Ask the Top 100 Live: Brady Riggs is here to fix your faults

Brady-riggs-78x73 Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online today at from noon to 1 p.m. EST to answer your questions and analyze your swing videos. If you missed Brady, he'll be back next Tuesday for another Ask the Top 100 Live. Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. Get your videos and questions in early next week so I can be sure to get to them. Have a great week.... Ichabod crane asks at 1:19: What do you think about Haney leaving Tiger via text? Who should be his next coach (other than Butch)? I have no idea what the communication has been like between Tiger and Haney since the Masters. I have the impression that it hasn't been great. I am sure anyone in that situation would prefer to speak to the other party in person or at least over the phone. Who knows, maybe Haney tried and wasn't successful. In any event it sounds like the correct outcome has occurred and they can both move on. When it comes to his next coach my guess is Tiger will take some time before making a decision. Andrew asks at 1:14: I am a longtime golfer who plays to about a ten handicap. My problem is simple--the dreaded "chicken-wing." It is as if there is something wrong with my arms! Can you help? The chicken wing is a result of a faulty path, not a cause of anything else. If the arms and club are away from your body coming into impact, they will get closer to your body after impact leading to the chicken wing. To fix the problem and greatly improve your distance and accuracy the club must be coming down more from the inside with your arms closer to your body. This will allow both your arms and the club to go OUT after impact creating the extension you are looking for. It is that simple. Matt T. asks at 1:05: I think it's time Tiger paired up with Brady Riggs. Your analysis on comments are spot on. Keep up the great work. I always knew I had very intelligent students and followers here on the instruction blog. I would be more than happy to have Tiger on my lesson tee. I am sure he will get things cleaned up with his technique with a fresh approach. Stay tuned to Golf Magazine as we are working on an in-depth article about Tiger's swing. Joe asks at 1:00: Any advice would help. I shoot high 70s to low 80s and lack real power. I've read about the tush line before and notice that it is a problem in my swing too, but I find it hard to straighten my left leg on the downswing while maintaining it.

JP asks at 12:54:
Hi Brady.... Here is a newer video down the line. I think the tush line/posture is better. I also have been trying to keep my back elbow tucked more on the backswing, this really seems to help keep my posture down and it feels much more compact. My downswing plane seems much better here also. Let me know what you think!!
JP asks at 12:50: Brady... I normally send in a down-the-line view. Here is a face on view. What would be good for me to work on looking at this angle? It is good to see the swing from this angle, JP. You are "front foot pivoting" here in this particular swing. In other words, all of your weight is in the front foot almost immediately during the backswing, making it likely that your hips will move beyond where they should be by the time you get to impact. I would like to see you hold your back hips location in terms of later motion until your front arm gets to parallel to the ground on the takeaway. This will keep a bit more weight over on your rear leg as you approach the top making it easier to stay in line with your hips as you approach impact. I like the fact that you are moving toward the target to begin your downswing, I only wish you wouldn't be on the front foot as early.

Mike asks at 12:33: Brady... In looking at video, my clubface looks a little too open right before impact and pretty closed right after... like I am flipping it or something... what causes this and how do you fix? Just so you don't go fixing something that isn't broken, there are many players that play with the face slightly open approaching impact and have a full roll through impact to square it up. If you are erratic with your contact and think this is the issue, there are three places to look at as a cause of the open clubface. The first and most obvious spot is your grip. If either hand, especially your left or top hand, is in a weak position, it can cause the face to be open. If the left wrist is bent on the DOWNSWING, especially approaching impact, then the clubface will be open. Finally, the shaft can be on an overly shallow angle of attack, which could cause the clubface to lay back in an open position. I would check your mechanics in this order to determine which is the cause of the issue and then adjust accordingly. Here is something to keep in mind: If you get the face square and release as you had before, the ball will go way left. Don't be surprised if this happens as it would be expected. Your "flip" will become unnecessary with the change in clubface position and will need to be mellowed to straighten out the shot.

Shahab asks at 12:25:
What things should one to get started to prepare to become a professional golf player?
What instruction should be get?What kind of practice routine one should have?And what sort of clubs he should have? Should one practice with square grooves only? Where can I find legal clubs.. even Dick's Sporting Goods near my house didn't have any? Let's start with the clubs. Chances are you won't be playing in any events where you need to have conforming grooves. That is something that can be taken care of down the road if you are in that situation by a manufacturer that would be more than happy to GIVE you conforming equipment if you have qualified for a big time event. The best advice I can give you, Shahab, is to find out who is the best instructor in your area and seek out their input about your game. You need an honest evaluation about where you are in terms of your potential in all aspects of golf. The best instructor in your area will have some experience in dealing with players trying to move on to higher levels and can steer you in the right direction. If you are wondering how to find the best instructor, here is some advice. Find the best players you can at a few different courses either hitting balls on the range or playing and ask them who the best teacher is. Find the junior golfers hanging around the course all day and ask them who they take lessons from. You will probably hear several names keep popping up. Once you have narrowed it down, give them a call or send them an email and ask them if you can bend their ear for some advice. Good luck!
Fletch asks at 12:18:
I've been struggling with pulling putts, and then pushing them when I am trying to avoid a pull. When I was getting frustrated on the practice green I started messing around with grips and was having some success with a long-putter style grip, my right hand pushing the club rather than being wrapped around it. Do you think grip changes for putting are a good idea, or should I be more focused on making a better stroke with a conventional grip?
Putting is about confidence. If you lack it with a conventional grip, then don't be afraid to mess around and try something different. If you look at any PGA Tour telecast you will see all types of different styles of grips. The one thing I will tell you is that if you make a change give it some time and a fair chance at working. If you go out and three-putt the first hole don't make a change on the second green. Stick with the change for 18 holes and then make a determination about if you are going to stick with it. Matt asks at 12:10: In the past you have mentioned that it is important for the shoulders to be level coming into the ball and to not get the right shoulder too low on the way down. Can you expand on this analysis? No problem, Matt. There is no question that some right-side tilt (for a right-handed player) is necessary with all the clubs just before and during impact. Without it the right shoulder and forearm would never be able to get on plane and the body wouldn't be able to rotate to the left. A common problem with very good players is to have an excessive amount of right-side tilt on the downswing caused by a slide of the hips too far toward the target. This usually hangs the upper body back behind the ball, trapping the club too far on the inside. As a result, the club works into impact from inside the plane, requiring the hands to get involved to save the shot. If the hands are late, the shot is a big block. If the hands are early a snap hook is the result.
JTH asks at 12:00: Under pressure last Sunday I hit four approach shots left which led to some crooked numbers. What happened? This is very common under pressure. When you get uptight as a player one thing you can count on is that your body won't move as much as it does when you are loose. When the body isn't as involved during the swing, the arms and hands play a more active role. This results in the clubface closing more rapidly through impact, sending shots left of the target. This is also true when hitting a shot LESS than it's normal distance because your instinct is have your body back off to shorten the shot. If you watch golf on TV you will often see a player hit a pull when they are trying to hit a club softer than normal. The solution is to make sure your body keeps going under pressure by focusing on a great finish position. This can be reinforced before hitting the shot with a purposeful practice swing that gives the chance at a dress rehearsal before an important shot.

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