Tip From the Archives

Topped Woods

Problem

You tend to top your woods out in the fairway but not when teeing off.

Cure

You might be thinking too much about getting under the ball or gaining enough loft. Do not try to help gain extra loft by flipping your hands or leaning your body too far away from the target at impact. When you do, it causes the club to make contact on the upswing and top the shot.

Therapy

As long as you make flush contact with the ball, you will get the loft you desire. Although you need a more sweeping style swing with your woods, you still need to make a descending blow with the clubhead. So do not be afraid to take a small divot with your woods. Remember to shift your bodyweight on your forward leg as you approach impact and to extend your arms into a nice, full finish.

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