#132 Web TV: Overcome Topping The Ball In Your Golf Swing

#132 Web TV: Overcome Topping The Ball In Your Golf Swing

Today we are going to be working on overcoming the topping issue that people have with their golf swing.

It doesn’t seem to matter whether it happens with a driver, a hybrid, a wood, or an iron, there is a topping issue that goes on and I want to show you why that happens and I’m going to show you exactly how you can fix it.

I’m going to show you how to do it with an iron but you can apply it to everything.

Topping means that basically the bottom of the club hits the top of the ball. The reason that actually happens is because when you go to make contact with the ball the hands and the arms try to lift the club up. When the hands and the arms lift the club up you end up making contact with the top of the ball.

This is a massively common issue with golfers. If you are experiencing this problem and you are getting it consistently with your shots, then this is the reason. Because when you are actually hitting the ball there is a lot of lifting your arms and hands away from the ball.

When I teach people, we work heavily on making sure to have a really good contact position. The reason for that is to create consistency. The most important thing in a golf swing is not what you do in the back swing and it’s not how you look with the follow through. Even though it looks great to have a nice finish.

If you are missing the firm contact with the ball there is no point in doing a big back swing and a nice follow through, it’s not going to make any difference.

You need to be focusing on the contact part of the golf swing. From 8 o’clock position to 4 o’clock position. (Standing inside the clock). If you haven’t got this area right, then you are going to make mistakes time and time again.

If you have a look at the golf pros, a lot of people think that when the they actually make contact with the ball they are turning their hands. If you have a look in slow motion, you will see that they actually hit through the ball first.

Make sure to have the left arm nice and straight, the club is pointing straight down. That’s what we are looking for, overcoming the topping issue.

In saying that, this is what we are going to be working on. Just do a little half swing and make sure you have good contact and then hold. That’s it. How simple is that?

A lot of golf pros don’t teach you this. The most important thing in a golf swing is to make really, good solid contact, so that it is nice and consistent.

If you ever have a lesson with me, the first thing I would look at is your contact with the ball. If you do that then the balls will go nice and straight. How simple is that?

In my demonstration, I haven’t lifted the club up out of the shot, I’ve just gone straight through the ball and the ball has just taken off. That is how to overcome the topping issue.

Have an absolutely awesome day, take care, and remember; Tee it high and Let it fly.

To your golfing success,
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Tiffany Mika

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Tiffany Mika is incredibly passionate about golf and shares with you her knowledge about the game. She shows how you can have an exciting a life when you learn to play golf as you can travel the world playing exotic destinations and meeting lots of fantastic people who all share the same passion for golf.

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12 Responses to #132 Web TV: Overcome Topping The Ball In Your Golf Swing

  1. Helen Cregan December 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm #

    Hi Tiff , I fixed my topping by ensuring my weight stayed forward as I swung . Pre shot routine was ‘weight forward , back and through’, for every shot. I no longer top and shots are straight.
    Prior to this, I was ending shot, leaning back on heels, well out of balance.
    Getting back to reviewing basics at the workshops, sent me away confident again.
    Have reached a handicap of 33 this week which is a 39 at Long Reef- a goal I aimed for, under 40 by end of year.
    Have a great Christmas and thanks. Will book another half day in new year – great value.

    • Tiffany Mika December 10, 2016 at 9:10 am #

      Hi Helen

      I am excited to hear that you have nutted out the problem to transfer weight forward. And yes in the beginning you were leaning off the back of your heels.

      I am glad you received much benefit from the clinics and you got your confidence back.

      Congratulations on achieving your handicap goal. That’s worth celebrating.

      Merry christmas!

      Tiff 😉

  2. Jenelle December 7, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    Thanks again for your wonderful ongoing tips Tiff. This one is great! It looks and sounds so simple in your video and I will be taking this to the practice range this week.
    Cheers and thanks

    • Tiffany Mika December 10, 2016 at 9:11 am #

      Hi Jenelle

      Glad you like the look of this tip. Looking forward to hearing how practice has gone.

      Tiff 🙂

  3. Dave O'Neill December 7, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    Great tip and demo Tif. You always make it look so easy and simple. And it really is once you know how.

    Also like the release idea and turning of the wrists after impact. Very important and easy to get confused with this concept.

    Would be great for me, Anne and Dana to take a lesson with you but distance precludes. Maybe some day…Thanks again. -Dave

    • Tiffany Mika December 10, 2016 at 9:14 am #

      Hi Dave

      Nice to hear from you.

      I am glad this concept is easy for you. As I always say golf should be simple and not so complex.

      Enjoy the practice if you can still do that this time of year.

      Maybe some day we will cross paths and I can check out your golf swing.

      Tiff :

  4. Rhonda December 8, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    Thanks again Tiff- this is exactly what I do- turn my wrist and “top” the ball EVEN though I THINK I ‘m hitting out. Back to TH for more practice!!!!
    Have an awesome day. x Rhonda

    • Tiffany Mika December 10, 2016 at 9:15 am #

      Hi Rhonda

      You are very welcome.

      Just keep working on this contact, you are getting it to all come together now.

      Tiff 😉

  5. Yvonne December 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi Tiff
    Thanks for all the great tips throughout the year.I will have to look to see if I have arm and club in a straight line at contact. Good one for the range.
    Wishing you a happy Christmas and a great new year.
    Best wishes Yvonne

    • Tiffany Mika December 10, 2016 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Yvonne

      You are welcome for all the tips. It will be good to hear how all of your practice goes.

      Merry christmas to you too!

      Tiff 😉

  6. Jill Barnes March 4, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    This is such an important drill. It also encourages proper weight transfer without thinking about it. Your carefully chosen words helped me understand the reason for what was happening and what to do to get the feeling back. That’s the other thing that I love about your teaching ‘Feel the hit” not ‘Force the hit”. Jill

    • Tiffany Mika March 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Jill

      There is so much in the golf swing isn’t there… that’s why we need simplicity. This is great that you are understanding what is happening and how to get the feeling back.

      Let me know how you go with this drill… are you maintaining the feel when you are on the course?

      Tiff 🙂

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