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How Should My Head Move During My Golf SwingIf you are going to make an effective golf swing, you really need to learn to swing around a fixed pivotal point – your head. If you maintain a constant head position throughout your swing and rotate your body underneath this, you will create a consistent and effective striking action.




As you swing the club away from the ball on your back swing, you want to work on maintaining your head position, in terms of its height and in terms of its lateral, or right to left position.

If you lift or drop your head height as you swing back, you are altering your posture, or the angle that you have set your spine at in your address position. If you lift your head on your back swing, your spine angle will have become more vertical. If you now swing the club back down towards the golf ball without dropping your head back down, you will either have an air shot as the club will swing above the golf ball, or you will strike the top of the golf ball, producing a very low, short golf shot. The opposite is true if you drop your head height. The club will strike the ground before the golf ball and this time you will hit a fat golf shot which does not travel very far and falls short of the target.

To produce a consistent connection between the club head and the golf ball, it is paramount that you maintain the distance that you set between your head and the golf ball throughout your golf swing. If you maintain this head position and rotate your body underneath this fixed point, your arms and the shaft of the golf club will simply rotate back on your down swing and present the club head back to the golf ball, from where it started. This will produce a very consistent connection and you will strike the ball from the centre of the club face.

It is also really important that as you swing the golf club around you, you also maintain your head position laterally, so that it does not move left or right. If you allow your head to sway to the right as you swing back from the golf ball, your centre of gravity also moves to the right. The lowest point of your swing arc will be opposite your centre of gravity, so if you do not move your head back to opposite the golf ball, you will ground the club head before it gets to the ball which will result in you striking the ground rather than the ball.

This will produce shots that fall short of the target as the speed of the club head will transfer into the ground rather than the ball. Maintain your head position over the golf ball rather than letting it move to the right.

A great drill to work on to help you achieve this stationary head position is to put your feet together and swing the golf club. Actually hit shots doing this and if you maintain your head position, you will keep your balance. Move your head and you will have to take a step as you lose balance.

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If your head lifts upwards as you swing the golf club back away from the ball, your posture and spine are becoming more vertical rather than remaining in position as you rotate around them. This will cause you problems striking the golf ball consistently well and you will top the ball on a lot of your shots.

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If your head moves to the left on your back swing, you are swaying as you swing, rather than rotating around a fixed pivot point of your spine (and hea. This will result in a lot of mis-hit golf shots as if your head moves to the right on your back swing, you need to move it back to the left on your down swing and time this movement with striking the golf ball. You will strike more successfully if you keep your head in a fixed position laterally.

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If your head drops as you swing the club away from the ball, the height of your swing is altering and reducing. If you do not recover the height back in to your head position, the club head will strike the ground before the golf ball and you will hit a fat golf shot, that does not travel very far and falls short of the target.