If you top shots, most likely you are standing up as you strike the ball. Ideally, you want to keep the same angle your torso and legs formed at address position the same throughout your swing. Many high-handicappers stand up (straighten their legs or lift their torsos) as the they strike the ball resulting in an array of bad shots including thin and topped shots, pulls and slices. If you take a look at professionals, you will see that they keep their spine angle through out their swing and even many squat down as they strike the ball.
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Simply taking practice swings with your stance at different levels can help prepare you for how it will feel on the golf course. Use a step or bench to simulate the uneven slope. This will not only help your swing technique but help you develop strength and balance as well.
Here is another variation of the uphill and downhill lie drill.
Uphill and Downhill Lie Drill with Speed
Simulate an uphill lie by placing your front foot on a step or bench.
Lean your weight slightly towards your back foot and hold a club or hand weight as if you were going to hit a shot.
Swing to the top and stop to make sure that your weight is loaded into your back leg.
Feel the weight on the inside of the back foot and keep the back knee slightly flexed.
Step carefully over the bench and assume a downhill lie, angling your body towards the slope.
Take a full swing and hold finish. Make sure you pivot off of your back foot.
Repeat uphill and downhill lie drill for 8 to 10 repetitions.
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The challenge is straightforward-simply make 1000 practice swings during the month to improve your swing technique and increase clubhead speed. You don’t need to go to the driving range or golf course, you can simply make practice swings in your garage or living room at home a few minutes a day (just make sure that you don’t whack the ceiling or walls!)
A common problem among high-handicappers and even elite golfers is a lack of mobility in the pelvis and hip area from hours of sitting and lack of activity.
To maximize your full potential in the golf swing, you must have the ability to take your joints and muscles through their full range of motion. Performing exercises that focus on muscles that are chronically tight will help your become more efficient in your golf swing.
Learning to set up properly is the key to a better swing.
Bend From Your Hip Sockets
Stand in a shoulder width with your spine straight, holding onto a golf club.
Bend from your hip sockets as you keep your spine straight and set the clubhead on the ground.
Add a bit of knee flex.
Let your arms hang naturally as you grip the club.
Your weight should be evenly distributed between your heels and your toes.
Off-Course Fitness Tip-Hip and Pelvic Tilt: Test measure range of motion in hips and low back
This test measures the range of motion in your lower back and hips and reveals your capacity to engage your abs and gluteus muscles. To transfer power from your lower body to your upper body in the golf swing, the ability to control your pelvis is imperative for power in your swing and limiting the chances of injury to your lower back. Low test results may also be related to S-posture, loss of posture and lack or rotation.