As I understand, precession (of top) occurs because the torque generated by weight causes a change in the angular momentum of spin. Since the angular momentum of spin is along the axis of rotation, precession results. Here I can 'picture' the directional nature of torque. But lets say if there was no spin, and there was a torque generated about the contact point because of weight anyway. The top topples over as a result; why doesn't the motion of the top coincide with the direction of torque. Now that I think about what I've said, it doesn't really make sense... Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.