Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern to fix your faults and analyze your swing videos. Submit your question or video for Brady in the comment section below. Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. Please visit this site in your free time as it is a great cause and important to me The Beauty Bus. See everyone next week. John asks at 3:10:

I struggle with irons consistency. I try to hit through the ball and stop flipping behind, but it seems tough sometimes to get the swing in sync. I feel like on backswing the hips do not turn enough and I have the club flat-ish and on downswing like my lower body sways. Some days I can hit the ball somewhat OK, other days each swing is near panic as I don't know if it's going to be fat, pull hook, pulled, or off the hosel... Could you have a look at the swing and give me some advice?

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHxP2xPw9Fc I apologize the video is dark but hope you can see well enough.

Thanks for sending in the video. Your arms, hands, and club look pretty club with the small exception of the club getting a bit too far in during the takeaway. The area you could make some major improvement in is the action of your lower body. I agree that your hips don't turn properly on the backswing and your legs slide excessively through impact. If you look at your legs from the target line view you will also notice that your tush loses the line it starts against making the possibitly of a flippy impact a near certainty.
Start my getting the weight more in the balls of your feet in the address position. This will not only help you maintain the tush line during the swing but will make you feel more athletic in the address and throughout your swing. The change in posture has the side benefit of helping the takeaway from dragging inside as it did in your video. Your right hip should NEVER move laterally in your golf swing away from the target. While this move can be advantagous with some young, very flexible players I wouldn't recommend it with you. Allow your right cheek (tush) to move towards the target going back instead of traveling parallel to the target line. The sharp hip rotation will eliminate the need to slide the hips towards the target coming down as they will already be in a better position. Check out these pictures to get a visual...
Jordan asks at 3:05:
I always read your blog and enjoy your tips. I am interested in what faults you see in my swing, and what tips or drills you can give me. Below are two videos of a down the line and face view with a 7 iron. I am a 14 handicap and feel that my ball striking is hold me back from getting to single digit. Some days I feel like my swing is on plane, and other days I really struggle. I hit the ball far enough to play from the tips, but lack consistency. My miss is normally a pull hook. Thanks for the kind words about the blog. I tried to open the videos several times but couldn't figure it out. If you send them in again next week in a different format I will be happy to check them out.   http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=CA&warned=True&client=mv-google&hl=en&v=70sUFxQk_Ss http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=CA&warned=True&client=mv-google&hl=en&v=DdDHjEcG24Y Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2010/12/ask-brady-riggs-live-december-14.html#ixzz18DGubzX2
Tom asks at 2:50:
Just wondering what you think of tiger's new swing?
Looks good if he was Sean O'Hair...
Greatness is always unique, it doesn't matter the sport. Andre Agassi didn't hit a forehand like anyone else. Peyton Manning's release is amazing and nobody else looks like him, Larry Bird's stroke was ridiculous and I have never seen anyone else shoot the ball like he did. From Kareem's sky-hook to Fernando Valenzuela's look away to Lee Trevino's cut to Marcus Allen's ability to find the endzone to Wayne Gretzky's vision the great one's do it their way. I don't understand why Tiger would be copying the swing of a guy who has never won a thing. I didn't understand why he would try to look like O'meara or Ben Hogan either. Butch had it right, keep his strengths and work on his weaknesses. His hips are fast, always will be so shorten the arm swing to get things back in sync. I must not be very smart because I don't get it.
Al asks at 2:45:
What is the swing thought you generally have from round to round?
When I play golf, which isn't that often anymore, I ALWAYS focus on getting around to a big finish. I don't worry much about the details, I have them under control at this point, but I want to hit it hard and finish the swing. I always tell myself to be big and work to the end of the swing. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2010/12/ask-brady-riggs-live-december-14.html#ixzz18DCforUz
David asks at 2:25:
Thanks for the blog. I'm a good player that sometimes struggles driving the golf ball. I'm long for my size, but will miss drives to the right by hitting a push-fade. I know my lower body is overly active, is there anything else that would help me find more fairways?
Thanks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWryWr-t1iY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DItyfruB4N4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Thanks for the video David. You obviously don't need to work on clubhead speed. Here is some advice you may not be expecting. Your miss is a push fade but your clubface is closed. This presents a bit of a problem because if we get the clubface in a position where you can release it easier through impact (more square) and you don't release it, the ball is going even further right. The compensation you normally make through impact to prevent the ball from hooking isn't easy to manage with all of your clubhead speed. You would be more consistent if the face was more square during the swing so you could release the club more aggressively at the bottom. This WILL eliminate the dreaded push-fade you are hitting.   Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2010/12/ask-brady-riggs-live-december-14.html#ixzz18D837ACJ
Lefty asks at 2:15:
I am gearing up for the 2011 season by investigating new irons...What is your view on Graphite shafted irons? Or...graphite-steel hybrids? Do they increase distance at all?
As you may or may not know I am not much of an equipment geek. I think the best thing you can do is talk to the best players you know in your area and see who they think is the "guy" when it comes to fitting equipment. While there are obvious advantages to playing with the latest and greatest, I can tell you it will make very little difference if your golf swing isn't effective. An open clubface and outside-in attack will give you a slice with a $5,000 set of irons or a crappy set of rental clubs. DO NOT SPEND too much of your hard earned cash on equipment, work on your game by digging it out of the dirt.
Luke asks at 2:00:
Hey Brady, your weekly Q&A is keeping me motivated to practice my fundamentals during these winter months. With that said, is there a proper way to approach the ball for setup? When I get in position I make sure my feet, knees, hips and shoulders are parallel, then grip the club with my forward hand, but it seems when I grip with my back hand my back shoulder drops and opens my shoulder line. I always thought I had a tendency to pull the ball, but maybe it has always been this alignment flaw. Looking in a mirror or video should my back forearm not be visible? Thoughts?
I'm not sure which angle you are looking in the mirror but your problem is fairly common. When the right hand is placed on the club properly the right arm should be fairly soft with the arm slightly bent at the elbow. The left arm should be more extended than the right, making it easy to keep the shoulders from opening at address. Aligning the shoulders properly at address with the feet paralel to the target line and the grip neutral seems like it should be easy, but of course this is golf. I can't tell you how many over-the-top slicers I fix by adjusting their grip and getting their shoulders more closed to the target line. One little disclaimer, with a very flexible player that has the problem of coming too far from the inside it isn't advisable to start with the left arm straight and right arm bent. This creates a tilt that helps a player come more from the inside, something they do too well already. Here is a couple of pics to help you visualize.

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