Topping The Golf Ball Fault #2 – Bending The Arms

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Topping the Ball Fix - Don't Bend Your ArmsIn the first part of this How To Stop Topping The Golf Ball series, we looked at common fault #1 – lifting during your back swing.

Let’s look at the second common fault that can lead to tops and thins – bending your arms through impact.

During your address position you should notice how your left arm (for the right-handed golfer) is straight out and reaching for the ball…

Maintaining that same positioning at impact is absolutely crucial for a solid ball strike. Any amount of lifting or bending of that left arm will greatly increase your chances of topping the golf ball. See the video below:


Video Summary

  • Start by making some smooth slow practice swings, only taking the club to chest height on your follow through. At this height, ensure that both arms remain straight (pictures 4 & 5).
  • Repeat this exercise until it feels natural to maintain that straight arm follow position, and then start clipping the ball from a tee peg without any real power, again checking your follow through arm position. Gradually, as you gain more confidence, increase your power but always maintaining straight arms past chest height.

Other Lessons in this ‘Topping the Golf Ball’ Series

Video Preview of What Causes Topped Golf Balls
Video Preview of Lifting Up Causing Topping the Ball Part 1
Video Preview of Bending your Arms Causing Topping the Ball
Video Preview of Ball Striking Drill to Stop Topping the Golf Ball