Ask the Top 100 Live: Brady Riggs here to help your game

Ask the Top 100 Live: Brady Riggs here to help your game

Matt asks at 12:35:I am
having the issue on my downswing. I get set up great at the top with my
backswing, but during the downswing my head dips down anywere from 3-6
inches and towards my back foot about an inch. This can cause me to
either push my shots right, snap through for a hook, or if i time it
right hit a good shot. I don't hit many fats shots because my hands
keep at a pretty level plane and I am good at hitting the ball first. I
need a few tips to get over to my front foot during the downswing and
stop hanging back..
By your description your head is going back away from the target on the downswing. This is a classic "hang back" and will certainly produce the ball flight problems you describe. This key here is to understand the tilt of your upper body as you turn back and come down. When your head is going back, your left side is getting too high, too soon on the downswing. This forces your right side to tilt too early and too much, forcing your head to fall back over your right foot. This problem can begin in the backswing if the shoulders are turning on too flat an angle. You need to feel like your left shoulder is staying lower than your right shoulder as you make your backswing, and maintain this feel into the start of the downswing. This will delay the tilting of your right side later in the donwswing, keeping your lines more level at impact. Keep this in mind: Your shoulder must still turn despite the steeper angle they are on. If this doesn't happen, you will be attacking on a steeper angle than you would like. Check out the swings of Sergio and Sean O'Hair as a blueprint.Scott asks at 12:20:

Brady here is my swing. My issue is that I have just started playing tournament golf and
when I get nervous I tend to get quick over the top and hit a snap
hook. I also have a hard time trusting myself to keep the face open at
impact to hit the ball straight under pressure. I hit a 10-12 yard draw
naturally off the tee but my misses are usually way left. How can I
avoid this? Also do you have any tips as to how I can use this swing
but incorporate a high true fade for when the pressure is on? Thanks
Brady, love the column.
Thanks for the feedback about the column. That is some serious clubhead speed in your swing Scott. I love the way you slash at the ball, a man after my own madness. I am a big believer in playing big, loose, and borderline reckless. Your move works right into that philosophy. As a right to left player myself, I can tell you that it is difficult to hit the fade on command the perfect amount every time. It isn't my natural shot and I don't like hitting it unless I have to. Kenny Perry plays just like us as well, and he is a great striker of the ball, as long as it can draw. Billy Casper is another player from the past who played exclusively from right to left, and he won over 50 tournaments. He was quite possibly the most under-rated player in history. But I digress…The deal with your swing is that your grip is REALLY STRONG! This produces a clubface position that is closed and will produce a draw/hook with ease. The problem is the hook gets wild and there is very little chance of hitting a straight shot let alone a fade. We need to mellow out the grip a bit. Your left hand should move more to the side of the handle and less on top, your right hand more on top and less under. The key to making this change work and not destroying your game is to do it slowly. Make just enough of an adjustment that you know it is different and work with it for a few dozen shots. Then move it a lillte more. If you take your time and do it right, you will gain more control over the clubface and thus more control over the ball.Remember, don't lose your natural draw as it will serve you very well over time.

Ian asks as 12:03Brady-
I am working on trying to get my club more laid off and starting the
downswing with my lower body to shallow my transition to hit a fade –
my miss is a pull hook. Can you take a look at this swing and let me
know if I am doing things right? Thanks!
That is a swing with a ton of potential Ian. I am going to give you my take on the swing from a fresh perspective, rather than commenting on what you are working on. Here is my take: Your clubface looks closed at the top. This isn't necessarily an issue unless you struggle getting your body through the shot. If your body gets stuck at the bottom, your hands will get overactive rolling the clubface excessively. When you combine the stuck body with the shut face you get a pull hook. In my opinion, you need to fix both.The clubface issue appears to be related to the excessively flat position of the left wrist at the top and not the grip. I would have you retain a slight amount of bend in the left wrist at the top to help the clubface stay square. This is the adjustment I would make first. Next, I would have you work on moving through impact like Annika, Duval, Darren Clarke, Robert Allenby, Carl Petterson, Joe Durant, Charles Warren, and others who let their eyes and head release early to the target. Your head remains down well past impact, making it difficult for your body to keep pace with your hands and arms. This allows the hands to get overactive, and contributes to your hook. Try to get your eyes to find the ball about ten yards in front of where you are swinging. This will get them out earlier and help you stay in sync through impact. While this feels very strange at first, it can become extremely effective almost immediately. I have had players work on this as a drill and never go back becasue they hit it so much better. Send in a new video and we will keep working on it.Robert Marshall asks at 12:00:In the
latest issue of Golf(Senior Player) Learn the 30-yd lob, I confused. It
say one place to play the ball forward and another the play it back.
Which should it be?
The ball must be forward. Putting the ball back steepens the angle of attack making the face more vertical to the ground producing a lower shot. Play it up, lay the face back so the grooves are pointing to the sky, widen your stance and lower your hands a bit so the shaft is flatter. This will help you get the ball up high and soft.

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