Thin and Topped Shots

Thin and Topped Shots

Undoubtedly for the amateur golfer the most embarrassing shot is the one that dribbles right off the tee, where you top the ball. Most of the time amateurs feel that there is only one cause for this, that they lifted their head up. Unfortunately that has little to do with it. What causes you to top the golf ball is when you raise out of your posture. It’s not that my head was coming up, it is that my whole body came up. So if you are topping your golf ball here is how you want to correct it. Make sure that you keep the bend forward from your hips consistent throughout the whole swing back and through. That is the number one cause for topping a ball. There are two other ways you can top it. You can top a ball because you are coming down too steep and you are right on top of the golf ball. Usually that type of a top shot will be a grounder off to the left. If you are making that kind of mistake you want to concentrate on keeping your back to the target and starting to swing the club down with your hands and arms to start the downswing. This will get your club coming in on a shallower approach and more from the inside. The other way to top it is a top shot that is headed off to the right. Usually that is caused by swinging too much from the inside and then you catch the ball on the upswing. In that case less turn in the backswing, more turn in the through-swing, and that will bring the path of your swing more towards the ball so that you will contact the ball and then the turf. Those are the three ways that you top the ball and how to fix them. I know that bad shot will be out of your game.

Category: Fat & Thin Shots
Sub-Category: Posture, Backswing, Downswing
About the Instructor
Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300

Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.


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