Tuesday, September 06, 2011

  Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online today at 1 p.m. Eastern to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. Leave your question or video for Brady now! Welcome to the Tuesday Edition of Ask Brady Live! This is a big week for a couple of my players as 2 Time US Women's Amateur Champion Danielle Kang makes her professional debut on the LPGA Tour at the Walmart in Arkansas. Joining her is Solheim Cup member Ryann O'Toole as she prepares for the biggest tournament in her life. Props to Mark Steinberg for signing Danielle Kang to join Tiger in his stable. You have chosen well Mark. Keep an eye on LPGA leaderboard this week... Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. Look forward to seeing you next week on the blog. Dave asks at 1:45: Thanks for your blog, it's clear that you're committed to helping us hackers. My problem is with getting the nice feel of compressing an iron shot. I don't believe that I'm casting, but I seem to have trouble consistently getting the good club shaft forward lean necessary to start the divot after the ball (that is when I make a divot at all). Any tips or suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated. The basic idea is the right forearm needs to get closer to the target at impact if the hands are going to lead the clubhead into the ball. This isn’t quite as simple as it sounds, so here is what must happen. You must have some tilt to begin the downswing. This will get the right shoulder closer to the ground and enable the right arm to move down in front of the right hip. For the arm to keep going far enough the left hip must clear out of the way so the right side can move in the direction of the target. When done properly, the right arm will come down in front of the navel and your hands will get out past the ball at impact. As with all swing changes, this should be done carefully, slowly, and in pieces to help you gain the “feel” of the proper mechanics. Here is a before and after to help you see the difference. Hillarycollide Hillaryimpact Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/09/ask-brady-riggs-live-sept-6.html#ixzz1XIFL65hY     Tadhg asks at 1:20: Hi Brady, big fan of the blog. What do you think playing the game by feel, as though by Jim Flick ie feeling the weight of the club head as you swing and everything else falls into place. I find this method good, particularly under pressure. The swing is a lot smoother, no over swinging, nice shallow divot and distance seems to be fine. I have tried (and tried hard) to change my swing from a hands and arms type swing to a body type swing, but struggle for any type of consitency, and have no feel for what the clubhead is doing. What are your thoughts? You have to be who you are. Some people are significantly better taking the hands and arms out of the swing, some are considerably worse. When you try to swing in a manner completely different than is comfortable you will struggle mightily. If you are already a good player, improve upon what you already do well instead of changing everything for a result that might be worse. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/09/ask-brady-riggs-live-sept-6.html#ixzz1XICl0hJN Nathan asks at 1:00: Could you explain how proper (and improper) posture affects swing plane and arm motion? I am a somewhat tall golfer and I think I've been standing too upright so that my arms are sort of colliding with my chest in the backswing; my club is somewhat laid off and shut at the top and the arms look a little behind me. Plus, the backswing just feels too strenuous.
Would you agree that a good posture is one in which the arms hang freely from the shoulders without any contact with the ribcage? When I setup that way I feel more bent over, but it seems to encourage a free arm swing. Thanks for your insight! Without seeing the swing it is very difficult to comment on your specific issue. I can tell you that you should feel comfortable and athletic at address with your legs “bouncy” and your arms hanging down out of your shoulders. The more bent over you begin the more difficult it is to maintain that posture going back and you will tend to stand up. The opposite is true if you stand too upright at address as you will tend to drop during the swing. If the changes you have made during the address are helping you feel more comfortable then stick with it. Please send in your video so I can give you some more specific advice. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/09/ask-brady-riggs-live-sept-6.html#ixzz1XI9ZURgm     Stephen asks at 1:45: Hey Brady, what's a cure for poor body alignment? I hit the ball straight, but often realize after my shot that I'm aimed right (left-handed) of my target. I've been setting my clubface to a spot just in front, which has helped some. I've started to wonder how much eye-dominance may be a factor. Don’t feel bad I have been aiming too far right for 33 years. I tried many different approaches to get “square”. They included using an intermediate target, right foot placed first, clubface lined-up before feet, looking at the target when I spread my feet, etc. What worked best for me is to aim comfortably at address and before I start the swing I simply pull my left foot back a couple inches away from the target line. This may sound like I have given up, maybe I have, but it has helped me fix this problem that plagued me for decades. Any of the above may work for you, but if they don’t try my approach, you may be surprised at the result. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/09/ask-brady-riggs-live-sept-6.html#ixzz1XI7BrG7Z   Cam asks at 1:30: A big fan of your blog. I have struggled with good tempo and rhythm as many amateurs do and came across some articles that claim many pro golfers have a swing tempo of 3 to 1, meaning three counts back and 1 count from top of back swing to impact. They measure this by frames of film or video. So this player has a tempo of 24/8, another 27/9, etc. And of course, they want to sell all sorts of training aids. Is there anything to this 3/1 tempo, and if yes, is it an appropriate goal to aspire to? What do you recommend for helping to improve swing tempo and rhythm?   Here is an analogy I often use when people ask me about tempo and rhythm. Think of your car’s alignment when it is bad. To compensate, you have to pull on one side of the wheel to keep your car from running off the road. If you are driving 5mph or 50mph and you let go of the wheel bad things will happen. Same is true of your golf swing when your mechanics stink. If you swing slow or fast, with good rhythm or bad rhythm the ball won’t go at the target if the face isn’t square, the path is bad, and your weight isn’t moving properly. The 3 to 1 theory has worked for some, but it comes back to your ability to master the fundamentals of clubface, path, and pivot. When those factors are not in question, tempo and rhythm become more important than when the fundamentals are poor. I like to listen to Reggae music when I practice, not because I am necessarily trying to improve my tempo or rhythm but because I like the music. Fix the fundamentals first, then download some Peter Tosh on iTunes and practice to Downpressor Man.    Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/09/ask-brady-riggs-live-sept-6.html#ixzz1XI1lOsCD   Jeff asks at 1:15: Hi Brady, thanks for the blog, it's great! what are your thoghts on a "long" left thumb? (for a right handed player) This is one of those questions I wish you asked while you were standing in front of me. The thumb bends differently from person to person. The important note on the “long” thumb is to get your thumb print on the handle. If you try to extend the thumb too far the underside of your knuckle will sit on the grip instead of the thumb “print”. The amount of natural bend in the thumb while it’s resting will determine how far down the handle you can extend it. Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/09/ask-brady-riggs-live-sept-6.html#ixzz1XHyHuxbu   Paul asks at 1:00: 've been reading the blog for a while, it has helped me quite a bit. Thank you!
I'm having problems getting the ball in the air with my Driver, 3 Wood, 3-4 Hybrids. I've been told to tee the ball higher with the driver, but I just come underneath it and pop it up. I know I still have tush line problems and I'm taking it past parallel on the backswing, I'm working on those things. I'm sure those are part of the problem.
I'd also like to know if my left shoulder is moving incorrectly through impact and in the follow through. Looking at the pros swings I always see the hands turn over after impact from a DTL view. My hands always disappear behind my body after impact Should my shoulder turn coming down be more vertical? I'm left handed and I pull hard through the downswing with my left arm and shoulder. Thanks!
Here is my swing: http://youtu.be/U6zID4rxpnA Thanks for sending in the video. It always makes a huge difference when I can see what is going on rather than hearing someone’s impression of what the swing “feels” like. Overall the swing looks really good. I agree the Tush line still needs some work but in my opinion the issue is the closed clubface position. This makes perfect sense when aligned with your misses of a lower ball flight and the occasional pop up with the driver. When the clubface is closed you need to look in two specific places. First is the grip. If it is strong and the left wrist is in a neutral position at the top of the swing the face will run parallel to the horizon in a closed position. If the grip is neutral and the face is closed then the fault is in an overly flat or bowed left wrist position at the top of the swing. I would get the grip more neutral, make sure the left wrist is slightly cupped at the top and see what happens. At this point, forget all the other crap going through your head and send me the new videos. Shut Square Read more: http://blogs.golf.com/top100/2011/09/ask-brady-riggs-live-sept-6.html#ixzz1XHsZSVOF  

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