Today, we are going to study the “head” of a pro golfer. Last time I did a Down-the-Line swing analysis of Adam Baddeley, but today we will do the front view.
How much should your head move during your golf swing?
Most good pros, including Tiger Woods, will move about 1-2 inches on the backswing and come back to the same head position addresss at impact.
Let me prove the point by going through Adam Baddeley’s swing:
(Note the red line I put on Adam’s left ear.)
Notice Adam’s head moved about 1-2 inches already on the takeaway?
This is good, Tiger does this too. But it doesn’t matter whether you move that head on the takeaway or at the top of the swing, it just matters you do move it.
Note: Moving the head means you have successfully transferred some of your weight to your right foot, critical for hitting the ball straight and far.
Look at the top of his swing, it’s now clear he’s in perfect position. 1-2 inches of head movement is usually the best. Anything more or less means you are either doing a C-reverse-weight-shift OR you are swaying too much.
Note: Sometimes even I sway a lot by overswinging (thus my head moves about 3-4 inches), simply keeping a keen eye on your head movement will help you not overswing plus stay in perfect balance.
Notice that Adam’s head has come back to the same position at address. This is a good sign he’s transferred his weight back to the left foot.
Here, Adam actually pulls his back a little. (Your goal is try to keep it near where the head was at your address) He might be trying to hit it a little hard here but it’s not going to affect his shot that much.
Notice how the head now is way right of the original red line. This is good and shows that you’ve completely transferred your weight to the left foot “after” hitting the ball.
Take a video shot of your swing from the front like Adam’s swing shown above. Then download the free V1-Home software and see how your head performs.
It’s a very simple but effective way to correct your swing, by looking where your head is.
I assure you if you can achieve that 1-2 inches consistently, you will hit the ball consistently too and hit the ball farther and straighter.