Tip Tuesday: A Simple Way to Avoid the “Over the Top” Move

In his latest instructional video, Scott Tanguay of The Coastal Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C. shows us the number one reason why some golfers come too much “over the top” in their swing. Lucky for those of us who struggle with this issue, Scott has an easy fix. Check it out!



Scott Tanguay:

Hey, guys. Scott Tanguay here with The Coastal Golf Academy. Today we’re going to talk about one of the most common things I see on the lesson tee, coming over the top or a little steep, very common. The first thing to understand is it’s usually due to an open club face. You don’t see a lot of people with a shut face wanting to come over it, it’s usually a compensating move because maybe our grip’s not good enough, maybe it’s too weak, or maybe we roll the face wide open on the way back. So to hit straight shots, a lot of people have to chop over this way to pull that slice/fade back on target. We don’t want to have to do that. That loses a lot of power, it’s very inconsistent, the club’s not designed to do that. So always start with a better grip.

Get that thing stronger this way, get it in those fingers, don’t roll it too open. But once we get that down, it’s always good to have a nice visual here. We don’t want to swing straight up and down when we play golf. We want the ball to go straight, but golf has an arc. We’re always swinging on this arc through the whole bag. So an easy way to do it is put an alignment stick or this noodle here with the alignment stick. You can use a lot of different things, but I like this one. It’s pretty aggressive and forces you to do it without, it’s not going to hurt or anything. So the idea would be we’re here, and on the way down, we’re really trying to come from this area here. We don’t want to start spinning out, coming over the top and chopping into this thing. You’ll play so much better. You’ll hit it farther, straighter, all those good things, if we can miss that noodle and come from the inside. So let’s give it a shot.

All right. Nice high draw there. Good shot. Give it a try!