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One of the popular comments in last weeks senior coaching was "thats because I lifted my head up". If only the game was so simple. Keeping your head down can actually cause you more problems than it fixes.
In picture 1 you will see that keeping my head down too long after I've struck the ball with an iron leads to a steep shoulder tilt (white line), and a lack of weight transfer to the front foot (blue line). The result in picture 2 shows the weight often stays on the back foot. This can cause heavy strikes as the club bottoms out too early and thins, as the club follows the shoulders up and hits the top oft he ball.
To get the centre of the swing more over the ball and a better impact position, I recommend a drill where you look at the target as you hit the ball or even before it as in picture 3.This allows you to get the weight onto the front foot and to turn around your spine rather than create a reverse C position and lean back. A number of professionals have done this over the years including Annika Sorenstam and she seemed to do alright. The truth is, if you try to keep your head down too long it will actually pop up. As you create a force hitting the ground the ground gives you one back causing the appearance of coming up. This happens in everyone's swing.
The Seniors annual migration to the out of bounds on 2 and 3 has started, or as some call it, team coaching on the practice area. A rarely seen creature in these parts, the senior has often devised a unique and complex method of ball striking which they are reluctant to change. Having said that, this bunch were pretty good, open to new ideas on drivers and fairway woods and an improvement in their ball striking, even if John Stewart looks as though he's embarrassed to have been caught on camera practicing. Their next victim will be Aaron as he embarks on a mission to improve their short game.