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. WEDNESDAY Day 3 at the Nabisco marks the end of practice. It can't come soon enough for Danielle who told me she was ready Tuesday morning after 4 holes.
Danielle is always a great interview because she says exactly what's on her mind. Ted Sobel from KNX radio is getting the low down here.
---- Most of the practice putts we have worked on this week were from the back of the green. With greens this firm it's hard to imagine putting from the front edge very often.
Danielle starts late on Thursday, which means that sleeping in and relaxing during the morning becomes a priority. You can be too ready to play, and adjusting sleep to your starting time is a little thing that can really help a player feel ready to go.
The swing from today (below, left) is shorter and running parallel to the target line. This is a big improvement over Monday's swing (below, right) when her backswing went across the line position at the top and produced too much draw.
This is what the beginning of the week is all about. Identifying a problem area and working on it to produce a more consistent result. Nothing needs to be reinvented, just improved.