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Use a helping hand to steady the head
Jack Nicklaus
August 23, 1965
So many good shots are hit by the golfer who can keep his head steady throughout the swing and so many bad ones by the golfer who cannot that mastering this fundamental is obviously worth all the effort involved. A golfer whose head sways will lose not only power but direction. If his head sways back or dips he is likely to hit behind the ball. If his head sways toward the target the chances are he will hit one of golf's most annoying and expensive shots, the cold top, which leaves a scowl on the face of the golfer and a smile on the now useless ball. I have a practice technique that may help you if you have tried less drastic remedies and are still having trouble keeping your head steady. While you hit practice shots with a short iron, have a friend lean toward you with his hand placed firmly on the top of your head (left) to hold it in a steady position. Hit as many shots as your friend is willing to stand still for, all the while swinging smoothly through the ball as you try to get the feel of the proper rotation. If this does not seem to help, you can go one step further. Have your obliging assistant grab a handful of hair and tell him to hang on tight. Now you will know immediately and memorably if your head moves even a fraction of an inch while you swing.
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August 23, 1965

Use A Helping Hand To Steady The Head

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So many good shots are hit by the golfer who can keep his head steady throughout the swing and so many bad ones by the golfer who cannot that mastering this fundamental is obviously worth all the effort involved. A golfer whose head sways will lose not only power but direction. If his head sways back or dips he is likely to hit behind the ball. If his head sways toward the target the chances are he will hit one of golf's most annoying and expensive shots, the cold top, which leaves a scowl on the face of the golfer and a smile on the now useless ball. I have a practice technique that may help you if you have tried less drastic remedies and are still having trouble keeping your head steady. While you hit practice shots with a short iron, have a friend lean toward you with his hand placed firmly on the top of your head (left) to hold it in a steady position. Hit as many shots as your friend is willing to stand still for, all the while swinging smoothly through the ball as you try to get the feel of the proper rotation. If this does not seem to help, you can go one step further. Have your obliging assistant grab a handful of hair and tell him to hang on tight. Now you will know immediately and memorably if your head moves even a fraction of an inch while you swing.

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