BUTCH HAR­MON

Keep­ing your head down can sap your power

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

Don’t keep your head down.

One thing I find my­self re-peat­ing ev­ery day is, “Follow the ball out.” A lot of golfers who come to my schools keep their heads down so long after im­pact. They’re in­stinc­tively afraid of miss­ing the ball. I just about have to tell them where their shots are go­ing. That locked-down po­si­tion re­stricts their turn through im­pact, and that re­duces power.

To cre­ate speed through the ball, you need a free-flow­ing mo­tion. Young lim­ber­backs and tour play­ers might be able to keep their heads down and turn through, but most of us can’t. If your head po­si­tion is rigid, you risk los­ing speed or, worse, hurt­ing your­self. I prom­ise you, fewer bad shots come from turn­ing your head to follow the ball than from star­ing down. So give it a whack, and watch it go.

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