Top of Golf Swing Position

How To Develop A Great Golf Swing – Part 3

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Now that our golf swing starts with a good takeaway and continues into a good halfway back position, we want to continue into a good position at the top…

The position you get the club into at the top of the backswing is going to largely influence your downswing and the path of the club into the ball. Our backswing should generate and store up as much power as possible but also combine that with control and consistency.

Side note If you are having problems achieving this position at the top of the back swing you might want to take a look at our flexibility for golf page. You could also benefit from the stretching and strength exercises as well as the training program in our fantastic 6 weeks to Golf Fitness ebook.

The video below, and the drills beneath it, cover some clear checkpoints for a good position at the top – a position that will help you strike the ball with more power, more accuracy and greater consistency.


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Top Of Golf Swing Video Summary

  • Complete a shoulder turn as close to 90 degrees as feels comfortable, without allowing too much knee and leg movement.
  • Ensure your head has remained at the same height and feel that the left arm is strong and not flexed.
  • Your body weight should be 60% on the instep of your right foot, but the left foot should have remained still. Again using a mirror (but this time face on) check the length of your swing doesn’t go beyond 3 o’clock.
  • See this short video for a good checkpoint for the position of the right hand at the top of the golf swing

Another way to ensure you’re achieving a good postion at the top of the swing is to focus on the position of the right hand

A great analogy is to think about a waiter carrying a tray of drinks. I’ve put this short, 60-second video together so you can see exactly what I mean:

Position of the right hand at the top of the backswing

Golf Practice Drills to go with this Tip

I’ve also filmed a couple of extra drills that should help you with this top of the golf swing position. They cover some simple tips and checkpoints so that you can check your position at the top while at the range or at home:

Top of Backswing Drill #1

Top of Backswing Drill #2

Top of Backswing Drill #3