Watch carefully during the next tournament on TV and you’ll see one rarely-mentioned common denominator – all elite players watch the ball with level eyes at the finish of the swing. It may seem a small thing, but finishing with those eyes level helps you hit with your maximum power, in balance… and that means longer, straighter shots. It also helps you avoid injury. Here’s why.
Club players often end up in this stilted position at the finish, eyes more vertical. You can see how this stifles core rotation, weight shift and power; any golfer who finishes here can only hit the ball with their trail arm. It also promotes the dreaded “reverse C” spine angle which puts strain on the back, especially the lower spine.
UP AND OUT
Instead, from an impact position that broadly holds your set-up angles, work on that ‘up-and-out’ pro follow-through move that takes you to this full finish, chest facing the target and eyes level.
MORE POWER, LESS STRAIN
As you practise this move, sense how it allows you to punch your weight through and adds a full-blooded, committed quality to your throughswing. Note too how you feel better-balanced, with less stress down through your back; when you turn through to a level, high finish there is no pressure on your spine… and that’s a critical aspect of your technique.
TOP 50 TEACHER Andrew Murray Former European Open champion specialises in one-on-one or group coaching and corporate golf events. andrewmurraygolf.com