Don't 'Come On Over'

PGA.com
By
Brad Brewer, PGA

Problem Area: Off The Tee
Series: Instruction Feature

Even with the best fundamentals, it's too easy to get quick with the start of the downswing when we are trying to hit it extra hard or because we're a bit nervy. This usually leads to the clubhead casting or the body lunging forward on the downswing, resulting in a loss of distance and direction -- commonly referred to as "coming over the top."

Swing thought: Completing a full shoulder turn, keep your back to the target as long as possible during your downswing. Feel your arms leading the swing as they fall at a speed close to a gravity drop. Soon you will begin to feel your downswing path coming much more from the inside with a shallow angle of approach into the ball.

Drills: Tee to ball. Place a tee into the grip end of your club. Begin the downswing by pointing the tee at the ball. This will help establish a proper downswing path.

Gravity drop: Extend your arms out at shoulder height. Let them fall by force of gravity down to your sides. Take that same feel to the start of your downswing.


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