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Swing Fault Coming Over The Top

Swing Fault Coming Over The Top. The phrase “coming over the top” is used to describe the movement of the club as it travels through the downswing. It occurs because of the overdominance of the upper body as the downswing is initiated.

Swing Fault Coming Over The Top

As a result, the club is thrown outside of the intended swing plane, with the clubhead approaching the ball from an outside path (figure 2.8 illustrates what it looks like when a golfer comes over the top). This creates a pull if the clubface is square or a slice if the clubface is open. This fault will cause a loss of power and limit the ability to control the ball flight. In addition, this motion can impart a left-to-right spin (for right-handed golfers) on the ball flight, causing a slice.

Physical limitations that can cause coming over the top include the following:

  1. Tight neck muscles
  2. C-posture
  3. Tight hips
  4. Limited hip rotation
  5. Weak core stability
  6. Weak gluteal muscles (buttocks)
  7. Weak abdominal muscles
  8. Inability to separate the upper body from the lower body
Swing Fault Coming Over The Top

Figure 2.8

Ideally, you want to initiate the downswing with the lower body so that the club and arms can drop into the correct position, allowing the clubhead to approach the ball from an inside path. The correct sequence of motion on the downswing is determined by the golfer’s ability to disassociate the lower body from the upper body so that the lower body can lead to the downswing. A golfer who tends to come over the top usually has a limited trunk to pelvis separation caused by reduced spinal and hip mobility. The result is that the upper body dominates the initiation of the downswing.

Limited weight shift toward the lead leg can also reduce the lower body’s contribution to power generation in the swing, thereby forcing the golfer to produce excessive power in their upper body or by throwing the club over the top. Also, if the neck muscles are tight and the shoulders are raised, forward, and tense, an over-the-top move on the downswing is inevitable.

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