Tiger's Head Drop

Tiger's Head Drop

There is a lot of speculation that Tiger Wood’s head drop (body drop) at the beginning of his down swing is the reason for him being stuck. This is an easy statement to say when Tiger is not playing his best. He has had the head dip for his entire career which has turned out to be a pretty good career so far. Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, Rory Mcllroy and many more tour players have the head drop to start their transition too. In fact, the head drop is generally used with the high level player as a practice move to feel grounded, powerful, not sliding and maintaining the proper spin or back angle throughout the swing.  In my teachings I feel that the dropping direction of the head is a good move for most all golfers. It is better than the opposite coming up and out of the shot in the transition.  When I have a new junior golfer come and see me for the first time one of the determining factors when it comes to natural moves that are good, the head drop is one of them. I feel that junior golfers with the head drop will have more potential for development as a golfer. When a good players head drops in the transition, a lot of good things will occur in the motion down and through the ball. First, he has shortened himself so the right arm will make up for the lack of room by staying bent longer through the hitting zone. The right arm is the stabilizing and power force behind the shot. Also, the player will maintain his lag angle (wrist set) longer for a better delayed release. Furthermore, the player uses his pivot better for more power, rotating his hips to create more room from his head drop.  Basically, as long as you do not overdo the drop and the rhythm is correct from the top of the swing to impact , I feel that the head drop (body drop) to start your transition is a good move. Tiger has never been the best swinger at every moment in his golf game, but he certainly is one of if not the the best golfer all time.

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