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Question

Do you really need to keep your head down to achieve good impact?

December 27, 2018

Bobby’s Answer

Dustin Johnson is the defending champion at the upcoming  Sentry Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii. Johnson nearly had a hole-in-one on the 12th hole, a 433 yard par 4. It was the shot of the year on the PGA Tour.  Johnson would eagle the hole twice that week. Johnson demonstrates why trying to keep your head down actually destroys good impact.

Bobby explains how to rotate your head early through impact like PGA TOUR star Dustin Johnson to gain more power in your swing.

Comments

  1. I have so many swing thoughts in my head, I’m having trouble “pulling the trigger “, Help me get out of this embarrassing funk!

    1. Steve,
      I hear this a lot from my students. The problem is that all who suffer from this malady don’t have an “impact-based®” perspective and try to solve their problems through a sequence of swing thoughts that aren’t directly related to improving what is wrong with their impact. The more things they try, the worse it gets until total confusion and frustration results and many unfortunately quit the game. Impact-Based® approach is the fastest and most direct way to improvement. Our students are initially assessed in their areas of impact that need the most improvement are immediately diagnosed. I suggest enrolling in my next Signature Golf School which I will lead from start to finish. Go to: http://www.impactzonegolf.com/schools for details. To better impact, Bobby

  2. Bobby, I watched your swing to show that your heard was not watching the ball and it was clear to me that at impact, your head and eyes were pointed at the ball. Try a real slow motion of your swing to see if I am right or wrong

    1. Tony,
      Golf is a very individual game and each golfer has a unique way of getting into their dynamic impact. Because of my efficient Load, Lag and Workhorse sequence, I’ve always been able to point my head at the ball. Keep in mind I use and suggest for all golfers, to have a “soft-eye” approach and not be focused on the ball. For many golfers, looking in front of the ball is distracting, but it can be a very effective drill to feel what is needed to improve Dynamic #2. This is especially true for golfers who have been playing golf for many years and have bought into the lie that “focusing or (keeping your eye) on the ball” is a good thing. The more you focus on the ball, the more interference occurs in the impact sequence, the more rearward your swing bottom (Dyn #2) will be.

    1. Hi Gerry, Our Headquarters is based in Naples, Florida where we have our indoor performance center and 10 minutes away our outdoor academy at the Tiburon Golf Club/Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Call 239-236-5536 for speak to someone, 9am to 6pm M-F, except holidays.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  3. If you are not suppose to look at the ball, what should you be looking at on the load and then on the lag through impact?

    1. Dick,
      Golf is a very individual game and each golfer has a unique way of getting into their dynamic impact. I use and suggest for all golfers, to have a “soft-eye” approach and not be focused on the ball. For many golfers, looking in front of the ball is distracting, but it can be a very effective drill to feel what is needed to improve Dynamic #2. This is especially true for golfers who have been playing golf for many years and have bought into the lie that “focusing or (keeping your eye) on the ball” is a good thing. The more you focus on the ball, the more interference occurs in the impact sequence, the more rearward your swing bottom (Dyn #2) will be.

  4. I have been getting grief from my friends for 20!years
    i never look at the ball

    i copied anaka
    its such a relef for the back too

    1. Another myth Vito is that a longer swing, bigger shoulder turn, getting the club to parallel increase clubhead speed. That’s not necessarily true. Some of the shortest swings in the history of the Tour, like JB Holmes and Dan Pohl, have super short backswings. It is very individualistic and more related to Lag and the workhorse than anything.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

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