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April Tip

    By Barry Goldstein,

    For many golfers, topping the ball is a serious problem. Not only are worm burners
    the ugliest shots to watch in golf, but they invariably put your ball into horrendous
    situations from which to escape.

    When a student comes to me fighting the tops, the first thing I do is help him or her
    understand that, on all full swings with an iron, it’s crucial to execute a downward
    strike on the golf ball, not an upward lift or scoop. Anything but a descending blow
    increases the likelihood that you’ll catch the ball above its equator, a scenario that
    produces the top. Of course, your motion may need more help than simply to hit
    down on the ball. Nonetheless, the following Break The Tee drill works wonders.

    Set a tee in the ground so that the top of the tee rests just above the turf. Assume
    your standard address position and make your swing with the primary goal being to
    clip the tee out of the ground. This is not as easy as it seems, especially for a
    chronic topper. The key is to really go down after it, with no lifting or flinching at
    impact. The proper forward shift of weight targetward on the downswing also is
    required to steepen the path.

    After a few swings, you should be able to not only clip the tee, but to break it and
    send it flying from the turf along with a healthy divot. Now, place a golf ball on the tee
    and continue the drill. If you make the same downward swing, your top shot will be
    replaced by one that rises quickly with plenty of backspin. After a dozen or so solid
    strikes, take the tee out and continue to ingrain the feeling of “breaking the tee.”
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