Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online today at noon EST to help you with your game. If you missed him, Brady will be back on next week to help you with your game.

Thanks to everyone for your participation this week, especially to those of you submitting videos. Let's keep them coming next week. Andrea asks at 1:05:What is one drill I can use to help me keep my head down during the swing. I seem to be raising up to create space. Here's the link to my swing video (I hope it works): I've been working on rotating my hips to start the downswing but I can't test my game yet (snow). ThanksYour head is moving because your body is changing its posture during the swing. It isn't the cause of the problem. If you look at where your tush is at address and where it is at impact you will see a big movement toward the ball. This makes your spine become more upright through impact and as a result your head moves. The improvement to your golf swing, which I think is quite good, will come when you improve your ability to maintain contact with the line during the swing. Trying to sit back in your heels in address will only make the problem worse. You need to get your legs and tush feeling as if they are farther from the ball at impact than address. I have included a set up and impact of Anthony Kim to show you where you should be. Kimdriver

Adam asks at 1:00: What is
the one quick tip or drill that will help me keep my right elbow (I'm right-handed) close to my side on the downswing, to avoid casting the club
and pulling the ball or put too much slice spin on it? Thanks .
Focus on hitting the inside-back of the ball and not the back of it. When your eyes are on that part of the ball and you are attacking in that direction, your right elbow will stay close to your body and the over-the-top/casting move will be gone. It may seem too simple, but if your clubface is square and not open it will change your game. Dan asks at 12:50: Good
afternoon. I have a problem spinning my hips out too early. (I guess
trying to start down with the lower body.) I really struggle feeling
that bump while staying over the ball. When this happens I feel like
I'm cutting across the ball and the club and my arms swing to the left
with an open clubface. I lose about 10-15 yards and the ball flutters
to the right of the target line. I have tried working on the L-drill
for releasing the club and "throwing" my right side (arm, tricep, knee,
you name it) toward the target. Nothing sticks for more than a range
session. At times, to overcompensate, I end up moving too much
laterally, and all sorts of things happen. Hide the women and children!
Please help.
A good way to kill the spin out and prevent the slide is to focus on your left leg during the downswing. You want to feel the left quad or thigh "engaged" late into the downswing. This stops the spin from happening entirely because your weight is more over the ball of the left foot later in the downswing. Getting the weight into the ball of the foot also keeps you from letting it get to the outside of the foot, a natural consequence of a slide. One thing to keep in mind is that the weight should be moving into the heel of the left foot at impact as the left leg is straightening out. The later this happens the more dynamic and explosive your motion will become.
Lem asks at 12:30: I am
having trouble getting my arms stuck behind me on my downswing, coming
at the ball too far from the inside with an open clubface. Any advice
on how to remedy this problem? Thanks in advance.
First, let me say that it is extremely difficult to get your arms stuck behind you on the downswing. More often than not the problem of attacking excessively from the inside comes from either getting the club too far across the line at the top of the swing and/or allowing your legs to crash in toward the ball on the downswing. Yes, they can both happen in the same swing and if they do, you will hit some miserable shots. You need to work on both of these elements to help you get the club attacking on the proper path coming down. I have included a couple of pictures to help you see the idea.
Kangtop Kangdown
Jan Lernfelt asks at 12:15:
Mr Riggs! You answered my question two weeks ago, regarding the shift
of my plane at the top of the backswing. You said it was because of me
tilting forward over the ball in the backswing thus creating a even
less shallow plane than before.
I've filmed a new video, which I think looks a lot better. The only
thing I tend to do now is that I "over-rotate" in the finish, with my
right shoulder ultimately facing the target line in the end. So
first, do you think my backswing and turn looks better than last
time? And second, what do you think is the reason for me overturning in
the finish? I have a rather high finish, do you think it has something
to do with that? Or is it because I tend to have my motion turning to
the left through the ball rather than "chasing" after it towards the
target line with the knees and arms/hands after impact as I've heard is
the way to go?
I should add that this shot was hit with about 70% power to ensure I get all the mechanics right.
G asks at 12:00: I'm
pushing everything...generally it's a push with the irons and a push
slice with the driver. I've tried checking my alignment and opening up,
exaggerating the release, rotating the hips more aggressively through
impact...nothing seems to help.
That sounds miserable, G. This is a problem many good players deal with at one time during their career. If you have checked your grip to make sure it isn't too weak and have the clubface relatively square during your swing the issue is in how your body is behaving through impact.
When you mention that you have tried to open up at address and rotate your hips more aggressively through impact, these are the exact opposite fixes you need to be exploring. The deal is this, when your body is rotating quickly through impact, your clubface will rotate slowly, and vice versa. Despite the fact that you have tried to exaggerate the release, your hands can't save the block or block-slice if your body is spinning too quickly. The best thing for you to work on at this point is keeping your body more facing the ball at impact so your arms and club can pass. This will feel very passive to you, but it will give the club a chance to square up, something it can't do if the body is overactive.

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