Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Brady-riggs-78x73 Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online today at noon to answer your questions
and analyze your swing videos. Leave your questions and video for Brady in the comments section below. Thanks to everyone for your questions, comments, and videos. Wish I could get to everyone but I am off to the lesson tee. Get your post in early next week so I can be sure to get it answered. Phil J asks at 1:00: Simple one
that is really common ... one drill or move to keep the club from
getting too far inside at the beginning to mid-point of the backswing.
If the backswing is initiated by the shoulders, will this alone keep the club
outside the hands, parallel to the target line and through my hands at
the mid-point of the backswing? My handicap is down to a 3, but I really
believe this is holding me back. I have way to much hand action both on
the way back and at impact.

There are a couple of keys here that will get the club from going too far inside in the takeaway. Understanding how the left wrist functions is the key to fixing this issue. If you don't have an excessive amount of forward press at address (which you shouldn't) then you should be able to see some bend in the wrist as you look down at your grip. The bend is step one. When you look at the angle between the clubshaft and your left arm from the target view, you can see this isn't a straight line. This is possible because of the vertical hinge in the left wrist. This hinge is step two. If you maintain the bend in the left wrist and the vertical hinge as you move the club away from the ball, you are almost home. The final piece is keeping the right arm above the left as you take the club back, this is more of a "feel" than it looks like in reality. Combine the three and the club will be in a great spot slightly outside your hands at the first parallel. Check out these pictures to help you out.  Clarkeaddress  Clarketake Ed asks at 12:40: Dear
I have a 2 handicap and a very consistent scoring game BUT I
really need your help. My problem is when I address the ball, I never
feel comfortable with my grip and keep reshuffling 4-5 times (much worse
than Sergio) which causes my body to really tense up and I have to make a
effort to loosen up through waggles. These 8-10 seconds can be very
disturbing and stressful at times but I try to use this time to
visualize my shot instead of letting it affect my game. Then, the
negative thoughts of "what my partners are thinking" starts to creep in
as well. I myself along with my friends are amazed that I am able to play
while fighting this issue. Is this a Swing Lock, a grip problem, the
stress of producing a good shot or a case of 'Y'.. oops. This problem
started about 2 years ago when I had gotten down to a 1 handicap. Please help !! Thank you very much. Ed.
I have seen this happen to several really good players over the years. The reason you struggle to pull the trigger can be very complicated, but the fix is quite simple. From this point forward you are no longer allowed to ground the club in the set-up. When you allow the weight of the club to sit on the ground you are able to re-grip the club. Once the weight of the club is off the ground and you are responsible for holding it, you won't be able to re-grip it anymore. This will obviously be awkward in the beginning but it will absolutely work if you give it time. In fact, you may find that you don't ground any club in your bag when you are swinging full, including the wedges. Paul asks at 12:32: Brady, I
came across a video of yours that talks about creating space in the backswing
by pivoting properly--moving the right hip toward the target. I had
been struggling with "turning into the right leg." But your explanation
made total sense and has really improved my ball-striking. The question
is, on the downswing, should I be moving my left hip as far from the target as
possible? It would seem to make sense: right hip toward target, left hip
away from target. I think you should post that pivot video--it's a very
important concept and easily ingrained.
I am glad you enjoyed the video. I have done several videos on the topic of hips during the swing, they will be up on my website when it launches in the next two weeks. In the interim the hips should move laterally toward the target on the downswing before they rotate to the finish. Here is a picture to help you see the differences between the location of the hips at the top of the swing and impact. Dl3pivot Peyton asks at 12:16: I check
out this section of golf.com weekly!!!! Great info you provide!! I
posted a couple of videos a while back and you told me to fix my tush
line. I have worked on that a lot and my ball-striking has improved
greatly! My irons go straight or have a slight draw a majority of the
time. However, my driver still starts out left and flairs out to the
left. (I am a left-handed golfer). I will attach a couple of videos. Hopefully you
can give me some guidance!!
Thanks for your help!! The tush line has improved, but it still needs some more work. The club works too flat on the backswing and must steepen in the transition to find the plane. This will lead to some inconsistency and should be cleaned up in order to help you with the more pressing issue of your hips sliding too far toward the target on the downswing. This is the reason you are losing shots left with the driver. Widening your stance will begin to mellow out your hips during the swing and help you stay more behind the ball coming down. Staying more behind it will give the clubface a chance to square up through impact, something you are struggling with when losing it left. If you can improve the path of the club going up to a steeper angle, the shaft will have a better chance of naturally flattening to the plane coming down. The only way you can get the shaft lined up now is to slide your hips laterally to the target on the downswing. While you do a good job adjusting the path, it is very difficult to be consistent. Start with the stance wider, work on the shape of the backswing and stay with your tush-line work and you will continue to make progress.

Tim asks at 12:00: Brady,
Last week I posted some interesting questions/observations on Anthony
Kim's swing and you gave me some awesome answers! I do have one question
for you, you mentioned that he has a different pivot then most and it
is very similar to Camilo's. I was hoping you could go in further
detail of this pivot and anything else that could help me adapt his
swing motion. Again thank you for all your info!
Anthony and Camilo shares some similarities with their golf swings that are different than most Tour players. If you look at both swings from the face on view will see the hips move laterally away from the target during the takeaway. Most Tour players will either maintain their original location with the right hip or rotate it back away from the line it starts against. Here is a picture to help you see the difference. Dl3cv In addition to the hips moving laterally during the takeaway, Camilo's and Anthony's shoulders are rotating on a steeper angle than with most Tour players. When the hips turn more in the beginning of the swing, the shoulders rotate on a flatter angle. This makes the backswing "feel" more around where AK and Camilo have a pivot that "feels" more angled or cranked down. The amount of torque you will feel making the pivot that AK and Camillo have is significant when compared to a typical Tour player's pivot. AK and Camilo have very different swings coming down, but their moves away from the ball are very similar.

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