#3 – Eye on the Ball, Head Still
As with other ball sports, it’s vital to keep your eye on the ball until you’ve hit it. Your body goes where your eyes look – it’s all part of human coordination and simply being aware of this when you walk onto the practice range or golf course will help ensure you don’t overlook this vital aspect.
Other than being aware of keeping your eyes on the ball and your head as still as possible during the swing, here are a couple of drills you can practice that will help to make this vital part of your game a habit:
- Similar to the drill mentioned previously, take a short club such as a 7 or 8 iron and try practicing a steady half-swing and follow through, while keeping your head still during the backswing, downswing and even follow through. It is the rotation of your body through the ball that should bring your head up. Do not be in a rush to see where the ball has gone as soon as you’ve hit it – this is one of the most common mistakes of new golfers
- Move on to a 3/4 and then a full swing and if you’re struggling to keep your head still during the swing, rotate it a little to the right (left, if you’re left-handed) when you address the ball but still keep your eyes firmly on the ball