One thing my mentor, golf legend Ken Venturi, always reminded me that I should keep instruction simple. He'd say, "You might have to figure out how to say the same thing 20 different ways until the golfer gets it but always remember, keep it basic. You're here to help." Through my three plus decades of teaching, I have always tried to practice what "Mr. V" said. And this tip is a good example.
Golfers always ask where the club should be at the top of the swing. Nicklaus was upright. Ben Hogan, Matt Kuchar, very flat. John Daly wraps the club around his neck. So there is no one answer. But most golfers I teach have success by making sure that, at the top of the swing, they get the club pointing at their target. It makes it easier to hit the ball squarely at impact. Try it. You can thank me (and Mr. V) later.