I will be the first one to agree that lateral hip motion on the backswing is bad and should be avoided…and getting the upper body and balance points outside of the feet is not the best of ideas.
I also concede I am not a believer in the swing anomaly of one world class individual, should not be emulated.
That being said, every long driver of note (myself included) has lateral head motion in the backswing. So did Tiger Woods at his most dominant, Alvaro Quiros (the longest hitter on the Euro Tour) and many other top players, the list of which is too vast to compile.
My decline in both distance and ability to score is very likely related to my elimination of my lateral move…which I am reintroducing with some nice results.
We have seen other restrictive cliches be proven to be restrictive to success. Restrict hip turn and swing in a barrel, e.g.
Now I am not suggesting (not yet anyway) that lateral head movement should be promoted, I am suggesting there are those who have it with no obvious consequences, other than it goes against the “keep your head still” cliche.
Why is lateral head movement on the evil list, when the longest hitters in the world do it, and the most dominant player of all time did it at his highest level of dominance?
PS-If you have the urge to ask me if I am saying that having the head move all over the place is a good thing…remember my “too much of a good thing is bad” mantra.