Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time to help fix your swing and analyze your video. He'll be back next week at the same time so video your swing and post it on YouTube so Brady can analyze it next week Thanks to everyone for your comments and questions. I look forward to seeing everyone again next week. Ryan asks at 1:30:
Ryan, I'm running short on time but I wanted to give you some quick feedback. The steepness of your downswing is betraying your efforts. The club is too flat coming back forcing the momentum of the club across the line at the top of the swing. This causes the shaft to become too steep coming down, making it impossible to go as left as you would like. Keep this in mind, when the shaft is steep coming down you NEED the lower body to slide a bit to help the club attack on the proper path. Steve Marcus asks at 1:20: There is such an abundance of information out there regarding the golf swing, much of it conflicting. Your blog puts things in perspective, and makes everything much more understandable. I thank you for that.
My question relates to the downswing. How active should the arms be in the downswing assuming one is relatively on plane with the backswing? Some "experts" talk about very passive arms going along for the ride and other "experts" talk about more active arms to generate swing speed.
Thanks for sending the video. Your feet are closed to the target line and your shoulders are open. This is the exact opposite combination that you see in Tour players so I would encourage you fix that straight away. If you look at the face-on video, you will see that your weight is sitting back excessively on your left foot. This will lead to the head drop at the top of the swing you mentioned in your question. Always remember you will go where you are NOT during the swing, starting back as you do will force you to drop down during the backswing. I would like to see your arms and club come down closer to your body and more from the inside than you are in this swing. It will help you create more extension after impact and produce a more balanced and healthier finish position. The best news is that if you improve your address position everything will get better. Progk1 asks at 12:50:
I'm working on my finish as I don't like its look with the short irons. Here is my objective opinion. At this point, I think your speed and athleticism is fantastic during the swing and could take you to great places as a player. On the other hand, I think some of your mechanics are flawed, some seriously, which will hold you back until they are cleaned up. Here is a laundry list of things to work on. At address you carry your hands too high and your weight is sitting back in your heel excessively. This combination of errors leads to a club that is excessively inside in the takeaway, a halfway-back position that is too flat, and an inevitable steepening of the shaft during the transition. With the weight in your heels at address, your body is forced to lean closer to the ball during the swing than it started, forcing your tush off the line and your body to become to vertical through impact. This makes it difficult for your left elbow to get down in front of your left hip approaching impact, creating a blocked or trapped arm position. The clubface also appears to be a bit shut during the swing. I can't tell from the video if this is caused solely from a bowed right wrist at the top or if your grip is also a bit strong, but it is an issue. Having said all that, the fact is you can fix all of these issues fairly quickly and improve your game dramatically if you work on them in the proper ORDER. This means start with the grip, the hand height at address and your weight more in the ball of your feet. Once these are better proceed to the takeaway which will help the shape of the backswing and prevent the steepening of the shaft coming down. The proper posture at address and the improved takeaway and backswing should greatly improve your trapped arm coming down without even trying, and your finish will come along for the ride. When you screw up the start, the rest is doomed. Work on the basics at the set-up and you will see your entire motion improve dramatically.