How to Stop Topping the Ball

One of the most frustrating shots in golf is topping the ball.

A topped golf shot is caused by a player hitting the ball above its equator. If you hit the very top of the ball it will literally go only a few yards. 

Topped shots usually happen when there is tension in the arms caused by swinging too fast.  So why do golfers attempt to swing so fast?  Faster swings will help to increase distance, but only when the body and club can stay in balance. 

Fortunately there are a number of practice drills that can help you to avoid repeating the same mistake. 

In order to stop topping the ball, you must be able to keep your balance. 

I use this simple warm-up exercise before I play.  This drill always helps me to focus on balance for better contact and tempo in my swing.  

  1. Place your feet together
  2. Take your posture by bending from the hips (rear pockets up to the sky) with knees slightly bent. 
  3. Position the ball in line with your chin on a low tee. Using a 7 or an 8 iron, rotate your shoulders back a short distance with your arms relaxed and the club in a “Y” formation.   
  4. On your forward motion turn your body toward the target with your weight shifting to your forward foot. Allow your your shoulders and arms to follow in order to hit the tee and the ball into the air.  Repeat this motion until you can successfully hit  four or five shots in a row up into the air.    
  5. As you begin to see improvement, remove the tee and repeat the process. Gradually widen your stance to a normal width. 

Remember, keep your feet together as you practice this drill and focus on good balance for a more repeatable and consistent swing. 

For further assistance, schedule a lesson with Tami Bealert, PGA Director of Instruction.

Tami Bealert, Director of Instruction


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