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The Purtzer Golf Post



Feb 06 2016



As junior golfers, college players and later PGA Tour players, my brother Tom Purtzer and I worked hard on our fundamentals in our golf swings: good grip, posture, alignment, ball position, tempo, takeaway, the correct backswing path, position at the top, keeping our head steady, forward swing, etc. Doing these things well makes it easier to play your best golf.  

NOTE - this is written for right handers (lefties please turn left and right around)

Today we would like to address something that great players have concentrated on for years-a steady head in their golf swings (and short game and putting stokes. A steady head has been the goal of many of the great players going back to the days of Ben Hogan and Sam Snead (and long before them) to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Jason Day and Tiger Woods (except for the last few years) and many of the modern-day players. Most of the great players I have competed against and worked with on their golf games kept their heads still and their eyes on the ball.

The head is the fulcrum of all the golf shots. You can run into all kinds of problems from the head moving: topping shots, hitting thin shots, fat shots, inconsistent contact, etc. Usually you want to address the ball with your left eye off the ball (on a driver more like your left ear) - not your nose.  

One of the most important things you can do before you swing is to get your chin up at address (So your head and spine are lined in a straight line) - forget about “keeping your head down” - that is one of the last thing good players do. When you chin is up and out of the way, then your left shoulder can freely swing back to your chin which makes it much easier to swing thru the ball unimpeded with the right shoulder freely swinging through to a comfortable finish.

One of my swing thoughts was to keep my chin up at address, then swing my left shoulder back till it touched my chin (keeping my head still) and then going to the ball my right shoulder touched my chin on the forward swing. Ben Hogan wore holes in his shirt where his shoulders would touch his chin on the backswing and the forward swing.

Go see your PGA professional to get help with your swing and head position (for those of you up north in the cold country-this is a great time to work on your golf swings inside). If you can’t get out to see your teacher, a good way to check to see if your head is moving is to turn your back to the sun and watch your shadow to see if your head is moving on the backswing and at impact. I try to look at an imaginary ball and then lift my eyes to see my shadow when I swing.

Check out my brother Tom’s head in the picture below. Notice that his head is in exactly the same position at impact as it was at address. I don’t like to see the head go up nor down-nor back or forward. The one thing I have never seen a good player do is hit a good shot when his head moved toward the target!! The head going up nor down at impact is almost as bad. My teacher held my head still on hundreds, if not thousands of shots till I stopped moving it.


We hope this tip will help you with your game. Call us today to make sure your fundamentals are correct so you can play your best golf and have more fun on the course-not to mention enjoy our fantastic weather here in the Phoenix area.

“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do!”

Dale Carnegie

Director of Instruction, Paul has been a member of the PGA for over 25 years and is a former PGA Tour player. He has an extensive background in playing and teaching golfers, from the beginner to the winner of the 1996 U.S. Open Championship, Steve Jones. Paul is one of the most highly-regarded golf instructors in the country, and he has collaborated with some of the finest instructors in the world. Paul's positive, supportive, hands-on approach to instruction complements his technical knowledge of the golf swing, which makes him one of the most sought after golf instructors in the country.

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Stonecreek Golf Club
4435 E Paradise Village Pkwy S.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Email: purtzergolf@cox.net
Phone: (602) 314-5950


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