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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More About Matt Every's Head Tilt

I mentioned this in yesterday's Limerick Summary, and then Michael Breed brought it up again on The Golf Fix Monday night. Matt Every's efforts to correct his head tilt at address are more than just one golfer's problem.

Here's the video of Matt and Michael talking early last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Michael played it again last night, and I noticed something that I missed when he first showed it last week -- namely, Michael says he believes the same head tilt problem affects Jordan Spieth. Take another look at this segment from the show:

Why is Michael Breed making such a big deal of this head tilt / eye line alignment?

Think back to your driver's ed classes. Didn't your instructor tell you to keep your eyes on the road and not look off to the side? Did your instructor ever tell you why? I was lucky, I guess, because mine did.

He told me that you tend to drive toward whatever you're looking at!

If you start looking at something off the left side of the road -- say, at a wreck in the other lane -- you'll start to turn the steering wheel in that direction, no matter how hard you try not to. And yes, I've tried it out when I was on a deserted road and didn't have to worry about wrecking. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't keep the car from drifting into the left lane.

You have a natural tendency to drive and throw and even walk in the direction you're looking. And if your address position points your gaze in a direction you don't really want the ball to go, you're still likely to hit the ball in that direction no matter how your body is aimed. It's worth taking some extra time to practice setting up with your eyes parallel to your intended line of flight.

Just look at how much it helped Matt Every this past week.



  2. That's why Phil Mickelson used a frankenwood. Cristie Kerr, like me, writes left-handed, yet towered tee shots like this at the Kia Classic with a Titleist ball.



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