Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was today at noon Eastern to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. Brady will be back next Tuesday so get your swing videos on YouTube so he can take a look. Thanks for joining me in the blog. Hope you enjoyed the pictures, look forward to seeing you next week. Vatin C. asks at 1:00: I've been having this problem for as long as I can remember. Basically during the takeaway my left shoulder moves out and drops down a bit and, as a result, my left elbow kinda points in front of me and my backswing plane looks flat. Any tips and drills I can use to get out of this problem? My practice swing looks better in this regard. Is it tension or incorrect sequence? Had tried keeping head cover under my left pit but didn't quite work out. Try to maintain the connection between your upper left arm and chest during the takeaway with your hands staying inside the clubhead. This will keep the clubshaft working more up instead of around and help the plane improve. Here are some pictures that will really help. Clarketake Clarkeup J asks at 12:20:: I wonder whether you could explain some of your key setup fundamentals for me, primarily with the irons. I've heard of the "reverse K" being a good starting point but would enjoy hearing some specifics. Should the head stay behind the ball at address etc. and what does that allow the body/club to do more efficiently...?
I've been trying to emulate Rory's setup position and notice that, even with the shorter irons, his left should is significantly higher than his right. See here: I've never given it too much thought before now, assuming that my spine angle would be correct courtesy of my right hand being lower on the club. Whenever you speak in generalities about mechanics you are doing a bit of a disservice to the individual player. If you look at a player like David Duval in his prime and critiqued his address position, it wouldn’t be something you would recommend. This would also be the case for Hubert Green, Fuzzy Zoeller, Lee Trevino, etc. There are very few players who don’t have some minor individual variances in their address positions. With that said, there are a few things I like to see when working with my players that are fairly standard across the board. Your head should be slightly behind the ball with the irons because the ball is under the logo on the left chest and your right hand is placed lower on the club producing some tilt in the shoulders. From the down-the-line view your knees should be slightly over the toes with the weight in the balls of the feet. With the proper posture, your arms should be hanging down either perpendicular to the ground or slightly out away from the body, depending upon the length of your club, your height and your physical characteristics. From the down-the-line camera position, a friend should be able to see a little of your upper left arm (right-handed player) as this would indicate your shoulders are square and the grip is correct. Here are a couple of pictures to help you see what I am describing. Villegassetup Address Quietlegs   Charles Hill asks at 12:00: How can I stop "throwing" the club off the top when I start my downswing? What trigger should I use or feel to start the downswing to prevent this? This is a very common mistake amateurs make in an effort to add more power. The key is to change the sequence of motion in the transition from backswing to downswing. When done properly, your body should move in the direction of the target before your arms and club have completed the backswing. This change of direction is the key to creating the seemingly “effortless” power you see on television every week. Your arms and hands remain relaxed in the transition and are “moved” by your body. This is completely different than moving the club with your hands before your body has had a chance to do anything. Work on the change of direction and you will fix this issue.  

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