Coming Over The Top? Check The Shaft Weight In Your Clubs


It’s the dreaded “over the top” move – this is the most written about problem for a golfer. For most left-handed or right-handed golfers, the dominant hand gets too active causing an outward push of the club from the top. The golf club goes outside the intended path, and you get a slice or push. There are several instruction tips on this issue – but what about checking your equipment?

There are times when the weight of the shaft can cause these problems. As you’ve seen from several manufacturers, shaft weights are getting lighter. A lighter shaft makes the clubhead play heavier. At times, this will make you begin to “steer”’ the club back to the ball causing the dreaded “over the top” move. Conversely, having a heavier shaft may also contribute to this problem.  You’ll feel too much weight in your hands and you’ll push in the same manner.

Here’s A Few Quick Tips To Dial In The Proper Shaft Weight

1. Check Your Club’s Shaft Weight

If you’ve purchased preowned clubs from a buddy, make sure you know what shaft you’re getting. You’d be surprised how many clubs have been altered. However, if you purchase preowned clubs from GlobalGolf, you can rest easy knowing that they’ve been evaluated by our trained staff, including PGA Professionals.

2. Experiment With Different Shaft Weights

Find a facility that will let you demo clubs. Try a shaft that’s heavier and a shaft that’s lighter, then compare it to yours. You may find the right feel.

3. Solicit Expert Advice

The best way to make sure you don’t suffer from this problem is to ask a knowledgeable fitting expert about options, like the PGA Professionals at GlobalGolf. They can evaluate your swing and discuss your tendencies, and make the proper recommendations for your next purchase.

We hope you find these tips helpful – You can always contact us with your questions specific to your game!


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Alan Unruh

Alan Unruh is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America, and holds PGA Certifications in General Management, Golf Operations and Player Development. With these certifications, he is among the 1% of PGA members that hold multiple PGA Certifications. He has a profound passion for the game of golf along with extensive experience and knowledge regarding planning and strategy for golf operations, rules of golf, tournament operations and golf swing fundamentals. Alan has also played a crucial role helping manage multiple high profile tournaments throughout his career including the USGA Women’s U.S. Open, PGA and LPGA Tour events, and multiple NCAA and AJGA events.