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Golf tip of the week: Curing the topped shot

PHOTO PROVIDED Maintain wrists shape and don’t allow the club to pass your hands until impact.

The inverse law applies to golf: when you try to lift the ball, it stays low or on the ground. There are several ways to correct a topped shot.

The topped shot can be cured by merely keeping the grip ahead of the clubhead at impact. Scooping the ball or trying to help the ball get airborne creates the topped shot.

The wrists must remain the same shape through the hitting area, as they were at address.

Below are a few ideas to aid in correcting the topped shot known as the worm burner.

• Practice hitting the ball first, then the turf. Taking a deep divot is not necessary, but the club must contact the ball first.

• The grip pressure must be relaxed, and the clubhead must not pass your hands at impact. Keep the chest rotating until you are facing the target.

• Try timing the right hip to align with hands and club at impact. Skipping a stone or throwing a baseball sidearm is very similar to using the right hip in the golf swing, left hip for the left-hand golfer.

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

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.

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