1 swing thought to help cure your over-the-top swing move

over the top swing move

If you look like the picture on the left, your wrist angles might be to blame.


Mark Blackburn, GOLF Top 100 Teacher and coach to a number of PGA Tour players, has been putting out some great content on social media recently, so head over to his page and give him a follow. His most recent tip caught my eye because so many golfers struggle with the classic over-the-top move, which makes advice like this especially helpful for so many.

Before we go any further, it’s worth clarifying, for those who may be unfamiliar, what an “over-the-top” move actually is. It’s when the club moves from outside-to-in on the downswing. Paired with a closed clubface, it can result in a nasty pull hook. Match it with an open clubface, and bingo! Slice time.

“Try and feel like you maintain a very wide arc, that you don’t have a lot of wrist set, almost like your thumbs are pointing down. That’s going to keep the sweetspot and club’s center of mass more behind your hands, and give you a really good chance of keeping this club coming from the inside.”

Mark Blackburn

Which brings us back to Mark, who helpfully explains that the problem may lie with your wrist angles. Golfers who struggle coming over the top often have too much wrist set in their swing, which force the shaft into a vertical — steep — position. That’s why Mark suggests feeling like you’re making a wider arc, with less wrist hinge, which will let the center of mass of the club work from more behind you and less over-the-top.

Watch the full video below:

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Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.