Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Danielle-with-father This week Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs is working with a student, U.S. Amateur winner Danielle Kang, at the LPGA's first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Brady will file stories from the course throughout the week, so keep checking back for more updates. If you submitted a question for Brady about your swing, click here to see his response. TUESDAY Day 2 at the Nabisco in Palm Desert. We were joined today by Danielle's father Mr. Kang. He caddied for Danielle during her victory at the U.S. Amateur last summer. He's taking this week off to enjoy the golf from outside the ropes. We had an early tee time this morning as we got out ahead of the Pro-Am. For the second straight day we played alone, just the way Danielle likes it.  No range session, straight to the first tee 270 down the middle... oh to be 18 again!!Danielle's ball striking was much better today, the left miss has been calmed down a great deal.
---- Danielle-address-position Being the hungriest man on the golf course, Ty is very happy we are at the "Nabisco". Between Oreo's, Animal Crackers and Nutter Butter's Ty is in snack heaven. He is doing a solid job so far, although the early wake up call is making him less than thrilled.
Major Championship weeks are like any other. It all starts with the address position.
In the beginning of the week Danielle was too far from the ball and inconsistent with her alignment. It is much cleaner now. 
Great posture here, end of the grip pointing at her navel, arms hanging down relaxed, knees bent over her toes.
---- Danielle-backswing The swing thought of the week is keep it short. It was long early Monday morning, and Danielle was struggling with the lefts.
As soon as it got shorter she gained control of the direction.
This is a great look at the width Danielle maintains in the takeaway while cranking with her upper body.
There is no early hinge here, the right arm remains long and above the left helping the club move UP and not IN.
This is not where I want Danielle to be. 45 yards into an elevated green, front hole location, to a surface that will not hold.
The false front makes this even worse as a misjudged wedge will roll back several yards off the green.
This makes the lay-up distances on par 5's critical. We are working hard on the math to help Danielle have a full shot into the greens to control the first bounce.----Danielle-hole-in-one Off the fairway is not the place to be this week. The rough is extremely high... and it's only Tuesday. The rough is at least a two-club penalty in distance, and with the elevated greens and bunkers in front a green in regulation is unlikely.
HOLE IN ONE!!! The second of Danielle's career came with an 8-iron to the par-3 14th. It landed at 132 yards, bounced once and went straight into the hole at 138 yards. Great shot, great example of how the ball will release when it lands on these firm greens.

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