Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday to review your swing videos, answer questions and offer tips. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE GREAT QUESTIONS AND FANTASTIC VIDEOS. THIS IS THE KIND OF BLOG WE ARE LOOKING FOR EVERY WEEK. DON'T BE AFRAID TO SEND IN YOUR SWING WITH A LINK TO YOU TUBE, IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO SEE YOUR MOTION. HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND GO FOR EVERYTHING, NOBODY WILL REMEMBER THE PAR 5 YOU CHICKENED OUT ON AND MADE PAR.Alex asks at 1:30:Now that my golf season is almost over I was wondering what exercises I
can do to be in shape for next season. I know I need a lot of core
workout as well as legs for stability but I was wondering if you knew
any specific workouts that would help me.There is so much great information out there on the internet that can help. I would recommend finding someone in your area that works with high-level golfers. The more golf specific your workout can BECOME, not begin, the better off you are. If money is a huge issue, check out Paul Chek online and research his material. I have over a dozen of my players working with a certified Chek guy that have had great results.Paul asks at 1:20:Can you clarify: In order to control distance in greenside bunkershots, do I shorten my backswing or follow-through ?Neither. I would have you change the speed of your swing to change the distance of the shot. Think of a second baseman throwing to first versus a third baseman. The throwing motion looks the same, it is the speed of the arm swing that changes the throw. To make golf more athletic think of just changing how much energy you put into the swing. On a shorter shot, swing easier; for a longer shot, swing harder. Remember that the sand under the ball moves the ball out of the bunker. If the sand comes out slower and shorter the ball won't go as far as it would if the sand comes out faster and farther. One last thing about this method. You will see an obvious change in the length of the swing, especially the follow-through, when changing the speed. This happens because there is less momentum in the shorter bunker shot. Be an athlete and don't overthink this.JJ at 1:18 posted swing video:

JJ, I have no idea what your request is because you didn't ask me a question but I will give you my opinion of what you are doing that looks off from where neutral is. You are excessively bent over in the address position forcing your hands to hang too low to the ground. As you take the club away from the ball, you lose the connection between your upper right arm and your chest forcing the arm to move well away from your body. As a result, your right wrist loses all of it's bend from address and the clubface becomes very closed. This has a lasting effect on your golf swing as it prohibits you from releasing the club properly through impact, shortening your shots and severely restricting your follow-through. If I were to recommend some changes, it would start at your address. Get into a more neutral posture so your hands aren't so close to the ground. Take the club back with your upper right arm and chest maintaining their connection while you keep some bend in the right wrist. This will help the club into a more square position at the top allowing you to release fully through impact. The final thing I would recommend is to look at the pictures of Tiger, Annika, Adam Scott, etc., at the finish position and try to copy that as best you can. Chances are your flexibility will limit you from getting as around as the swings I mentioned, but it will go a long way to helping you get where you want to go.Bob Featherstone asks at 1:05 p.m.I video my swing and noticed that when I started on my down swing from
the top my right heel started to come up should that happen?

Conrad asks at 10:00:Brady, a lot of players on Tour swing with a shut face at the top, and
hold on through impact, and they have a lot of success this way. Zach
Johnson, Paul Azinger, Fred Funk, etc. have all had a lot of success
this way. How come teachers don't teach this swing? The majority of
teachers out there only teach the "textbook swing" yet this swing
obviously seems to work for a lot of players.That is a great point, Conrad, and I couldn't agree more. I have a saying that I have adopted over the last decade or so and that is "Greatness is unique." The fact is that if a player comes to you in control of the ball with some strange mechanics you have to be very careful how much you mess with their motion. If you are fixing things because you don't like the way they look instead of because they don't perform then you're making a grave mistake. On the other hand, I wouldn't start out a player with unusual alignments just to see if they will work. I figure if I can make a player as neutral as possible they will add their own unique wrinkles to the motion and make it their own. Jim asks at 9:55:Hi Brady, I hit my mid and short irons a decent way (7 iron 165) but
have a real problem consistently hitting anything below a 6 iron.
Should I just switch to hybrids for my long irons, or is this a drill I
can work on to help?Jim, I could give you a long, complicated answer as to why the longer irons are more challenging to hit than the hybrids, but why bother? They just are! Tour professionals don't do anything with their equipment that doesn't make it easier to score. Look into the bags on the Champions Tour and LPGA Tour and you will seen more headcovers than irons. This is also becoming more typical on the PGA Tour as well. Get a couple of hybrids to demo and see what you think. Shayne asks at 9:50:Hi Brady
When Eddie Merrins has answered swing questions on Ask the Top 100 he
puts significant emphasis on using the forearms to square the club face
through impact. I have been focusing on this for a number of weeks and
have found that it works very well for a straight ball flight. However I have found that the ball trajectory is much lower than before. I
guess the wrists are a little quiet when doing this would that be an
explanation for the change in ball flight?This is probably a question you should ask Mr. Merrins. We all have different styles of teaching and methods to help our students get the results they are looking for. Mr. Merrins has been a heck of a teacher for a long time and would be a better source of information about that style of teaching. I would say that if your hands and arms are more passive it makes sense that the ball flight would come down a bit.

Marc asks at 9:38:Hi Brady
I posted my swing a couple of weeks ago and you said I needed to get
the ball up in my stance and cover it more with my left shoulder at
impact. Here are some swings from the weekend working on that.
I am also trying to shift my weight in the downswing correctly. In
the down-the-line swing, I am holding a range bucket between my knees
and starting the downswing by keeping my right knee in place while
moving my left knee away and toward the target so the bucket falls
straight down.
Let me know how it looks and if I am on the right track.

Marc, thanks for sending in the swing. I think your lines are quite good from down the line. The ball position looks better and overall the swing has great potential. Here is what I think you should do. Go to my website www.redgoat.smugmug.com and use the password bluegoat. Go to the Tour swings section and look at the swings of Anthony Kim and Tommy Armour III. The thing you should be watching is when they initiate the forward motion toward the target with their body during the swing. In your swing, you don't get moving with your body until your arms and club have reached the top of the backswing. This is not as athletic as it should be. Think of throwing a ball while stepping and throwing simultaneously, it would be very ineffective. This is how you are swinging the club. When you look at the swings of AK and TAIII you will notice their body begins to move towards the target well before the backswing finishes with the arms and club. The only way this move works is if their is a significant move off the ball to begin the swing. This is something you do already and fits perfectly into this swing style.Give this a try and send me the new move as soon as you can. I think your swing can be phenomenal if you add this piece to your motion. Gene Lund asks at 9:20:Due to arthritis and muscle strains etc. my left arm can't extend all
the way (about a 15 percent difference from my right). I think this causes me to top
the ball a lot. Any suggestions?Back in the 80s, Calvin Peete led the tour in driving accuracy multiple times and won several events. His left arm was unable to straighten as well but it didn't hurt his ability to score. If you are topping shots, try to maintain your forward bend throughout the shot. Chances are your body is becoming more upright at impact than it was at address making it impossible to make solid contact. Sorry for the late start, let's get going!

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