Tuesday, September 20, 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 time, be sure to check back next Tuesday for an all-new edition of Ask Brady Live. Welcome to the Tuesday Blog Ask Brady Live! Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments, I will see you all next week! GO USA! Tom asks at 1:15: Brady.... How do I make an overly steep downswing, I can't do this to save my life. The clubhead gets behind the tush on the downswing, tough to hit from that position. I feel that I may be going at this the wrong way. My tush line looks good in video... what are some other things to look for? If the club is getting too far behind you there are a couple of quick things you can do to help. A great “feel” is the keep the hands up in the air at the top of the downswing while your entire body begins to rotate around towards the target. This will help your hands move out onto the proper path into the ball and the club will follow. Many times when the club is getting too far behind you coming down the hand and arms are dropping straight down before the body moves to the target. When the hands move first and the body is either passive or slides to far laterally the club will get “stuck” behind. Keep the hands in the air and you will fix this quickly. Jim asks at 12:55: Is it good to feel the upper left arm for a RH golf to feel as if it's connected to the chest on the backswing and downswing? I get the club really laid off on the downswing and I think it's could be my left arm comes away from my body.
Should the left wrist be flat just before during and after impact? I would agree that the upper left arm should maintain contact with the chest during the swing. With that said the position of the arm will change during the backswing as the left arm rotates clockwise as it works to the top. The connection between the arm and chest becomes more taught as the downswing begins and is at it’s tightest at impact. The answer to your second question is a bit more difficult. If the left grip is neutral or weak the left wrist will definitely be flat just before and at impact. If the grip is very strong there can be some cup remaining in the wrist just before and at impact. The important thing is that the hands are leading the clubshaft with the club working forward, down, and out. If the grip is extremely strong in the left hands position then there can be a bit of bend left at impact. However, it is much easier and more consistent if the grip is more neutral and the wrist is in a flat position. Greg asks at 12:45: I am finally hitting the iron shots I want to hit, matching what I see in my head to what I want to do on the course. I am still having issues with my Driver. It is a consistant power slice to the right of varying bendiness, and it just doesnt feel right. Any help would be appricated. When the irons are good and the driver is slicing it usually speaks of a problem between the body/arms relationship at impact. The upper body is most likely spinning open too early on the downswing. This is a normal instinct to protect against the slice. When this happens the arms drag behind too much and the clubface is unable to rotate enough by the time the clubhead hits the ball. The correction is to “feel” like the club is passing your body during impact. This will keep your chest facing the ball when the club makes contact, allowing the toe of the club to close more rapidly and fix the slice. Try to keep in mind that the more the body rotates through impact the slower the face rotates, and vice versa. Slow down the bodies rotation and you will hit it straighter with the driver. Phil asks at 12:30:
Thanks for your blog everyweek - it helps me alot. My question is the takeaway and your thoughts on keeping the hands inside and clubhead outside?
What does this help accomplish? I seem to hit my shots thin, will this help steepen my swing? Many players struggle with getting the clubhead too far inside their hands during the takeaway. This mistake leads to numerous issues with the position of the club and the body at the top of the backswing that must be accounted for coming down. However, it must be said that there are numerous professionals who take the club back a little inside and have no problem making the adjustments. The simple fact is that if your swing is inconsistent and your takeaway stinks it makes sense to fix it first as other problems are corrected as a result. I have no idea why you hit it thin without seeing your swing or getting more information from your. The most common culprits are standing too far from the ball, losing your tush line, swinging too far from the inside, hanging back and hitting up on the ball, NOT having the shaft leaning forward at impact, etc. Send me a video of your swing or give me more information about what is going on with your motion and I can narrow it down for you. Tripp asks at 12:15: I am struggling with consistency, please help!!!
Tripp The DTL view looks like the ball is well below your feet. This may not be the greatest lie to video your swing from but there are a couple of things going on. Your weight is sitting too much in your heels at address. While this is the natural tendency from this lie make sure you avoid it in normal circumstances and keep the weight a bit more in the balls of the feet. The takeaway is a bit inside, top a bit laid off but overall the club tracks down into impact pretty good. The body isn’t moving through as well as I would like but this can be from the difficult lie you are hitting from. The face on swing from the range is better to look at. The movement of your head is telling. As you finish the backswing your head is moving up and towards the target. I would prefer it to stay level (many good players will even drop at the top) and never back up away from the target as you make contact. When your head is going back your body won’t be working in sync with your arms and you will overwork your hands and the club at impact. This is the source of much of your inconsistency. The head should move slightly off during the backswing, move back towards the target as the downswing begins, it can move slightly in front of the original position with an iron as long as it stabilizes at impact and then release out towards the finish. It should never move past the original position until after impact with the driver.  Here is a picture to help you see the location of the head during the swing. Pivot Foximpactiron Foximpactdriver Lou asks at 12:00: I tend to " lose " my swing with the driver during a round. I am 64 yrs old and play 2-3 times a week. I have trouble making solid contact after a decent start. What adjustments or checks can I make to get back on track?/ Maintaining your consistency is something we all strive for as players. There are several things you can check that can be causing you to struggle after a good beginning. The first is fatigue. If you lose either your concentration or just feel a bit sluggish during the round you want to maintain a steady supply of fuel (food) to keep you from crashing. Stay away from the sugary snacks and find something healthier to eat every few holes. Some people find an energy bar they like, bananas, nuts, etc. that keeps them on an even keel physically during the round. The second thing you can work on is your routine. This is true from driver to putter and can make a significant difference in your ability to keep a good round going and stop a bad round from starting. It sounds like your swing is working as you begin, if you fuel your body better and stay with your routines you will have more success.

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