Golf Swing Characteristic #9: Over The Top

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Swing Characteristic #9: Over The Top     

This is perhaps the most common swing fault among high handicap golfers. It occurs due to an overuse of the upper body on the downswing. As a result the club will be thrown on the outside of the intended swing plane with the club head approaching the ball from outside to in. This in turn creates a pull if the clubface is square or a slice if the club face is open.

Common Causes of Over-The-Top:

In order to prevent the club from coming Over-the-Top during the golf swing, several physical characteristics must be developed.

It is paramount to develop a proper weight shift from your back foot to your front in order to start the downswing in the proper sequence. Without this initiation of the lower body during the transition a player can easily dominate the downswing with an upper body throw right from the top, forcing the over-the-top swing plane.

Other causes include:

  • Weak grip at address.
  • Reverse pivot or Reverse Spine Angle fault.
  • Too much rotation of the clubface on the backswing.
  • Poor address position with the shoulders too level or even leaning toward target at address.
  • Lack of understanding of an inside approach and the correct sequence.

Joe Musser

PGA Teaching Pro

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