Why Most People Lift Their Heads
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Denise's Golf Swing is a Perfect Illustration
Frame By Frame Analysis
Denise is obviously a good player. She has an extremely good setup. Her ball position is really good, right off of her left heel. She is balanced and her stance is perfect width. It looks like she is really getting ready to use her body well to generate power.
Notice the line we've drawn along the top of Denise's head. Pay attention to what her head does in relation to this line throughout the swing. If you struggle with a similar issue, check out the tips we gave Denise and see if they help you.
Start of the backswing
Denise's hands are very quiet into the takeaway as she takes the club back in one piece with very little manipulation. Her setup and takeaway have both put her in position to hit a solid golf shot.
Her head head lowers about an inch during the backswing--a very good thing. This is evidence that she is loading into her right side and getting ready to use her body to generate the power in her golf swing.
Backswing Should Stop Here
Denise would do well to shorten her backswing. She has generated all the coil and power she needs at this position. Her body is torqued, her club is in front of her chest, and she has good width. There is no need for her to take the club back any further than this because her shoulders and hips are done turning.
Backswing is too long
Instead of stopping her backswing at the ideal position it was in during the previous frame, Denise allows her hands and wrists to collapse at the top of the backswing. Her shoulders have not moved from the previous frame but the clubhead is a good three feet lower than it was. This creates a difficult position for Denise to recover from.
Clubface is Open
As she begins the downswing, Denise has to continue to use her hands and wrists to undo the things she did at the top of the backswing and square up the clubface in the downswing. This results in her casting the club; losing the angle formed between her left arm an the golf club. This becomes clear in the next frame.
Head begins to rise
Because she is casting the club, it is essentially longer than it should be in the downswing. Denise has to lift up her head in order to avoid hitting behind to golf ball. This is important. Realize that Denise's head raising is not the cause of her struggles. Rather, it is the effect of using her hands and wrists too much at the top of the backswing and trying to square up a very open clubface.
Club passes the hands
Through impact, you can clearly see the effects of all the hand action she uses as the clubhead passes her hands. This is all the result of taking the club back too far with the clubface open. If Denise could shorten her backswing to her three quarter position she would not have to make as many compensations in the downswing and would be able to retain her wrist angle much longer. This would allow her to maintain her spine angle throughout the shot and stay down through impact.