Stop Thin and Topped Shots

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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+

18 Responses to “Stop Thin and Topped Shots”

  1. March 18, 2016


    Timely tip Paul. I need to get better at this for sure. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook something that should be obvious.

    • March 18, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Well it is exciting for most people to hit a ball so they end up looking. If you look early you will only ever see bad shots.

  2. I have found that hitting balls into a net helps you focus on the ball. After all, you all ready know where the ball is going to end up (in the net every time!) so you forget about looking for it and focus more on contact.

    • March 18, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Hitting into a net is good. Just make sure you are doing lots of practice swings as well.

  3. March 18, 2016


    Greeting Coach My biggest challenge to date,but I am getting it. Did you say all you see Is a blur when the club meets the ball? After that is the spot clear or still a blur because all goes so fast that you see almost nothing but feel your head still down and then feel your shoulder pushing it away?

    • March 18, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      If the club swooshed past you you will see the blur. If you see the blur you had to be looking where the ball was. Right after you hit the ball you will still see the tail end of the blur as it passes through the ball. Once it is going and I am around 3/4 through my shoulders hits my chin and I am swiveling to see where it went.

  4. March 18, 2016


    PS Although I feel POWERLESS ARMS it still takes some faith to stand there and make the swing.I find myself saying to myself “IS THIS REALLY GOING TO WORK”? The answer is a resounding YES THANKS

  5. There has been endless arguing about what the head should do during the downswing :Some would advise to keep the head down ,the eyes focused where’s the ball was lying ,others would say to let the head turn freely ( ANNIKA SORENSTAM ,DAVID DUVAL),you are somewhere in between ,your head doesn’ t stay fixed ,it rotates forward.
    .I don’t look at the ball at all ,I focus on a point 5 inches in front of it ,targetwise .Topping or hitting it thin comes also by raising the lower body too early in the throughswing or not moving fast enough on the front leg .Ver y often I don’t see where’ m’y ball has gone ,I have to rely on the feel I got from the club and the swing .And Walk forward where’s I think the ball is .

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    April 23, 2016


    Hi Paul! Haven’t been able to log in for a while due to other duties. I enjoyed this video tip. Thanks for the great site and golf tips, cures and great videos to make my game better.

    • April 24, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      I thought I haven’t seen you in a while. All of the past tips are listed on the homepage in order if you want to catch up.

      Glad you like them. Even if you are busy I hope you were still doing practice swings.

  7. August 27, 2017


    I used this tip successfully to stop topping shots, but I’ve found that should I hit one thin, and remember this tip, that watching the spot where the ball was seems to sometimes cause the opposite problem by hitting fat. Like thinking of stopping myself from watching the ball messes up my timing in my weight shift. Any thoughts?

  8. August 28, 2017


    Yep. Feel the heal, that’s the one. Makes sense to me. Thanks Paul!

  9. February 27, 2018


    Have been pushing, push fading and hitting som thin shots lately, probably coming out of it too early. Def need to focus on watching were the ball was longer. Pretty basic but something we forget from time to time. Better to look down longer and hit it solid then looking early only to see a bad shot!

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      February 27, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Probably coming out of it. When I do this I know I am swinging too hard. So on the next shot I slow down and swing within myself.

  10. November 4, 2018



    I’ve always believed that my thin shots were caused from using my arms combined with an inactive lower body. Since our arms retract towards us when activated it makes sense that the shorter swing arc would also lead to topped and thin shots. Could this be a cause beyond just over anxiousness to see the shot result?


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