If I heard the saying “keep your head down/still” once, I heard it a thousand times. Although the saying does not offer a solution to most swing issues, it does point to a foundational swing move that all golfers need to perform to be successful. During a golf swing, there are many planes of movement that require synchronization and to do so, keeping our head still is the key to success. Knowing this, it is still a challenge to keep all parts of our of our swing coordinated enough to hit the ball where intended because we continue to have an overactive head. If only there was a drill to help with the bobble head challenge!
I often wondered if there was a drill or explanation that would help me and others understand the importance of keeping our head still. Researching and watching many videos did not glean the solution I was hoping for until I came across Chris Ryan’s video. He touches on the swing mechanics I am most interested in and offers a drill that I can do in my garage during the off season.
Examining how I hit the ball, I realize that there is one step in my swing processes that helps achieve what Ryan suggests. It is simple and rooted in my fundamentals. I watch the club face strike the ball and then count to one before looking up to watch the ball flight. This simple step of counting to one before moving my head my does help with the synchronization of my movements. In my case, to be successful I need to be mindful to count. Even being a low handicapper like myself requires full concentration to successfully complete my full swing movements.
Moving forward, I am going to practice the drill provided by Chris Ryan and see if I can engrain the skill of keeping my head still without having to dedicated too many brain bites to the process.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!