EXPLODING ONE OF GOLF’S great MYTHS
One of the biggest myths in golf is that you have to keep your head still.
This is often a piece of instruction that gets handed down from a playing partner during a round, usually after a topped or thinned shot. “You’re moving your head … keep your head down,” are the usual tips ... you’ve no doubt heard of them.
But as we can see from Henrik Stenson’s swing, your head should be free to move. Not only does Stenson move his head away from the target laterally as part of his swing trigger, he also rotates his head through impact and appears to not be looking at the ball at impact and into the follow-through.
But if you take a closer look his head is actually just following the turn of his shoulders through impact.
If you keep your head still, or down, you will restrict the way your body rotates through impact resulting in a range of mis-hit shots.
Stenson has generated a lot of power in his downswing and if he was to keep his head still it would restrict his turning upper body and stifle the follow-through. This would not only cause mis-hits but in some cases it could lead to injury.