Ask the Top 100 LIVE: Brady Riggs is here to fix your game

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online today from noon to 1 p.m. to answer your questions and analyze your swing videos. If you missed Brady, come back next Tuesday at noon EST for another edition of Ask the Top 100 Live! Thanks to everyone for your questions and especially the videos. I hope everyone enjoyed the blog and learns from the pictures I put up. If I didn't get to your issue please ask again next week, I'm off to the lesson tee. Special thanks to Mark, Fred and everyone at JC Video for their great software and support. Have a great week!Jack asks at 1:50:I have
been trying to achieve the positions you describe in the 'classic
swing' on www.inpractis.com (very helpful explanations!) I still struggle with the tush line and also keeping my hip from sliding away from the target in the backswing. Any suggestions to what is the root cause?

Vatin asks at 1:37: Is the
lag a result of a correct body movement or is it more of an arm/wrist
control kinda thing? I've been trying all kinds of moves for years to
get the proper lag but it still eludes me.
That is a great question. The answer is both. The arms and hands have to be soft while the body changes direction to create the lag you are seeking. If the hands and arms "try" too much, especially if they attempt to "hold" the angle, you have no chance whatsoever. The body must always move before the hands and arms to create the whip-like action that lag is. If you think of snapping a towel or cracking a whip you can imagine the sequence that must take place. It is critical that you keep your arms, wrists, and hands soft to achieve success. Brian Fox asks at 1:20: Any
tips for how I can fix my lower body movie forward so much on the down
swing and also stop casting the club? I've been told it hurts my power
and leads to fat shots.
Alex asks at 1:00: I have
always been told that with the grip for a right-handed player, the top two knuckles of your left hands hould aim at the target and when griping the
club your right hand should basically have your right palm facing
up. This seems to a be a really strong grip. Is this the way to a
proper grip?
I am not a big fan of using the knuckles as a reference point. The basic idea is that your hands get on the club in a position that gets the clubface relatively square during the swing. Some great players play with a grip that is slightly weak, more play with a grip that is slightly strong, most play with a grip that is neutral. Here is a picture of a very good grip and some points of interest to help you get your hands on the club better. Howellgrip Eh asks at 12:45: Brady, I
have a problem with coming over the top at times, mostly with the
driver. Lately it's resulted in a hook, rather than a pull-fade. Can
you offer any good drills to correct this? My swing thought that seems
to work is to exaggerate having my right shoulder (I'm right-handed)
move down and under, rather than out and around.
That is a swing thought that can work. The one thing I would love for you to understand is that the club doesn't attack the ball from directly behind it, but from inside it. In other words, the club should work toward the INSIDE-BACK of the ball and not the back of the ball. If you focus on getting the club to track properly, the right shoulder will do exactly what you are describing without having to focus on it. As a rule, you are always better off thinking about the direction the club should be taking instead of a specific body part.
Scotty asks at 12:30: I'm
having a lot of trouble understanding when to start the transition from
backswing to downswing. Is there a movement or position that I should
key on to know when to start coming forward? I have a late wrist hinge
and have been waiting until I feel my wrist really start to hinge fully
before coming forward. This is somewhere after my right elbow folds and
my shoulder turn is almost complete. I'm not sure if this is correct or
if I should start coming forward sooner, say just as the right elbow
begins to fold on the backswing. This is screwing everything up as I'm
waiting for a "feeling" to know when to go forward.
Thanks so much for your help. When you start the downswing is very personal. It has to do with your athletic ability, body type, and personality style. The important thing is that your weight move towards the target before your arms and club come down. The best way for you to get the sequence down is to actually throw a ball. This will help you feel the "when" of the downswing so you can stop focusing on the pieces. You need to get your mind out of your elbows, shoulders, and especially your hinge, if you are going to be a consistent ball-striker.
SJ asks at 12:15:
JJ asks at 12:00: Here are a couple of videos..... and some things that I see.
On the backswing.. my arms seem to go away from my body at the
beginning rather than straight back. I also have to much armlift at
the top of the backswing. What is your analysis and how do I fix these
things?
On the downswing.... I notice when the club is parallel to the
ground the clubhead is behind my hands (too far inside). How do I fix
this and do you have any other thoughts.
One last question, I have one of these tac-tic things to keep the
wrist flat, the only training aid I ever had. What do you think of
these?
Hopefully the camera angles aren't too bad!!
Thanks for the videos, JJ. I agree that your arms move away from your body in the takeaway forcing them up at the top. The fact that your clubhead is behind or inside your hands when you are at parallel to the ground on the downswing is a good thing. This is the result of a very important and effective re-route of your club at the top of the swing. The position you achieve coming down is quite good, despite the unorthodox takeaway and backswing positions. This is one of those times as a teacher when you can fix something that is obviously unusual and most likely make the student worse. I see no reason at this point to change your backswing dramatically because it does what a good backswing should do, set up an on-plane downswing. There is no question we could make it look more normal, but I don't see where the results would improve. Here is where I think you could get better. You don't come close to maintaining your "tush line" during the swing. If you have read the blog at all over the past few months you know this is one of the elements of the swing I am particular about. If you draw a line perpendicular down on the back of your tush and one horizontal above the top of your head you will see how much your posture has changed during the swing. While you stand up and get closer to the ball with your lower body during the swing, the vast majority of Tour players are more bent over and the same distance from the ball with their lower body at impact. This fault will make you inconsistent, make it difficult to his short irons crisp, and make it nearly impossible to hit a fairway metal solid. To fix this you need to get your knees bent over your toes and start with the weight out of your heel and in the balls of your feet. This will enable you to move weight into your LEFT heel going back (as you are left handed) and into your right heel going through. Ironically, this will make the takeaway and backswing look more neutral. Check out the pictures below to help you see the difference.  Vj

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