Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online today at noon EST, where he will answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you have a question or video for Brady, leave it in the comments below, then check back at noon to see what he has to say. Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments this week. Wish I could stay longer, off to the lesson tee. It is a beautiful day here in So. Cal. David asks at 1:00 Why do I hit draws, sometimes giant hooks, with my irons and not Driver or 3 wood? That is a good question David. Every once in a while I will have a student swing very differently with the irons than the driver. I have seen students hit beautiful high draws with the driver and weak fades with the irons and vice versa. I could throw out some guesses about having the shaft leaning back more with the irons causing a “flip hook” and not doing it with the driver but it would be just that, a guess. I am not a big believer in blaming equipment so as a teacher I wouldn’t go there either. The most responsible advice I can give you is to go find a teacher who uses video and has a good reputation in your area and seek some help or send me some video of your swing with the irons and driver so I can get you on the right track. Jason asks at 12:40: Been really battling a slice with my longer clubs and driver, I have tried everything. What's the best way to correct this. Thanks for any advice. If you look at the question at the beginning of the blog today it will help you understand where to look. As the clubs get longer and lose loft you increase the amount of sidespin on the shot making them curve off-line much more than the shorter clubs. The reason there is an entire golf instruction industry is that people think the ball should be struck with the club traveling down the target line into the back of the ball with the face square. When they try to create this impact they hit the outside back of the ball usually with the face open. The result is a slice. If you focus instead on hitting the inside back of the ball with the face rotating to square you will lose the slice. Obviously, you need the face to be in a fairly square position relative to the path by having a good grip and flat left wrist, but understanding how impact works will take you a long way. Tim asks at 12:35: what is going on with our man AK. He's all over the place this year and doesnt seem to be headed in the right direction with 2 straight missed cuts. aside from possibly not putting enough time into his game, can you point out some things that he's doing with his swing right now thats making him hit the ball so bad and maybe some good things that he's doing? AK is my favorite guy to follow on tour and I hope he gets back on track again. thanks brady! I haven’t been very tight with AK for some time now. I still consider him to be a friend but my interaction with him over the past few years has been very limited. I think his instructor Adam Schriber is a great guy and an excellent teacher who I have nothing but respect for. If AK decides to make golf his #1 priority he will be a force again in every tournament he enters. There is absolutely no one in the game that has more talent than him. I hope we see it soon, he is very fun to watch when he plays up to his potential. Bob Jewett asks at 12:30: I have noticed that many golf teachers, including Sean Foley, encourage players to have their weight on the left foot at impact.
In June 1962, Golf Digest published an article describing a scientific study done at UCLA which proved that a golfer's weight is 56% on the right foot at impact, both with a driver and 8-iron. Several top pros were tested during this study.
In April 1989 the study was repeated with a new group of top pros, including Greg Norman, and they had 60% of their weight on the right foot.
Why do so many golf teachers say that a golfer's weight should be on the left foot at impact? Are they simply ignorant of these scientific studies?
Bob Jewett I don’t have those articles in front of me Bob so I am going to refrain from commenting on them. If you would like to email them to me I would be happy to read them. As far as what Sean Foley teaches you would have to ask him. Ken asks at 12:09: Love reading you each week. I have an issue in my swing where I kind of pull up with my arms and body, causing my to hit the ball thin a lot. Do you have any suggestions to fix this? I don't know if it's related, but I also tend to end up with my weight on my toes as I begin my downswing and into my follow through, which is something else I am looking to correct. Glad you enjoy the blog Ken. When your weight moves into your toes during your swing you are effectively getting closer to the ball than you were in the address position. When this happens you have two choices as a player. You can either maintain the amount of forward bend you started with and fall on your face or you can stand up to help you find some balance. When you stand and lose your “spine angle” your chances of making solid ball-turf contact are gone. Many players try to fix this by starting with the weight in the heels in an attempt to keep them there during the swing. This actually makes the problem worse as the weight will inevitably go where it isn’t, to the toes during the swing. Start on the balls of your feet and concentrate on moving the weight into the right heel going back and the left heel going through. This is a bit oversimplified but it will help you maintain your posture and get you on the right track.   Bryan asks at 12:00: What is the best drill for correcting an outside to inside (over the top) swing path? In most cases a player will come over the top because it will HELP the ball get closer to the target. People usually make “mistakes” later in the swing in an effort to compensate for something else that went wrong earlier. The reason coming over the top would help in a player’s mind is that the ball continues to fly to the right (for a right-handed player) of the target. The best drill to fix the problem is to get the clubface in a square position so the ball will stop curving to the right of the target. If the face is square to the path you are swinging on and you come over the top the ball will go left of the target. This will be all the motivation you need to get the club attacking on a better path to the ball. Check the grip first, then make sure the left wrist is flat at the top of the swing and you will be on your way.

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