Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs stopped by on Tuesday to answer your questions
and analyze your swing videos. Here's what he had to say... Robin asks at 4:34:Thanks for
the advice every week. I took your advice on ballooning my irons and
upgraded from game-improvement clubs (PING G10) to more of a players
club (Mizuno MP-57) with Project X shafts, and my ball flight has come
down and I've gained about 5 yards on most of my iron shots. As I adjust
to the new irons I've been struggling to hit full shots with my short
irons and wedges. My shots end up short and right. I believe it is
because I'm not fully pivoting and end up swinging with my arms, not my
body. I've tried focusing on keeping my shirt sleeve tucked between my
left arm and body the way Justin Rose has been doing lately for his
putts, and it seems to help. Do you have any other tips for maintaining a
good rhythm and connection, especially when hitting full wedges and
short irons? I'm glad to hear that the clubs have helped. On the full shots you need to make sure your right side is getting completely through to the finish. This will help you get the weight over the front foot and encourage the clubface to rotate properly through impact. On the golf course you are always better off making a good practice swing focused on a solid finish position before every shot. This seems obvious but it really important.
all the help via the blog. i cant seem to get rid of a dropkick i have
with my driver and the occassional iron shot. it feels like i am
getting stuck on the downswing. its getting embarassing and costing me
numerous shots per round. any help would be very much appreciated. The dropkick happens because your club is finding the bottom of the arc behind the ball. While this is obvious the "why" can be confusing. There are two main causes of this problem. The first is that the club is attacking on a path that is excessively from the inside, forcing the club into the ground before impact. This can often be the result of excessive right side bend on the downswing away from the target which makes attacking the club on the proper path impossible.
the latest and greatest. I think I need some more hip turn on the
downswing. Do you agree and how could I achieve that? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBJFNKOQICE JP, thanks for the video. I am not happy with where your tush and legs are relative to where they began. It still looks like the left heel isn't getting enough weight at the top of the swing and then the left thigh is out of it's lane coming down. I would like to see you maintain your tush line and leg positions rather than focus more on the hips. Here is a picture that might help you see the difference. http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2010/07/ask-top-100-july-13.html#ixzz0tgonjXTi Ben asks at 3:35: I'm having
trouble putting some things together in my head so maybe you can help
me out. PGA pro's all seem to hit these nice low, tight wedges that
skip and stop. I'm amazed at how low they really hit them. They also
don't take super sized divots which I would assume is because they come
in shallow with the bounce working for them. Now, I would think that
hitting it low involves getting the hands forward to deloft. But I find
that doing that causes massive divots since the leading edge is now
coming in sharper and find that chunking really comes into play. I've
also tried closing the clubface but then it just goes left and further
gets the leading edge coming in first. So how does one utilize the
bounce which needs an open club face, but keeps the hands ahead and not
shank, slice, sky a wedge shot. Do they have more bounce on the wedges?
Whats going on there?
would you recommend playing a shot (right handed player) from a short
iron distance with the ball above your feet, severe hazard left and with
woods to the right.
Normally I would play out the right and allow for the draw, but since
blocked out I am at a loss.
Is a long punch shot in order? Can you discuss the mechanics
involved?In most sidehill situations you would like to ride the slope as much as possible. However, as you have illustrated this isn't a possibility with the trees to the right. To fight the right to left slope and hit a "holding" shot against it you have to make a couple of adjustments. First, you need to put the ball back slightly in the stance to help guard against the tendency for the ball to go left. Remember that if you make a mistake right is still better than left is this specific situation so don't get crazy with any of the changes. Next the clubface must be dealt with during impact and into the release. The natural left created from the slope must be accounted for by "holding off" the clubface. To do this the left arm must stay higher than the right into what becomes a "punch" finish. This will be a shorter follow-through than normal with the left arm "feeling" like it is in a "chicken wing" position. While this seems strange, it is the only way to start the ball more on line without it moving to the left in the air.As with any new "shot" you are going to play make sure you are successful with in on the practice range before putting it into action on the course.
old niece is getting interested in golf. She has come to the driving
range a few times now, and I was interested in any advice you might have
on the best way to go about helping her learn the game while keeping
her interested in golf. Make sure she has fun is the first priority. There is some great equipment you can get her started with made by US Kids Golf. No need to buy an entire set, they sell clubs one at a time and make it easy to find the club for her height. The thing I did with my own kids at an early age was show them video of Annika Sorenstam hitting a ball, start to finish. I asked them to pay attention to her finish position and try to copy it in the house. On the range, I only encouraged them to set up correctly then try to get to Annika's finish. The results were amazing. I can tell you having a great model to copy without the interruption of an adult barking instructions is the single best way to teach a young person how to swing a golf club.
Good question Chris. In about 90% of players that come across the ball
the clubface is in an open position on the downswing. The motivation to start
the ball left of the target is very high because the ball always curves to the
right. For this reason make sure your grip is in a neutral position in address
and your left wrist isn't excessively cupped or bent at the top of the
backswing. This will get the face issue taken care of and allow you to proceed
with the transition. The start of the downswing is confusing to players on every level. The
problem with the "over the top" move you are describing is that the
left leg isn't taking and keeping enough of the weight as the downswing begins.
From a technical standpoint, the quad muscle of the left leg should be
"engaged" for several beats as the downswing begins. This prevents
the shoulders from spinning open which forces the club outside. The leg has
more weight in it after the downswing begins than it did before the backswing
was finished, meaning that there is a shift of weight to the target without a
spin of the body as you start down.