Golf tip of the week: Stop topping the ball

PHOTO PROVIDED Don’t allow the club to pass your body, keep the core moving.

Topping the ball is one of the most aggravating problems for beginner golfers.

There are different causes for topping the ball. The head must be the center point of the swing. If the head moves back and forth, the spine angle moves back or forward of the ball, creating an egg-shape arc. It also causes a golfer to try and scoop the ball, causing the ball to take a nosedive due to the overspin.

The hands must maintain the same shape throughout the swing as they were at the address position.

The spine should remain behind the ball, try keeping the upper body and head at the same elevation as it was at address.

Use the core to swing the club. The club should never move out of the center of the chest. Allow the arms and hands to relax throughout the swing.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.