Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at 1 p.m. 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 edition of Ask Brady Live! I will keep the blog up and answer more questions later today. Thanks again for all of your participation and check back in later tonight. Scott asks at 2:15: Can you give me a tip on my swing below? I can tell by the video that I am standing up too fast after impact, but I can't seem to get out of the habit. Is it just a matter of keeping my spine angle or is there something else causing the issue? My miss is mostly to the right when I dont close the clubface. Thanks for the help! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6mtEVRnOcQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHajNf8lo7Q The club is across at the top forcing the club to inside on the downswing. The body is standing up to help the club drop inside but it has consequences. When you stand up the clubface will actually lay back into a more open position making it likely you will miss right. I would like to see you get the club lined up more parallel to the target line at the top so you can attack on plane. When you no longer need to stand up to fix the path your body will be more likely to stay bent over and maintain some forward lean through impact. This will help the club exit less vertically through impact and make the ball start more on line and stay on line. Aman Misra asks at 2:00: Dear Mr Riggs, Thank you for your opinion on working with my scoring last week. Related to that, I have two questions. I had identified that I hit very few greens in regulation because I hook the ball way left with all my irons. Jack Nicklaus had once said that the way to hit a consistent fade would be to break the ball into two equators and hit the left equator (for a right handed golfer). What would you suggest, as I would like to switch to a fade? Secondly, I have also identified that I am weak with my wedges 100 yards in. The 50 yard in mark is weakest, as I hardly seem to get up and down from those areas. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time once again sir. Aman Misra from India. This information helps considerably Aman. Let’s start with the wedges: I can tell you that many low handicap players don’t enjoy hitting intermediate wedge shots. They are difficult to hit solidly as the swing isn’t full and the wedges have a tendency to dig some deeper than desired divots at times. While practicing these shorter wedges will help you become more consistent I would encourage you to avoid this distance whenever possible. If you can’t get all the way to the green or the complex surrounding it (sand and rough) then lay back to a fuller distance with the wedges. You will find you are more consistent from a fuller wedge distance than a half wedge. One little tip when hitting the wedges is to keep your upper body rotating around to the target. In most cases stopping the body is the most common mistake people make when hitting that shot. Fixing the hook and turning it into a fade is another matter. I would start by looking at the things that make hitting a hook most likely beginning with the clubface. If the face is closed to the swing path the ball will hook. Make sure the grip is fairly neutral and check out the pictures of the left wrist position at the top of the backswing I posted in the previous question. When the grip and left wrist are under control try to hit some straighter shots to gain some feel about where the path and clubface are during the swing. I wouldn’t want to see you changing the ballflight to a fade without first getting some control over some neutral alignments. If you get the opportunity to send in some video it would make this process much easier. Here is a picture of a neutral grip to copy. Nate asks at 1:40: Any thoughts on how I can improve my swing? I still struggle with a club face that is somewhat 'shut' at the top which can lead to some inconsistent ball striking. Also, I'm wondering if couldbe a problem that my hands and arms are too high and "disconnected" from my body at the top of the swing. Thank you! http://youtu.be/S28qqZ4MD9c http://youtu.be/GtEysE3LnEg Strangely enough, my left-handed swing looks much better to my eye with a neutral clubface position at the top... http://youtu.be/0LHuO18reEo Thanks for sending in the videos Nate. Whenever I get a question with videos I always look at the videos before reading the text to see if my impression is matching the comments of the person that submitted. In your case I completely agree with your thoughts about the right handed swing. I thought the clubface looked a bit shut due to the bowed left wrist position and your arms looked a bit high and disconnected. The club gets in a fairly solid position coming down with the iron swing but looks too inside with the driver. Your posture was getting too upright on the downswing with the driver forcing you to lose the tush line. I would like to see your upper left arm and chest stay a little bit more connected as you reach the top of the backswing. This doesn’t mean I want your left arm significantly lower than it is now but a bit more attached, especially with the driver, will help you keep the club from falling back under plane coming down. I would also like to see the left wrist maintain close to the same amount of bend it had in the address position when at the top of the backswing. This would make the face neutral and when combined with a bit more connection at the top improve your consistency. Here is a picture of Faldo and O'Hair at the top to give you a couple images to work from. Shannon asks at 1:20: Hi Brady! Are there any drills that I can do to eliminate my club from being across the line at the top? My practice swing is perfect, but when I get over the ball, I guess the tension in my right hand carries the club over my head instead of down the line. Thanks! Good question Shannon. The question begs why do you feel the need to change it? Is it just an aesthetic issue or are you suffering with some ball flight issues related to it? The common miss for lower index players that are across the line at the top are pushes and hooks. When the club is across is will start down on too steep an angle forcing the better players to make a correction to a more shallow attack. This almost always drops the club under plane approaching impact forcing a flip of the clubface to get the ball at the target. If these are your problems you need to fix the top, if not, you are probably looking in the wrong place. You need to work on your left arm rotation and what is a quarter turn by the time you get to the top of the backswing. Check out this video describing the quarter turn and send in some video of the swing so I can give you more specifics. Quarter Turn Golfnutkuma asks at 1:00: Tiger Woods' unwinding in his '20s always looked extremely explosive, for lack of a better word, to me. Was that explosiveness his undoing? Muscles in a man in his '30s can't maintain that kind of explosiveness? Thanks for the question. I think explosiveness is a very accurate word when describing Tiger’s golf swing. There are probably five ways to look at Tiger’s dip in form over the last couple of years: There is no denying he has had significant left leg issues. If memory serves I believe there have been four knee surgeries and a couple achilles tendon problems as well. This is an area his dynamic and explosive action could have contributed to his “undoing”. When you are competing on the highest levels at an early age you have to use every ounce of energy, effort, and torque to produce distance to be a factor. Without getting to far into the technical aspects of the swing he was putting a tremendous strain on the leg and has suffered the consequences. While this has definitely played a significant role in his problems don’t discount the other four. They include playing musical chairs with coaches, changing putters from his Scotty to a Nike, changing his shortgame technique which was once the best in the world and finally a small little issue with his Cadillac and a few waffle house waitresses. I honestly believe Jack’s record is safe.