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Stop Coming Over-the-Top: A Quick Guide [Kindle Edition]

Mike Southern
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Whether you struggle with the swing flaw commonly called 'coming over-the-top' or not, this Quick Guide will probably help your game."

That bold first statement opens "Stop Coming Over-the-Top," but it's true. The vast majority of swing faults in any weekend player's swing can be traced back to a poor takeaway and a poor change of direction at the top of the backswing. Using some simple instruction, a few easy drills, and 35 diagrams, "Stop Coming Over-the-Top" can help any golfer get his swing back on plane, as well as teaching him how to improve distance and accuracy. After learning how an over-the-top move simulates a wood chopping motion, you'll be shown how a correct swing eliminates these errors. In this Quick Guide you'll learn:

** What really causes an over-the-top swing
** How to create a good shoulder coil with a big swing arc
** A simple way to get your swing on plane
** Why your lower body always starts your downswing… but not always correctly
** How to start your downswing correctly every time
** How to "hold" your wrist cock until late in your downswing
** How to stop "chicken-winging"
** And more!

So don't fuss with the symptoms of a poor swing. Attack the real problems and learn the basics of a fundamentally sound swing with "Stop Coming Over-the-Top"!

Contains diagrams for both right- and left-handed players.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Mike Southern writes the long-running Ruthless Golf blog ( He is the author of several books, including "Ruthless Putting," and has written for's Golf Tips section.

Product Details

  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477498400
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Defiant Publishing LLC (November 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VUDK4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much wood chopping June 28, 2013
By Bruce
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I like this book because it contains several excellent tips for stopping the dreaded "over the top" move. It is also useful for developing a repeatable on-plane swing even if coming over the top is not your primary problem. However, I would have liked this book a lot more if the author had left out all the references to chopping wood. By trying to teach golf swing movements by comparing them to wood chopping movements simply makes it more difficult for the average reader to understand. The explanation of the proper take-away is excellent, and teaching golfers to not rotate their arms during the first part of the take-away is excellent advice. We get that, eventually, so why complicate it by including an analogy of the wood chopping swing?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Standard boiler plate.. January 29, 2013
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This isn't a terrible book, but it is simply the standard
boiler plate that you can get off the web for free.
Not worth the money in my opinion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Plane truth for Golfers Jim Hardy - is much better January 18, 2013
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Really a waste of money - nothing new and badly explained so difficult to follow. Go for the title above or JE Tamay's The Golf Swings Simple Secret - both well explained and simple to follow - helped my cure a slice and understand a lot about the golf swing I should already have learned in the last 12 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 21, 2012
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Found it be a no frills, easy to use approach that works very well. Less moving parts makes it much easier to perform.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i'm amazed November 6, 2012
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i thought "what can you expect for $4.99". what i got was the best ball-striking i've had in my 4-years of golf. the one piece takeaway may not be for everyone, but it has done my game wonders. thanks, mike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Round this Year October 26, 2012
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After reading Mike's book, I shot the best round I'v had in the last two years, 46,41 at Firestone North. The one piece takeway and hitting throught the impact zone was fantastic in creating a focus to produce some crisp and sold shots. This book will help any level golfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars much better than expected... September 12, 2014
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As a new golfer, once I actually started making consistently solid contact with the ball, I thought my battle was won. However, to my dismay I found I was a culprit of the dreaded beginners bane: the slice. Not a mere push, but that horrifically side spun curvature right over to the next hole or the OB area...or worse.

With analysis, I found that I was coming over the top, mostly because I really never understood in my head what my swing was supposed to look and feel like. With mikes book---which will require effort and patience on the readers part, as it does not just "come" to you like a magic "aha!" Moment---and time spent going through the positions and exercises and visualizing THOROUGHLY the concepts and swing shapes that mike explores in the book, I was able to tame my slice once and for all. That was something that three months of playing golf had not done. I cannot recommend this book more highly if you need to tame your own swing. Thanks, mike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it because it really helped me thanks December 1, 2014
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I had purchased this books some time ago and went trhough it very quickly. For some reason I went over it again and something caught me and later on the golf course saved me.
I think it is a difficult read, but the advice is sound and it really solves the Over-The-Top by replacing it with crisp iron shots.
I loved it because it really helped me
thanks Mike
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy read with good information.
Published 1 month ago by curtis brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not sure
I'm still undecided on the value of this book. Stopping the over the top move is easy to say but tough to get out of your mechanics.
Published 1 month ago by bnack
5.0 out of 5 stars very simple explanation
Short and easy to understand. Good diagrams. Recommend to all golfers who are plagued by the dreaded over the top swing.
Published 9 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars well explained
Concepts are Very well explained with plenty of diagrams and examples to visualize the swing in ines mind for memory
Published 9 months ago by Niraj k Gupta
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your money
Don't waste your money. Poor illustrations, and the explanation to the illustrations were bad also- no break through moments in this book.
Published 10 months ago by Frank G.
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE
Published 12 months ago by DONALD A. CIMINO
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Golf Book I ever Read !,
Great Book. Changed my swing,revolutionized my game. Explained and simplified the swing in a way that made it easy to conceptualize
Published 12 months ago by Sequoia DuBose
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps cronique bad movements
Its a good guide, coneptualy very clear , well explained, more detail in how to doit , small tips on feelig will have been usefull
Published 15 months ago by Claudio Skarmeta
2.0 out of 5 stars decent attempt to keep things simple
Author has tried to keep thing simple but I still lost my way reading then re-reading the words. In the end I just skimmed over the drawings which give a clear enough explanation... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephen Gumley
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
This was a just an ok book. It gave some good pointers but I have seen them in other books.
Published 17 months ago by Steven the purchaser
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More About the Author

Mike Southern learned the basics of golf from Carl Rabito, the PGA Professional who coached LPGA major winner Jeong Jang to her 2005 Women's British Open win. He's played in a few local professional tournaments and written numerous instructional articles for He currently writes the long-running "Ruthless Golf" blog, which is aimed at helping weekend players improve their game without overtaxing the rest of their lives.


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