Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday at noon Eastern to help fix your faults and analyze your swing videos. If you missed Brady this week, get your videos ready because he'll be back the same time next week. Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. If you would like to learn more visit my website at www.bradyriggs.com. See everyone next week. Tim asks at 12:50:
I'm 6' 5" and struggle with a flattish backswing. My misses are push/slice my driver...hook my hybrids...and pull/draw my irons. So I don't know WHAT that tells you. Help?!
And here's a 7 iron vid to go along with my driver vid above:
Thanks for the video, Tim. The problem with the irons and driver is the same. Your golf swing is completely dominated by your arms. The disconnect between your arms and body begins immediately in the takeaway. Your arms move off your body as you take the club back and never attach themselves to your body again. As a result, the club never gets behind you during the swing and you are unable to attack the ball on the proper path. You need to get your left arm and chest attached in the set-up and keep it that way to the top of the swing. It is OK for your left arm to rotate as you near the end of your backswing, it is also OK for your left arm to ride up your chest at the top, but you can't lose the connection completely if you want to improve. John asks at 12:33: Hi Brady! I really enjoy your blog every week...really helps me gain some insight on swing issues. I went from a 15 handicap to a 7 over the last year after taking some golftec lessons, but I feel like I haven't been able to take the next step without spending a lot more $$. Could you take a look at my swing and give me some advice on what to work on this offseason? I really struggle with my driver...
Thanks for the video, John. I can see where you would have more difficulty with the driver. While there are many things in your golf swing that are solid, you really lack the overall concept of hitting OUT through impact. As a result, the club attacks on a path that needs to be more from the inside and you desperately need more extension through impact and into the finish. It looks like a golf swing that is concerned about hitting certain positions but lacks the freedom and purpose that all good players strive for. If you were on my lesson tee I would get not let you leave without hitting some shots where the only thing you cared about was getting to a full, BIG, finish completely in balance. Here are a couple of pictures to help you see the difference.
I notice in the front view of my swing (see YouTube link), my head slides toward the target on the downswing. What are some causes, fixes and resulting ball flight from this move?
Thank you, sir, and Happy Thanksgiving! I don't see the swing here, Darryl, but I can tell you that some lateral motion coming down isn't a bad thing. Most really good golf swings see the head moving away from the target going back and toward the target coming down. If the head moves too far in the direction of the target, you would have a tendency to hit the ball to the right of the target. If this is the problem, the fix is to encourage the lower body to move toward the target while the head stays back a beat to begin the downswing. This will keep the head back enough to allow the arms and hands to release the club properly through impact.
Thanks again for sending in the video, Ryan. I am going to run you through this from set-up to impact so you can see the progression. As you take the club back your hands move out away from your body and the club is sucked inside. This is the start of the problems for your downswing as it sets the momentum of the club going in the wrong direction. As a result of the takeaway, the clubshaft is pointing outside the target line when your left arm is parallel to the ground. This will be adjusted as you finish the backswing with the club working across the line (to the right of your hands) at the top of the swing. The location of the club across the line isn't as important as where is came from and where it is going to go. This backswing pattern always leads to a narrow top of backswing position as your hands and arms are getting closer to your shoulder as you finish going up. If you look at where the clubshaft is pointing when your hands are just below the height of your right shoulder coming down you will see the shaft is now well inside the target line. This is the steep position I was talking about. While the steepness coming down is what makes good ball-striking difficult, the problems began in the set-up and continued as the club worked to the top. You need to change the momentum of the club so it is able to work away from your head as you begin the downswing rather than closer to it. Here are a couple of pictures to help.