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How to Stop Topping the Golf Ball

how to stop topping the golf ball

Have you ever topped a golf ball and watched it skid off the tee box or along the fairway?

Have any of your friends chirped in and said,  “You lifted your head – you need to keep your head down”?

If someone tells you to keep your head down you should run for the hills!

This tip has been around for what seems like forever; you hear people say it all the time: “Keep your head down, you’re lifting your head.”

Sam knows what I’m talking about too because his friends had the same advice. He asks:

Hey Sean, I’m having some serious trouble topping the ball.  My friends tell me that I need to keep my head down.  Is keeping my head down the correct thing to do in order to solve this problem?

Sam, keeping your head down is probably one of the worst things you can do in the golf swing.

Exclusive Bonus: Step-by-step checklist that will show you how to stop topping the golf ball. This is great to take to the driving range and practice (Download Here).

Annika Has Done Alright…

Think about one of the greatest women’s golfers of all time, Annika Sorenstam.  

She was a person who rotated her head and swiveled it with the shot.

Her statistics for ball striking were off the charts, often leading Greens In Regulation and Total Driving every year on tour.

One of the reasons why your friends say “keep your head down” is likely because you are having issues with something else.

What I mean by this is if they say your head is coming up, what is more than likely happening is that your legs are driving forward too much – causing your torso to lift and consequently your head to lift.

This is a classic case of losing your posture in the golf swing.

Topping the Golf Ball is Often Caused by a Chain Reaction…

  • First your legs
  • Then your torso
  • Finally  your head

So, lifting your head is not likely the problem.

The problem could be that your legs are too overactive or you could be thrusting your hips in towards the ball – which in turn will cause your torso and head to lift.

One thing I would like you to focus on the next time you’re at the driving range is to imagine that you are making golf swings with your tailbone flush against a wall.

wall drill to stop to help stop topping

So when you get to the top of your swing, feel your tailbone is staying on the wall throughout the swing.

Take a look at this video on how to stop topping the golf ball

So just to clarify – lifting your head is not the problem.  It is more to do with what your legs and torso are doing.

The next time you go to the range, really try to feel that the tailbone is staying back or is flush against a wall.

This will allow you to stay in better posture throughout your swing.

Here’s The Next Step:

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You’ll receive a free step-by-step checklist that shows you the exact step-by-step process to eliminate the top.  

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  • Martin lynskey January 20, 2015, 12:41 pm

    Hi Sean
    My chipping game is not what it should be , most time I take a shot I either over hit it or scuff it along the ground ,what tips can you give me to overcome these two problems .
    Thanks Martin Lynskey

    • Sean McTernan January 27, 2015, 1:38 pm

      Martin, I shot some videos about chipping and pitching for the website? Have you had a chance to look at them?

  • Jake April 21, 2015, 11:37 pm

    I have lots of trouble hitting hybrids and woods up in the air off the fairway.
    My friend said I stand ‘too tall’ and should ‘stick my butt out’ like I am sitting on stool, but no improvement. Any suggestions and drills I can practice?


  • Joe June 20, 2015, 3:45 pm

    This makes a lot more sense then some of the golf magazines I read in the mail.

  • Ron Cerruti July 4, 2015, 5:48 pm

    I just started playing golf again. I consistently pull the ball — especially irons. Any tips?

  • Diane July 13, 2015, 11:10 am

    Hi Sean,
    I find that very often I hit the ground before contacting the ball which takes a bit off the shot . How can I improve my ball contact?
    Thanks for your advice,

    • Sean McTernan July 29, 2015, 12:40 am

      Check to make sure you are transferring weight into you lead side… you could possibly be hanging back? Let me know how it goes.

  • Patrick Loughran August 24, 2016, 3:15 pm

    Currently I am hitting the Driver on the Heel and away from the sweetspot all together. I then concentrated on hitting the toe of the driver and that seemed to help. What is your suggestion to stop this?

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