Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. This was a great blog today. I am sorry I wasn't able to get to everyone. Jeff, Mark P, and Todd please ask your questions again next week. Have a great week, see you next Tuesday. I want to congratulate Danielle Kang for winning the US Women's Amateur this weekend. I have been working with her for over a year now and couldn't be more proud. Great job Danielle! Here is her swing... Kang Evan asks at 1:18: Thank
you for doing the blog, it is very helpful. Could you take a look at my
swing and give me some advice on what I can do improve it? Thanks for posting your swing Evan. Like so many golfers it looks like you have found a way to make the ball go towards the target without having your fundamentals exactly where they should be. When you work on your golf swing you want to go in this order; clubface, swingpath, pivot. In your swing the clubface is very closed on the backswing. This is a combination of a slightly stronger grip and a takeaway that is excessively inside. The problem with this clubface is that you can't release it properly and have the ball go to the target. As a result, you hold off the clubface during and after impact, keeping it open to prevent what would be a big pull/draw. The second fundamental of swing path is also a bit off. Like I mentioned before, your takeaway is too far inside and the club points across the line at the top (to the right of the target). When you start the downswing the path shifts and because outside and above the plane coming into impact. The body seems to work fairly well throughout, despite the plane shifts and clubface compensations. I want you to start with the grip and make it neutral. This will help clean up the face during the swing. The path issues are a bit more challenging but the basic idea is that the club should be in line with your hands when it is parallel to the ground going back and at the top. On the downswing, it should work down your right forearm as you approach impact. Here are a couple of pictures to help you see the changes.

Grip  Topels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A73vxRuXmec Tim asks at 1:00: i cant
seem to get much lag into my downswing which leads to a loss of distance
and compression (withirons). Can you take a look at my swings. any
suggestions are appreciated!
8iron dtl- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF0V4sqgIiY driver dtl- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq2oKDG_Ozs 6 iron face on- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz3sm_nqji8 There are many things to admire about this swing Tim. I don't see a huge issue with the amount of lag although I agree with the issue regarding compression. I have a couple of suggestions for you that may be unusual but hear me out. I think the left wrist is way to bowed during backswing, making the face closed as you move to the top. Your arms are also too close to your body with no width at the top of the swing. If you look at the sequence of Danielle at the top of the blog you will see that wider, more stable looking top that leads to more lag and certainly more compression at the bottom of the swing. I would also like to see your knees flare out and point in the direction of your toes at address. This seems like a minor issue but can really help you get your body participating better throughout the motion. The basic idea here is that I think you could improve your ballstriking by keeping the face a bit more square and maintaining some width on the backswing that will allow you to use your body more effectively coming through. Your swing is narrow at the top and slightly wider coming down, I would prefer to see it the other way around. Send in some new pics when you make some changes. I'm
inconsistent with my driver. I normally hit the ball pretty straight or
with a slight draw, but have a tendency to hit pulls and pushes as my
main misses. I'm posting a link to my driver swing from a few weeks ago
and I noticed my club crossing the line at the top of the swing. It also
seems that I am flipping at the bottom of the swing. Are those things
leading to my inconsistency? Thanks, Tim. The swing is good Tim. There are a few things that you can tinker with that will help you gain more control and consistency. I agree that the club is across at the top, but why is important. Here is what I would like to see. Your grip is quite strong and leads to a slightly closed clubface during your swing. If you made it a bit more neutral it would make it easier to release more aggressively without producing more hook. Your pivot is the next area of focus. In your current swing you pivot on your front foot going back. In other words, your head stays over your front foot during the backswing. While some teaching theories like this move, I think it stinks. I would like to see your hips and head move slightly to your right away from the target. This will not only allow you to move more aggressively towards the target on the downswing, but it will keep the takeaway more on line and help to eliminate the poor position of the club across the line at the top. The best indication of your front foot pivot move that you had was the fact that your head had to move back away from the target during impact. This always makes the hands more active during the strike, something you noticed and commented on originally. Send in some new video when you make the change and I will let you know what to do next. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3pLBNL54xQ Rey asks at 12:34: Hi Brady,
Love your Blog! My question is how can I correct my swing fault where I
come forward (tip forward) in the backswing and sometimes come forward
in the downswing? Thanks. Try to remember that the weight will always move where it wasn't in the swing. If you start with your weight in your heels it will inevitably move to the ball as you swing. Most players try to start more back in the heels to fix this issue, making it much worse. Try to start with your weight more towards the front of your shoes at address. This will encourage you to move the weight back into the right heel on the backswing, keeping you from falling over the ball during your swing. Marc asks at 12:20: What is your take on the whole bunkergate issue with Dustin Johnson? Thanks for teeing me up on this Marc. I have a strange take on this as usual. My first instinct when watching this was that this was another consequence of playing a major on a Pete Dye design. However, I think he is probably the least culpable in this mess. The fact is that the PGA did anticipate problems with the 1200 plus bunkers and made every effort to inform the players, media, etc. of the situation so this wouldn't happen. Should they have played them all as a waste area? Maybe. That might have been a wise choice but either way the players were well informed of the rule. Now for the take. Like a car accident there are always multiple mistakes that lead to the crash, speed, texting, etc. In this case you can place the blame on 3 specific people in ascending order. The PGA rules official that was walking with the group should have been on scene to remind Johnson of the local rule regarding the sand and make every attempt to protect the player and the field from a rules violation. Watney was in the fairway to hit his second shot so I have no idea why the official wasn't there doing his job. The next problem was with Johnson's caddie Bobby Brown. The player is wrapped up in the situation and thinking about how he is going to make par to win his first major. The caddie needs to be doing his job to protect the player and remind him of all things critical to the situation. Instead, he got wrapped up in the moment and lost his composure. I would even argue that it looked like Brown put the bag down in the sand before Johnson played the shot. This would have been another 2 shots and caused him to be Disqualified. The largest share of the blame goes with the driver of the car, Johnson. Like so many players arriving at the tournament he probably didn't take the time and care to review the rules sheet properly. Ultimately the buck stops with him and he didn't handle his business professionally. I can't imagine Nicklaus, Trevino, Faldo, etc. making that mistake. Hopefully, he will learn from it, be a better player, and move on. Bill asks at 12:10: I have
recently changed my swing plane from way inside to more on plane, and
have been working to keep as much distance at the top from my right ear
as possible. As a result, I have gained some distance and a lot of
accuracy. BUT - I am only bringing my hands back to about head high, and
am looking for more distance. I am 28, flexible and in pretty decent
shape, but my left pectoral muscle is not allowing me to bring the club
up much more. How can I gain more distance with this new swing? If you look at the sequence of Danielle above it will help you understand that the length of the swing is far less important when it comes to power than the speed of the swing. Making your change of direction from backswing to downswing more dynamic and explosive is a much better place for you to focus your attention than the height of your hands at the top. When Danielle is nearing the top of her backswing her lower body begins to work towards the target. This happens before the backswing has been completed and makes her what I like to call "double directional". The effect on the arms and clubshaft is obvious as she goes from wide at the top to tight and explosive immediately on the downswing. Her pictures coming down are reminiscent of power hitters from the great players in the past including Hogan, Wright, etc. As she approaches impact her left leg posts up and provides her arms and clubs a destination to hit beyond. This is where the dynamic change in direction turns into clubhead speed. As a player, you should be working on making your swing more athletic and dynamic not just because it produces more clubhead speed, but more consistency as well.

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