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 Instruction Blog Ask Brady Live! Hope everyone enjoyed the blog. See you next week. Yong asks: Love the blog! I really enjoyed your response last week re: improving the takeaway/bringing the club too inside and addressing vertical/horizontal bend in the wrist. -Should I try to maintain the horizontal bend as I take the club to the top? -Can you talk about taking the club from halfway to the top? 3/4 position (when the lead arm is horizontal to the ground) I think my club is too flat and then I across the line at the top-consequently I have problems getting into a good downswing position as my initial move is too steep then I compensate by losing my posture/tush line.......It's almost a miracle that I can hit the ball........ Thanks for the kind words about the blog. While there are many different backswings that win golf tournaments I have found a certain window at the left arm parallel to the ground position that seems to be most effective. Many amateurs get the club in too flat a position halfway back. This tends to force the club across the line at the top of the backswing and leads to numerous problems with consistency. Steep in the transition is a common result that leads to losing the Tush line coming into impact, something you mentioned in your question. If the left wrist loses it’s horizontal bend or cup too early and/or the left arm rotates too much too soon the club will get flat. I most certainly think this is an area of the swing you can focus on to improve your game. The window I mentioned before is best visualized by drawing an extension of the club down towards the ground. The window is between the toes and the target line. Here are a couple of pictures to help you see the options. DJM asks: All of my shots tend to push to 11 o'clock. My alignment is straight. I use shafts at the range and I pick a spot 4 yds in front to hit to. It is a pretty consistent push from driver through 9 iron.
My hips are slightly open at address. (Lead right foot 1/2 step back.) I have a strong left hand grip, neutral right. The only time I get the ball going 12 or 1 o'clock is when I force my lower body to going first and it produces a nice slight draw that starts at 1 oclock. Its a lot of work and feels more like timing that something natural.
I tried aligning to right of the flag to offset = lots of ugly hookers, especially off the tee.
I'll throw up a video next time. As a note for our readers the shot starting left of the target for a right handed player is generally called a pull not a push. The shots starting left of the target is caused by a clubface that is closed to the target line. Check out the answer I gave earlier in the blog regarding the closed clubface in my response to Aman. Starting the downswing with the weight moving towards the target via the lower body is a fundamental of good ballstriking. I would continue to work on the proper sequence of motion and send in some video so I can give you more specific information. Jonathan asks at 2:00: First of all I'd like to say Thank you for doing this blog. I'm a big fan of your column on Golf Magazine as well, bit disappointed when you don't have one in there! Recently I decided to make my swing simpler by switching to "One Plane Swing", I am very athletic and have bigger upper body strength. I like to compare my swing to Tour player Zach Johnson. Unfortunately, I Don't have a video to share today. Please tell me what you think about that type of swing, advantages, disadvantages, etc... I will try to provide a swing video for next week and appreciate your take on the subject. Thanks for the kind words about the blog and the magazine! I will let the powers that be know they need to get me in there more often;) If you have been following the blog for a while you probably know my aversion to golf teaching “methods”. This is especially true of some of the more radical and ridiculous styles we have seen over the last few years whose names I will not mention today. The “one plane swing” method has been around for a while and there isn’t anything to bizarre about it. You will find Tour players looking like the borrow parts of nearly all methods which is why their proponents argue their relevance. The fact is that you need to look at your swing on it’s own merits and make the changes necessary to help you be more consistent. These changes may or may not include aspects of the “one plane swing”. Send in some video so I can give you my 2 cents about what the plan should be. Tom asks at 1:45: Hy Brady your blog is very nice ! Can you give me advices on my swing please . Thank you for your time . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPsBq9gZS08&feature=youtu.be Thanks for sending in the video Tom but I wish you would have told me a little more about what’s going on with your ballflight. Without knowing the issues it is difficult to advise you to change something. I can tell you that you would be wise to work on improving your contact with the Tush line during the swing. It begins to lose contact with it during the backswing and continues to push towards the ball as you approach impact. This creates problems in numerous areas of your swing from getting the right elbow trapped behind the right hip during the downswing, losing the flat left wrist during impact, difficulty in rotation with the body and a lack of extension. Try to feel a little more weight towards the front of your shoes at address to allow you to move back into the right heel at the top of the swing. This will encourage you to maintain contact with the line on the downswing and improve your ballstriking. Here are a couple of picture of address and the tush line during the swing to help you visualize. and this link to a one of my videos on youtube Brady Tush Line explaination Aman asks at 1:15: Aman here again You had requested for some video of my swing, so I have uploaded two sides along with a few pictures of my stance, grip and follow through If asked to evaluate my swing, I like my backswing. On the down I squat too hard, and I think I've just gotten into a bad habit with this jerky movement on the downswing(something like Charles Barkley does!) I 'm really tired of this and I would want to try and do something different. As a feel player, I don't like the feel of the swing. I don't like the way I'm swinging the golf club. These videos show me hitting two five yard draws. But on the course, I revert to other patterns and either duck hook or pull hook all my clubs. I usually prefer transferring the weight, and that doesn't happen anymore! I end up taking a lazy swing which leads to the dreaded hook. The whole suggestion of aiming right and bringing it back left, isn't that just a band aid fix? What I DO like about my swing, is its speed, but again, that doesn't look like its doing me too much good! Hence, I had asked you for some help with trying to switch to a fade. Also, I was given some advice by a PGA professional when he was down here, that my shafts which are Project X 5.0, need to be changed (irons) He claims that my swing speed is very very fast and it needs a heavier shaft. Because of the shafts being so light, they are whippy when I come on the down and pull it left. Any suggestions here? I would also want to send you a few videos of my short game techniques the next time. Thank you for all your time and effort. Aman Misra from India
Swing videos: (seven iron is the club used) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXilNCJ2s1U&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oomsqmOyQ4Q&feature=youtu.be Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42122431@N00/with/71959 It really helps to see the swing Aman. Let’s start with the equipment. While I think a Project X 5.0 is a bit soft for you I don’t think it is going to fix your problem with the hook. Without seeing your numbers regarding clubhead speed, ball speed, etc. it is difficult for me to tell you the correct shaft flex but chances are 6.0 is closer to what you need. The real question you need clarity on is why does the ball hook? If swinging more to the right was going to fix the problem it would have already. In fact, what you are discovering is swinging more right is only exacerbating your problem. The major issue with your golf swing is the position of the clubface, it’s CLOSED! Remember that the ball will start extremely close to where the clubface is pointing and curve based on the path relative to the face. The duck hook and pull hook shots are hit with the face closed and the path inside out to the face position. The more you try to swing right the more the path is inside to the closed face and the more the ball will hook. If the face is closed enough there is no amount of swinging out that will start the ball right of the target to allow it to curve back. There are some that would have you keep the closed face position and teach you to swing more left to get the two to match and straighten out the ball flight. I am not a big fan of this methodology. I would rather see you get the face in a square position and then make the necessary adjustments to the path to make the ballflight straight. From there you would have the option of playing shots that curve both directions while minimizing the damage done by a poor swing. So, the question becomes where does the face get closed? Since you were smart enough to include a picture of your grip we can eliminate it as a cause as it is fairly neutral. While there are some that say bowing the left wrist actually puts the club is an open position based upon it’s orientation to the ball at the top for practical purposes I completely disagree. In your swing the face is “closed” because the left wrist has lost any semblance of bend it started with at address, has moved beyond flat and is bowed at the top. This closes the clubface and requires you to dip and drop down to get the club inside in an attempt to get the ball right of the target. If you can change the position of the left wrist at the top of the backswing and maintain it a bit on the downswing you will kill the pull hook forever. Check out the pictures and get to work. Please send in some new videos after you make the changes and feel free to send in some shortgame stuff as well. Crodgolf asks at 1:00: I've been struggling with blocking the ball to the right... I know it's because I'm sliding through impact. What can I do to work on this? There can be a number of issues in your swing that can create a case of the blocks. Sliding the body through impact can trap the club behind you making it difficult to get the face squared up in time. I would like to see you focus on two specific things through impact to help you get rid of the problem. The first is maintaining more height during and post impact in your upper body. It is usually the hips and legs that are sliding towards the target when getting stuck hitting blocks. When this happens the right side (right handed players) can get pinned down and back through impact making it very difficult to square the face without a large amount of hand manipulation. This is why the common overcompensation for the block is a snap hook. If you key on maintaining the height of your head and chest through impact it will significantly help you get the club back out onto the proper path and square up the face. The second key would be to allow your eyes to work out with the ball as the club strikes it. This is similar to the swings of Carl Pettersson, Annika Sorenstam, Joe Durant, and to a certain degree Robert Allenby and Darren Clarke. When the eyes are tracking the ball immediately during and after impat the body rotates much easier. When you replace the sliding of your body with rotation it will also help the club attack on a better angle and require less manipulation with your hands. Again, focus on maintaining your height through impact and allow your eyes to catch up with the ball immediately after contact and you will be on your way to eliminating the block. Here are a couple of pics to help you visualize.