By Kiel Christianson
Watching the Academy Awards on Sunday night, I was struck again by the nauseatingly over-the-top acceptance speeches. And it occurred to me that whereas "over-the-top" is rewarded in Hollywood, it's the kiss of death in golf.
The over-the-top move, referring to lifting the club up over the shoulders on the downswing and striking the ball from the outside in, causes all sorts of problems, from poor contact to lack of power to a wicked slice.
In this video swing tip, Des Mahoney, Director of Instruction at the Centennial Golf Academy at Centennial Golf Course near Knoxville, Tenn., provides a visualization technique to redirect both the backswing and downswing and cure the dreaded over-the-top move.
In essence, he recommends imagining hitting a ball around waist level, and then working that same impact position down toward the ground and, ultimately, to a real golf ball.
You won't be winning any Oscars, but if you rehearse this drill, you might be hoisting a first-place trophy at your next outing.