Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher will fix your faults
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time to help fix your swing. He'll be back next Tuesday at the same time to help you play better golf. Welcome to the Tuesday Instruction Blog. Let's get started... Craig asks at 1:00:
I have a bit of an odd distance. I hit the ball long with my irons. My 9 iron goes 155, 8 iron 165, etc, with good height. My driving distance, however, is pretty anemic in comparison--probably 240-250 or so. It's pretty frustrating playing with buddies who fly it 20-30 yards past me with their drivers.
What could account for this disparity? Could my grip have something to do with this? The fact that you use a ten-finger grip isn't the problem. I used an interlocking grip for about 15 years and then switched to the ten-finger about 17 years ago and have never looked back. The distance issue you are describing usually occurs because of your equipment or the position of your clubface during the swing. Let's start with the equipment. If there are 2 clubs every player should have custom fit for them by someone who really knows what they are doing it is the Driver and the Putter. If the driver's shaft is too soft or too light in weight, you can see a huge disparity in distance from the irons. I highly recommend you go out and get this checked if you haven't already. The second issue is the position of the clubface during the swing. If the clubface is closed and the attack into the ball is a little steep, then the irons can go very long. The problem is the same mechanics that produce unusual power with the irons kill the distances with the driver. If this is still a problem after you have checked your equipment, send me a video of your swing and I will get you going in the right direction.