(Changed - 26/04/2012)
By performing the action of holding the head
firmly in the frontal facing position whilst the back muscles rotate
the compact upper body unit to the end of the back swing movement,
and then keeping the head firmly fixed in the Fixed Frontal condition
whilst you perform the down swing and the follow through movement,
you will achieve a control over the direction of the golf shot that
will astound you.
This action is a what I call the Fixed Frontal condition and I consider
this basic principle to be one of the major keys to playing very
and notice how the head remains in the Fixed Frontal position, with
the eyes looking at the back edge of the golf ball until well after
the club head has swung past the original ball position.)
When I say that the head must be held in the
Fixed Frontal position -- it means that the head must not be allowed
to rotate away from the frontal facing position at all during the
back swing movement, but as the down swing and the follow through
movement is performed the head must be only be allowed to move away
from this position after the ball has been struck.
(Keeping the head in the Fixed Frontal
position is totally different to keeping the head
positioned slightly behind the ball, because when I say the head
must be held slightly behind the ball with "pin point accuracy"
-- this means that the head must not move ahead of the original
address position with any lateral movement.)
By keeping the head in the Fixed
Frontal condition during the down swing movement until it is literally
forced to rotate away from this position ensures that the shoulders
to the target line as the club head swings to bottom of the
swing arc, thus dramatically increasing the possibility of the ball
going in the direction that you are aiming.
If you observe the professional golfer on the
television, you will notice all of the golfers keep the head in
this Fixed position until well after both arms are straight -- therefore
do not write this basic principle off as a waste of time.(
A classic case to observe is Tiger Woods.)
You must keep the head in the
Fixed Frontal position for slightly longer than you may consider
appropriate and believe me I have thoroughly tested this theory,
therefore unless you try it for yourself, you will not know if it
works for you.
If you are able to see the ball
move away from the spot the ball was resting, you will almost certainly
maintain the head in this position until well after the ball has
of the Fixed Frontal condition.
The Fixed Frontal condition is
when the head is firmly held in the frontal facing position regardless
of any rotational movement of the upper body.
During the down swing and the follow through
movement, although the hips rotate past the original address position
before the club head makes contact with the ball, the head must
remain firmly fixed so that the left eye remains slightly behind
the ball and the head remains in the Fixed Frontal position for
that extra millisecond whilst the club head moves through the contact
Therefore when you carry out the down swing and the follow through
movement, it is absolutely vital that the head is firmly held in
this Fixed Frontal position until it is literally forced to rotate
away from this position.
There are a few reasons for holding
the head in this condition, one of the reasons is to ensure that
both eyes are equally focused on the ball at all times, another
reason is that it assists in maintaining the shoulders on the Parallel
to the Target Line as the club head swings through the contact area.
I have found by experience that
regardless of how aggressively I swing the golf club through the
contact area, as long as I concentrate on keeping the head
firmly positioned so that the left eye remains slightly behind the
ball position, maintain the upper
body angles so that the right shoulder can be forced to rotate
under the chin as the follow through movement is performed and importantly,
holding the head firmly in the Fixed Frontal condition -- the ball
will still go away on the exact line that the shoulders are aligned.
Therefore, if you can
teach yourself this aspect of the golf swing, you will immediately
see the results of your labour.
To gain a brief understanding
of how firmly the head should be held in this condition as you rotate
during the down swing movement, carry out the following exercise
Down Swing Movement.
During the down swing a combination of the hip
movement force the shoulders to rotate back to the original address
position and the right shoulder/right upper arm muscles pull the
passive arms/golf club into and through the contact area.
It is physically impossible to
hold the head in the Fixed Frontal condition until the absolute
end of the golf swing movement, however
it is vital that you hold the head in the Fixed Frontal position
for that extra milli-second as the club head moves through the contact
area, and continue to hold the head in this position until the rotational
action of the shoulders force the head to rotate away from this
I cannot stress the point too
strongly that during the down swing movement the head should be
firmly held in the Fixed Frontal condition for that extra millisecond,
until the rotational movement of the shoulders force the head to
rotate away from this position.
Golf Instructors insist that
the head should not be kept perfectly still, however you must make
that extra effort to totally resist the head from being rotated
away from the Fixed Frontal position during
the follow through movement until the head is forced to move away
from this position.
Most Mid to High Handicapped golfers
make the big mistake of allowing the head to rotate towards the
target area at the precise moment the club head makes contact with
the ball. -- In contrast, top class
golfers hold the head firmly in this position for a split second
longer after the ball has been struck and it is this extra split
second that makes all the difference.
For example if you watch Tiger Woods as he carries
out the golf swing, you will note that his head is firmly held in
the Fixed Frontal position until well after the arms have swung
well past the ball position, therefore he has learnt by experience
how important it is to hold the head very firmly in place until
well after the ball has been struck.
If you imagine someone holding
your head so firmly so that as you rotate the shoulders, the head
would not be able to move -- not for even a fraction of an inch
- This is an indication
of how firmly the head must be held in the Frontal Facing position
whilst you carry out the golf swing.
Therefore, although the rest
of the body is allowed to move, you must work hard at ensuring that
the head does not rotate away from this strategic position, especially
as the club head swings through the contact area.
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