Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs stopped by on Tuesday to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you missed Brady this week, be sure to check back on Tuesday for an all-new edition! Thanks to everyone for your questions and videos today. Have a great week on the links and we will pick up again next Tuesday. Edward asks at 1:30: Brady, I'm a super-senior who "hits & quits", no finish, no folded left arm, etc. I seem to remember a tip from a long-ago lesson to "pose" at the end of my swing to be sure I was completing my followthrough. Is this the best drill to cure my problem & gain some power, or can you offer a better solution ? Ed Thanks for the question Ed. If there is one piece of advice I think almost every player can benefit from it is holding your balance in the follow through. This simple thought helps the player swing through to the end of the motion, keeps their weight and club from slowing down at impact, helps the body and arms work in sync to start the downswing, prevents the player from trying to micromanage impact, and relieves the normal tension associated with where the ball may go by replacing it with a positive thought. I think this is an excellent thought for you on the golf course. Roland asks at 1:15: Any thoughts? Too flat on backswing? Thanks for the video Roland. Take a look at the picture I posted earlier in the blog today regarding posture at address. This is your biggest issue. Your weight is sitting back too far in your heels, you are too bent over from the middle of your body and your hands hang too low as a result. The backswing will change considerably when you stand to the ball better. For that reason I wouldn’t change the backswing until you see the affects of fixing the posture at address. Send in some new video when you think you have it cleaned up. VJS asks at 1:00: Can you please evaluate my swing - it appears that I am jumping on impact. Thanks! VJS I think the swing is very solid. There are a couple of things I would like you to keep your eye on. Your grip is a little strong. This isn’t generally a bad thing for younger players as it helps the ball go a bit farther but it can make the ball go too far left. Make sure your left hand isn’t so far over at address that you can see every knuckle on the top of your hand when you look down. If you can, rotate your left hand to the left until you can see the top knuckle of your ring finger but not your pinky. The second thing I would like to see from you is more aggression when you swing. I want you to attack the ball and hit it hard. To be a great player, you need to hit the ball as far or farther than your playing partners. This doesn’t mean I want you to be out of control and fall down but you need to be more confident and positive with your motion. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes when you play, enjoy your golf and always take chances when on the course to challenge yourself. Not only will this make you a better player, it will bring out the joy in your golf. Trippst79 asks at 12:40: Would like any advice you can give me on my putting stroke.
Thanks and love the blog!
TS Always nice to see some putting videos. From a technical standpoint the stroke looks pretty good. I don’t like to see the left arm move away from your body so much after impact and into the finish but that is a result and not a cause. The real issue is with the rhythm of the stroke. The length of the follow through is twice the length of the backswing. Unlike many teachers, I hate acceleration in the stroke. I want the ball to reach the hole from the swinging of the putter rather than the use of the muscles during impact. In fact, I would rather see the putter swinging and end up slightly shorter after impact than where yours is finished. Here are a couple of pictures to illustrate my point. Look at the length of Tiger’s backstroke and finish compared to yours. Tigerputt Putt1 Putt2 Nathan asks at 12:15: Good Morning Brady- I asked you last week about how posture at setup affects the arm motion and swing plane. You said you would be able to answer my question better with a video, so here it is.
The first video is from about 2 weeks ago with a 5 iron; the shot was a push draw that ended up about 10 feet right of my target. The second video is with a 6 iron and a more bent over posture which allows me to feel like my arms are hanging with not too much tension and plenty of room to swing and my wrists can hinge properly. Sorry about the camera angles and picture quality not being very good. The first shot was a push-draw that ended a little right of target (I had been hitting a lot of pushes that were either straight or had an aggressive draw flight); the second shot was pretty straight.
Does this more bent over posture look like an improvement? Thanks! I would like to see a happy medium between the two. The first one definitely looks too upright, the second too bent over. You can see the differences in the takeaway because of the posture (noting that the camera angles are quite different). The more bent over posture makes the club pop up and out more than is neutral creating a more laid off position at the top of the backswing. If you get the posture more vanilla, the takeaway will line up better and the rest of the swing will run more efficiently. I would like to see your left leg post up better through impact as it currently bends considerably more than is ideal. Here is a picture of where you should be at address. Posture Mark asks at 12:00: Hello Brady - I just wanted to first give you props for fixing my tush line issue that I've been plagued with for years. I've played some great golf since - although old bad habits creep back. My hips are quite active at the start of the downswing, which I think causes the inconsistency at times. Do you have any drills to sequence the initial hip move coming down?
I do have a followup question - What's your opinion on squatting to start the downswing as a way of maintaining the tush line and getting more leverage. I know Tiger has had trouble lately with this and McIlroy does it to a significant extent initially. They both straighten significantly at impact, but it seems to bring more timing into the equation.
Thanks swing god Glad to hear the Tush line issue is better. The key to quieting the hips is loading the left quad (right handed player) as long as possible coming down. This helps the hips stay “closed” later in the downswing and allows the right elbow to come down in front of the right hip. Hit some slow swing shots trying to keep the left quad loaded with weight longer and you will begin to feel the proper sequence. The squat to start down creates amazing leverage and prepares the body to push away from the ground at impact. This is a move usually reserved for the very athletic. BTW, this isn’t the source of Tiger’s problems, they have more to do with the position of the club than his squat.  

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