Over The Top – Swing To First Base

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In this tip series, I am talking about curing over the top. I see a lot of golfers that come over the top with their downswing and end up hitting pulls, pull hooks and pull slices. This is a drill that you can be doing at home all the time, its also a drill that has been around for a long time. If you keep swinging further out than what is needed then you will start to see your swing path be more inside out and be able to get the straighter golf shots you would need. Keep doing this simple drill anytime you can.

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

7 Responses to “Over The Top – Swing To First Base”

  1. October 15, 2019


    Paul. A great tip. First base is easy to visualize for a right handed golfer Third base for me. I have gained so much consistent distance by swinging through the ball keeping my back elbow down. This concept of swinging for first base makes it easy to keeping the ball in the fairway consistently. My ball has gained height and better trajectory,

  2. October 16, 2019


    Paul, I don’t think I have an over the top swing. But sometime I hit outside in. I’ve been told I have a good downswing but every once in a while I hit a big banana ball. I think it because my hands take over prior to release. Any comments on that?

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      October 17, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Outside in is over the top. Instead of flattening or shallowing the plane in the downswing the club is coming down over the top of the plane. This is due to hitting with arms.

      2 Things Flatten the Plane: https://ignitiongolf.com/2-things-flatten-plane/

      Powerless arms is what I teach. You need to completely turn your arms off to get the plane to flatten. Initiate with the lower body allowing the arms to follow. You need to be thinking of and using your body to turn off your arms. So make sure you are thinking about the right thing as you are coming down.

      Use Your Spring To Turn Off Your Arms: https://ignitiongolf.com/use-spring-turn-off-arms/

      There are tons of powerless arms tips on the site. Just type it in the search box on the right side of the red navigation bar on any page.

  3. October 16, 2019


    I know what you are saying but being left handed I feel I should be swinging to shortstop rather than third base of I am aligned square to the target.

  4. April 16, 2020


    Can you also use the thought of keeping your back shoulder back on the downswing to help swing from the inside?

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