I have gotten a lot of emails about my comments about Tiger diving at the ball while not making the same comments about others who drop their heads.
This brings me to a concept that can be very important to some golfers. Especially those who get their upper body in front of the ball.
When Tiger’s head drops, he is compacting his body…and not always the same way.
Many bad golfers dive at the ball with their upper body by adding bend at the waist, some curve their spines more, while others increase the bend in their knees.
These kinds of movements that create a lower head at impact, are generally going to create situations that make it more difficult to hit the ball.
When you you make a proper weight shift to the front side and either maintain your tilt behind the ball, or add a little bit through impact, this will lower the head slightly and this is not a bad situation.
Maintaining or adding a slight amount of spine tilt behind the ball makes room for your lower body to turn and your arms and club head to get out in front of your body.
That is also the key to making a weight shift to the front side, while not getting the upper body in front of the ball.
Maintaining, or even adding a little bit of spine tilt behind the ball is a good thing…and I also don’t want to minimize having enough tilt behind the ball at address. The latter is a HUGE problem among mid to high handicappers, while not maintaining tilt is very common among single digit handicaps.