time you top a shot and someone tells you “to keep your head down,” you can happily inform him or her that it has nothing to do with your head!
Teresa Zamboni - LPGA Class A Member - 2007 LPGA National Teacher of the Year. TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor - IFPA Personal Fitness Trainer. A native of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, Teresa has lived in Florida since 1994 and has worked in the Daytona Beach area for the past 8 years. She currently teaches at Crane Lakes Golf Club in Port Orange, Florida.