Tournament spectators will notice that a great many touring pros turn their heads to the right just before starting the backswing, an action that is especially marked in myself and Sam Snead. This cocking of the head is something more than just a nervous twitch. It serves three valuable purposes. First, it is a positive move, like the forward press of the hands, from which to start the backswing. Second, turning the head to the right makes it possible to take a longer, freer turn with the whole body than would be possible if the head were held straight to the front. Third, and most important, it is a method by which we help brace ourselves against swaying to the left on the downswing and moving our body out ahead of the ball at impact—a sure way to ruin a golf swing.
Cocking the head can cause one problem. A player whose strong, or master, eye is his right one may be bothered at first by finding his nose somewhat in his line of vision to the ball. But one eye on the ball is enough. The advantages of cocking the head outweigh the disadvantage.