Good Thursday afternoon from Classic Swing Golf School in Myrtle Beach! Many people ask, “How can I correct my swing?” The first thing I would say is to go take lessons from Classic Swing. The amount of help their Professional Golf Instructors can give is nothing short of amazing. In the mean time, enjoy this tip from Ted!
Heads or Tails
“You looked up,” or “Keep your head down.” How many times have you heard one of these famous sayings on the golf course or at the range after a ‘thin’ shot? Often called the topped shot or worm burner, the trajectory of this shot is very low, too low. Believe it or not, this type of golf shot has nothing to do with looking up at all. Hitting up verses hitting down on the ball could be the issue for this trajectory, but for this month, I will address the need to stay in the spine angle established at address to avoid the ‘thin’ shot.
Since the beginning of the game, golf instruction has focused on the importance of the steady (not still) head. The steady head is essential to a good golf swing. For this tip, we will consider the head as the top of the spine. When a golfer addresses the ball to hit a golf shot, the spine should tilt forward and over the ball between 30 and 40 degrees (See Picture 1). During the swing, the golfer should try to keep this spine angle constant from address to impact. After the follow through, the golfer should begin to stand up and finish tall. To maintain a steady head, remain conscious of keeping the chest over the ball during the downswing.
Many golfers incorrectly lift their upper torso out of the shot as in Picture 2 because they are trying to help the ball into the air.+
Again, I understand hitting up will create a top shot, but so will standing up. You make the call: heads or tails! You can focus on keeping your head steady and chest over the ball or keeping your tail back to work on staying in your spine angle. Either of these two swing thoughts provides a wonderful remedy for the mysterious ‘thin’ shot. Remember, it has nothing to do with looking up but more with standing up!
Classic Swing Golf School has earned many accolades on which to hang its hat. Classic Swing Golf School is honorably distinguished as one of the “Top 25 Golf Schools in America” by Golf Magazine and was also voted “The Best Golf School in Myrtle Beach” in 2008.