GOLF SWING INSTRUCTIONS: STAYING ON TOP OF YOUR BALL

golf swing instructionsSome of the best golf swing instructions of late is learning how to stay on the top of your ball during your golf swing.

The reason why this is some of the best golf swing instructions is that unless you stay on top of your ball during your golf swing, you will most likely sway and shift the top of your  spine angle.

This will cause the arc of your swing to bottom-out at the wrong point and result in a mishit golf shot.

It is very interesting how the golf instructional community as well as professional players continue to change the description of such things as keeping a steady head position during the golf swing.

They have now chosen to call this most important discipline “staying on top of the ball”.

“Staying on top of the ball” is required if you wish to hit a golf ball straight.

It is a term used to describe how the top of the spine angle should remain stable during the backswing.

Perhaps the best way to describe this necessary discipline to hit consistent golf shots is to maintain eye contact with the ball from the beginning of the golf swing through contact with the ball.

Theoretically, if you maintain eye contact with your ball throughout your golf swing, you will not be able to move your head laterally away from your ball. 

Whether your swing thought is “staying on top of the ball,”  keeping a steady head during your golf swing or maintaining eye contact with the ball through impact, you must keep a stable top of the spine position during your golf swing in order for your swing arc to bottom-out in the same position as at the beginning of your golf swing.

Just as there has been some confusion about the concept of “staying on top of the ball” during the golf swing, there has been equal frustration about the concept of keeping a steady head during the golf swing.

Keeping a steady head during your backswing does not mean your head should not move during the downswing to counter-balance the rotation of your hips, because it should.

Neither does the concept of keeping a steady head mean it can’t move at all during the golf swing.

For example, you could swivel your head in the manner Jack Nicklaus made famous and yet maintain a top of the spine position during your golf swing.

As long as the top of your spine remains effectively in the same position during your backswing as at the completion of your setup routine, you could move it anyway you desired.

So what then should you do to stabilize the top of your spine during your golf swing in order to  “stay on top of your ball?”

First, keep your left foot firmly planted throughout your golf swing.

 Keeping your left foot planted during your golf swing will help keep the top of your spine stable.

 Second, maintain eye contact with the ball through impact.

 As stated above, maintaining eye contact with your ball through impact will help keep the top of the spine stable.

 Thirdly, avoid raising, lowering or moving your head sideways during your backswing.

 If your head does not move up, down or sideways during your backswing, the top of your spine will remain stable.

 If you do these three things correctly you certainly should “stay on the top of your ball.”

 You should then agree this to be some of the best golf swing instructions you could ever receive.

 Copyright © 2011 by Gordon Jackson—all rights reserved

 

 

 

       
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Gordon Jackson, founder of Locked-in Golf Inc., author of Straight Shooting Golf and 11 other books on golf instruction, and who has written more extensively about golf mechanics then anyone in the history of the sport.