Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online today at noon EST to answer readers' swing questions and analyze their swing videos. Submit your question or video link for Brady in the comments section below, and check back and noon to hear what Brady has to say. Thanks to everyone for your questions and videos. I am sorry I didn't get to everyone, please ask again next week. I am off to the lesson tee..... Steve asks at 1:00: My question relates to initiating the downswing. I am 56 years old and a 12 handicap. Occasionally, I will not get a good weight transfer on the downswing, especially with the driver. I hang back and have a faulty release which, in my case, means a push fade. I have been working on using my left foot (I am right handed golfer) to push against the ground to initiate the weight transfer to begin the downswing. But I find that swing thought tough for me. Maybe I am just not that coordinated. I feel like I am pushing myself out of posture or spine angle. Any suggestions? This is a very common problem I see daily on the lesson tee. Without seeing the swing I would encourage you to draw on all the past athletic motions you have made. When throwing a ball, hitting a pitch, punching, etc. your weight will always move before your arm(s). This is the proper sequence to use when hitting a golf ball. It sounds like you are on the right track thinking about your left foot, but if it isn’t working you should move on. I would rather you think of stepping into the throw, hit, etc. as you would when playing other sports. People generally have more success when thinking of a whole body motion rather than specific body parts. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/01/ask-brady-riggs-live-jan-18-2011.html#ixzz1BVSPoVZm   Jeff asks at 12:50: how important is it to keep right knee flex on the backswing? It's tough to do with my age and flexibility. Thanks for the blog. It isn’t a critical aspect of the golf swing. It gets far too much credit for being the key to making a powerful, coiled turn to the top but it isn’t a must. Great players have been straightening the right leg in different amounts forever so don’t overdo it. A more important key is to maintain the bend you created in the address position and keep in contact with the Tush line, both of which can be achieved with the right leg flexed or straight. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/01/ask-brady-riggs-live-jan-18-2011.html#ixzz1BVQZUZfv   Rgreenw445 asks at 12:40: consistently hit about 1/2" off center toe shots, especially with my irons. Shot shape is a slight draw. What's causing this? I'm a 5 handicap, 68 year old. It's driving me nuts. The typical cause of your issue is that your clubshaft is getting significantly more upright at impact than it was in the address position. While there are numerous causes of this, the most common associated with a right to left shot shape is that you are standing up during the downswing. This isn’t to be mistaken for lifting your head or looking up, but the forward bend over the ball you create in the address position isn’t being maintained on the downswing. This raises your hands up further from the ground, forcing the angle of the shaft to become steeper and the sweet spot of the clubhead to come back away from the ball, thus the contact off the toe. There are several things you can do that will help significantly. The first is to start with less weight in your heels and your body in a more upright position at address. This combination at address will help you maintain your forward bend during the swing, making it much easier to hit the sweetspot of the club. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/01/ask-brady-riggs-live-jan-18-2011.html#ixzz1BVOjk6vh   Richard Skripek asks at 12:32: I want to ask from you how can I increase my distance? At the moment I have in average 115 mph, and I want to increase it to about 125 mph. What do think on what should I work on? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPL05VBwmeg You have plenty of room to increase your clubhead speed. The issue in your swing is with your posture. Look at your backside during the swing and you will see something interesting happen. As you swing the 50 yard marker that was blocked by your tush at address is completely uncovered at impact. This change in posture or loss of the “Tush line” is a huge power leak in your swing. You should be maintaining contact with the line from set-up to several frames past impact. There are several issues that develop as a result from losing the line, the most significant being there is no room for your right arm to track down in front of your right hip without your arms getting too far away from your body. This happens because your right hip has moved significantly closer to the ball at impact than it was at address. I have done several videos online concerning this subject that would help you. Here are a couple of pics to give you the idea. The lane Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/01/ask-brady-riggs-live-jan-18-2011.html#ixzz1BVKA8KDF   Daniel asks at 12:13: Hi Brady, really thank you for your help! I sent my swing once and you told me to shorten it for the angle of attack not to be so vertical. the quality of the video was less than acceptable and nighttime, I send now vids in better quality for you to take a look. I would like you to check my leg work in the downswing, although I hit it enough long to compete, it looks to me as promoting an over-the-top move which leads to me hitting 80% of my shots left of the intended target. Thanks for the videos. You obviously have plenty of clubhead speed. I don’t think your legs are the issue at this point. The problem is with the shape of your swing.  The takeaway gets too far inside, making the backswing too deep behind you. As with most swing issues what you do going back has the opposite effect on the downswing. Your arms and club swing too far out in front of you forcing the club to attack on an overly steep and outside path. While most left issue players have are caused by a closed clubface, yours is definitely effected by the improper shape of your swing.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFFvZuiUX4k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf-NDMZCMhk Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/01/ask-brady-riggs-live-jan-18-2011.html#ixzz1BVGCyuhO   Steven Oh asks at 12:05: I know I am supposed to hit down on the ball with my irons - does the same apply to hybrids? Thanks. Any time the ball is on the ground the club must be going down as it makes contact. This should happen as a result of swinging the club properly rather than a conscious effort to hit down. One thing I can tell you is that many players who struggle with the hybrids stand too far away from them. Take your address position more as you would with an iron and you will have more success. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/01/ask-brady-riggs-live-jan-18-2011.html#ixzz1BVD20jww

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