Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher will fix your faults

Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher will fix your faults


Thanks for the kind words about the blog. No, you aren't seeing things. You are right that many if not most good players have their shoulders open to the target line at impact. You are also correct that their hips are more open than their shoulders. The amount both or either are open is determined by the flexibility of the player, the desired shape of shot, the clubface position relative to square as it relates to the desired ball flight, and the amount of tilt the player has created during the swing. With all of these elements in play, you can see how it is difficult to tell a player exactly how open their body should be at impact. Thank you for such an intelligent question.

waderiggs asks at 5:55:

my swing with the long irons, 3 and 4 and sometimes the 5 goes bad and I have trouble knowing what to do to corredt. I will hit fat or thin shots and sometime a weak push to the right. Could this be a swing plane problm, weight shift or ??????
To be honest I need a bit more info before I can attempt to help you. I can tell you that many players, including professionals, have gone to using hybrids rather than long irons because they are much easier to hit consistently. Let me know a little more about what is going on with your misses and if you can post a video. I can give you more specific advice if I see it.

Casey asks at 5:40:

Thanks for all the great advice every week. I've been trying to get my shaft plane at impact to match my shaft plane when I setup to the ball. For some reason, this has been very difficult for me to do. My hands always seem to come into the ball higher at impact than where they were at address. I am trying to do this because I know all the best ball strickers always have the same shaft angle at address and impact (Hogan, Player, Tiger, Byron, AK, etc.)
Please see my swing at: I apologize in advance that the video isn't better. Thank you very much! You're right, the video isn't good. However, your swing looks very solid. I like the entire motion. It is always interesting when people have something they are working on that isn't wrong on the surface but is wrong for what they are doing in their own swing. Here is what I am talking about. While you are correct about most good players matching or very closely matching the shaft angle established at address with the shaft angle at impact, you aren't taking into consideration that their shaft angle is significantly higher than yours at address. The fact that you carry your hands so low at address and as a result your shaft is very flat to begin with makes it impossible for you to achieve your goal. You need to get the weight more into the front of your shoes, knees bent out over the balls of your feet, and raise the level of your hands to have a chance at matching the shaft angle at impact. This seems like a simple fix and answer to your problem and it can be. There are other reasons your shaft angle will become more upright through impact, but you should work on your address positon first. I will post a couple of pictures for you. Shaftplane Read more:

Craig asks at 5:30:

Just a question about hitting irons off of par 3s. I'm a 12-14 handicap with some ball striking inconsistency. My inclination, when I'm hitting anything 6 iron or above off of a par 3, is to hit it directly off the turf. I feel like my contact feels better straight off the ground when I hit the ball well. This is as opposed to when I use a tee, when it isn't a crisp and I hit more "meh" shots. However, my instances of poor (as opposed to "meh") shots is lower when I have the margin for error with the tee.
What do you tend to advise your mid handicap students to do on par 3s? Also, I never really paid attention but always assumed that professionals hit off the ground with mid to short irons–is this true? This is a really good question. Thre are two schools of thought. Nicklaus said you should always put a the ball on the tee when you have an opportunity. I believe it was Trevino who said he never practiced with a tee under his ball on the range so why should he do it on the course. The fact is you should always do what is comfortable for you. I will tell you that I agree with you that the contact feels significantly better off the ground with a short iron than a tee. I have always felt that it was difficult to hit the shorter clubs from a tee because the ball seemed to hit too high up the face making it go shorter than it did from the turf. As a result, I have never teed up irons on par 3's, not even long irons. When you grow up on public and muni tracks there are so many divots on the ground on the tee boxes it is easier to find a great lie without the tee than it was when playing private clubs where the ground was more manicured. You can even bang the club with your iron and give yourself a great lie without using a tee. I am sorry I haven't cleared this up better for you but like so many things in golf it is up to the player. Read more:

Brian Harman asks at 5:20:

My goal over the next 6 months is to improve the consistency of my iron game in preparation for an amateur event in May. Recently, I've been struggling with a weak cut with my irons particularly with the 3-6 irons. Please take a look at my swing and recommend areas for improvement.
Thanks! Thanks for the video Brian. Here is the skinnny about your swing. Your grip is quite strong, especially with your left hand, leading to a clubface position that is closed at the top of the backswing. With many players the closed clubface would lead to a tendency to hit balls to the left of target with either a pull or hook. However, more often than not the good players that play with a closed clubface do so while hitting a slight fade. This is the opposite shape of shot for the closed face and can be very effective if you have been compensationi for it for a while. This group includes Duval, Trevino, Durant, etc. In your case you have overcompensated for the closed face by moving well past your original position towards the target with your upper body when you get to impact. This slows down the rotation of the face too much and makes the weak push a likelihood. If you were on my lessson tee I would work on you staying behind it with your upper body on the downswing first. When you fix this, you should see the ball curving to the left, often times too much, with some draw or hook that you haven't hit in a while. If the curve becomes excessive then you can weaken your left hand grip accordingly until you get the ballflight under control. Read more:

Mark Mcleod asks at 5:10:

Just looking for an opinion on my swing: I was a low handicap in my teenage years and I've started playing more in the last year. I think I have been making progress with my swing (getting it tighter), however I'm still plaqued by a pull hook occasionally that stops a good round it's tracks fast.
These indoor videos are recent. One thing I have been working on lately is trying to rotate my hips more and "post up" on my right leg at impact like all the long hitters. I believe they are using the ground as leverage, which I have never experimented with before – some even lift their lead foot heel at impact when viewed in slow motion. Before my right leg would bend quite a bit at impact, which occasionally caused a fat shot.
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  Daryl asks at 5:00:

Here are the actual videos this week. Any thoughts you have would be most welcome!
Darryl C.
Target View Front View
Thanks for the videos Daryl. I think overall the swing looks solid. Your sequence from the face on view looked correct with your body leading the arms on the downswing. The address position looks neutral from both sides and you move through to the finish without much difficulty.
What I don't like about the swing is the position of the clubface. It is closed for the duration of the swing and requires some compensaions through impact that are difficult to repeat. It is difficult to see you grip with the video to determine if it is the cause of the closed face but in any event this is the technical part of the swing that could become more neutral with a little work. Make sure you check out my website to see some options with the grip to make sure it is neutral. Once you are certain of that watch the position of your left wrist at the top as it looks a bit bowed, making it difficult to keep the face square. Send it back when you make some changes.


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