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Anybody have a quick tip they have found to keep their eye on the ball?


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#1 ablewalker

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:19 PM

I've gotten way better these last couple of years of keeping my head down looking at the ball and it probably comes from the slower tempo I've been constantly working on but any tricks can only help...Thanks.

Edited by ablewalker, 29 March 2017 - 05:21 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:44 PM

If you are a righty, Jack Nicklaus recommended looking at the right side of the ball with the left eye.  He said that got his stare pointed in the correct direction.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 06:44 PM

I just tell myself that there's plenty of time to see the flight of the ball after contact.  Usually I wait until I'm at the top of my follow-through to look away.  And, I like seeing that micro-second snapshot of where the face is hitting the ball.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:14 PM

A tip I received early on in my golfing "career" is to imagine the ball is actually a piece of your favorite fruit that you want to see explode at impact.  The visual is pretty good that I used to use that trick when coaching Little League baseball.
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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:19 PM

View PostMan In The Miura, on 29 March 2017 - 05:44 PM, said:

If you are a righty, Jack Nicklaus recommended looking at the right side of the ball with the left eye.  He said that got his stare pointed in the correct direction.
You have to be left eye dominant to be able to do this or your have to turn your head to the right.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:32 PM

View Post95124hacker, on 29 March 2017 - 07:14 PM, said:

A tip I received early on in my golfing "career" is to imagine the ball is actually a piece of your favorite fruit that you want to see explode at impact.  The visual is pretty good that I used to use that trick when coaching Little League baseball.

That's a good one!...It reminded me of one they had on the Golf channel...Imagine a nail sticking out of the golf ball and you are hammering into the ball with your driver...but with that one the "hammering " action can be tricky I've found...a little too much to think about...lol.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:43 PM

I had this issue lifting up my head too. I never found a real trick, i just told myself to hold my head down pretty much as long as i could independent of contact. I mean your swing will lift your head up naturally.

I use to tell myself to see the divot.
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Posted 29 March 2017 - 09:38 PM

Use a blind fold, seriously.

Edited by Loki, 29 March 2017 - 09:39 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 09:40 PM

I found that it eventually worked itself out on its own, due to hitting the ball better, ie. confidence.

I actually can't tell you the last time I remember seeing the club hit the ball.  Video shows that my head is in the proper position, but, I never recall seeing the ball shortly after my back swing starts.

Edited by Loki, 29 March 2017 - 09:42 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 12:57 AM

Keeping your eye on the ball is overrated. People who say that looking up caused a bad shot really just made a bad swing that facilitated some sort of "lifting". IMO, "looking up" it is more an effect than a cause.

Edited by b.mattay, 30 March 2017 - 12:58 AM.


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 10:49 AM

Why did this end up in "Ladies Swing Tips"?  I'd kind of be offended if I cared about such things....

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 03:45 PM

Staying Behind the Ball with the Driver Drill


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 08:47 PM

I really like the above video, thanks Switter.  Here's what I do to keep my eye on the ball:  I use my inner voice but often I'll even do it aloud.  I strike the ball trying to see the club head make contact (which we all know is impossible to see) and after the strike, I say "NOW" and then look up.  What's funny is that if you DO try this, start with a wedge and you'll see you can keep from saying "NOW" for nearly 2 seconds after the strike.  Then by the time you get up to the 8 iron, it's only 1 second, and by the time you get all the way to the driver, it's like 1/4 second.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 12:30 AM

I make sure to see the divot first then i look up. For the driver i make sure that i can see the tee staying there or disappearing first then i look up.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:58 PM

View Postb.mattay, on 30 March 2017 - 12:57 AM, said:

Keeping your eye on the ball is overrated. People who say that looking up caused a bad shot really just made a bad swing that facilitated some sort of "lifting". IMO, "looking up" it is more an effect than a cause.

This!!!!! Your brain has neuro system that will make your eyes focused on the golf ball when your head moves during the golf swing. Trying to stare at the golf ball, keeping your head down, or not lifting up is going to cause limitations of moment in your swing. I agree that lifting up is 99% an effect not a cause of a bad swing. Usually you look up because if you didn't, you probably have to go to a hospital for a broke wrist with how far you would have hit behind the ball.

the golf ball doesn't move, so you don't have to look at to hit it. Blind people play golf. With proper body movement your club with will return to the golf ball without having to trying to look at it.

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 07:11 PM

View Postablewalker, on 29 March 2017 - 05:19 PM, said:

I've gotten way better these last couple of years of keeping my head down looking at the ball and it probably comes from the slower tempo I've been constantly working on but any tricks can only help...Thanks.
I am troubled by your quote "keeping my head down". Ideally, you want to keep your chin up at address. This gives you the room needed to allow for your shoulder turn and improves your golf posture. If you avoid being results focused, you'll maintain your posture throughout the swing and cover the golf ball through impact. Good luck!

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 09:36 PM

Toilet paper roll, tape and goggles / glasses

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 06:37 AM

I was a clubfitting recently, and the Ping rep asked if I would hit my driver a few times when we were done. I have a tendency to lift up that seems to come when I over swing, and I did that a few times out of the gate.

His tip was to take the logo of the ball and make sure it's facing back and inside towards me (if down range is 12:00, then point the logo at 7:30), and then try to hit the logo with my driver. It was really beneficial to me. Not only did it give me something really specific to focus on, it had the added benefit of helping me not come from the outside on my downswing. It made a pretty decent change to my drives right out of the gate.

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 07:05 AM

Wow, great minds think alike.... I was just going to post this nugget. Also working well for me....

Set up with  the logo of the ball and make sure it's facing back and inside towards me (if down range is 12:00, than point the logo at 7:30), and then try to hit the logo with my driver. It was really beneficial to me. Not only did it give me something really specific to focus on, it had the added benefit of helping me not come from the outside on my downswing. It made a pretty decent change to my drives right out of the gate.

Give it a shot. Could help you too.

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 11:04 AM

I use the Nicklaus trick posted above. Look at the back of the ball with my left eye. Im right eye dominant, so I have to turn my head to the right. I dont feel as though im keeping my head down, I thought i was still lifting my head to look at the ball, but after seeing my swing on video, I am definitely looking down at the ball at impact. And as an added bonus, I feel like having my head turned slightly to the right helps me come down from the inside. I used to be an over the topper.


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Posted 22 June 2018 - 12:19 PM

View PostLoki, on 29 March 2017 - 09:40 PM, said:

I found that it eventually worked itself out on its own, due to hitting the ball better, ie. confidence.

I actually can't tell you the last time I remember seeing the club hit the ball.  Video shows that my head is in the proper position, but, I never recall seeing the ball shortly after my back swing starts.

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 12:45 PM

When I start having this issue, a good drill for me is to look at a blade of grass just in front of the ball and swing to that. That way I am not trying to "follow" the ball and stay on top of it. It also helps me to make sure my contact with the ground is beyond the ball and not hitting it fat. I will use this drill with the driver also when I find myself not hitting through the ball. I will look 3-4" in front of the ball on the intended path and swing to that, again not looking at the ball. Works great for me.
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Posted 22 June 2018 - 06:52 PM

View PostRacerx63, on 22 June 2018 - 12:45 PM, said:

When I start having this issue, a good drill for me is to look at a blade of grass just in front of the ball and swing to that. That way I am not trying to "follow" the ball and stay on top of it. It also helps me to make sure my contact with the ground is beyond the ball and not hitting it fat. I will use this drill with the driver also when I find myself not hitting through the ball. I will look 3-4" in front of the ball on the intended path and swing to that, again not looking at the ball. Works great for me.

I do this as well when I get into a funk with ball striking and I find this helps a lot helping me watch the ball as long as I can.

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 05:32 AM

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 09:16 AM

Didnít Jack Nicklaus advise to aim for a spot in front of the ball? Rather thsn looking at the right side of the ball





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Posted 27 June 2018 - 09:42 AM

Shawn Clements speaks about peripheral vision. Look at ball with both eyes, but also focus peripheral vision for lead eye. Don't follow club head in backswing with trail eye or turn head, use fell for backswing. There is a youtube video out there.
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