If your head is still, you see your ball clearly and can not fail to turn your hands at the right instant. You will find that you can not grip your club in the wrong way without introducing at some point in the swing a factor which will disturb your balance and make your head sway. You can not keep your balance at the finish of your swing without following through correctly.
If the player will keep in mind this very important fact, and will govern his effort by his ability to keep his head still, he will readily work out for himself ways and means for accomplishing the desired result, and I believe that the average business man with the average physique is as capable of first-class golf as any youngster if he can acquire the right mental foundation upon which to build. Golf is mostly mental and players improve more from a correct grasp of the fundamentals than they do from merely playing around the course.
I want to drive home the fact that this is absolutely essential. Even though in trying to do it players may find they go off their game temporarily, they should realize that they never will learn to play well unless they have the courage to persist in acquiring a method which their common sense should tell them is the only way they can be sure of hitting the ball accurately.
You need have no fears of over swinging if your mind is concentrated on your balance or the position of the head, as you cannot possibly over-swing and keep it still. You cannot jerk your club away without altering the position of your head. You cannot introduce too much effort at any one point and be successful. It will govern the extent of your follow through. It will take the stiffness out of your swing, and one thing at it especially accomplishes is to give that smooth, even rhythm to the swing, which does the work. It will give you the fine finish, which offers the least chance for a slice or a pull. In fact, it is the cure-all of a host of golfing errors.
Don’t think because I have called attention to this important fact that you will be able to accomplish it in a week. It can’t put you off your game if you go at it patiently and easily. You will find it very difficult at first to keep your head absolutely still. Don’t compromise with yourself when you begin to improve; keep at it and fix your mind on acquiring the knack thoroughly and you have laid the foundation for real first-class golf.