Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online next Tuesday to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. Be sure to check back next Tuesday for another edition of Ask Brady Riggs Live! Thanks for everyone's questions, videos, and comments. Have a great week on the links! Luke asks at 1:50: tried to shift back into my right side more and then fire through more this past weekend and really liked the feeling of loading up and then powering through. I felt more powerful, but, alas, my shots mostly went right of target. When should I feel like releasing the club to square the face? Without seeing the swing it is impossible to know exactly what is causing the ball to go right. I would encourage you to go back to the basics of address and make sure the grip, posture, ball position, alignment, and distance from the ball are correct. This seems tedious and unglamorous but I can tell assure you most people waste a great deal of their time chasing something in their swing when more often than not the issues begin at address. Joe asks at 1:25: How important is it to return the hands to the same place (from a DTL view) they were at address? Obviously impact and address are two totally different things, so maybe the better question is should the shaft angle be the same at impact and address? Hogan and Trevino seemed to match it up perfectly, however some of the best players today return the hands a little higher than where they started. Is it just personal preference or shot type or both? Thanks for doing the blog every week! It isn’t that important Joe. Yes, Hogan, Trevino, Sergio and some others return to the same shaft angle, many more don’t. If the player tends to play left to right or starts with their hands higher at address they will be more likely to return the shaft to the same angle at impact it was at address. If the player plays a straighter or right to left ball flight and/or the hands are normal to lower at address then the shaft will be more upright at impact. As you said, address and impact aren’t the same so you shouldn’t worry about it. I will tell you that if your hands are significantly higher at impact then a good place to look is the Tush line. If your tush, hips, and legs are getting closer to the ball coming down than they were at address the hands won’t have any room and the shaft angle will definitely rise. In most cases, if the swing path is good, the Tush line is maintained and the original height of the hands was neutral you should be good to go. David asks at 1:05: Recently, I have been trying to match my release to my shaft plane at address (hence the drill you see in the video). This has improved my ballstriking, but I am now losing more shots to the right with the release more around my body than it used to be. Do you have any thoughts, am I going in the right direction (the swing used to have a much more vertical finish with the club exiting in my neck vs. my midsection). Thanks for the blog! You are going in the right direction if you only want to hit the ball from left to right. Based upon your description of your previous swing I can understand why you have tried to change the shape of your swing. However, it appears you have taken the entire bottle instead of just a couple of pills. There are many things about your golf swing I think are fantastic. You maintain your body positions extremely well (almost too much as you dive at it a bit) and I still think your extension through impact is excellent despite the more “left” and low exit of the club. If you got the backswing and downswing angles to match into a more “uniplane” look I think you would be able to hit either ball flight and improve your consistency. Don’t go so crazy about the lower exit, it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. You will have more control over the shape of your shots if the swing is a bit more neutral. Here is a picture of AK going up and coming down I think you should try to emulate. Akuniplane Edhalsim asks at 12:45: I'm a 5 handicap. Here are two views of my swing: My problem has always been swinging too far from the inside leading to blocks and hooks depending on whether or not I hang back and flip my hands. If you would, please take a look and let me know what you think. Any specific drills I should be doing? Thanks! - Ed I’m not sure I completely agree with your assessment of the problem. I use the term “under the bottom” when dealing with your specific swing shape and ballflight issue. The club is only “under” or inside the proper path in the frames just before impact. In all the frames before the last few before impact club is attacking on a path that is too steep and above the proper path. The problem begins as you near the top of the swing. The club is too flat (pointing outside the ball) as you approach the top and has a very common shift to a steeper angle as you begin the downswing. This can be seen if you look at the angle of the shaft when your hands are shoulder high going up and coming down. While many great players shift their hands to a more outside plane coming down or shift the club to a more shallow angle in the transition it if very uncommon for a really good player to get more steep with the shaft angle. While a player of lesser ability would just ride this steep angle into impact producing deep divots, pulls, and fades you fix it. Your fix just before impact to a more inside path opens the face and hangs you back behind the ball. This requires you to square the face with your hands as you strike it. If you are late you hit the block, early you hit the fade. The fix is to get your clubshaft working up more vertically as you finish the backswing so it can shallow out in the transition to a flatter angle. This will make you more “inside” coming down but will allow you to release the club properly and not have to adjust the angles just before impact. I have included a picture of your shaft angle as you come down to show you how steep the shaft is and another of where you should be. Good luck. Edsteep Clarkedown Dan asks at 12:25: Brady... I have worked on the tush line, and, I found myself bottoming out way behind the ball with a driver as a result. What I found is the I totally got out of any weight transfer. At impact and after I was never getting more than 50% of my weight on my front foot, but, I maintained the tush line. I guess my fix will be to get a better weight transfer and maintain the tush line also........Do you see this problem very often, just curious? This can happen. As you drive more weight into the right heel at the top of the backswing it can be more difficult to get the weight onto the front foot at impact. Keep in mind that you should be moving your weight in the direction of the target before you complete your backswing. If you focus on this part of the sequence it is easier to get the weight off the back foot at impact while maintaining the tush line. Doug asks at 12:00: I finally got some videos of my swing, and hoped you could help me out. I have a horrible push-slice with my driver, and have tried everything I can think of to fix it, with no success. I also do not hit the ball as far as I feel I should be able to, though I'd gladly accept that if it meant I could avoid my push-slice, which leads to numerous lost balls per round. Anything you see that I could work on? Thank you! http://www.v1golfacademy.com/SwingStore/1D0AFF4A2027.mp4 http://www.v1golfacademy.com/SwingStore/5F32D616D3F7.mp4 Thanks for sending in your videos Doug. The golf swing can seem very confusing and illogical at times. This will be one of those times. The reason you hit the push-slice is because you are fighting a clubface position that should produce the exact opposite shot. Your grip is the cause of the closed clubface position. It is in an extremely strong position. Logically it would seem that the closed clubface would produce a big hook. Like many players you compensate for the closed clubface by attacking the ball on an excessively inside path and fight off the release of the club during impact. You have done such a good job that you are hitting the exact opposite shot. To fix the push-slice you have to do something illogical, get the clubface more open. This requires you to make the grip neutral to produce a square clubface position. This will give you the opportunity to release the clubface properly through impact. The excessively inside path will improve with the grip. The strong grip you currently have produces too much right side tilt at address forcing the club inside during the takeaway and across the line at the top of the backswing. When the grip is more neutral the shoulder will tilt less and the poor shape of your backswing produced by the strong grip will go away.

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