Wanted to share this blog written by instructor Dana Dahlquist where he takes a look at the following questions:
1. What benefit does having a little or no movement in the head develop?
2. What benefit does moving the head create
3. Is this an actual measurable part of the body?
What's great about what Dana wrote and the information that is shared on this site, is that it gives YOU the golfer, the ability to make informed decisions. Yes, you can move your head a foot off the ball but there is a good chance that would make hitting the ball consistently solid much harder than if the golfer only allowed for little or zero translation of the head. It's important to point out that virtually nobody on the PGA Tour is working on moving their head more on the back swing, just isn't happening and that is telling.
Obviously I like this kind of thinking because it reflects the research Dave Wedzik, Chuck Evans and Erik Barzeski have done with 3D motion analysis concerning how much the head moves for the top players in the world (If you haven't heard of the 5 Simple Keys® go HERE). The average PGA Tour player moves his head one inch during his backswing, that's not very much and there are a lot of good reasons why they keep their head steady. Dave and Chuck feel it's so important and can effect many other aspects of the swing, that it's Key #1.
Taking a look at some swings below we can see that the head will rotate and might even have some up and down, vertical, movement. There may even be a tiny bit of horizontal movement, making the term steady that much more applicable when describing the movement of the head in an efficient golf swing.
Just want to say thanks to Dana for letting us share his blog and hope there's more to come