Analysis of this swing inevitably leads you to Paula Creamer’s head dip. First, take a look her head dip at the end of this video:
And you can see evidence of Creamer’s head dip in this photo:
The dip has to be wrong, right? Well, the use of a head dip is an ongoing discussion/argument among swing professionals.
If it is wrong, then some of the best ball-strikers in the game’s history didn’t get the memo: Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Peter Thomson, and Johnny Miller dipped in the downswing. Wayne DeFrancesco breaks it down beautifully in this video:
Who cares about theories? Look at the swings. When 9 out of 10 great players lower during the swing don’t you think that there is something good about it? The idea is called compression. It is good to compress the ball against the clubface, and it is also good to compress the body against the ground. Watch any athletic movement and you will see evidence of the same. Great pivot movement involves thrusting against the ground, which requires lowering. Again, watch the swings.
So, should Creamer try to get rid of the dip? She’s tried:
Will Creamer lose the dip? And if she does, will it help or hurt her results? It’s something that will be interesting to watch as her career progresses.
Characteristics of Paula Creamer’s Golf Swing:
• Textbook setup with a square stance, 60-degree spine angle
• Her position at the top is textbook, with the club on plane
• Little to no rotation of the hips on the backswing
She finishes in a marvelously balanced position.