I have repeated some of my remarks, especially that about keeping the head still, very often, and I might as well say here that it is the beginners I am aiming at. If they can really grasp this fact at the start, a year or two with even a small amount of practice will enable them to catch up with those who have started a year and two years before them who do not observe it.
The tendency of most golfers is to drift into this habit or that, generally a compromise, due to the fact that it is not easy to accomplish a certain definite thing. For instance, if a player misses or tops or sclaffs a ball two or three times running, he immediately commences to hit at it harder and harder in the effort to get it away, instead of acknowledging his lack of care and skill in not hitting accurately and devoting his attention to a clearer view of his ball on the next shot and a less violent effort for distance.
In addressing my ball I know, of course, from experience, what line my club will travel along, and when I start out for an afternoon’s play I take a trial swing or two to see what my line is; then I have the line fixed in my mind. I know from experience where the ball will go if’ I hit it accurately. Before I draw my club away from the ball I turn my head very slightly by moving my chin to the right a couple of inches, while the top of the head inclines to the left. I do this for a variety of reasons.
The first and most important is that it makes my head the last thing I have my mind on in starting my swing.
The second is that it gives me more room for my left shoulder at the top of my swing, and there is no chance of the shoulder touching my chin suddenly, thereby jarring my head and disturbing my view of the ball.
The third reason is that it inclines the bulk of the weight of the head to the left, and as the head is very heavy it requires a little tension on the neck muscles to hold it in that position, and this tension retards any tendency to look away from the ball too soon.