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Trying to keep your head down is not the answer

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SwingFix instructors are some of the best in the world. Their combined experience and expertise rival any collection of teaching professionals anywhere.

These men and women have seen and heard it all through the years, including some really bad golf tips.

We asked several of our top SwingFix instructors for the worst tip they've ever heard.

There were a number of strong contenders, but 'keep your head down' got the most votes … and it wasn't really close.

Here's what some of our instructors had to say more specifically about this poor advice:

• “Worst tip? That's easy: 'Keep your head down.' It limits clubhead speed and prevents a proper turn through the ball.' – Garrett Chaussard

• ''Keep your head down' is the main reason I have a job. It stops the player from staying connected and is the main cause of several swing faults. When a player keeps their head down past impact, the spine tilts away from the target causing fat and thin shots. Or the arms will go past the player's core and cause pulled shots. Players only need to ‘keep their head down’ on the backswing to stay steady. Let the head release with the ball past impact, and the result will be solid shots that fly to the target.' – Bernard Sheridan

• “The single worst golf tip I’ve ever heard is 'keep your head down.' This is probably the most common swing thought that average golfers have. I have been teaching for more than 30 years and have never seen a golfer lift their head. The problem with this swing thought is it reduces your ability to move freely during the backswing and follow through. During the backswing, the head and neck should be allowed to rotate. Put a golf tee or pencil between your teeth and pay attention to the amount of rotation that your head and neck will have if allowed to rotate. Depending on your level of flexibility, you might even lose sight of the golf ball with your right eye. This is ok. During the downswing, as you get to impact, your eyes, head and neck should be 'up' following the golf ball, not staying down and restricting your follow through.' – Ed Oldham

• “Without a doubt, the single worst tip is 'keep your head down.' No one has ever lifted their head; they come out of their setup posture. Trying to keep your head down creates tension and restriction in the trunk leading to poor posture and resulting in lack of rotation. This is the very reason we come out of our posture. Lift your head, watch the ball, and swing around a centered head is much better advice.' – Steve Bann

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