Keep Your Head Still And You Will Keep Slicing The Ball!
By Jeff Parks
Director of Training and Technology,
PGA Member, GolfTEC
July 26, 1999
All tour players keep their heads behind the ball at
impact. Some tour players start with their head behind the ball, but most have
to move their head behind the ball on the backswing. Some ancient
Chinese/Scottish secret was to keep your head down or still. You know
Keep your eye on the ball.
Most amateurs interpret Keep your eye on the
ball as Keep your head perfectly still. This thought of
keeping your head still on the backswing is one of the biggest contributors to
slicing the ball. In an effort to keep your head still, your weight wont
be able to shift to the right (for a right handed player) on the backswing
unless you sway your lower body. This is not the way the tour pros shift their
weight during the backswing.
Now, it doesnt take a lot of head motion to get your
weight to shift, we measured it in centimeters. Most tour pros move their heads
from 7 cm to 15 cm during a backswing.
If you start with your head directly over the top of your
belt buckle then you must move your head over to your right shoe on the
backswing. If you start with your head more toward your right shoe than your
belt buckle, you wont need to move as much.
Think about how you would throw a ball as far as you could.
Now think about throwing a ball as far as you could if someone was holding your
head perfectly still! You probably couldnt get it across the room. Back
to the Keep your eye on the ball statement. It is okay to keep your
eye on the ball but NOT your head.
Even with your upper body behind the ball you should still
be able to see the ball. This technique should help you get more distance
because you will shift your weight better. This will also help your slice
because your head will be behind the ball at the top of your backswing, which
will promote an inside/out swing path. Stop in one of the GolfTEC locations to
check and see if you're keeping your head still.
If you have any questions, please contact the store
location nearest you or call 1-877-4GOLFTEC. Golftec is also on the web at