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- The legs:
The legs should maintain the same degree of flex during the backswing and forward swing.
As the shoulders cause the hips to turn, the legs should maintain the same degree of flex as shown in the photo.
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.
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.
The angle of the upper body (or tilt) is maintained during the backswing.
This shows the upper body straigthening during the backswing, one of the key causes in topping the ball.
3- The arms:
The proper motion should show both arms extended at impact ensuring good contact.
This shows both arms bent in the impact zone resulting in a topped shot.