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Paul Casey Golf Swing

PGA Tour player Paul Casey is a perfect example that the strength of the PGA Tour comes from it’s world wide talent.

He has been one of the best European players over the last few years. He hit one of the most memorable shots to close out a match in 2004 Ryder Cup when he polished off the Americans with a hole in one. Does he have more magic to show us? If not magic, then maybe a solid swing to learn from.

Casey has one of the more compact swings on tour. He also has a very powerful move. What I like most about it is his swing is his finish position. It proves how powerful his swing truly is.

He does a great job holding his finish position so you can get a good view of it every time. There are two things to note; his shoulder position, and where his belt buckle would be pointing.

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Charles Barkley Golf Swing

h the Charles Barkley golf swing…what more can be said about the trials and tribulations of Sir Charles. You have got to give the man credit. He has gone through this in a very public manner. Most people get first tee jitters when they partnered with someone for the first time. He was going through major golf challenges while still playing in celebrity pro-ams and participating on Hank Haney’s golf channel show. I don’t know how many people could be so public with the state of his golf game.

There have been millions of people voicing their opinion on how to fix the Charles Barkley golf swing. I don’t claim to have the miracle answer for him, however I do believe we can all learn from his experience. So I will throw in my two cents regarding his golf swing in the hopes that it helps anybody with remotely the same swing issues.

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Quick Golf Lessons Archive

The PGA Tour/European Winner Quick Golf Lessons were designed to touch on the aspects that the best players do really well in order to win each week. The PGA Tour marketing slogan “These Guys Are Good” is perfect. They really are good!

These quick golf lessons were posted are in the right hand column of every page on www.free-golf-lessons.com. This page is an archive of those lessons. Please scroll down to find the your player of interest.

Wow! What a performance by McIlroy!! I am so impressed with this kid. He is just 22 years old, and with a chance to get to number one,he plays flawlessly through the Bear Trap and assumes the thrown. Amazing!

Rory has a great golf swing. There are many experts saying that his swing is the best on Tour. Last year Luke Donald said Rory was the most talented player in the world. Quite a compliment from the most recent top ranked player.

Our question, always comes back to our game…how does his swing help us with ours?

I really like the video above because we rarely get to see the swing from this angle. It illustrates two key elements that can make all of us better players; his lower body action as he transitions from backswing to downswing and his finish position.

When you wach this video please keep an eye on the how his left knee pulls towards the target to start his downswing. This does two things. The first is it helps get his weight onto his left side and secondly it starts pulling his hips out of the way to create room for his arms to swing through. I think this is a great transition trigger.

Since this is a slow motion video I want you to watch where his hips are pointing in relation to the ball flight right after impact. You should see how his hips are facing the camera at impact…not the golf ball. This leads to a finish position where his hips are way left of his target. We may not all have his tremendous flexibility, however we should be striving to get our belt buckle to at least point to our target.

Quick Golf Lessons:
Rory McIlroy – 2012 Honda Classic Champion

 

Wow! What a performance by McIlroy!! I am so impressed with this kid. He is just 22 years old, and with a chance to get to number one,he plays flawlessly through the Bear Trap and assumes the thrown. Amazing!

Rory has a great golf swing. There are many experts saying that his swing is the best on Tour. Last year Luke Donald said Rory was the most talented player in the world. Quite a compliment from the most recent top ranked player.

Our question, always comes back to our game…how does his swing help us with ours?

I really like the video above because we rarely get to see the swing from this angle. It illustrates two key elements that can make all of us better players; his lower body action as he transitions from backswing to downswing and his finish position.

When you wach this video please keep an eye on the how his left knee pulls towards the target to start his downswing. This does two things. The first is it helps get his weight onto his left side and secondly it starts pulling his hips out of the way to create room for his arms to swing through. I think this is a great transition trigger.

Since this is a slow motion video I want you to watch where his hips are pointing in relation to the ball flight right after impact. You should see how his hips are facing the camera at impact…not the golf ball. This leads to a finish position where his hips are way left of his target. We may not all have his tremendous flexibility, however we should be striving to get our belt buckle to at least point to our target.

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Hunter Mahan – 2012 WGC Accenture Match Play Champion

 

Hunter Mahan has been working hard with Canadian swing guru Sean Foley. The fruits of the labour were certainly enjoyed this past week in the desert. He flat out made a ton of birdies on route to victory.

I absolutely love how simple his move has become. It is so simple it almost does not look athletic. There are so few moving parts that the motion looks stiff…and that he would not hit the ball out of his own shadow. BUt make no mistake, this is a tremendously athletic move.

The modern swing, according to Foley keeps the hands closer to the body during the takeaway. For a while players were trying to create width their swing by letting the hands reach back and away from the target as much as they can. This can be very difficult on the timing.

Mahan keeps his hands moving along his toe line. There is no manipulation. As he turns his shoulders his hands move along his toe line and they stay in front of his chest up through his backswing.

On his downswing I love his simple transition and leg action. Watch how his right leg drives in a straight line towards the target. Neither his legs or his hips get closer to his golf ball. This is key to maintain space for his arms to swing freely through impact.

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Steve Stricker – 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

 

I believe the commentators said he has won 9 times in his 40s. That is amazing!I also agree with Sir Nick and Johnny Miller that his swing will be copied in the future. Technology has reduced the need for hand action in the golf swing to generate power. Watch the old videos of Bobby Jones to see how much action he created compared to that of Steve Stricker.

A great objective for any player is to eliminate any unnecessary movement. Stricker does a great job of that. His hands stay very quiet on the backswing. His wrists hardly hinge at the top of his backswing. You can see from the above video that his backswing is all shoulder turn.

His downswing starts from the hips and he simply turns everything through the golf ball at the same time. His hands and wrists release naturally without any effort. This is a great way to have a consistent rhythm through the golf ball on every shot. This swing delivers enough power to win on Tour.

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Louie Oosthuizen – 2012 Africa Open Champion

 

Louis burst onto the scene with his dominating performance at the Open Championship. Many have predicted multiple wins for this player. His victory this past weekend is likely one of many to come.

In the video above pay really close attention to when the video ends. Take a look at his left foot. Notice how all his weight his on his left heel. This is a great sign that he has cleared his hips properly.

One of the key reasons for starting the downswing with your lower body is to clear your hips out of the way to create more room for your arms to swing through impact. It is a great indicator as to how well you cleared your hips, when almost all your weight is on your heel.

If your weight is leaning on you toes or even the middle of your foot then you have not rotated and cleared your hips enough through your downswing and past impact. You really want to feel the pressure of your weight on your heel like Oosthuizen.

Make sure you start your downswing with your lower body. At the top of your backswing; either pull your left knee or your left hip (right handed player) towards the target. Also make sure your hips keep rotating through impact and into your finish position with your weight on the heel.

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PGA Tour: Watch and Learn

PGA Tour – Player Swings

PGA Tour…these guys are good, is a great tag line, because, they are, and there is a lot we can learn from watching them play.  In fact we can learn from them anytime through the power of TV coverage and Youtube!

I have taken many of today’s top players (and even a couple of surprise players) and written about the best aspects of their game.  Simply click on the link of the player, read about the best aspects of their swing and how they can benefit your game.

Best Practice

There are two key ways to take advantage of this method. The first is to choose the PGA Tour players from the list that are in contention in the event you are watching.  That way you are sure to see a lot of their swings during the round. If you have a PVR and you can stop the action, rewind and play in slow motion, all the better to learn from their great moves.

The other method is to study a player that either has a similar body build as you, or a similar swing. This way you will learn and emulate a player that is natural built or naturally swings like you.

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Golf Etiquette Lessons

Golf Etiquette Tip #1 : Dress Code

All golf courses have different standards of dress code. Remember, it is your responsibility to inquire before your starting time as to what the expectations of dress code are for the golf course you will be playing.

If you are unable to acquire this information in advance, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Collared shirts and trousers (not jeans!) are always a safe bet for men. Collared shirts and knee length skirts or shorts are generally accepted for women.

Golf Etiquette Tip #2 : Basic Rules

Knowledge of the basic rules of golf is a must before you head out onto the golf course. Things like when it is your turn to play, where you may tee your ball, and how to count your score are essential basics that you want to know before you play.

If you were unable to obtain this information before your first game, make sure your ask your playing partners what to do if you are not sure. This is far better than doing something wrong and irritating the members of your group.

Golf Etiquette Tip #3 : Respect For The Golf Course

If you are a guest at a private golf course, this is an absolute must if you ever want to be invited back. You must be aware of the places on the golf course that require more attention than others.

The most important places to be respectful are around the greens and tees. The grass is shortest here and the most vulnerable. Replacing divots and fixing ball marks are probably the most important. Raking sand traps and walking carefully on the greens are a close second.

Etiquette Tip #4 : Pace Of Play

Nothing takes the enjoyment out of golf like slow play. Playing quickly does not mean that you have to rush. Simply being ready to play when it is your turn, marking your scores on the tees and not on the greens, and playing the appropriate tee blocks for your ability level can make a huge difference in how long your round will take to complete.

If you are just starting to play golf, you may want to limit yourself to a maximum of ten shots per hole. Once you reach your maximum, pick your ball up and drop it on the green so you can finish out the hole without holding up the other golfers on the golf course.

Etiquette Tip #5 : Respect For The Other Golfers

Golf is a game that requires a players full concentration. It is therefore important that you remain quiet and stand still when your playing partners are hitting their shots. Although golf can be a very frustrating game at times, wild displays of rage and disappointment are generally frowned upon.

If you are playing early in the morning, or late in the day, you should also be aware of where your shadow is. If it interferes with another players shot, it can be very distracting.

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Best Golf Instruction Player Testimonials for www.free-golf-lessons.com

I built my site to try and provide the best golf instruction on the internet. I was hoping to reach golfers around the world and help them develop as players. Many players from around the world have been kind enough to send in testimonials regarding how much free-golf-lessons.com has improved their enjoyment of the game. That is very kind and certainly very much appreciated. You will find some of their comments below.

If you would like to send a comment or question to me at www.free-golf-lessons.com please click on the link below. I would love to hear how my site has improved your game and where I can improve so i can ensure I am providing the best golf instruction possible.

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PLAYER TESTIMONIALS

Thanks so much for your great answer. I’ve had several lessons from various pros over the years and they never made things as clear as you have. I’m sure you are right in what you say that I am on my back foot at impact and my leg drive is too late(after impact) and so my hands have no choice but to take over and flip. Again thanks very much for everything and I’ll practice what you say. I’ll continue to look at your website and enjoy your great answers to all our questions.Again thanks very much for everything.

J.C. – USA

I found your videos on youtube.  My biggest problem ever is shoulder turn, and turning the hips.  Your basketball video tip is great.  I think I really get it now.  Can’t wait to play tomorrow!

K.O. – USA

Just wanted to compliment you on the site. It looks great! Lots of useful information and I particularly like the video golf tips. The video pertaining to your swing and the use of a suit jacket was ingenious and makes so much sense. I’ll have to try it tonight.

R.M. – Canada

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V.C. – India

I have struggled for too long w/ my poor chipping… read lesson on chipping and knew before trying it out that my chipping would improve, and it has. The lesson also helped reinforce other things in my swing.. ie take away, weight distribution,”L” position and my finish.  Thanks for your insight!

J.F. – USA

I just happened upon your site last night after a medicore round where Istruggled with my one-piece takeway. I am very flexible and tend to turn myhips as much as my shoulders which makes for obvious timing problems. I printedthe section on the Driver Backswing and my “ah hah” moment was reading thewords “if hips are relaxed, turning the chest and shoulder will automaticallyturn the hips”. Can’t wait to go out and try this. The depth of content on yoursite is amazing. I’ve now booked marked it and look forward to working my waythrough it. Just a thought, I sometimes struggle with my 4 wood and don’t see asection on fairway woods, although I realize the premise is the same for allclubs. Thank you again for explaining things simply and intelligently withouthype!

B.L. – Canada

I wanted to thank you for creating this great resource. In the year I’ve been playing (or trying to play) this game, and scouring the internet for informative tidbits to help me improve, I’ve found nothing that comes close to your site.

Your online lessons have helped me to finally “get” how to swing a golf club, possibly even more than a series of one-on-one lessons I recently took with a local pro (although he was also very helpful). You have a unique talent for explaining not just how to execute shots (in great detail, perfect for a beginner), but also why it works, and most importantly how to practise so that the correct way becomes habit. Moreover your advice generally just makes sense, in a way that a lot of advice does not.

So thank you, and please keep doing what you’re doing!

C.C. – United Kingdom

“Great site…..Really like your instructionalvideos…Keep up the good work.”

G.L – USA

“Thank you for your web site.  I am a very beginner-still on the driving range.  I feel your lessons on your web site will help me be a good golfer.”

S.C. – USA

“I would like to thank you for making golf simple for a high handicapper like me, for the first time I am actually enjoying my golf. I am slowly trying to do the simple things more consistently. Keep up the good work.”

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Thank you again to all the players around the world that have sent in such kind comments. I am certainly glad that I have helped you in your player development. I will strive to provide the best golf

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Golf Swing Posture: Player Q&A;

Question: Good Golf Swing Posture?

EASY WAY TO HAVE GOOD POSTURE I AM 6 FEET 3 AND A HALF INCHES, HAVE CLUBS THAT ARE 2 DEGREES UPRIGHT AND HALF INCH LONGER

Answer:

I love this type of question. This is a great question because it gets to the fundamentals of playing great golf. I know this becomes a broken record but…everyone needs great fundamentals which includes great golf swing posture. In fact everyone can be the best in the world when it comes to grip, stance, posture and alignment.

Since I am a couple of inches taller than this person I can appreciate his question. However, this answer is by no means restricted to the taller player. It is simply a system/method to get into the proper golf swing posture to hit a good golf shot.

What is golf swing posture? Simply put, it is the positions of our body when we address the golf ball. It is how we stand the moment before we hit our shot.

So what is great golf swing posture? It is creating positions/angles in our body that allow us to maximize the effectiveness of the turn in our backswing. Great posture also helps us stay in these positions throughout our swing so that we have less moving parts. I am a big believer in eliminating unnecessary movement in the golf swing and great posture is incredibly helpful in attaining this goal.

Now before we start into the routine, let’s talk about flexibility. It is fairly common knowledge that flexibility is a big part golf. This does not mean you need the flexibility of a Cirque de Soleil acrobat. However, if you have tight hamstrings, hip flexers and lower back then it can and will hinder your ability to get into a great golf posture.

The Routine

When someone is learning the address position and practicing their golf swing posture I like to teach it from a fully upright position. This is key because of proper weight distribution in the feet and sequencing.

  1. Start by standing straight up without a club. We will add the club later. You will want to stand as tall as possible. Legs and back completely straight and your arms hanging down by your side.
  2. Stand so that your weight is even between your feet, both right and left, and front and back.
  3. Place your hands on your hips with your thumbs pointing to the ground. This a yoga trick to help keep your back straight.
  4. Pop your knees out of their locked position. This will give a little flex in the knees, but not so much that your knees end up out past your toes.
  5. Now here is the funny part about a proper golf setup…stick your butt backwards. This does two very important things:
    • It helps keep your weight balanced over your entire foot from front to back. Golf is not a game played on our toes or our heels. It needs to be played with even weight distribution. Too much weight front or back and it will throw our balance off during the swing.
    • It creates an angle between our legs and our back/core. This is key because it makes it easier to turn the shoulders on your backswing. It also helps create space for our arms to swing through at impact. If we create a good angle at address, it is easier to maintain during the swing and into impact.
  6. From this position let your arms hang freely from your shoulders. They should fall tension free directly below your shoulders.
  7. Now repeat this setup routine many many times. Then take a club and do the same routine, over and over again.

Drills

There are a few checkpoints you can look at in the mirror. The first is that your shoulders should be over your your knees and your knees should be over your toes. Mirrors are great for golf because they give you instant feedback. You can also take dry-erase markers and mark the mirror with specific points of importance. For instance, get setup properly and then have someone mark your head level, a vertical line marking the back of your butt, a vertical line for your knees and a angled line up your spine. These markers will help you practice your routine so that it becomes a perfect habit. It is also a good idea to leave the points there so you can go back to them whenever you need a posture refresh (usually every 2-3 weeks).

There is a great way to practice this routine at home to ensure you are getting into the proper golf swing posture position.

Stand in a regular size doorway with the door fully open. Place your feet so that you are straddling the opening such that your heels are a few inches from the doorframe behind you.

Stand straight up and follow the aforementioned setup routine. The key to the doorframe is that it will give you a point of reference for sticking your butt backwards. It will also keep you from bending at the waist too much and getting you weight out over your toes. If you do you will bump your head on the doorframe.

Remember, no matter how tall you are, you want to feel tall in your setup. If you feel crouched and confined then you will need to review the setup routine to get into a better golf swing posture.

I hope you found this lesson helpful to your game. Good luck with your practicing and playing. I hope you achieve your golf goals sooner.

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Golf Swing Teaching: Player Q&A;

Question: Golf Swing Teaching

As a guitar teacher there are ways to teach that are well tested and documented.  Repetition is one area that is used extensively with beginners as well as quite experienced players having to learn new pieces.  Fundamental to repetition practice is to break down the music into small sections, perhaps two bars ( say, eight notes) or a single line of music.  That becomes a single task that you might repeat 100’s of times over a week or two.  This approach in a golf context would be like practicing a 7 .30 to 4.30 swing with an 8 iron to chip it to about 12 yards before expanding the swing to 9 .00 to 3.00 shaft position swing and again, chipping to about 25 yards hundreds of times.

As a musician this makes sense to me as its the way we learn music – but there’s little evidence that this seems to be a sound approach to learning golf, where everyone seems to leap into full swings from day one.  surely building up from a small swing in stages would work.

As in your football example – surely someone would aim to throw to a target at 40 yards and build up to their maximum over time and in accurate stages – not start throwing to stretching target straight off?

Answer: Golf Swing Teaching

I 100% agree!!

This may be the best comment/question that has been sent in over the last few years. I am absolutely thrilled that someone has taken the time to write in about golf swing teaching, and the way we learn. There is a lot of great teachers and programs out there. However there is a lot of room for improvement. The golf playing community has not improved very much. There are a number of arguments for this, however, the structure to teach and the willingness to learn within a structured golf swing teaching program is simply not used to its full potential.

When I had the opportunity to design the curriculum for golf teaching programs the first thing I did was design a program that started on the green and worked its way back to the tee box.

I was amazed at how many people that came to take lessons thought that this style of golf swing teaching was a novel idea. It simply made sense to me…especially for new players. Most adult players are like kids, they all want to hit long shots…pound the driver. Major League Baseball had an ad campaign with the slogan “chicks did the long ball”. In golf, EVERYONE digs the long ball. The problem is that the end goal of golf is to get the ball in the hole, not compete in how far you hit each of your clubs.

When I started teaching golf it drove the kids nuts because I would not let them hit driver for 6 weeks! Every lesson they would show up and pull out driver and I would tell them to put it away. They finally got used to it and I firmly believe it helped them all learn the game at a better rate.

I certainly appreciate your guitar/music teaching example, but let us take it one step further. There is no way you would give them a sheet of music and start teaching them a song from day one, even if you did break it down into two bars. You first would instill strong fundamentals of holding the guitar in the most efficient position before starting to teach the chords, scales and progressions. Once that is in place now you can take songs and break them down into pieces.

If we compare this to golf swing teaching then holding the guitar would be the same as the grip, stance posture and alignment. You can’t reach your full potential without having sound fundamentals. I would think that unless you hold the guitar properly then you will not be able to practice as long or as efficiently. You can’t possibly move up and down the neck of the guitar without fundamental positioning. The same works for golf. You can’t hit shots consistently nor attempt different shot shapes unless you have sound fundamentals.

This is no different than guitar. How can you possibly think of ripping off a Led Zeppelin riff when you don’t have the proper hand and finger positions? How can you even play the simplest of songs without proper fundamentals and practicing the chord progressions.

My optimal golf swing teaching curriculum, particularly for new players, is to start with the fundamentals with putting. I believe that the entire game starts on the green. Golf is designed to be 50% putting. If you hit every green in regulation and two putt each one…you will shoot even par. Therefore putting is extremely important for improving your score. It is also the shortest stroke we use in golf. Almost everyone can make the motion back and forth with a putter. There needs to be guidance, but most have the physical capabilities to make that stroke.

Starting with putting also instills confidence in someone who has never touched a club before. The thought of taking that person onto the driving range to hit a full swing shot is crazy. Putting allows the confidence to build because the player will almost always hit the ball. They will make some solid contact and even hole a few putts. After doing that they will feel more comfortable with the next step which is chipping.

I have often referred to chipping as an extension of putting. In fact the farther you move back from the green the more of an extension you are doing. Last night I saw Greg Norman speaking about the exact same thing. He was saying that each shot is a longer or shorter version of another shot. I think this is a great way of simplifying the game.

However, there is one major problem…it is not how a lot of players want to learn. Most players want to focus on the long game, and that is where a lot of golf swing teaching pros focus their attention. What do you think of these thoughts….

  • Upwards of 80% of the game is played within 100 yards of the green.
  • On average, when someone practices, what percentage is long game versus short game…would you agree…90% to 10%? I still think the 10% may be generous.
  • So…Players spend 10% of their time on 80% of their game.
  • At minimum most players should be spending 70% of their practice time on the short game and 30% on long game.

The other issue is that people want to play golf right away. Many people don’t want to take lessons, practice and improve. They simply want to go out and play. It is very difficult to play good golf without at least learning the basics.

I don’t mind if someone just wants to go out and play. That is their prerogative. However, they should not expect to play ‘a beautiful song’. North America does not have the same setup as Sweden, in which you need a license to play golf. In Sweden you have to pass a playing ability, rules and etiquette test before you are allowed on the golf course.

If you want to just go out and play…then just play. That type of player should not be worried about their score…and should not get frustrated with their game. They should treat it as a nice walk with friends with the purpose of hitting and following a golf ball.

I can appreciate your description of breaking the song down into smaller pieces, and then slowly linking all those pieces together to play a beautiful song. I completely agree with you. On my website I tried to break down each golf swing teaching category as a progression. If you go to the driver series and start at lesson one you will see how each lesson gets progressively longer, much like your description of learning a song. I would love everybody to follow my lessons in this fashion. I would also suggest to anybody who is looking to take lessons with a pro that they find someone who takes a similar approach.

The key to finding a golf swing teaching pro is to interview them first. Ask them what their style is. If you are signing up for a series of lessons and they ask you what you want to work on, without an assessment of your whole game, then go find someone who make that assessment. It means they can’t build a plan for your development. If they can’t build a golf swing teaching plan to help you improve then you are not going to get maximum value. Without maximizing your value you are not only leaving money on the table, but you are also leaving shots on the course.

Now, if you are just looking for a lesson now and again to tweak your game, then you don’t need a plan and you can tell the pro exactly what it is you want to practice.

Once again I would like to thank you for sending in such a great question. I could not agree with you more that the system you present for learning guitar would be beneficial in learning and teaching golf.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. I hope you all reach your golf dreams sooner with the help of www.free-golf-lessons.com.

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Golf Swing Problem – Player Q&A;

Question: Golf Swing Problem – Head down

i am a bogey golfer. i have great difficulty maintainingeye contact with the ball thru impact. i have a tendency to want to look out ahead of the swing to locate it if it is errant. are there any drills to help me eliminate this weakness? on the rare occasions i do keep eye contact thru the swing, my distance is greatly improved as well as ball trajectory. pleasehelp, thanks

T.M. – USA

Answer: Golf Swing Problem – Head Down

Thank you for sending in a great question regarding the most common phrase used on the golf course…”Keep your head down/Eyes on the ball”. I will be honest…I have never, in all my years of teaching, spoken those words. I believe it is the most over used line in golf.

I believe that most of the time our head pulling out of a shot is the effect of another golf swing problem. This could include poor timing with the hips, starting the downswing with the shoulders, losing the angle in your wrists and arm in the downswing or simply trying to lift the ball in the air instead of hitting down on the golf ball.

There was an article done by Golf Digest regarding the myth of keeping our head down. It showed both Annika Sorenstam and David Duval at impact. Proof was certainly in the pictures as neither player had their head down at impact. In fact at impact their heads rotated with their body. Since their hips have shifted and rotated open, and their chests are opening up to the ball their eyes/face are looking ahead of the ball and not facing down at impact. These are two players who spent time at number one in the world. In fact, Annika is still revered as one of the greatest LPGA champions of all time.

This helped prove that the head down was not as big a golf swing problem as people believed.

There is another example from Loren Roberts, who once said that when he putted his best, the ball was blurry. He along with Ben Crenshaw were two of the best putters at the time. What he meant was that he was not focussed on a dimple or a line. He freed up his stroke by not being focussed on the ball. He did not move his head like the other two in their full swing, but he also did not focus on the golf ball.

The reason I mention this is because we want to make sure that we are fixing the right golf swing problem. You may be keeping your head down just fine, but another aspect of your swing is causing you to lift your shoulders, chest or hips out of your shot.

We also do not want to keep your head down too long as that will restrict your follow through. We should always try to avoid fixing an area that is not broken.

Fixing the Head Lift

If, all things being equal, you are simply lifting your head then there are a few drills to help.

  1. Chip and Pitch Hold
  2. Tee for Two
  3. Line Your Range Ball

Chip and Pitch Hold

I love this drill because it serves as a dual purpose. It is intended to help us practice our short game (which you have probably read me rant about our lack of short game practice), and also trains us to keep our head down. The bonus is that since we are using a shorter swing we won’ t be training ourselves to hold our head down too long, creating a different golf swing problem.

The drill is as follows:

  1. Go to the short game area of your practice facility, or in your yard if you have room at home.
  2. Take a pitching wedge, sand wedge or lob wedge.
  3. Hit chips and pitches.
  4. The key is to keep your head down until you think the ball has landed. Only when you think the ball has landed can you look up.
  5. Then you can look at your result.
  6. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Tee for Two

This drill uses a similar concept as the previous drill. However, in this drill our swing gets a little longer. This drill uses the set swing to help cure this golf swing problem.

(Click Here for Set Swing Lesson. The picture in step 8 is what this drill should look like.).

  1. Go to your practice facility and tee a ball up so that the tee is all the way into the ground. The ball should effectively be resting on the ground, however here is a tee underneath it.
  2. Take your pitching wedge and set up for a full swing shot.
  3. Make a set swing backswing, pause, then make your downswing through impact and into a set swing follow through.
  4. Keep your head down until you can focus on the tee in he ground for two seconds.
  5. If your divot takes out your tee, then focus on a piece of the divot hole for two seconds.
  6. Look up to see the result of your shot.
  7. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

This is a drill that can be practiced at home. Simply make set swings with a coin on the ground. After you reach the set swing follow through, focus on your coin for two seconds. Then look up as if tracking the ball.

Line Your Range Ball

Now that we have started with drills using shorter clubs and swings, let’s move on to the driver. Head over to your driving range with a bucket of balls.

  1. Tee up a ball with the line of the range ball perpendicular to the ground.
  2. You can either aim the line at your target, or turn it slightly towards you. If you have been hitting hard fades and slices then I suggest turning he line towards you. It can help you swing a little from the inside as you try to make impact on the line.
  3. This line position will give you something to focus on when you are making your practice swings.
  4. Hit shots with the range ball in this position.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
  6. If you make a putting line on your game balls then you can use the same technique for tee shots. It is always nice to take something from the range and be able to use it on the golf course. It is the best way to feel confident over a shot.

I hope you find these drills helpful in working out the golf swing problem of keeping your head down. They are drills designed to serve a dual purpose and so therefore I hope you are able to take advantage of that and improve multiple areas of your game at the same time. I always think that it is a highly effective practice when we are practicing one specific element that will benefit multiple areas of our game.

Words of Caution

Please indulge one last thought on this golf swing problem. In my experience people who thought they lifted their head often had their head sliding towards the target at impact. they did not keep their head behind the ball. This would give the feeling that the head is lifting up and would also cause the poor contact.

The description you provided in your email makes it sound like when you focus on keeping your head down, you are actually keeping your head behind the ball at impact. That is how you are achieving better ball contact and distance.

As you practice keeping your head down, keep it behind the ball at impact. Think of the great baseball power hitters. They all do it very well.

I hope you found this answer helpful. I hope you achieve your golf goals sooner with the help of www.free-golf-lessons.com.