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Watch your divot for consistent results
One of the worst pieces of advice offered to any golfer is 'keep your head down' because that would likely involve a hunched posture that restricts movement.

What the givers of this advice probably mean is 'don't be so anxious to see the result of your shot that you forget to finish it.'

As Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie both demonstrate, swing through the ball and the natural movement of your arms and shoulders will pull your head up and allow you to follow the flight of your ball, but only after it is well on its way. Immediately after impact they are both still looking at the ground.

If you find this difficult (and a lot of topped or thin shots might be the evidence) just tell yourself not to watch the ball but to look at the divot you're about to make.

©    7 - DECEMBER 2001

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