Tuesday, April 03, 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! Welcome to the Tuesday Blog Ask Brady Live! Thanks to all for the great questions and comments. Can't wait for Thursday! BTW, looking for Couples to have a big week. Ryan Stewart asks at 1:30: You gave me a few things to work on 4 months ago: 1) Straighten both legs at impact. 2) keep tush line on downswing. 3) move right elbow in front of right hip. Curious to see if I am on the right path and if you could address my head moving away from the ball on the downswing but keeping the tush line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIy0HJAA_vo&feature=channel Swing from 4 months ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Ah440gGY0&feature=channel The swing is better. The earlier hinge in the takeaway is helping the club work more up and on plane but is a bit overdone. This will make hitting the driver a bit awkward and I would like to see the left arm and clubshaft around 90* when the arm is parallel to the ground. The legs look much better through impact as does the tush line. The upper body could stay a bit more bent over through impact. This will give the right arm more room to get down in front of the hip and prevent it from straightening out too early. The arms and club are working a bit out and away from your body which can lead lead to thin shots and trajectory problems with the irons and a push/hook combo with the driver. Overall, I am very impressed with the changes and think you are close to getting the swing into a maintenance mode instead of continuously making changes. Send in some more video when it changes. Kris asks at 1:00: Thanks for the answer last week. I took a few videos last week (of course got a new driver yesterday, but I'm sure the swing still applies lol). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HpKKTFFUUU&feature=youtu.be This one I lined up right because I'd been pulling it left, and it went dead straight into the right trees about 230 yards down field. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh2c-fpqAik&feature=youtu.be This was 2 holes later; I lined up straight, and had a slight draw to this shot where I ended up in the left rough about 260-270 yards down.
Thanks. P.s. For fun I filmed my wife. We spent all day getting her to this point (she's essentially a beginner). She hit this with my driver about 170 straight where she was aiming (right rough near the trees). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uigG1jR0Fk&feature=youtu.be And suggestions I can send along to help her out? Next time we're out I'll film her hitting irons, that's where she starts topping the ball all the time.
Enjoy Masters week! Thanks for sending in the video of both you and your wife. Let’s start with her. She has good posture at address and does a nice job of maintaining it throughout the swing. This isn’t very easy for most beginners. For someone who has never played before she is off to a good start and shows a great deal of potential. I would have her grip the club properly and work on finishing her swing in balance. Bombarding her with a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo is a sure way to make her not want to play. When it comes to your golf swing there are several things that would help you hit the ball more consistently. I would start with the takeaway. Let’s get the club started back a bit straighter so the clubhead is less inside. This will help the club from getting so far across the line at the top and help you maintain so more stability in your body throughout. Like your wife your balance in the finish needs to improve. I would like to see you hold your finish for a couple of seconds and “pose” after impact. This will keep you from forcing things so much and allow the club to work past you and release more effectively. Here are a couple of pictures of the takeaway and the finish to give you some visuals. Clarketake Finish wrap around Villegas JP asks at 12:40: Brady..... I posted last week and you said my hands and arms needed to get deepter on the takeaway, so I worked on that. While doing that I started hitting the ball off of the heel/shank it more. To correct this, I tried to feel my right arm swing much more to the right on the downswing.
1. Does my backswing look improved to you? 2. Does my swinging the right arm right on the downswing a bad thought? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJvI-CpOUdc&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgpNBJSCX24&feature=youtu.be I think the backswing looks significantly better. The issue with the hosel has to do with your left leg through impact. The knee is working out towards the target line and the ball instead of down and “behind” the right knee. This traps the left elbow behind the left hip forcing the arms out away from the body and brings the hosel into play. You need to get the trail leg working properly through impact to prevent the collision between the left hip and elbow to clean up the contact. Swinging your right arm to the right on the downswing is a short term fix for the contact but isn’t correcting the left hip issue. Herbert asks at 12:20: Could you please explain the reason why putters do have a a loft at all? It seems that getting the ball rolling forward properly a 0dg loft would be the obvious. Thanks for the question Herbert. Most putters have approximately 4* of loft. The reason for this is the ball is actually sitting down under the level of the top of the grass when it is resting on the green. If the putter didn’t have loft the ball would have to roll “through” the grass in front of it making it bounce immediately. This makes distance control nearly impossible. The loft on the putter helps the ball get out of the grass and creates a “skid” across the top of the grass. This occurs for roughly 20% of the putt before the ball begins to have a true roll. If the player presses the hands more forward at address more loft is usually beneficial. Hope that helps. Matt asks at 12:00: Brady, Thanks for doing this blog. It is always good for one or two swing tips or thoughts each week. Here is a link to a couple of driver swings of mine from this weekend. The first swing was a dead pull and the second was a dead push. I was hitting my short and mid irons very solid, but started spraying it everywhere with the woods. I would appreciate your thoughts on how I can drive it a little more consistently. Thanks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKDIkEe7ZRg&feature=youtube_gdata_player Thanks for the video Matt. There are a couple of things I would like to see you work on that will make the swing more consistent: The arms and club are too far out away from your body on the downswing and approaching impact. While this can often be the result of mistakes during the backswing this isn’t the case with your swing. The clubface is in a terrific position at the top and the backswing overall is quite good. Your change of direction is dominated too much by your arms and hands and not enough by your feet and legs. As a result, the arms have too much of an active role starting down forcing them out away from the body. This makes the club attack on both an excessively steep angle and too much of an outside path. If you changed direction earlier with your feet and legs “stepping” to the left before the club reached the top the arms would stay closer to the body and the club would attack both on a shallower angle and more from the inside. Work on the transition and send me the changes so we can move on to the legs through impact.

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