Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online today at noon to answer your questions
and analyze your swing videos. Thanks to everyone for your comments and videos. Special thanks to Mark and Co. at JC Video for all their help with their fantastic software, it brings the blog to life. See everyone next week… Tim asks at 1:12:
John asks at 12:54: Can you
give me some advice on getting on a better plane in the downswing?
Also, I don't hit the ball very far and am wondering where I'm losing
Please comment on anything that you don't like.
Brendan asks at 12:42: Brady, I
have a club championship tournament this weekend and thanks in large
part to your tips on swing path my game is rounding into shape.
My most glaring concern is my sand wedge. Normally I hit my 55-degree
wedge about 100 yards but sometimes it feels as if the face slides
right under the ball and it only goes 70 yards. Nothing kills a great
drive like a 70 yard sw.
Any ideas on what could cause this result or any tips on how to fix
it? Glad to hear you are getting better. Losing yardage with the wedge usually happens when the clubface stays too open during the release, making the ball slide up the face and greatly reducing the distance. The best thing you can do in the short term is to try to hit the wedges with a bit of a draw. This will help you get the toe of the club through during impact, making it easy to hit the ball a consistent distance. Michael Paige asks at 12:30:
Mike asks at 12:20: Brady…
At what point should someone play x-stiff in a driver. I see many of
the shorter Tour players use x-stiff. I normally hit drives around 270 –
290 and play a stiff shaft. There are so many different combinations of weight, length, materials, loft, etc. that make a driver fit properly it is difficult to tell you exactly when and what to change to. I have several professionals I work with who hit the ball extremely far that still use a stiff shaft. If there is one club you should have fit by a professional fitter and constantly update, it is your driver. Gary asks at 12:08: Thanks
for the great blog, I look forward to it every Tues.
Do you have any good drills/thoughts/methods to practice the correct
way of starting the downswing?
I have been trying a drill where as you swing back you draw your left
foot next to your right so at the top of the swing both feet are close
together. Then you start your downswing by re-planting your left foot in
its original position.
It seems to be helping my weight shift but I am not sure what my arms
are supposed to be doing at the time I am planting my left foot in the
Was wondering if you had anything like it that you use with your
students. Thanks for the feedback about the blog. I use something similar to help people get the idea when it comes to the proper sequence to start the downswing. Take your normal address position and then slide your front foot next to your back foot. when the arms near the top of the swing step with the front foot to the target to lead the downswing. I like this particular method because it requires only one step during the swing. Remember that it is always easier to work on a specific part of the swing going slower than normal. The arms should always come after your weight moves to the target. Think of it like stepping into a throw in baseball or hitting a pitch. When you move your weight is up to the individual. Some players like Tommy Armour III get the weight going when the arms have barely reached parallel to the ground. This keeps the backswing very short. Others like John Daly wait until the club is well past parallel to get the weight moving. In either case the sequence is the same, weight before arms and club. Kevin asks at 12:00: Brady…..
I liked the picture you posted a few weeks back of the face on view of Els showing the release/arms crossing. That's a position I really lack
and have started hitting everything much more solid from a 50-yard shot
to a driver. That really isn't a position that's natural… it seems
like you really have to put some effort into getting in that position,
would you agree? It is natural for some, unnatural for others. The thing I will tell you Kevin is that if the club is attacking on the proper swing path and the clubface isn't closed, the release becomes very natural out of necessity. Here is the picture you referenced one more time: