Trouble Shots

Trouble Shots like topping the ball is a series of lessons focusing on some of the more common problems a player may encounter while playing.

TOPPING THE BALL: MY 3 REASONS

Topping the ball is when you hit the top of the ball sending it along the ground a relatively short distance.

Why does this happen?

There are 3 aspects of the swing which are responsible for the majority of these topped shots which are:

1- LEGS
2- HIPS
3- ARMS

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1- The legs:

The legs should maintain the same degree of flex during the backswing and forward swing.

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Proper motion:

As the shoulders cause the hips to turn, the legs should maintain the same degree of flex as shown in the photo. 

 GOLF108EbImproper motion:

This shows the right leg straightening during the backswing. This can cause numerous problems ranging from poor weight transfer to a possible tilting of the upper body. 

 

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2- The Hips:

The address position (tilt of the upper body)  must be maintained during the swing. The upper body (the spine) which is guided by the shoulders, should rotate around a fixed axis.

 

 

 

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Proper motion:

The angle of the upper body (or tilt) is maintained during the backswing.

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Improper motion:

This shows the upper body straigthening during the backswing, one of the key causes in topping the ball.

3- The arms: GOLF111ab

Proper motion:

The proper motion should show both arms extended at impact ensuring good contact.

Improper motion:GOLF112ab

This shows both arms bent in the impact zone resulting in a topped shot.