Curing over the top…

and I do mean cure. No cliche driven madness, just a simple statement.

Take the club straight back, or even a little outside and try to come over the top on purpose. It’s difficult, if not impossible to do without feeling EXTREMELY awkward.

If you are coming over the top, the only thing you have to do is not take the club back so far inside.

It really is that simple. Have a good weekend.




  1. Mark

    Monty, I usually agree with nearly all of your ideas, ,but i think you are a little off base here. Being 6’5″ 315 former FB player, my over the top move feels very natural and not contrived in the least. I think when describing a feel, a lot of that feel is related to your body type. While OTT might feel awkward to a tall lean player, for someone that is barrel shaped it is a very natural feeling, for some reason. It’s difficult for me to attack the ball from the inside based simply on my body type, if I was a leaner player, I’d have more ‘room’ to drop the club more down instead of out in my swing. My best round ever is 68 on a pretty open course, and I carry a 1.4 and all of my best golf has come even when my divots point 10 yards left of my intended target. Of course I hate OTT, and work constantly to change it, but a lot of it is based on my body type…

    I’m not saying you are wrong exactly, just arguing that different body types are going to feel different things.

    Good luck

    • Monte Scheinblum

      I agree with different body types and if you have seen in the past few weeks, I am attempting to “un-demonize” everyone’s view of OTT. The Bryce Molder post, taking about how our fear of OTT has us all stuck, etc. What I am trying to say with this is if you don’t like your OTT move, all of this techno babble that is being thrown out there (swing more inside out, lead with the lower body, etc.) is more complicated than it needs to be. The OTT people want to get rid of is almost always caused by a backswing that is way too far inside.

      • Mark

        🙂 again, we agree. Keep up the good work man.

  2. Paul

    Monte–Won’t this help get rid of OTT?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      No, this will create other problems and might make the OTT worse as this move can create a revers picot and/or make you whip it even farther inside.

  3. Steelydan

    Will surely try this out. A problem that I see with this idea though is that for many people, the steep backswing itself feels akward. And awkward feelings can ruin your swing. Well, a matter of practice I guess…

  4. Bob

    Having a little over the top start to my downswing for years makes the move not feel awkward at all.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Being a little OTT is significantly better than being stuck under the plane.

      • Bob

        I believe you there, Monte


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