Ask the Top 100 Live: Brady Riggs answers your swing questions

Ask the Top 100 Live: Brady Riggs answers your swing questions

Ray asks at 12:20:Hi Brady, Here is a link to a video of my swing, full speed and half speed, plus
a close up of my grip.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53cnDOWise0 I've been working on staying more on the balls of my feet to maintain
the tush line. I've been working on taking the club back with my
shoulders, I tend to take it back with my arms and too far inside. I
also come over the top and cast at the start of my downswing. I've
been working on swinging the club more from the inside. When I do
that, the ball starts right and keeps turning right. The swing feels
good, impact feels good, I just can't hit it straight, everything goes
right. So then I start coming over the top again, in an effort to hit
it straight

Finally, as you see on the video, my right foot is tacked to the
ground and I chicken wing.
Any tips would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Ray
Thanks for the video Ray. You are working on some positive things in your swing. I agree about your right foot being tacked to the ground, the chicken wing and the over the top move. But why is it happening? The magor issue is in the transition. As you begin your downswing, the solid turn you produced in the backswing is undone by a slight lateral slide of your hips AWAY from the target. This is the exact opposite direction they should be moving in. instead, your hips should move ahead of your arms and club towards the target. This is the "bump" you hear all the time. It is simialar to stepping into a baseball throw or hitting a pitch. When the lateral bump is done properly, the movement of the weight allows the arms and club to stay back away from the target line, keeping the club from coming over the top. This creates the proper "inside" attack to impact, making the release of the club a possiblility. This will fix the chicken wing and correct your ballflight.Just remember that without the proper shift in the transition, you will be unable to get the club on the correct path or release the club.Harry asks at 12:08:Swing video location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjTJsDv09iU I switched from an R shaft to a UST V2 HL Stiff in my G-10 to get a
more penetrating ball flight. I hit a few good drives but, I started to
overswing trying load the S shaft (swing speed 95+) causing me to loose
my spine angle at impact topping the ball with the driver and woods.
Went back to R shaft and still have been topping and hitting the
driver/woods thin. Also, the thumb of my golf glove always wears out
rapidly. I am still hitting irons solid from 7 down using more of a
Leverage type swing. I take deep divots but I usually hit the ball
first giving me good distance and trajectory (8I 150 yds-slight draw).
How can I control my spine angle and get more solid drives?
Thanks for the video Harry. Looking at your video, there are two things you can change that should help you improve your ball striking. Lets start with the address position. The easiest way to lose your spine angle is to start with your weight excessively in your heels. Your body will search for balance as you swing, forcing your weight to move towards your toes. As your weight moves towards your toes, you will stand up. Instead, start with your weight more in the balls of your feet. As you make your backswing, allow your weight to move into the right heel as you rotate your hips. This gets to the second issue, your turn. The right hip shouldn't move away from the target during the backswing. This makes the swing excessively long because you can't maintain the forward bend in your upper body. With the weight in the balls of your feet, turning the right hip immediately not only eliminates your slide, but helps the weight move into your right heel.Give this a try, it will feel strange in the beginning but stick with it.Hurricane Bill asks at 12:00I keep
hitting behind the ball, sometimes 2-3" behind the ball. I change ball
position, I change hand position, club position, etc. I still hit
behind the ball. I also have NEVER had a divot taken in front of the
ball. Help!
Here is an easy way to think of this. The bottom of the swing is going to fall where your weight is . If you have moved your weight properly onto the front foot at impact, your divot should begin just in front of the ball. If your weight is still between your feet or on your back foot, the bottom of your swing will be behind the ball and you will hit up on it or contact the ground early. Making solid, crisp contact definately takes some time, but moving your weight properly is a huge piece of the puzzle.


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