Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online today answering readers' swing questions. Check out the questions and answers below, and be sure to check back next Tuesday for another round of Ask Brady Riggs Live!
Thanks to everyone for your comments and videos this week. We start a brand new year with the blog next week so get your questions and comments in early. Have a great New Years!
Nasha asks at 1:10:
This blog is really cool! Wish more instructors did the same. Anyways straight to the point. I am a decent player but I feel like I could definitely improve my swing a lot more. I tend to miss it to the left. This is the youtube link to my swing if you get a chance to check it out.
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday to fix your faults and analyze your swing videos.
Thanks for joining me for the Christmas edition of the Tuesday Instruction Blog. See everyone next week for the last blog of 2010.
Ted Reidinger asks at 12:55: I can hit a 3 iron 200+ yrds. but I cannot hit a fairway wood from the fairway. I've tried 5 wood and 3 wood but usually top the ball and it rolls 50 to 100 yds at best. I got rid of them and use the 3 iron for my second shot on par 5s. I am 69yrs young and average 250yds off the tee. Any suggestions for better fairway wood shots?
This is a more common problem than you may think. The easy solution is to get closer to the ball in the address position. Many players stand too far from the ball with the fairway woods, especially the hybrids, making it very likely they will top the shot. Moving closer makes it easier to find the bottom of the arc on the ground and helps the contact improve considerably. Byron Nelson said you can't stand too close to the ball, I am not sure this is completely true but it is great advice for hitting the fairway woods.
Concept: Learn to use the bounce on the bottom of your sand wedge to skim through a thin layer of sand behind and under the ball. The ball comes out on cushion of sand thin enough to transmit spin to the ball.
Execution: * Move the ball forward -- opposite left heel -- then open your stance, pointing the clubface directly at the target.
* Swing the club with a cut-across action along your body line.
* Turn your chest away from the ball, while the weight stays on the front foot throughout.
* Allow your arms and hands to finish high.
* Convince yourself to swing to the left of the target, not at the target, as with your regular shots.
Drill: To feel the correct motion of the splash shot, bury a board in the sand and hit from that spot. It gives your brain the understanding that bounce is good and digging is very bad. Once you get that feeling, place a ball on the sand next to the board and reproduce the "splash" feeling while hitting a sand shot from a normal lie. If you have trouble, go back to the board until you can hit the splash shot correctly every time.
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern to fix your faults and analyze your swing videos. Submit your question or video for Brady in the comment section below.
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John asks at 3:10:
I struggle with irons consistency. I try to hit through the ball and stop flipping behind, but it seems tough sometimes to get the swing in sync. I feel like on backswing the hips do not turn enough and I have the club flat-ish and on downswing like my lower body sways. Some days I can hit the ball somewhat OK, other days each swing is near panic as I don't know if it's going to be fat, pull hook, pulled, or off the hosel... Could you have a look at the swing and give me some advice?
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday at noon Eastern to fix your faults and analyze your swing videos. If you missed Brady this week, get your videos ready because he'll be back next week.
Thanks to everyone for your questions, videos, and comments. I look forward to seeing everyone next week.
Carland asks at 12:45:
Brady, I struggle with moving my left side laterally to start the downswing. At impact, I hang back too much on my right side. When I tried to move my left hip or whole left side laterally, I block my driver. Thanks for your help.
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