Head moving while driving.

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Head moving while driving.

After taking a video of myself doing a few practice swings, I have noticed that my head moves to my right during backswing ( a full head width ) and moves to my left on my downswing. I obviously would agree that a still head is ideal but what adverse effect would or could moving my head during swing have? loss of power, consistancy or just about anything . CACsad

 

Scott Rushing
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The biggest effect I think is

The biggest effect I think is to consistency.  because you're not just moving your head, right?  you've body is moving.  Unless you're really good at your timing, and can keep everything in sync, I think you run the risk of pushes if you get your upper body out front at impact  to hooks if you stay behind a little. 

 

My weakness tends to be the former, where I lunge out in front and cant get the club to catch up.  So I try hard to stay still with my upper body and head during the swing, actually wanting to keep my head behind the ball at impact. 

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You are dead right Scott, my

You are dead right Scott, my whole body is moving to my right with my head and back again. The odd time I play well it seems almost impossible that I time it right the hit the ball well. I could imagine a huge leap in consistancy if I can reduce or illiminate this lateral movement. One tip ive just read about is to place a peice of wood above and to right of the ball. this does not interfere with club or swing. At normal position the ball is visible but when the body moves to the right the ball is then obscured by the peice of wood. This seems a pretty simple way to start to cure this problem. I think this has to be dealt with first before i continue with my long term plan of increased swing speed and improved AOA. CAC. sometimes the obvious is staring you in the face.

cac handed Geordie.

Scott Rushing
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Interesting drill...You might

Interesting drill...You might could also use a box, say one of the golf club boxes clubs ship in.  That way if you hit the box it's not as harsh on you or the club!!!

The drill that helped me the most was the 'pillow' drill.   Imagine you have a pillow on your right shoulder and at address, lean your head back a little like you're resting it on that pillow.  Now during the swing try to keep your head on that pillow and behind the ball.  I used to hit fades and slices all the time.  And this resort driving range pro gave me that simple drill and in 5 minutes I was hitting draws instead.

But swaying back and forth is one of my weaknesses.  Today in fact I hit the range and wasn't hitting irons well.  Realized I was swaying and the next several shots were very nice.  So it's amazing how easy it is to fall back into that habit.   Watch thr pro's though, their bodies stay very centered during their swings   Good luck with it CAC

 

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DON
Head against the wall drill

I remember seeing a drill where you set-up close to a wall and lean your head on the wall that you are Facing. The idea is to make short partial swings and KEEP you head in one place and against the wall. Practice making swings with OUT a club until you can hold your head still from start to finish. Once you get used to how it feels to hold your head in one place, repeat the drill without the wall and try to make the same swing.

Don

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DON
One drill I use when working

One drill I use when working with a golfer that has an issue with his head moving around during his swing is to hold the butt end of a club close to his head, where he can see it out of the corner of his eye, and then have him make a swing. This will SHOW him how much his head is moving and give him a way to try to NOT move his head. It will take a few dozen swings to learn how to NOT move the head, but it' works very well.

Don

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Cheers Don, will give it a go

Cheers Don, will give it a go. CAC

cac handed Geordie.

DON
Let me know how the drill

Let me know how the drill works for you when you get a chance. I've used it dozens of times with golfers and they were able to SEE for themselves what they were doing and it was then easy for them to work on fixing it. I hope it works for you as well.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Did some more range work

Did some more range work today , hitting about 40 golf balls with just my 8I.  If I can keep my head still during the swing, and don't lunge forward on the downswing, I was making some nice swings.  Ball flight wise, when I hit it right, I get a nice high trajectory...which I want.  So I'll keep practicing with a small buckey of balls and trying to keep my head still..

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cac
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is there anything you are

is there anything you are doing mentally or phsically scott to do this? cac

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Scott Rushing
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Cac,

Cac,

Well the best way to see it is to video tape your self with your ipad or phone.  I'm always amazed how much I see from that which I don't feel during the swing.   But the "pillow drill" above helps me keep my head behind the ball.  But during the swings, I just try to keep my head still and rotate my shoulders around.  My left shoulder should go down below the right during the back swing and then reverse during the follow through.  

One thing I find sometimes when I hit a hooking tee shot is my shoudlers didn't rotate down, they rotared around like a baseball swing.  I can feel that too when it happens.

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Its getting a bit better

Its getting a bit better Scott. Instead of my body sway starting my bakswing, I have the first foot of backswing fairly slow and concentrate on keeping my head still. Tee is alittle higher trying to hit on the up a bit more. I had a great drive of 249yds then a lovely 5 iron 177yd to a par 4 of 416yd. I dont get on greens that long. still 2 putted for par on SI 1. Its slowley coming together. CAC 

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Scott Rushing
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Nice job Cac.  Very Nice. 

Nice job Cac.  Very Nice.  Some nice added yardages there sound like. 

I've started watching the slow-motion shots the TV coverage shows of the pro players hitting shots, you can see who little their upper body moves laterally.  They make a full shoulder turn but their head hardly moves left or right.

Always impressive

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Aimee
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head position

something that I have been doing in my setup, which I found is effective, is this: take your normal setup. Then deliberately focus on a spot a couple of inches behind your ball. This also helps to prevent left shoulder from opening up, which is sometimes a problem in concert with the head movement. You should feel like your chin is pointing down at the ground maybe 2-3" behind the ball.

When I took my lesson recently, that was thankfully one problem I didn't have, he said my head was quite steady through the swing.

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