Cure Your ‘Over the Top’ Golf Swing With This Secret Move


Of all the ways someone can swing a golf club downwards towards the ground the most common pattern of many amateur golfers is a swing path that travels from outside the target line to inside the target line as the golf ball is being struck.

Commonly referred to as an ‘over the top’ golf swing this pattern produces golf shots that travel to the left of the target line with short irons and violently spinning left to right shots with the longer and straighter faced clubs.
























I’d like to share with you one of the best strategies I’ve used with amateur golfers to help them to develop a better swing path-one that produces golf shots that are more solidly hit and that travel with minimal to no curvature.

The hit impulse is an automatic response that bypasses the golfer’s attempts to swing the golf club downwards on a path that would produce straighter and more consistent golf shots.

Basically the golfer drives their arms and club on a direct path towards the ball. This is what I describe as a two dimensional downswing path because the golf club is propelled outwards (A) towards the ball and forwards (B) through the ball.
























The crucial part missing from the equation is the downward part. From the top of the backswing the downswing begins with DOWN then SWING.

The idea is to understand that the golf club travels towards the golf ball on an indirect path. From the top of the backswing (A) it travels downwards as one unit-that is the arms and club move in one piece. You could say that it’s a one piece downswing.

How do you do it? The easiest way for me to explain it to you is for you to find your way of delaying the unwinding of your shoulders from the top until the arms and club have travelled downwards to a lower plane (B) before the golf club travels outwards and forwards through the ball (C) and into the finish of your stroke.

Do you best to keep your back facing the target for longer and you will set up the ideal DOWN swing sequence that will move the golf club on a path that travels outwards through the ball rather than across the ball. You can do this by controlling your armswing and shoulders consciously and deliberately or by using your lower body insuch a way that the result is that the shoulders are delayed.

Initially your shots will travel to the right, but over time (not too long) you’ll start to notice a difference in your shots. They will start more along your target line and fade off to the right. You will then need to change the way you release your golf club that’s compatible with your new downswing sequence. Check out my youtube “The Most Important Golf Swing Release” where I get into more detail about how to develop a compatible release of your golf club to hit your shots straighter and longer with your new downswing.

Until next time,

Lawrie Montague


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6 Responses to “Cure Your ‘Over the Top’ Golf Swing With This Secret Move”
  1. Mike Yap says:

    This is fantastic. I feel like I’m going to hit the ball 45 degrees inside out path since my back is still pointed at the target. Is this the correct feeling when delaying the shoulders?

  2. lawrie says:

    That’s precisely the feeling you’re looking for Mike. For the arms to drop down (down part of swing) you delay the shoulder unwind which keeps your back facing the target for a fraction longer. The intial path will be considerably inside travelling to outside but will adjust as the golf club travels outwards and forwards.

  3. Mike Yap says:

    Broke 90 today with this tip. My regular score is around 100 on my home course. I need to build confidence on this new swing. It feels like I’m going to block (push) all my shots, my clean hits all end up close to my target line and longer than normal. My misses are short but still on target. I am rid of my wild slices and duck hooks.

    I’m doing everything you have on YouTube: grip, on plane backswing, pull butt to target instead of getting the clubhead to the ball and knee action. This last tip gelled them all together. It made me realize that I was spinning my shoulders too fast, ergo, slice or pull hook. The best part is I don’t even have to think about my hips.

    You are the man Lawrie. You’re the only video instructor I’ll be watching on YouTube from now on. I have seen tips from other instructors but failed to understand and execute them. Your instructions somehow are very clear to me. Thanks a lot!!!

  4. lawrie says:

    Thanks again Mike, I appreciate your kind words and I wish you the best of luck with your ongoing practice and play.

  5. Matt G says:

    Lawrie, just watched your video on you tube, I’ve been playing 7 months and I’m struggling with consistency, my brother who is a pga coach has been teaching me stack and tilt. I am down to 18. I don’t see my bro very often and I love the simplicity of the video. I am going to try and learn the level 1 positions. I live in Suffolk uk, do you do video coaching?

  6. lawrie says:

    Congratulations on getting your handicap down to 18 in only 7 months. That is a tremendous effort so you must be really benefitting from your brothers lessons.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying my instruction videos.

    I try to keep it simple without being simplistic which is not easy.

    I do video coaching and you can check out my program by typing into your browser or alternatively go to ‘online golf lessons’ on the home page of and you can find information there.

    The very best of luck with your game and thanks for taking the time to contact me.

    Kind Regards,

    Lawrie Montague


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