Coming Over the Top – Golf

First, I don’t use this term since it does not occur using Large Muscles to control the golf swing, but I get asked how to fix this often. Here is a quick definition of how you develop this problem and how to prevent it from happening.

Q: Ross, Whats the easiest way to stop coming over the top and also to get more power

A: The most common reason for a need to have a “Coming Over the Top” recovery move, is that the takeaway came inside, usually do to the hands taking over and pulling the club inside and (or) the hips over rotating on their own during the backswing that adds to the problem. Result… the club is too far behind you.

The Correct Move: If you push the club straight back and up, using the front shoulder, you will be in an ideal position to use your lower body (hips) to start the downswing and unwind all the way to face the target. This removes the need for the over the top move. It also removes the need to hit at the ball with the hands. Just unwind and hit the ball with your body turn.

Temporary Help: While you are learning your new takeaway, if you Start the Downswing using the hips to unwind, your over the top move will be controlled and go along for the ride. Now you will still be returning from the inside (not good), but your over the top problem will be in check. Also be aware this will create a new ball flight but it’s a start. The Real Key… fix your takeaway and backswing.

One last thing… yes more power since the shoulders will control winding up against the lower body resisting… MUCH MORE POWER!

Here are some great drills that will help:

Large Muscles Drill
The Ross Move
Front Foot Drill
Straight Arm Drill