Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online at 5 p.m. Eastern to fix your faults and analyze your swing videos. Leave a question in the comments section below.
Thanks to everyone for your questions and videos. I look forward to seeing and hearing from all of you next week at our normal time, Noon EST. Have a great week. Gene asks at 6:10:
Please see my swing at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuX1IHy1-pM I apologize in advance that the video isn't better. Thank you very much! You're right, the video isn't good. However, your swing looks very solid. I like the entire motion. It is always interesting when people have something they are working on that isn't wrong on the surface but is wrong for what they are doing in their own swing. Here is what I am talking about. While you are correct about most good players matching or very closely matching the shaft angle established at address with the shaft angle at impact, you aren't taking into consideration that their shaft angle is significantly higher than yours at address. The fact that you carry your hands so low at address and as a result your shaft is very flat to begin with makes it impossible for you to achieve your goal. You need to get the weight more into the front of your shoes, knees bent out over the balls of your feet, and raise the level of your hands to have a chance at matching the shaft angle at impact. This seems like a simple fix and answer to your problem and it can be. There are other reasons your shaft angle will become more upright through impact, but you should work on your address positon first. I will post a couple of pictures for you. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2010/11/ask-brady-riggs-live-golf-magazine-top-100-teacher-will-fix-your-faults-1.html#ixzz16u33TYF2
What do you tend to advise your mid handicap students to do on par 3s? Also, I never really paid attention but always assumed that professionals hit off the ground with mid to short irons--is this true? This is a really good question. Thre are two schools of thought. Nicklaus said you should always put a the ball on the tee when you have an opportunity. I believe it was Trevino who said he never practiced with a tee under his ball on the range so why should he do it on the course. The fact is you should always do what is comfortable for you. I will tell you that I agree with you that the contact feels significantly better off the ground with a short iron than a tee. I have always felt that it was difficult to hit the shorter clubs from a tee because the ball seemed to hit too high up the face making it go shorter than it did from the turf. As a result, I have never teed up irons on par 3's, not even long irons. When you grow up on public and muni tracks there are so many divots on the ground on the tee boxes it is easier to find a great lie without the tee than it was when playing private clubs where the ground was more manicured. You can even bang the club with your iron and give yourself a great lie without using a tee. I am sorry I haven't cleared this up better for you but like so many things in golf it is up to the player. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2010/11/ask-brady-riggs-live-golf-magazine-top-100-teacher-will-fix-your-faults-1.html#ixzz16u0JATUs
Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqLg3gMaN3k Thanks for the video Brian. Here is the skinnny about your swing. Your grip is quite strong, especially with your left hand, leading to a clubface position that is closed at the top of the backswing. With many players the closed clubface would lead to a tendency to hit balls to the left of target with either a pull or hook. However, more often than not the good players that play with a closed clubface do so while hitting a slight fade. This is the opposite shape of shot for the closed face and can be very effective if you have been compensationi for it for a while. This group includes Duval, Trevino, Durant, etc. In your case you have overcompensated for the closed face by moving well past your original position towards the target with your upper body when you get to impact. This slows down the rotation of the face too much and makes the weak push a likelihood. If you were on my lessson tee I would work on you staying behind it with your upper body on the downswing first. When you fix this, you should see the ball curving to the left, often times too much, with some draw or hook that you haven't hit in a while. If the curve becomes excessive then you can weaken your left hand grip accordingly until you get the ballflight under control. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2010/11/ask-brady-riggs-live-golf-magazine-top-100-teacher-will-fix-your-faults-1.html#ixzz16tx4gb1w
These indoor videos are recent. One thing I have been working on lately is trying to rotate my hips more and "post up" on my right leg at impact like all the long hitters. I believe they are using the ground as leverage, which I have never experimented with before - some even lift their lead foot heel at impact when viewed in slow motion. Before my right leg would bend quite a bit at impact, which occasionally caused a fat shot.
Thanks I can't get the link to work, please resend it.
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Target View http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGDZKm89Zfo Front View http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs1fG8BShAs