Sunday, March 27, 2011

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs is working with a student, U.S. Amateur winner Danielle Kang, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week, so he won't be taking live questions on Tuesday. He will, however, answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos when he's off the course. Post a question or link to a video in the comments section below, and he'll answer by Wednesday. I will be back to finish the blog tomorrow. We have an early practice round in the desert so to those of you I haven't gotten to hang in there and check back on Wednesday evening. Nick asks: If I remember correctly, I read that you have some background in TGM(Homer Kelley's The Golfing Machine). What are some of the major aspects that ever present in your swing and pivot methods that have been greatly influenced by Kelley's book and/or other TGM instructors? Maybe just in general, if i read incorrectly about your TGM background, what are some things that you like about the TGM methodology? I personally like their description of commonly misinterpreted terms such as lag and pivot.
Also, what are some major aspects that you disagree with in terms of what other TGM instructors are teaching such as Lynn Blake? Thanks for the great question Nick. Let me first tell you that 2 of the 3 most influential PGA Professionals in my career were TGM guys; Ben Doyle and Gregg McHatton. The third was my Great Uncle V.O. “Red” Allen from the Wigwam in Litchfield Park, AZ. “Red” was a fantastic player who loved the game for all the right reasons and continued to impart his wisdom and no-nonsense approach to his students into his 90’s. Ben and Gregg are both true TEACHERS of the game. They aren’t shameless self promoters who are more concerned with making $ and “branding” their name then the well-being of their students. They are both a credit to the game and the profession. I have nothing but positive things to say about Lynn Blake and many other TGM guys. In fact, one of the most deserving guys to enter the TOP 100 list in the last few years is Brian Manzella a long-time student and friend of Ben Doyle. There are so many positive things to say about TGM and how it is taught that it is hard to pick out just a few. I will tell you that the guided struggle vs the blind one is the cornerstone of my teaching philosophy and I can’t think of many days that go by where that thought doesn’t cross my mind. The best thing about TGM is that it isn’t a swing methodology at all. It is anything but. It tries to define and explain the what, how, when, and why of the swing. Is it a very difficult read and sometimes exasperating to understand? Absolutely! However, those that spend the time and energy to unlock the terminology and ideas in the book will always be thankful for their efforts. While I have no problems with what is inside TGM, I disagree with some of the approaches to teach it. I am not a big fan of teaching impact alignments to people. I believe there are better ways to get the player into a flat left, bent right, #3 pressure point than hitting short shots forever. That has been my experience over the years as a player and a teacher. However, I have seen that approach work time and time again so I wouldn’t criticize someone who taught that way, it just isn’t my favorite. I am constantly on my soapbox about method teachers and theories that tell people they have the only way or the best way to hit a golf ball. The Golfing Machine is the exact opposite of a methodology, which is what makes it such a great resource. Read more:   allan gropper asks: cannot get a fairway wood up in the air. grounders with every swing and i hit down There are 2 ways to top the fairway woods. There is the traditional hit the top of the ball with the bottom of the club. This generally happens with the player starting too far from the ball and the weight never getting forward into the front foot at impact. The easiest fix with this problem is to get closer to the ball and move the weight into the front foot at impact. However, you say you are hitting down and still topping it. This gives us the second and less traditional way of topping shots, a smother. Trying to hit down too much can steepen the angle of attack to the point where your very low lofted fairway wood has no loft. In this case you will be taking a divot and still not getting the ball into the air. If this is your situation widen the stance slightly, feel like your right or trailing shoulder is slightly lower and pulled back away from the ball at address. This will shallow out your angle of attack and help you use the true loft of the club to get the ball airborne. Read more:   Hwang-jae Yoon asks: I have been wanting to post a video of my swing for a long time and finally found a reason and time to do so (senior year in High School has been hectic-er? than i thought) but now that I wanted to I'm curious as to what is the best neutral position to record my swing. I have a feeling its right behind in line with the hands and almost/about chest height? From a reasonable distance? Maybe I can better record and analyze my swing this way! Great question!! The angle you film your swing on can make things appear differently than they actually are. The down the line angle should be at hands high, and be between your toes and the target line. It is really important to film at a consistent angle to be able to see how your swing is changing over time. From face-on, you should be perpendicular to the target line and in line with the belt buckle at hands high. Here are a couple of pictures of the correct camera angles. Cameras Read more:   Damien asks:
There are many resources that are online that can provide with a wealth of information both paid and free, you can take any golf swing guide in existence but to really polish your own personal game you have to take the advice that's given and see if it fits YOU. Brady Riggs knows what he's talking about(check some of his videos that are online if you havent seen him in action). waiting to see what tips he has for everyone. Couldn’t agree more about finding the advice that fits YOU. Well said Damien…and thanks for the kind words. Read more:

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