If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard a well meaning golfer say to his friend or golf partner for the day “You lifted your head, thats why you hit a bad golf shot, Keep your head down” I would be very rich indeed. This one piece of well intended advice is a killer for a good golf swing … please do not Keep your head down – KEEP YOUR HEAD STILL.
The more you try to keep your head down during the golf swing, the less chance you have of making the correct turn on the backswing. Your turn will either be restricted by the head position or you will compensate by tilting your shoulders, either way keeping your head down is going to cause serious problems and they just get worse as i hear you screaming to yourself “gotta keep my head down, must keep my head down, please don’t let my head come up again” damn another bad shot !!!! and on and on …
Ok so what should you do i hear you say. It is all so simple really and if you are struggling with your golf swing because you are concentrating on keeping your head down, STOP right now. The first thing you must do is lift your chin up as high as possible while still being able to see the golf ball comfortably, this will produce a better posture keeping the back of your head in a straight line with your spine. Doing this will create room for your shoulders to turn correctly on the backswing without knocking your head to one side or causing you to tilt, therefore allowing your head to remain STILL.
And that is the key that will help you create a much better swing, allowing you to maintain your height throughout the golf swing leading to more consistent golf shots. It will take you a while to get comfortable with your new head position but it will be worth it, so practice this and reap the rewards.
Remember … don’t keep your head down, Lift your head and this will allow you to keep your HEAD STILL. Which was after all your intention when concentrating so hard to keep it down.