Correcting an over the top downswing requires golfers to examine the overuse present in their upper body motion during their golf swing.
Identifying the moment in their golf swing that causes overuse in their upper body will eliminate the common mistake of coming over the top on their swings.
An over the top swing happens when our golf club veers away from the desired swing plane, with the head attacking the golf ball from outside in.
If the clubface takes impact squarely, our shot will be pulled, while an open clubface will cause the the shot to be sliced.
Before we can fix our faulty downswing, we must identify where and how we’re coming over the top.
Golfers may be committing a variety of miscalculations while working through their downswing, any of which may be the cause of a sliced or pulled shot
Many players retrace their golf swings in reverse in order to identify the actions that may be causing the problems in their swing.
The most common issues that cause our swing to go over the top are typically either narrowing our backswing or the results rushing through the entire swinging process.
It’s not uncommon for golfers to speed through their golf swings, either because they’re looking to maximize the strength of their swing or are preoccupied in thought with the end result which in most cases will cause them to lose their focus.
Not allowing enough time for all of the components of our golf swing to harmonize ultimately leads to miscalculations that imbalance our swing, sending the golf ball on an off target flight path.
Rather than taking the time to allow our golf swing to flow naturally through every range of motion, a frantic swing leaves little to no time for our swing to fully develop as needed.
A golfer gains absolutely nothing from hurrying their golf swing but will likely sacrifice the entire shot as a results of such a poor composition.
Most proper backswings are comprised of ample width, allowing our hands to extend far from our body as we turn towards our leading side.
Narrowing the backswing has become rampant among golfers of all skill levels, seeing our hands brought in close proximity to our body on our swing’s takeaway.
By crowding ourselves on the backswing, we eliminate the opportunity to naturally drop the club inside, as our hands come too close to our head during this motion.
A narrow backswing of this kind will always result in an over the top shot taking flight, as we’ve left no other option in regards to where our hands can move during the swing.
You’ll find that the majority of the issues that need correcting exist in our backswing, rather than the downswing, when relating to swinging over the top.
Widening our backswing alone will provide drastic improvements to our downswing,
While relying very little on our hands during the takeaway of our backswing, our shoulders will rotate naturally opposite of our intended target, providing the extension that a narrow backswing cannot produce.
Once we’ve already perfected our motion during the backswing, we must review our tempo to ensure our golf swings are naturally composed without any rushed movements.
By dedicating ample time to the top portion of our golf swing, our balanced timing and improved backswing width will reduce all possibility of coming over the top, effectively making slices and pulls just a bad memory.
Whenever our club leaves our intended swing plane, the flawed path taken produces an over the top golf swing.
In addition to the elements we’ve corrected on our backswing and over all swing tempo, maintaining our club head inside will reduce the chances of going over the top with our golf swing.
A common golf tip that pros have used for decades involves placing a cover for the clubhead and positioning it about an inch outside of where are ball sits.
Golfers then practice their swing, making sure that their club head does not come in contact with the cover.
If you feel comfortable at 1 inch away from the ball, start to bring the cover in closer to better affirm your swinging skills.
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