How Your Head Moves In The Golf Swing


Eric Cogorno here with Performance Golf Zone. In today’s video, we’re going to talk about
how your head moves in the golf swing. There’s a lot of misconceptions about how
your head moves. I want to prove some of them false. I’m going to talk about how your head actually
moves, help you guys have some swing thoughts that can help you play better next time you
go out on the course. So, how your head moves in the golf swing. Let’s talk general first, and then let’s talk
about some misconceptions that we hear here. So, certainly, as I’m making a motion, as
I’m swinging the golf club, like any athletic motion, there’s going to be some head movement
going on. So, if I were to watch anyone play any other
sport, whether they throw a ball, hit a ball, there’s going to be some head movement in
space – up, down, left, and right – and some turning of my head as we go. I think the idea of your head staying steady
and still is a nice idea, and in general, maybe we don’t want to have so much movement,
but in an effort to try and keep your head so dead still, I’ve seen that cause as much
harm as it can help certain people. So, the biggest misconception with the head
motion is that a lot of people come in, and every time they hit, and some of you watching
this are some of these people, when you hit a ball and you mis-hit it, whether you top
it, or it goes left, right, or whatever, your assumption is that, “I picked my head up.” I hear that so much, in person, doing all
my lessons, that, “Well, my tendency is, I pick my head up, and that’s why I didn’t hit
my shots,” and I’m here to tell you, I have never once, ever, since I’ve been doing this,
seen someone hit a bad shot because they picked their head up, not once. So, there’s all kinds of other things that
might have happened, that you hit a bad shot, but picking your head up during the downswing
follow-through is not one of them. So, what I hear people say is, “Hey, I make
a pretty good backswing. When I come down, all of a sudden now, my
eyes, I took my eyes off the ball. I lifted my head up and I was this way too
soon.” Well, if you go watch some of the best players
in the world, most notably Annika S�renstam when she used to play, David Duval, Dustin
Johnson, Henrik Stenson as of late, myself, when I’m at impact, or when they’re at impact,
their eyes are actually forward of the golf ball a couple feet, not even on the ball when
they hit it. So, the idea that your eyes must be on the
ball or must be fixated on the ball to hit perfect shots is false. It’s not true. I think, the motion part we need to talk about
a little bit, but your eyes don’t have to be fixated on the golf ball to hit perfect
shots. Now, if I’m taking a normal setup, and my
head and my eyes are pointed down towards the ground here, let’s talk about where my
head should be now in space. Something at setup that I see all too often
is, people take a setup and they’ll look like this, which is, their chin is up here. They feel like they’re trying to take a good
posture, but their eye line, then, is far too horizontal and not down towards the ground. My neck and my head should be tilted down
at address, this way, to the point where my eyes are on the golf ball, not up like this
where I’m looking at the ball through the bottom part of my eyes. Your neck should be down, head tilted down
during the setup position. That’s the first part that’s important here. As I go, during my backswing, I go up to the
top, now, if you were to draw a circle around my head from the address to the top, it is
true, I don’t want that head to move really far out of that circle when I go back. I’d like to be somewhat centered at the top
of my backswing. There’s going to be some rotation here of
my neck and some tilts, but I don’t want my head to be moving drastically up. So, when I make a backswing, I don’t want
to be going way up, and I also don’t want to be going down. The best players might have some slight movement
up or down when they go back, but more or less, you’re kind of staying pretty much where
you started with. And there’s some different movements that
go along with that, but you want to stay more or less over the golf ball when you go back. Now, the important part is, from the top of
the backswing, during the downswing, I do not want you to make a swing where you’re
trying to keep your eyes and your head down on the ball forever, into the follow-through. Why don’t I want that? Well, in fact, it causes more problems than
solving problems, meaning, if I were to make a normal golf swing here, when I come down,
my eye is on the ball, my head’s here, but notice, as my upper body’s rotating, I’m turning,
I’m turning, I’m turning, I’m on the ball, but then my eyes are going to basically follow
the golf ball and the club as they go through. They’re turning with it. They’re turning, turning, turning, turning
all the way into the follow-through. If I try and keep my eyes down or keep my
head on the golf ball the entire time, what does that do? Well, it limits my ability to turn my chest
and rotate on the way through. Say, if my head has to stay here forever,
and I were to go through impact, notice how I can’t continue rotating my upper body when
my eyes are down at the golf ball and I’m facing the ball forever. So, if I’m trying to exaggerate keeping my
head down, I can’t rotate my upper body. “Well, why does that matter, Eric?” Well, if I don’t rotate my upper body, notice,
my ability to keep my arms straight gets limited. All of a sudden, I can’t rotate my upper body. My arms start to bend. My arms start to bend, my wrist conditions
start to get jacked up, then my contact gets compromised. My face control gets compromised, I’m hitting
the ball shorter, and then I don’t know where the direction of the ball goes. So, a lot of bad things from there. In a good golf swing, you would see, at impact,
we’re here, and again, the chest turns, the eyes turn, the head turns with the ball and
the club head through impact. That enables me to have my arms straight past
impact for good compression. That enables me to continue turning my body
rotation-wise to create speed, to get my low point forward. That enables me to get off my back foot into
my follow-through. Again, imagine this position where my head’s
down forever. What does that look like? Remember all the other videos and the bad
stuff I don’t want you to do? That means I’m going to probably keep my weight
too far back, my arms get bent, all the things I don’t want you to do for solidness of contact. So, I’m urging you guys, get out of this idea
that you’re hitting bad shots because you picked your head up or lifted your head up. That is not true. There could be some other different reasons
why you’re doing that. We have to figure that out, but it’s not from
this. If I were to hit one here and you watch, again,
I’m looking for the eyes and chest to turn with the club head. So, here’s an example of a good one. Everything turns through together. I can then finish up on my left side, I can
extend my arms, and turn. And try it. If you’re someone who keeps your head down
forever, when you start to turn through, you’re going to notice a dramatic difference in your
ability to rotate. It’s going to feel a lot more athletic. Here’s another good one. Eyes are rotating with the club. I’m turning and keeping my arms extended. So, there, I was able to turn through nicely
as I kept my eyes moving. Now, here’s what it would look like if someone
tried to keep their head down forever. I’ll do a little exaggerated version. Here’s what I see when someone comes to see
me. And then, they might sort of fake a follow-through. Now, can I work that enough where I could
hit the ball somewhat solid when I do that? Sure, but that ball, again, probably went
like 30 yards shorter than my normal swing. Here’s my head down too long again. So, I can’t possibly make a full rotation
or extend my arms all the way through. It’s going to cost me a lot of distance with
both my irons and my driver. So, listen, the point here is, the head motion,
you need to understand, is just that you don’t want to keep it down forever. That’s the moral here. You want to let your eyes rotate. You want to let your head come up. You definitely want to extend and come up
on your follow-through, not stay down forever. That’s not why you’re hitting your bad shots. So, stay somewhat centered, eyes down at address,
somewhat in the middle as you go back, and then let that turn-and-rotate get your eyes
and chest towards the target on the way through. That’s the basics of the head motion. Don’t keep it down forever. Hope that that makes sense. If you guys liked this video, click the Like
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7 thoughts on “How Your Head Moves In The Golf Swing

  1. Can you comment on the PGA players who drive their head down and away from the target on the downswing, such as Justin Thomas and other big hitters?

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