One way to learn how to hit a golf ball straight is to keep a steady head during your golf swing.
In learning how to hit a golf ball straight, it is important to keep a steady head during your back swing because it prevents you from swaying off your ball.
Some golf swing instruction discourage their students from keeping their heads steady during their golf swing.
Indeed, a few instructors insist some lateral head movement away from the target during the back swing is necessary to help transfer more weigh to the back foot.
It perhaps does but, unfortunately, when too much weight is transferred to the back foot, the back leg becomes the axis of the swing instead of the spine. This does not make for your best golf shots.
Instead, it makes it very difficult to transfer your body weight back to and onto your front foot during your down swing.
This “hang-back ” response often results in either a
severely blocked golf shot or a horrendous duck hook.
Another problem relating to head movement during the back swing is its tendency to change the bottom-out arc of the golf swing, assuming you established an ideal ball placement at the completion of your golf swing.
When you move your head during your golf swing your ball position changes and your club face is likely to contact your ball early and produce either a hook , push or push-slice golf shot or, contact your ball late , and produce a slice, pull or pull-hook ball flight. the odds are not much in favor of hitting a straight golf shot in such instance.
When you establish an ideal ball placement, a square clubface and a parallel alignment beween your shoulder line and target line at the completion of your pre-swing routine, and then keep your head steady during your back swing, your down swing will deliver a square clubface to your ball on a path that matches your shoulder and target lines at impact and you will hit a staight golf shot.
However, you should not mistake a
“steady head” for a “still head”
You can swivel your head in the same manner as Jack Nicklaus and yet maintain a steady head. As long as the top of your spine doesn’t move laterally to the left or right or, up or down, you can bobble your head anyway you like and still maintain what I regard as as steady head during your back swing.
Therefore, perhaps golf students would be less confused if instructors taught them to keep a steady spine instead of a steady head during their back swing.
Keep in mind that it is necessary for the head to move slightly during the down swing in order to counter balance the hip rotation during impact.
As Percy Boomer instructed almost a century ago, think of turning in a barrel during your back swing so that no part of your body touches the interior of the barrel until your follow through.
If you follow Percy Boomer’s advice you automatically will keep a steady head.
You also will improve your golf swing.
It also should help you learn how to hit a golf ball straight.