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.
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.
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.
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.
Most golfers have the right idea regarding the theory that a properly timed downswing will ultimately deliver the best possible results through impact.
Timing the release of their golf club, players are able to then square their clubface behind the golf ball, leading to forceful shots that travel farther on a straight trajectory towards the intended target.
Sure, golfers understand that timing must be precise when it comes to releasing their club during the downswing portion of their shot, but determining when and how leads many on the quest for magic golf tips on the subject.
George Gankas, the lead instructor behind the development of the GG Swing method details several actionable golf tips, developed during actual golf course scenarios that Gankas and his students have turned successfully in their own favor.
Listen and watch as George exhibits his knowledge and technique regarding timing a perfect downswing and how such skills correlate to the overall value in the GG Swing method.
The complete speed of our swing, often referred to as a golfer’s tempo has a direct influence over the success of a player’s timing, which concerns how a golf swing takes motion, broken down sequence by sequence.
Adding well composed rhythm to our tempo assists golfers in establishing proper timing throughout all of the sequences found in their golf swing, especially the release taken during their downswing.
Often golf coaches and trainers preach a theory of delaying the release of our downswing until the brief seconds prior to being too late, which can risk taking a missed shot especially in the case of novice golfers adapting this style of play.
The concept of a delayed release, commonly referred to as a lag, requires that a player maintain the same level of wrist hinge, letting go as their hands are nearly aligned with their golf ball.
As nearly all golfers understand that the most powerful downswings are those that draw power from a player’s hips and lower body rotation, the concept found in lag believes that delaying motion ultimately builds up more of this energy in our golf swing.
Some golfers have even began allowing their hands to go beyond where their golf ball sits even before making contact with their clubs.
Practitioners argue that this delivers a huge increase in power upon final impact.
Studies have been conducted that show evidence that professional golfers on the PGA Tour have tinkered with the idea of delayed downswings, often to great success when implemented.
As described previously, the rotation in our hips delivers the majority of the power found in an effective golf swing, the bulk of which develops during our downswing.
Delivering this well stored energy through impact onto the golf ball seems simple enough in theory, but many golfers still search out tips and lessons on the subject in order to strengthen their downswing ability.
The most ideal way for players to exert their power during downswings happens by positioning our hips in a way that allows our left hip to reach a rotation that acts laterally, allowing the right hip to then circle back, with our belt buckle opened up towards the target.
Generating this power through the rotation of our hips allows forward motion, which acts as the needed restraint of our club going too long with an over swing.
Beginning the downswing in our hips while we reach the top of our backswing will be the essential key to ripping straight golf shots that sail longer with natural body rotation fueling the entire drive.
Many golfers wonder how to start their downswing sequence perfectly, with many novice players unaware of the basic fundamental elements needed to deliver a proper swing sequence.
George Gankas golf drills focus on utilizing a player’s physical strengths while muting their shortcomings, as taught through the GG Swing Method.
The GG Swing Method expands on the many amazing golfing techniques found in the ever popular George Gankas golf videos.
The perfect downswing first begins with a proper transition from our backswing, creating one of the single most important movements in our entire golf swing.
Often, golfers will rush through this transition, entering their downswing too soon, causing their club to move in an unnatural way that leads to missed shots and overall player frustrations.
Starting our downswing acts as one of the most crucial moments in our overall golf swing and must be evaluated with complete focus by the golfer.
The initial move each golfer must make when beginning their downswing movement requires that their entire body weight be transferred to the lead foot.
Distributing the majority of our body weight on our lead foot allows our hands to drop in place with our arms to the inside of our swing.
Positioning our hands in this manner will assist in generating the needed power to impact the ball with huge force.
Having our weight pointed toward our intended target will provide the needed alignment in order to focus all of our energy towards driving the ball where we intend to land.
Our body rotation will be extremely ineffective in the event that our lead foot has been aimed off target.
Frequently, novice golfers will overturn during the beginning of their downswing, causing their hips to overextend during transition.
This damages the overall downswing sequence in that it allows the golfer’s left side to open up widely, resulting in their golf club and arms repelling opposite of their body.
Our overall swing path then becomes out-to-in, which normally will result in a pulled shot or a huge slice, which all golfers aim to avoid.
While our backswing sequence serves the purpose of positioning our golf club to transition into downswing, many golfers have severely altered their golf swings simply by swinging their club back too fast.
Believe it or not, you may be slicing your shots simply because of the grip you’re applying to the golf club.
Many golfers playing at the recreational level are notorious for grip complications that end up ruining their swings and shots in the process.
Most commonly, players are gripping the golf club way too tight, causing pulled shots and the unanimously hated sliced shots.
Golfers who have been able to relax their grip on the golf club in similar situations find it much easier to square the head at impact, which nearly eliminates all possibilities of slicing the golf ball.
The variety of shoulder rotation hacks, wrist flexion and hand path described in Gankas’ video are all elements that make up a properly executed downswing sequence.
Utilizing the teaching that George applies in his downswing golf lesson has assisted countless golfers around the world, many of whom he has never laid eyes on face to face.
Practicing the drills and tips expressed in the video and this blog will be the true formula for producing a proper downswing and ultimately improving your overall golf swing.
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