Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Answers Your Swing Questions
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday at noon Eastern to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. He'll be back on Golf.com next Tuesday at noon. Take your videos and upload then to YouTube for Brady's analysis next week!
Jim asks at 1:00:
Thank you for sharing your time and insights to help us improve our games! I am working very hard on integrating a more "upright" swing plane and this video shows my progress. Before making this change, my plane was much flatter and my arms were barely past my shoulders, and I hit sweeping draws. From this new position I am am struggling for a correct downswing plane. I would be grateful for any advice.......Thank you!!!!!!
Thank you for following the blog. I always look forward to Tuesday morning. The thing you need to determine at this point is if the club is attacking on the same excessively inside angle it was before when you were hitting the sweeping draws or if you have overcorrected and are now coming down too steep. There are several indicators that can help. If you are taking a deep divot that is pointing to the left, chances are you have made the swing too steep. If there is no divot at all, it is likely you are too inside. If the ball is starting way right of the target and coming back, the path is too much from the inside and vice versa if it is going left immediately. There are times when the face position at impact can make this issue a bit confusing, but these are good indicators. When you know what the path issue is you need to work away from the problem until you have overcorrected again. This is how changing the swing works. You make too big of an adjustment one way and then bring it back until you find the middle ground. If you are fortunate enough to have video, you want to see the shaft bisect your right forearm (right-handed players) on the downswing. Here is a picture to give you a model.
If you can send in some video I will be able to give you more specific advice.
Kevin asks at 12:30:
I have been studying tour swings for a number of years and have a question about the clubface setup of some tour players that has always perplexed me. I noticed that some do NOT setup with the ball in middle of the clubface. For example, Fuzzy Zoeller always sets up with the ball opposite the hosel, while Fred Couples does just the opposite, setting up with the ball drastically off the toe. Do you have any idea why some tour players do this? Is it to help avoid the dreaded toe and hosel strikes?
Thanks for the question, Kevin. The simple fact is that it really doesn’t matter where the club sits at address because impact and address aren’t the same. Fuzzy carried his hands very low at address which makes the toe pop up and the heel slide closer to the ball. Couples started with his hands higher than most, creating the exact opposite effect. In most cases, amateurs make these adjustments either unwittingly or to avoid a miss as you have described.
I do recommend to many of my players to sole the club so the ball is toward the toe with the driver. The reason for this is the club is elevated off the ground at impact, yet begins on the ground (for most players). When the club switches from address to impact height, it will move out away from the player, making it more likely to be the right distance from the ball if you start it on the ground and near the toe. This isn’t necessary with the irons because the club will not be airborne at impact (hopefully).
Here are a couple of pictures of Couples to help you see the differences between set-up and impact.
Stephen asks at 12:10:
Hey Brady, my game and knowledge of the game is always improving, but one thing I've strived for is a powerful trajectory. I recently played with someone who didn't have an exceptional swing, but he had such effortless power. The ball just exploded off his clubface and he got such height on the ball. Is it a wide backswing, angle of attack, perfect release or all of them? I was in such awe watching his ball versus my own I quickly lost confidence.....probably the way others did when Tiger was dominating.
It can be intimidating to play with someone who makes it look easy. The simple answer is it isn’t that simple. The “lines” have to be good first and foremost. What this means is the clubface needs to be aligned to match the path and the release of the club. The face can be slightly open or closed, but it has to match with the path that is either neutral, slightly steep or slightly shallow with a release that is either body-driven or hands-and-arms-dominated. Confusing, isn’t it? The idea is there are many combinations of “lines” that work, but they have to work in harmony to allow for the power to be produced through the proper sequence of motion. The sequence is where you will find the power, but you can’t work on it until the lines are effective.
Patrick asks at 12:00:
First off, thanks for the blog - it's great info and has really helped me understand the swing better. I've been struggling with the thin blocks all season and have seen my index jump from a 1.9 to a 4.0. It's especially damaging on the drives, putting me out of play once a round or so. I think my issue is getting the clubhead inside a bit a takeaway and spinning out with my hips (you can see my front foot doing goofy things on the face on view). The odd thing is, the more outside I take the cluhead the more I hook it. I am at a loss and it seems like every lesson I take I am told that the swing looks good. Help!
Down the line: http://m.youtube.com/?client=mv-google#/watch?v=WKJjFFjz-x8
I can’t seem to play the videos. See if you can repost them.