photo credit: StoiKNA The WHIFF is when you make your swing and completely miss the ball. For most beginners, simply making contact with the ball during the swing can be very difficult, moreover, missing it can be extremely embarrassing. So the question is, how do you avoid missing the ball?
There can be a number of factors that can cause a whiff. The primary cause is raising your upper body during the swing. Doing so raises the plane and/or rotation of your clubhead. Keep in mind, the object is to have your clubhead strike the ball in the exact same position your clubhead was in at address (set-up). Lifting your head, during your swing, raises the plane of your swing.
A whiff can also be caused by moving your body far to the right (or left) during the swing. In this case you will miss the ball, either by swinging well behind it, or well in front of it. Bottom Line – keep your head still during the swing. Do not lift your head upward during the swing, doing so will raise your swing plane and cause your clubhead to move over the ball through the impact zone, thus, a whiff !