Coming over the top in the downswing is one of the most common problems golfers face. This occurs when the club swings out-to-in, causing the ball to slice or pull to the left (for right-handed golfers).

Fortunately, there are a few key tips to help you avoid coming over the top:

  • Grip: Make sure your grip is strong but not too tight. A weak or overly tight grip can lead to compensations in the swing and promote an over-the-top motion.
  • Proper posture: Stand tall with a slight bend in your knees and maintain good posture throughout the swing. Slouching or hunching can negatively affect the swing path.
  • Stay connected: Keep your arms and body connected throughout the swing. Avoid excessive separation or “disconnect” between your arms and body, as this could promote an over-the-top move.
  • Start the downswing with your lower body: Initiate the downswing with a slight bump of your hips towards the target and a rotation of your lower body. This helps promote an inside path and prevents the club from coming over the top.
  • Practice the “in-to-in” swing path: Focus on swinging the club along an inside-out path. Imagine hitting the ball towards the right field (for right-handed golfers). This mental image can help you avoid the over-the-top move.
  • Weight transfer: Shift your weight from your back foot to your front foot during the downswing. A proper weight transfer allows for a more natural and in-to-in swing path.
  • Use your hips and lower body: Emphasize the rotation of your hips and lower body in the downswing. This rotation helps create power and prevents your upper body from taking over, which can lead to an over-the-top move.
  • Practice drills: Incorporate drills into your practice routine that specifically target an inside-out swing path. One drill involves placing an object (e.g., an alignment stick) outside the target line and swinging the club without hitting the object.
  • Seek professional instruction: If you continue to struggle with an over-the-top swing, consider seeking professional instruction. A golf coach or instructor can provide personalized feedback and guidance to help you correct the issue.

Avoiding the over-the-top move in your downswing requires practice, patience, and a focus on proper technique. By implementing these tips and staying committed to improving your swing, you can gradually eliminate the over-the-top motion and achieve more consistent and accurate shots on the golf course.