The old saying, “keep your head down” is one of the most misunderstood pieces of advice that I hear in golf instruction. The fact is, it is really the EYES that matter - whether you see the ball or not in those few milliseconds just after impact will make or break the shot, and will determine whether you make solid contact or not.
Sayings such as “I came out of it” or “I looked up” typify the feeling of what went wrong, but not the reality. Not continuing to see the ball is a reflection of what I call “result anxiety.” You are so anxious to see the result of the shot that your attention is too quickly fixed on the target. Guess what? It’s too late.
Paul Banks, Owner and PGA Professional
Copper Hill Golf Academy 37 Griffin Road, East Granby CT (860)653-7272
An effective drill is to take a broken tee and place it a couple of inches in front of your ball (toward the target). While focusing on the back of the ball, swing out and hit the tee. The sensation will be that the back shoulder will rotate under your chin and naturally bring the head up.
Keeping your head “down” works well only in putting and chipping. The real key is to keep your eyes concentrated on the ball all the way into those post-impact microseconds when finally your head gets pulled up by the forward momentum of the swing. Try this and you’ll find yourself making solid contact on a more consistent basis.