Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher will fix your faults

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. asks at 12:25:Brady, Is
there a better swing for golfers with lower-back issues. Sean Foley
published an article about a swing he promotes that he believes is
better for the back. Basically turning the left shoulder more down than
around while maintaining the flex in the right knee. What's your
suggestion for someone who played single-digit golf but limited now by
back issues. Thanks
In my opinion working the upper body harder against the lower body is NOT a good recipe for a healthier back. Keeping the flex in the right knee will restrict the turn of the lower body, putting the burden of turning enough completely on the players ability to torque the shoulders away from the hips. This is a swing and pivot I use for my younger, more flexible, more athletic players, not for someone with a back problem. Go to my website and check out the pivot options section in the gallery. The one to copy with back problems is that of Davis Love III. Allowing your hips to turn more on the backswing will take pressure off your lower back. You can also follow this link to a video I did for Inside Golf Magazine that talks about avoiding back pain. Video to avoid back pain.Johnny Lamb asks at 12:18:Mr.
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?
Thanks for the kind words. The thought of "unwinding" can be an issue all by itself. This implies that you are going to "turn" back to the ball on the downswing the way you "turned" away from it on the backswing. This just isn't the case. The downswing should begin with a shift of the body in the direction of the target. If your body spins to begin the downswing your upper body will "unwind" too quickly and the arms and club will move out toward the target line. This has a unrecoverable effect on the swing path and will lead to your slice. To feel the proper sequence on the downswing, your left quad (upper leg) should take more weight as you begin your downswing than it did when you were at the top of your backswing. This allows your body to shift to the target without spinning open too quickly, making sure that your arms and club will come down and not out. As a result, your club will stay behind you longer coming down, allowing it to attack the ball from a more inside path. This will give you the opportunity to release the club properly through impact, eliminating your slice.
Lefty asks at 12:10:Why
is it I can step up and hit my irons without a long, overdrawn pre-shot
routine. But, when I attempt the same thing with my driver, I get
worse results. Is there a definite DON'T when setting up with the
driver? Thanks in advance.
You are just experiencing the joys of golf. There is no concrete reason why your having difficulties with the driver when you have the exact same routine as the irons other than you lack confidence with that specific club. The problem is that to have confidence you need success, and without confidence it's very difficult to have success. That is why this game is so infuriating. I will tell you that many players have difficulty getting their shoulders and feet lined up properly with the driver. The combination I see often is the feet pointing well right of the target and the shoulders pointing to the left of the feet. This is a combination that is fairly certain to lead to poor driving and can be worked on by setting up clubs/sticks on the ground when you practice. Keep this in mind. Most really good players have their shoulders pointing parallel to or to the right of their toes at address. Most recreational players do the exact opposite.
Chris asks at 12:00:
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

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