Weekly Fix: How to get rid of your over-the-top move
- By Tim Cooke, SwingFix Instructor
- Feb 19, 2013 12:00 PM ET
Hi, I’m Tim Cooke, and welcome back to Weekly Fix, where each week here on GolfChannel.com we’ll be analyzing your swings in hopes of helping you play better golf.
This week, we’ll be taking a look at Shane’s golf swing, and I chose Shane’s swing because he has a swing fault that so many of you have, as he comes over the top.
Coming over the top is one of the most common swing faults that I see among my students, and in our analysis this week we’ll look at what’s causing Shane to come over the top. And it’s a good bet that many of you deal with the same issue.
We’ll give you some swing thoughts that you can use to help cure this common problem and also show you video of a current PGA Tour player to help you better understand how your shoulders should work in your golf swing.
In summary, the tips I would suggest that everyone take away from this week’s analysis would include the following:
• At address, ideally we want our feet, knees, hips and shoulders all aimed parallel to the target line. When you’re hitting one of the longer clubs in your bag, like the driver, make sure that your hips and shoulders don’t get aimed too far left, a common problem for many golfers.
• During your backswing, you want to feel as if you turn your lead shoulder (the left shoulder for a right-handed player) under your chin, which will ensure that your shoulder turn isn’t too flat in the backswing.
• When it comes to turning your shoulders in the golf swing, keeping in mind the preceding thought about turning the lead shoulder under the chin on the backswing, try to feel as though you turn your shoulders on the same pitch on the backswing, the downswing and the follow-through.
I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of Weekly Fix. Keep sending us those videos at WeeklyFix@GolfChannel.com, and we’ll be back with a new edition next week right here at GolfChannel.com.
Tim Cooke is the Director of Instruction at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and one of Golf Digest's top young instructors.
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