Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday at noon Eastern to fix your faults and analyze your swing videos. If you missed Brady this week, get your videos ready because he'll be back next week. Thanks to everyone for your questions, videos, and comments. I look forward to seeing everyone next week. Carland asks at 12:45: Brady, I struggle with moving my left side laterally to start the downswing. At impact, I hang back too much on my right side. When I tried to move my left hip or whole left side laterally, I block my driver. Thanks for your help.
Thanks for the video. If you look at the answer I gave to the above video it is very similar to the advice I would give you, just replace everything for a right handed player instead of left. The problems begin in the address position. Your weight starts too far back into the heels making it a certainty that your weight will move into your toes as you take the club back. This drives your tush off the line and lifts your head up and away from the target line. I would work on these problems first before worrying about your left hep coming down. Mark McLeod asks at 12:30: As per your request last week, here is the correct links for my swing:
Looking for a swing opinion(s), as I wrote last week - I've been tightening my swing - elbows closer (especially left at the top) to my body for control. I have been experimenting with "posting up" at impact and it seems to increasing my swing speed however I notice some of the elite golfers even lift up their lead food heel at impact to get even more leverage. What's your opinion here?
A small thing I've also noticed is that even with keeping my chin up, my chin still contacts my right shoulder at the top. Any suggestion there - more shoulder tilt on backswing?
Many thanks Thanks for the videos. I think some of your ideas about your swing are right on the money. I always watch the swing before I read your comments so I have an untarnished look. This is what I see. Your lower body moves in towards the ball on the downswing causing you to lose your tush line. This pins your left elbow behind your left hip approaching impact in a less than desirable position. The hang back of your upper body through impact and into the finish is caused by your lack of control over your lower body and can't be fixed unless you improve the function of your legs coming down. Your chin lifing on the backswing is the result of your shoulders rotating on too flat an angle going back. Turning your shoulders on a steeper plane going back will also help you maintain your posture on the downswing. I would suggest you draw a vertical line on your backside and in front of your knees from the target line view and learn how to stay within that lane during your downswing. This will free up room for your left elbow to get down in front of your hip and make it possible for your upper body to stay more over the ball at impact and not back up away from the target as you move through to the finish. Here is a picture to help you see the lane.
Stephen asks at 12:08: Hi Brady, I need to work on my putting alignment this winter, do you have any tips or products that will be helpful? I was thinking maybe a laser pointer, thoughts? There are many aspects of alignment when it comes to putting. The most obvious and most important is the putter face. There are plenty of different approaches to the alignment of the feet, knees, and shoulders that have been proven to be effective over the years. If you aren't a really good putter with some unusual alignments in your body I would recommend you try to get everything squared up and lined up. Here are some things to work on. Try to get your feet, knees, hips and shoulders pointing parallel to the target line at address. The shoulders are often the worst element for people as they point too far left of the hole. A great thing to work on is the alignmentof your forearms. Many players have their right arm too high and out away from their body as they set-up with the putter. Getting the forearms aligned is second only to the putter face. There are many products that can help you with your alignment that will cost you some cash. Or, you can work on it with strings, sticks, and masking tape to achieve the same results. Once you establish a line drawn from your ball to the target it is fairly simple to get everything else parallel to it. TD asks at 12:00: Hi Brady. I recently had shoulder surgery. Hoping to be ready to start swinging again in march-april. It is my understanding that brett wetterich had the same problem i had w/ a torn labrum. Wondering if you have any incite into what he did to regain his swing and if you have any advice on what drills I can use to get mine back. Thanks.
P.S. I was a 6.4 handicap before the surgery I don't know the specifics of Wetterich's procedure or rehab but I have had a couple of students over the years with the same problem. The best advice I can give you is to follow the advice of your Dr. and Physical Therapist when it comes to timing of your return to action. Keep in mind that you can make positive changes to your swing as you come back to hitting full shots by working on your fundamentals like grip, address, posture, etc. There is also the opportunity to make strides in your short game while you get your shoulder healthy.