Monday, September 21, 2009

Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon Eastern
to review your swing videos, answer questions and offer up tips to
lower your score. Be first in line by leaving a question in the
comments area below.
Thanks to everyone for your questions. We always love to see your swing from You Tube so get out those cameras and start filming, it will put you to the top of the list. I will also answer your questions on strategy, short game, swing theory, competing and equipment so don't be bashful. See you next time... Andy asks at 12:57: Hi Brady,
I seem to pull my wedge shots from 120 yrds in often . I was wondering
if you had any idea what the problem could be.Thanks
This is a very typical problem for many players hitting wedges, especially when they aren't full swings. When hitting a wedge shot many people slow down the body through impact in an attempt to gain control over the contact and/or the distance of the shot. This will always speed up the release of the hands and arms causing the clubface to close early and the shot to travel left of the target. Nick Faldo had some great advice about hitting these shots, he said the key to wedge shots, especially the in-between ones, was to keep the body rotating through impact to the target. This has been a very useful key for my own game over the years. Give it a try, I am sure it will get the ball more on line.Brad asks at 12:50: The only
club in my bag that I hit badly is my driver: high and right (slice).
Every other club from 3 wood to hybrids to wedges are dead straight or
pulled if I hit it wrong. The driver is right, every time, all the
time. Do I have a swing issue or a shaft issue?
It could be a shaft issue. If the shaft is too stiff it can make the ball go right. It is something to investigate before trying to rebuild your golf swing considering you are hitting the other clubs well. Take it to a facility with a launch monitor so you can get the actual numbers in front of you. Trusting a salesman at an off-course location wouldn't be a high percentage play at this point.Matt asks at 12:35: How can
you build a consistent putting stroke. I believe i am keeping the
putter online, but the tempo of the putting stroke is inconsistent.
Also, how can you determine what type of putter should I be play. Is
there a certain type for body build or swing style?
Thanks for asking a putting question Matt, always good to work on the short stuff.
There is no perfect style of putter for a certain body type. There are differences in the balance of the face, design of the head, and materials for the insert but the fact is most of the bells and whistles are unimportant. The fact is the most important elements of the putter are the length and weight. Fortunately, there has been an emphasis over the past two years on putter fitting that as addressed these issues. Make sure your putter is the correct length and weight, it can make all the difference.
Letting the putter swing on a natural arc is the best way to be consistent. Attempting to keep the putter square and straight back and through is a tough task. Let the putter swing back slightly to the inside and open and close slightly through is a good approach.

Doug asks at 12:25: In my
last round, I was having two significant problems. First, I was hitting
well behind the ball on most of my iron shots, resulting in lots of fat
hits and torn up chunks of ground. Second, though my distance was OK,
my drives were all going straight right. I have this problem a lot, and
I'm pretty sure it's because I'm not getting my hips turned through the
ball enough. What can I do to fix these issues? Thanks!
The two issues combined together are often caused by an excessively steep angle of attack. When it comes to the irons, a steep attack will produce a deep divot that generally begins at or before contacting the ball. With the driver, the steep attack will make it impossible to release the club properly creating a shot that begins well right of the target and never comes back. This is a classic block.
>Unfortunately, turning your hips more through impact will only make the problem worse. What you need to do is get the club to come down more from behind your body and less from in front of you. This begins with a more obvious and profound turn of your hips during the BACKSWING. As a result, your club will be further away from the ball at the top and easier to bring down on a shallower plane. With the club approaching impact from a better angle, the ball can be struck before the ground and the divot should be much skinnier. With the driver, the club will be coming from a more inside path, allowing time for the clubface to roate properly through impact. This will help the ball start more on line and quite possibly have a slight draw. Daniel Dalet asks at 12:10: Hello
there, was wondering if you could take a look at my swing. Here is the
video. I have controlled the right knee kicking up by minimizing my
weight shift to my back foot... this has helped a lot. Is there
anything else that you suggest?
Thanks for taking the video Daniel. There are a couple of areas of interest that you can mess with. First is the clubface. The angle of the video makes it a bit difficult to see some of the pieces of the swing but the clubface appears to be quite closed throughout the motion. This can have negative effects on the ballflight for both a hook and a slice. Let me explain. If you are hooking it with a closed clubface the problem is obvious. The shut face is producing a hook and needs to be adjusted to fix the curve. However, a slice can also be caused by an excessively closed face if the player is holding on during impact. In this case, fixing the clubface will require the player to release the club properly and improve the ballstriking while eliminating the slice.
I obviously can't see the ball fly in these videos so it makes it difficult to give you specific advise. However, the lack of rotation of your body through impact and to the finish looks like you are fighting the hook. I would have you work on two things. First, make your grip as neutral as possible to help the clubface remain more square during the swing. Next, go on You Tube and do a search of Annika Sorenstam's swing and check out her finish position. This is a great visual of how "around" the finish should be. If you check out the finishes of Tiger or Anthony Kim they will work as well. If your flexibility is an issue like yours truley, look at the finish of Darren Clarke.  His finish would work just as well.
The big key here is to eliminate the issues in your swing that require large compensations and create inconsistency. If you get the clubface more square and finish your swing properly the ballstriking will get MUCH better. Eric asks at 12:00: Can
you take a look at my swing and give me your feedback. I'm a +0.5 index
but don't work with anyone regularly and wanted to get some feedback
and your teaching style seems to mesh with my understanding and thought
on how to swing the club.
Here is a link to the swing:
Thanks for the video Eric! It always helps to see the real thing. You obviously have a very good motion that is effective if you are a +0.5. I think you can make some improvements in your swing if you adjust the angle of your shoulders during the backswing. In the swing you sent, the shoulders rotate back on a flatter plane than is desirable. As a result, the club swings back too flat and must steepen during the downswing. Try to rotate your shoulders on a steeper plane, left shoulder down and right shoulder up. This will bring the club up on a more vertical plane, allowing the shaft to shallow in the transition and attack on a better angle. Send in the new swing when you have made the changes and we will give it another look.Read past installments of Ask the Top 100 Live

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