Tuesday, March 06, 2012

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon EST to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you have question or video link for Brady, leave it in the comments section below! Thanks to everyone for your questions, comments, and especially the videos. We had such a huge response again today I will try to answer a few more questions later tonight. Check back in the morning for a few more responses. Thanks again and I'll see you next week. Mike asks at 2:00: Have hit a power fade for years teeing the ball up with the traditional half-ball over clubhead set-up. Was suggested during club-fitting for new R11 that I tee it up higher (3/4 above) so I would hit a baby draw. No change in ball position. Sure enough, I'm hitting nothing but baby draws now with my driver (still fading irons). I didn't ask why of my fitter; didn't want to jinx it. So I'll ask you... Why? If you have ever tried to hit a driver off the ground you will know the answer. It is nearly impossible to hit anything other than a fade/slice with any consistency when a deep faced club is trying to make contact with the ball on the turf. If you try to draw the driver from the ground the usually shot is a “worm burner” rolling down the fairway. Attacking the ball from a more inside path becomes very difficult with the driver on the ground or on a shorter tee. When the ball is teed higher it is easier to hit more up and “out” facilitating the impact conditions necessary to hit the draw. I will save you the pain of listening to me drone on about the D-plane, etc. but encourage you to hit a few drives from the ground to get the idea. The fact is the fitter is right and it is working, you are winning!! Ken Mcdonald asks at 1:50: I need a drill for the chicken wing swing and how to quit hitting fat shots off tight fairways? Without seeing the swing I will give you some generalities about the chicken wing. Hitting “up” on the ball will disturb the desired flat left wrist position and eventually cause the left arm to shorten and chicken wing. Attacking the ball from outside the proper path will take the arms and club out away from the body to start the downswing and closer to the ball during and after impact. When the arms get closer to you they will “jam” and shorten causing the chicken wing. If the right shoulder doesn’t get closer to the ground during the downswing the right arm will straighten too early and force the left arm to fold too quickly leading to the chicken wing. These are a few of the most common causes of the chicken wing that will negatively affect your ball striking. They are not absolutes! Work on attacking the ball on the proper path with the hands leading the clubhead and the right arm and wrist bent and you will get rid of the chicken wing and improve your ball striking. Curiously, a little bit of chicken wing isn’t the end of the world as these pictures of great players show below. Chicken wing William Dumont asks at 1:30: I have watched that video on the tush line which I have been struggling to get correct. I know I come out of posture and tend to hit shots, even solid ones towards the heel about 1/8 to 1/4 inch off center. I have always flipped my hands closed so that could by why and it seems like I dont flip as much with this new tush line fix. Can you please take a look to see if I am doing the drill correctly?? It seems like it is working and my hips are opening finally. I feel like from the top I start by shifting my left knee forward and around to start the downswing but it looks like it spins me out of the shot. One link is face on, the other is from behind.
Thanks as always for you help. Your instruction is fantastic and it is a help to us all! If only you were close to NY!!
Bill D http://youtu.be/z_3sViQyh_c behind view http://youtu.be/hVpjo_vzK-k front view Thanks for the kind words Bill. It’s hard to think of being anywhere other than Southern California with the temp around 80 the last few days. The issue with the Tush line looks fairly good at this point so I want to turn your focus to how the legs are working on the downswing and into the frames just after impact. I agree that the left knee can help the hips get more open during impact. The problem as you stated is this can cause a “spin out” if the weight hasn’t moved far enough over the front foot at impact. I would like to see you move your hips, chest, and shoulders a bit more laterally to the target as the downswing begins to get more weight over your left foot sooner. Once the weight has shifted across then the rotation in your lower body will help you get the hips more open without the “spin” you are currently experiencing. The next step is to work on getting both legs more straight during and after impact. You are currently demonstrating what is referred to as a “caddy dip” during and after impact. This occurs when both knees increase their flex during and after impact. The problem with this move is it makes your upper body more upright shooting the arms and club away from you, a great way to hit the dreaded hosel of the club. To recap, move the weight across to the target to begin the downswing before getting the rotation in the hips. During impact try to get both legs moving to straighter instead of more flexed and you will have both the Tush line and the proper shift of weight in place. Here are a couple of pictures to help you see the legs in action. Bryce Brett Warren asks at 1:00: any tips? trying to squat into the ball more and not come over the top http://youtu.be/2M3hu5MJUE8 Thanks for the video Brett. I really don’t see the pressing issue of a lack of squat compared to the problems you are having with coming “over the top”. When the arms and club get too deep or “behind” you in the backswing the natural reaction is to route them out and over to start the downswing. It is one of those neat things about the swing we see all the time, too much of something early means too little of it later on. This is true when we look at how the club is tracking during the swing, how the weight is moving, where the head is going, etc. I would love to see get the club more up and in front of you during the takeaway so you aren’t forced to make the adjustment up and over to start the downswing. Leave the work on squatting for another time and focus on the shape of your swing first. Geometry before Physics… Deep AKback Andrew Potter-Irwin asks at 12:45: I posted last week but can see that you had a busy time with lots of posts to get through. I hope you can spare some time to have a look at my videos. In the first video I feel I make a good start in the back swing in my practice swings but once I go for it, it all falls apart. Can you give me some drills to ingrain the correct movement? Any other tips would be great. http://youtu.be/q3NC2D8pE2o Filmed at 1/2 speed.
I have a 2nd slightly more recent video although based on the camera angle I couldn't get the ball in view based on where I could place the camera. I hope that it still gives a good idea of what's going on. http://youtu.be/DkaR2D1nk9Y   Thanks for sending in the video again Andrew. Watching the two swings was very interesting. It is obvious that you are working on getting the takeaway more straight back and less inside. The practice swings in the first video were very neutral as the club was coming back directly through the hands. When you hit the shot the club still works back inside but not to the extent as it does during your full speed swing in the second video. I am probably stating the obvious when I tell you the downswing in the second video is much more on track then when you have improved the takeaway on the first video. This scenario plays itself out on the lesson tee every day. When you are working on a specific part of the swing it isn’t uncommon for something else to get worse. The real question you need to answer is if it’s worth it. This is a decision only you could make based upon the amount of time you have to practice, your current level of happiness with your game, etc. If you were to say yes this is how I would proceed. In my opinion the issues with your takeaway are significant. The compensations you have been making to adjust for the poor start in your swing have been many and will need to disappear as you improve. The issues you have through impact with your lower body not working against the ground effectively shouldn’t be dealt with until you have made the improvements going back. The rehearsal takeaways you were doing in the first video are on the right track so I would hit a ton of shots from this position. Take the club back to the desired takeaway location, stop, then swing to the top and through slower than normal trying to keep the club attacking on a more inside path than you were showing in the video. Work on this and send in some new video so we can see what should be done next.   Layton asks at 12:25: When I drive, everyone says I have a lot lower body movement. They say I am walking off the ball as I drive. Is there a drill to stop too much lower body movement. Thanks There is nothing wrong with lower body movement if it is done properly. The lateral motion in the lower body is very problematic when it comes to consistency. As a general rule if you focus on maintaining a 50/50 distribution from left to right and keep the weight towards the balls of your feet you are off to a good start. The hips should rotate during the backswing so the weight moves back towards the right heel and the front of the left foot. During the downswing the weight will shift towards the front foot and be moving in the direction of the left heel during and after impact. Keeping the lateral motion in the lower body during the backswing under control is a huge key to getting the legs quieter and more productive during the swing. Bill asks at 12:00: I’ve been working hard on many of the concepts you suggested previously. However, I’m finding it very difficult to get a forward-leaning shaft at impact. I can’t seem to get my hands over my left thigh prior to hitting the ball. Admittedly, I’m more of a picker than a digger but feel I never really compress the ball into the turf. I included a few vids for your consumption. Thanks, Bill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD35iXjNoK8&feature=channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtwaMtzAdM4&feature=channel Thanks for the videos Bill. As a point of clarity the ball really never gets compressed into the turf, even with the most de-lofted long iron. While it is a great description of the “feel” of impact, pinching the ball between the club and ground isn’t a reality. There are a few critical things that must be present to get your hands further forward at impact. There are a combination of technical elements at work here that must be understood. The best way to begin is to pose the proper impact position with your hands and body to get a feel for where you are trying to go. This will include your weight predominately over your front foot, your hips slightly open to the target line, your shoulders tilted with the right shoulder closer to the ground than the left and your hands in the correct impact conditions. The flat left wrist, bent right wrist alignments of your hands are the best place to start. Pose the correct impact position and begin to hit short shots, slow shots and constantly check your feel to see they are coming from the proper mechanics. It takes a great deal of time and reps to change your impact but it can be done.

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