Tuesday, September 27, 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 week for an all-new edition! Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. We will be back at it next Tuesday. Have a great week! Dan asks at 1:00: What are the best 13 clubs for someone with a handicap from 8-10? I'm going to be buying new clubs soon and was curious what the new logic would be. My old set is very old (15 yrs) and is D,3W,5W,3I-9I,PW,SW,LW. It has more to do with the distances you hit the clubs than your index level. I can tell you that you would be well suited to experiment with hybrids as they have changed the game for the good. The goal is to eliminate large gaps in distances with either the wedges or the long irons/hybrids. The exact loft of the wedges and degrees of the hybrids should be adjusted to fill in the gaps. Austin asks at 12:45: I've recently been struggling with the hooks and I've lost all confidence in my swing. Any advice would be great, thanks!
Here are two videos: The swing looks goods Austin. I would like to see the takeaway less inside. When the club sucks in behind you too much too early your arms can get too deep at the top making it difficult to hit anything but a hook. Here are a couple of pictures to help you see where you should go. Clarkeup Mark asks at 12:30: I'd like advice on teaching my 7 year old son. I bought a beginners set for him this summer and brought him to the practice range with me. He really enjoys it. I've started him with some real basic tips, like keeping his eye on the ball, but I've resisted giving him much more than that. I don't want to flood him with instruction or make things a chore. But now I think I'd like to help him progress. Where should I start? What would be a good plan of progression? Eventually, I'll probably take him to a pro, but I don't think either of us is ready for that yet. Thanks! You are off to a really good start Mark. Job #1 is to make sure he is having a great time and wants to be there. When it comes to the technique the advice is easy. Go on Youtube and find some swings of Tiger around 2000. Play the swings for your son and have him notice how Tiger finishes his swing in balance with his back foot straight up and down posing for the cameras. Have him try to copy Tiger in the house for you so you can see he has it down. When you get to the range, let him hit some balls to mess around and then remind him about how Tiger finished. You may even have the video on your phone to show him. When he holds his finish like Tiger you will see how to help your kid become better. This is how I taught my daughters to swing, except it was with Annika Sorenstam. It is amazing how much they learn when we shut up. Luke asks at 12:14: Thanks for your help! I love watching Rory McIlroy swing. What do you think the average amateur should strive to take away from the future World #1's swing? What are the things we should not try to emulate? That is a very tough question. Without seeing your swing it is impossible for me to relay specific advice as to what you should or shouldn’t copy. When I give golf lessons I always use video. During most if not all of those lessons I use players as examples of what I want the student to working towards. For some students I might choose the pivot of Anthony Kim or Camilo if I want them to have a little more lateral motion. This is usually reserved for the more flexible, younger, athletic players who rotate too much on their front foot during the backswing. For other players I may select Davis Love III as an example of how they should pivot. This is better for the average person as it is more simple and doesn’t require a great deal of flexibility. It is especially relevant if the player is swaying off the ball during the backswing. I would be doing a disservice to my students if I picked the same player to use as example and/or taught them all to swing the same way.   The stuff to copy about Rory would be for the younger, athletic, more flexible player. He has a massive turn to the top and pops both legs to straight through impact better than almost anyone in the game. While these are things some players can copy, they would be very detrimental to most golfers. Justin asks at 12:00: Hey Brady, love the blog. I'm a high handicapper so these questions are a little more simple than what you usually get.
What are some simple drills I can do in or around the house that will improve my accuracy on the course?
And if you got time, what's a general guide I can go by as far as ball positioning on uphill and downhill lies, pitching wedge to driver, etc.? The best thing you can do to improve at home is to work on your fundamentals. Make sure you are working on your grip, stance, posture, etc. It is highly recommended that you are doing this with the consultation of a professional instructor so you aren't lost. In terms of ball positioning for strange lies your adjustments should be minor. Uphil lies will take the ball left of the target making it crucial you aim slightly right. The ball should be played slightly back in the stance on downhill lies. This will make the ball go slightly right of the target making in necessary to adjust the aim to the left at address. When the ball is on the ground it should be played under the logo on your left chest. As the clubs get longer, the right foot should move slightly wider without changing the ball’s position relative to the left foot. This is true from PW to the 3-wood. The driver should be more forward than the balls on the ground and played under the left armpit. All of these positions are flexible and can be adjusted for a change in trajectory, shape of shot, etc. The best advice I can give you at this point is to get an instructor who knows what he/she is doing and develop a plan for progress. If you are serious about becoming a good player the plan should include all aspects of your game, your equipment, your practice organization, fitness. Etc.

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