During this season, one of the more common questions I was asked is “where should your eyes be at impact?” We have all heard on the golf course, whether from friends, family, or playing partners when you hit a poor shot, you were told that you “lifted your head” or “you didn’t keep your head still”. This I can tell you is the worst golf advice ever!!! After hearing this advice, you most likely tried to focus on keeping your head down for too long or too still. By doing this, you will actually do the opposite of what you want your body to be able to do in the golf swing.
Let us discuss some of the negatives of not allowing your head to rotate throughout the swing. First, keeping your head too still limits the rotation of the body in the backswing, which prevents you from loading pressure onto your trail leg at the top of the backswing. Thus, as we go into the downswing (with the thought of still keeping your head still), there won’t be as much weight shift towards the target, and there will be nowhere near as much rotation to get pressure onto the lead side resulting in less speed at impact. To summarize, do not have the thought of keeping your head still or down; if we allow movement and rotation of the head to occur in the swing, you will have better body rotation resulting in more speed, and better strike at impact.
To answer the question of where should your eyes be at impact, if we took a snap shot of Tiger Woods vs. Dustin Johnson at impact, you will notice Tiger would have his eyes more down where Dustin would have eyes closer to the target. The key is you can be in either of these positions, Although Tiger’s eyes are more down, I guarantee Tiger is not thinking about keeping his head still and down, as his body is still turning and moving through the golf ball.
For those who continue to think about keeping your head still and down throughout the swing, I want you to try this drill called “Peak to the Target.”
Peak to the Target – On the downswing, I want you to focus on feeling that your eyes or the peak of your cap is actually beating the ball to the target. The goal is to make sure that we do get the peak of the cap or eyes going past the golf ball before the club head hits the golf ball. Another thought you could have is keeping your eyes on the ball as it leaves the face and watch the flight, not to be misconstrued with keeping your head down until the ball is gone.
Give this drill a try and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT THINK ABOUT KEEPING YOUR HEAD DOWN!
Have Fun, Matt Truong