Tip From the Archives
Topping or Hitting It Thin
You top the ball or hit above center with the clubhead traveling on too high a line resulting in a weak fade.
Although most people think this is due to picking their heads up, it is more likely that you stood up a little taller during your backswing; causing the clubhead enter the impact zone a little high. Instead of lifting the club up during your backswing, focus on trying to swing around your spine as you maintain your knee flex.
To help prevent from straightening up during your backswing, practice hitting shots from a downhill lie. You are more likely to maintain your knee flex if you are swinging down the slope.