Keep your Head Still

February 10, 2021
Turkey Golf Clinc
February 24, 2021

Keep your Head Still


It is certainly the most abused expression on golf courses throughout the world.
Did your drive on the first tee produce a slice, with the ball ending up in the woods? Did you miss the green with a skulled second shot, going 30 metres beyond the flag? Did you miss that decisive half metre putt for the par? You can be sure that a fellow player is bound to come up to you and say: “of course you mishit your shots, that’s because you lift your head too soon to follow the ball...”. How many times have you heard this, as if it was a panacea, the answer to all ill : KEEP YOUR HEAD STILL AND YOU WILL ONLY HIT GOOD SHOTS.

If only it was as simple as that. I want you to understand that if you hold your head still your swing will be ruined and in fact today I want to focus exclusively on the damage a “fixed” head can do to your backswing. Let us begin with the basics: when we set up with a correct address position, we can see that our right shoulder is forced lower by a few degrees, so that the right hand can find space on the grip. Therefore, in order to correctly position the hands, we are forced to tilt our spine to the right by at least 10 degrees. So, what will happen if, in the backswing, we need to rotate to the right around a tilted axis, which is also tilted right? Obviously the head - which is the top of the spine - will have moved further to the right than when the backswing started and will therefore be affected by the initial tilt.

Hence if you stay still, with a “still head”, during the backswing you will be unable to keep your back tilted correctly (i.e. to the right of the ball) and will end up with a reverse pivot swing. This posture is not merely bad for your game, but can also be very dangerous for your lumbar zone: in fact it can create great tension in the intervertebral discs and cause serious back pain.

Come and see me and with the help of the K-VEST Swing Analysis technology we can assess together the angle of your vertebral column and understand how to maintain this position during the backswing.

I hope you will join me on the driving range but in the meantime please let me know if you have found this article of interest, posting me your comments. In a few days time I will publish the second part of this article to appraise together the dangers of keeping a “still” head in the downswing. Stay connected.