How To Stop Over-Cupping At The Top of the Backswing

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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+

16 Responses to “How To Stop Over-Cupping At The Top of the Backswing”

  1. Hi Paul,
    As you know this is such an important part of our setup. In these last few tips, I see why you go over each in different ways because we may miss it in one tip but it becomes so clear in another. I will be working on this with the others you have been giving us. Thanks for sticking with us, Mike

    • This is true. Different people learn different ways, they hear different things and a lot of people forget what to work on. You can never hear this stuff enough. Glad you are enjoying the tips. I appreciate the support.

  2. Hi Paul – your tips on grip are very timely – just had one of those rounds where nothing much worked. Went through reasons why and it was my grip – it had deviated and I had the club way too much in fingers of left hand and palm of right hand. Been very conscientious ever since and am back on track. Thanks – you are the best! Julia

    • The grip is something that can greatly effect your swing so it should be checked regularly. We all like a comfortable feeling so you will want to move the hands into a strong position. Fight this feeling and neutralize the grip. If you do you will take the arms out of the swing and any hitting. Then you can get feeling the body doing the work.

  3. November 5, 2013


    Following your advice ,i have looked up this lesson on the “overcupping of the left wrist “.I have the “weak grip “you dislike ,but only one knuckle showing ,my left thumb is down the top of the handle ,my left forefinger and left thumb are close together ,and indeed I do cup at the top of the swing ,but when I strike the ball ,my left wrist is not broken down ,it is straight .
    With this grip ,I produce a slight fade ,not a s lice .
    Not Many Pro’s have the weak left hand grip ,I agr

    • November 5, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Keep doing this grip if you want to do it.

      I can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.

  4. Hi Paul,
    Along with my progression, I have started to develop a very very very bad slice : I have to aim for the extreme left of the fairway to hope landing on the extreme right. As this is happening with all my clubs, I reckon I was overcupping. After watching this tip I corrected my grip placing the butt end almost in the depression in the middle base of the palm. The effect is tremendous: I lose all the flexibility in the left wrist at the top of the backswing : Impossible to overcup like you show. The pinky of the left hand seems almost useless in the grip, most of the job being done by the ring and the middle finger. Also, I really start feeling a very strong torke building up at the top of the backswing on the right handside of my core : this is now the only way to reach the top of backswing. And most of all, as the club is now more “attached” to the arm it seems far more easy to feel the powerless arms. It feels like a breakthrough to me. Are all these feelings right? Am I on the right track?

  5. I have been working on these tips already. This is what led me to understand I was overcupping. I then remembered and went back to this tip I overlooked the first time. I suggest you emphasise more this aspect of the setup in your method. For me, it is the missing link : you are giving explanations for every single aspect of the swing. In my opinion this is the only tip explaining the holding of the club in the left hand palm. There is just a few mm between the right position and the wrong position so you may think you are doing ok whereas it is not the case.

  6. Wow, this tip has helped me massively. After holding the club too much in the fingers I was getting some erratic results. Holding it more in the palm has made me feel connected and more in control. The club is squaring at the top and I don’t have to compensate and it leaves me free to get through the ball and into the touch the head position. Everything starts from the grip and I cannot over emphasise the importance of this, certainly for me anyway.

    • August 3, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great. This is really overlooked. I’ve heard of people trying to stop the overcupping by bowing the wrist. This is more manipulation. Why not get to the root of the problem. The grip. Glad you see it. This will change you swing and shot quality forever.

  7. February 3, 2019


    Hi Paul

    In your body swing book on page 120 you mention that over cupping is due to “gripping too much in the palm of the top hand” but here you said it’s due to gripping too much in the fingers.

    Maybe I misunderstood. Could you please clarify?


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      February 7, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      I will have to check that out. Maybe I made a mistake in the book. Good catch. It is due to holding too much in the fingers.

  8. February 13, 2019


    Paul, I have been working on my position at the top of the backswing. This tip was helpful as I had started, for some reason, to grip the club more with the fingers of my left hand. After making the correction show herein, my practice swings seem more comfortable and natural with the grip you describe.

    On a related note, I don’t see any discussions/tips from you on shallowing the club on the downswing. Do you discuss that anywhere?

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