…is not nearly as evil as is being portrayed by the golf media and the ill informed.
Yes, whipping the club dead inside with the hands and arms, rerouting the hands and club way over the top, having no weight shift, casting and raking the club across the ball producing a pull that slices 75 yards is bad.
However, this actually beats the alternative which is a club buried underneath the plane, producing snap hooks and shanks that appear often and without remorse.
That is a far worse problem than OTT in golf today. I play golf every week with old men who come over the top, cast the club at the ball, hit a nice fade down the middle all day long and get up and down because that little over the top move gets the club out in front of them allowing for nice soft chips. Obviously a little cast at the bottom adds some loft and produces a higher softer shot than a lagged hozel causing a right angle rocket.
A club buried under the plane and holding the lag produces the worst short game shots imaginable.
As usual, my point is not to advocate OTT and cast. I am saying the mainstream fix for OTT and cast (swing inside out and hold the lag) produces an even worse problem.
Kind of like the side affects of some over the counter drugs are worse than what problem they don’t even fix.
The point. If you are slightly over the top and cast a bit to hit a nice controlled fade, don’t let anyone tell you there is something wrong with your swing.
Point #2. If you have the wicked pull slice no power over the top casting mess that produces scores in the 100’s, start with your setup and make sure the first part of your takeaway isn’t too inside and move on from there.
Stabbing yourself with the butt of the club in the right hip, swinging to right field or any other quick fix cure that is supposed to solve over the top is more like prescription medication. Who cares if your mild case of heartburn goes away if you get anal leakage as a side effect.
Ask anyone who got the shanks from one of these fixes and ask them if my analogy isn’t apt.
I am now curious how many people get so fired up by this, they fail reading comprehension and call me an idiot for saying over the top is good.