Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs is here to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you have a question or video for Brady, leave it in the comments section below.
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of Ask Brady Live. It was an interesting week at Firestone. Stevie got more press than Adam Scott and the story was still about Tiger and the state of his game. Let's get started....
Tim asks at 1:20:
7 iron dtl- http://youtu.be/ui4u5OmTXCg
Driver dtl- http://youtu.be/QzOJB7l3HOM
Driver face on- http://youtu.be/GFBbsQ51C9s
Brady, I was hoping you could help me out with creating more coil in my backswing and a better position with the club at the top. As you can see in my videos I have a huge shoulder turn and the club goes back farther then I’d prefer. Things that I’m currently working on are a steeper shoulder turn, keeping the cup in my left wrist throughout the backswing, and trying to keep some flex in my right knee. I’ve tried mentally shortening up my swing but this seems to make my transition quick and I just pull the crap out of the ball. Same thing happens when I try to start my transition early (as you suggest in previous posts). I watched Hunter Mahan at the WGC this weekend and I just loved his simple motion and plane and the efficiency of his swing. I would love to get into a similar backswing position as he does. I’ve noticed that halfway in my backswing I keep my right arm very tucked and in front of my body rather then letting it go to my side like most tour pros do. Thanks for your help!
You need to focus on two specific areas to improve the swing. The first is to reduce your hip turn during the backswing. The huge shoulder turn going back can be effectively reduced by limiting your hip turn. A good way for you to improve this is to try to keep your right knee in it’s address position relative to the target line as long as possible going back. This will keep your shoulders from getting out of control going back and begin the process of simplifying your motion. The second issue is to focus on finishing your backswing with the shoulders arms and club at the same time and at the same SPEED. This is critical to keeping the backswing wider and getting the club in a better position. The over-rotation of your shoulders and the run on that accompanies it with your arms is a major roadblock to your consistency. When you improve the length and width of your swing the club will begin to shallow out earlier in the transition and stop coming down so steep. The steepness in the transition position is the major concern and improving the top of the backswing is the way to get there.
Jason asks at 1:05:
hey brady following up from a month ago, you told me to move my ball up in my stnace. i noticed it puts me in a more athletic stance. heres a few updated videos...
i had two questions, from the back view, do i need to try to get steeper going back and get the club in front of my hands? ive noticed the pros have this steeper back swing.
second, from the front do i need to get a straight line down my left arm and club shaft at adress. and should i be taking it away in more of a one piece motion?
Thanks for the videos. I agree that the takeaway needs some work. As you take the club back your hands lift up while the clubhead stays too low to the ground. This takes the club too far behind you and requires too many compensating moves the rest of the swing. I would like to see the clubhead stay outside your hands when the club reaches parallel to the ground for the first time. From the face on view I would like to see your head move back off the ball during the backswing. Your head is moving in the direction of the target which puts you in a weak position to begin your downswing. Get the takeaway more clean and improve your head motion during the backswing and you will be on your way.
Scott asks at 12:40:
Hi Brady, my sister just joined her high school golf team and could use some help with her swing. She has some problems with consistent contact. Here is some videos of her swing, any tips would be much appreciated.
She is off to a good start. I think her swing is solid for a young player and can improve with a few small adjustments. I would like to see her posture and ball position improve in the address position. She needs to get more weight into the balls of her feet. This will make her back straighter and put her in a better position to move more consistently during the swing. The ball is too far back in her stance. While this may help her feel like the contact is a bit better, it forces her to lose her “lag” early on the downswing. This is a major power leak in her swing and will tend to make the contact more erratic. Here are a couple of pictures of US Amateur Champion Danielle Kang at address that would be great for her to try to emulate.
Mike asks at 12:25:
How can I stop from "dipping" (my body) on the downswing?
In most cases “dipping” is the result of starting out too upright in the address position or standing up during the backswing. As with so many things in the golf swing you need to attack the problem beginning with the address position. Try to establish a posture that isn’t contrived and you feel is relaxed and athletic. During the backswing focus on maintaining the forward bend you created during the address and keeping your knees relaxed and slightly bent. The combination of the address position change and the relaxed backswing should go along way to preventing you from “dipping” on the downswing. The last thing you can focus on is maintaining your “level” as you begin the downswing. This means you try to keep your sternum or chest at the same height on the downswing. Give it some time and you will see an improvement in your ball striking.
John asks at 12:15:
what is the best kind of clubs used/new for me to buy.. im probably around a 22-25 handicap with old tommy armour 845s oversize irons.. looking to upgrade and spend like 300.. some shots tend go right for me sometimes.....
If you have $300 to spend on equipment I would look into purchasing a Driver that is fit for you rather than a set of irons. While the technology in a set of irons continues to improve there isn’t an enormous difference between a good set of irons from 10-15 years ago and those on the market right now. The driver is a completely different story. There is no comparison between the technology in today’s drivers vs those made only a few years ago. This is the club you should invest your money in as it will make a more profound impact on your game. If you have already updated your driver, there are many options out there for a set of irons. I would suggest you stay with a more generous sized clubhead and sweet-spot with some perimeter weighting and a bit of offset. This combination will help you hit it farther and give you the best chance to stay away from the right side miss.