Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online at noon Eastern to help fix your swing. Leave a question in the comments section below.Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. I am off to the lesson tee. Try to get your videos in next week as they move your question to the top of the list. Have a great week. Randy asks at 12:40:I've
noticed players like Dustin Johnson have a significant amount of wrist
hinge in their backswing (particularly the right wrist for right-handed
players). At what point in the backswing should the wrists begin to
hinge? Any drills for us amateurs? Thanks.Hinging the wrists isn't something you should actively try to do. In a normal address position you already have 45 degrees of angle between the clubshaft and your left arm. A standard amount of hinge necessary at the top is around 90 degrees, leaving only 45 more from the start. If the hands and arms are relaxed going back the weight of the club will hinge your wrists enough to achieve at least 90 degrees. I would stop worrying about this part of the swing and focus more on the clubface, swingpath and pivot.
Riggs, I enjoy your column greatly. My question is that even though I
have good shoulder turn in my backswing, I can't seem to unwind correctly
on downswing. Any advice, as my game suffers because of this. My typical
miss is a slice, and I have been told that I swing flatfooted?
an OK player (5 handicap), but I saw my swing on video for the first
time a couple of weeks ago and discovered that my arms severely
break down at the top of the backswing. (I don't have access to the
My left arm has almost has a 90 degree bend in it and it's way below
my shoulders. Almost like I'm just wrapping it around my chest. I've been
told that you can play with a little bend, but I'm assuming they don't
mean 90 degrees. I assume it could be the root of some of my
inconsistency issues. I tend to have a two-way miss with all my clubs.
Any thoughts of what to work on in order to improve?Thanks for the question, Chris. A slight amount of bend is fine in the left arm at the top, but a ton of bend can be problematic. The combination of your left arm bent at 90 degrees and the lack of height can be traced to a lack of rotation in your left arm during the backswing. Here is how this works: If you extend your left arm out away from your body with your thumb straight up in the air at 12:00, you are starting with 0 turn. If you rotate your left arm from the shoulder to your hand so your thumb is pointing to 3:00 you have a 1/4 turn. This is the amount of rotation you need by the time you reach the top of the backswing and more importantly, the start of your downswing. If you achieve this rotation, you will see that your hands are higher at the top than they have been before, your left arm will be significantly straighter, and you will achieve more hinge in your wrists and less in your arm. To see this in video check out the galleries at my website www.bradyriggs.com.