Originally Posted by Truegolf
When did you start rewriting golf terminology?
Better players are the ones who understand intrinsically what it actually means to "keep your head down," or "maintain your spine angle." Most cannot explain it more clearly when pressed by a high handicapper, but they themselves understand it because they express the correct actions in their own golf swings.
High handicappers -- who make up the vast majority of golfers -- interpret "maintain your spine angle" literally, and that is detrimental to their ability to improve and enjoy the game. If you literally maintained the angle of your spine that it is at address, it would have to stay flexed the entire time. In a better player, the spine extends from this address flexed position, returns to flexion, and then extends again one more time. So the spine angle is never maintained in a good swing.
People learn differently. Most people don't benefit from the advice to "maintain the spine angle," and explaining it more clearly and accurately -- what the teachers here are doing -- is better for the game of golf.
So by all means, keep telling people to "maintain their spine angle" if they are high handicappers. But just understand, less people will improve at the game with this advice than if you were more specific and clear to them what the actions of the spine in a good golf swing actually are.