Stop Topping Drill: The L To L Formula


l to l golf drillI added the Stop Topping Drill to the Golf Practice Planner today because I asked myself: What is a quick and easy way to stop topping the ball?

After doing some research, I found the Stop Topping Drill: The L to L Formula. The beauty of this drill is its simplicity. And you can do it from the comfort of your living room on a rainy day. 

This drill will teach you the fault and fix for topping the ball. It’s a great ball-striking and consistency drill for players suffering from the torment of topped shots. 

What is the number one cause of a topped shot, I hear you asking. It’s pretty simple really. The main cause is an under-extension of the arms just past impact, which is the dreaded chicken wing swing. The chicken wing is a very common fault for amateurs! When the chicken wing happens the clubface is too far from the ground. The resulting “hitting up on the ball” is what causes topped shots.

So, if you’ve been topping the ball recently, you’re going to love this drill.

Stop Topping Drill

Long Game Practice Drills

3 out of 10

5 minutes

Golf club. Golf Practice Planner.


Step 1: Watch
Watch the video.

Step 2: L to L Swings
To learn the feeling of “hitting down” on the ball, address the ball with your feet together. On the backswing form the letter L (with the left arm and shaft). Swing through and reform the letter L. The feeling is that the arms are extended a long way from your body (this is the opposite feeling you’ll have with the chicken swing where the arms are cramped and trapped against the body).

Step 3: Keep Score
Do 10 swings. Give yourself one point each time you perform the L to L swings correctly.

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