Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs was online Tuesday at noon EST to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, he'll be back next Tuesday on Golf.com!
Thanks to everyone for your questions, comments and videos. I will see you next week on Tuesday at noon! Go Packers!!!
Bill asks at 2:00:
Happy New Year! Was working on my tush line issues from before and have since fixed my backswing from going too much inside, I just can't seen to get the tush line fixed going forward. It's ok going back from what I can see, but I seem to hang back and flip it still. If I rotate from the top I feel like I am swinging a mile to the outside and will pull or slice it. Any help would be greatly appreciated since I have been fighting with the tush line fix.
Thank you very much!
Thanks for the question, Bill. I would love to see the swing to give you specific advice as there may be multiple things causing your problem. Here is a video dealing with this specific issue. Let me know how it works out.
Joe asks at 1:45:
One of my favorite golfers and swings used to be Payne Stewart. I would be interested if you have ever analyzed his swing and what your thoughts were. I always thought he had a great swing.
Stewart had a terrific swing. It was long and smooth with some idiosyncrasies. The grip was strong, face was closed, legs were very active, arm swing vertical, finish high, etc. There would be many teachers who would say the swing didn’t work into their particular model and it would have been better had he changed it. It’s just another example of how greatness is unique and not created with a copy machine. I did some breakdowns of his swing in a magazine about a decade ago. I will try to find it and post the pictures next week. Thanks for the question.
Eric asks at 1:20:
Thank you for helping all golfers get better. We all have heard the term "swing from the ground up." Does this term not apply to the modern player who appears to gain all of their power from core rotation vs. Ben Hogan's swing (where all parts contribute to his powerful swing)? Does the modern player still utilize the fast rotation of the hips like Tiger's swing in 2000 or is the core the focus? Do you recommend the "squat" for all shots full SW through driver?
Some great questions, Eric. The saying “swing from the ground up” means different things to different people. There are some teachers who feel all movement during the swing begins from the feet working into the ground. In this model the weight moving into the right foot initiates the backswing and the “step” onto the left foot begins the downswing. There are other teachers who think the feet are anchored into the ground and the body stretches, coils, or turns against them during the backswing. I have seen so many different types of golf swings work over the years that I am convinced there isn’t one method that is best for everyone. I would also tell you that Hogan’s swing isn’t very dissimilar to the “modern players” you mention. The basic idea from my perspective is to help each player find their own keys that help them play their best golf. We could go into swing theory for hours and not make anyone better because it isn’t specific advice for their game.
Mark asks at 1:15:
Brady..... I am pushing the driver. What are a few things to look at to avoid this?
The best place to start is the address position. If the ball is too far back in your stance with the driver it is likely that you will lose shots right of the target. Rather than going into a long rant about the D plane, just move the ball more forward in your stance and you will see an immediate change in the initial direction of the shot.
Caleb asks at 12:45:
My misses are a block or hook. I tend to hit my irons a grove or two thin. I know that on the downswing my head pulls back, my hips, come toward the ball, and the shaft comes in very vertical. Is any of this caused by my setup and backswing? Or do I need to work on my pivot?
The scenario you describe is a classic loss of the “Tush Line” through impact. This is a line drawn vertically down to the ground at the back of your backside at address. If your address position and pivot are working properly, you will maintain your connection to the line from address to several frames past impact. When and how you lose contact with the line is significant to fixing the problem. For example, if you lose contact with the line immediately during the takeaway, it is likely your weight is sitting too far in your heels at address. In an attempt to find balance, your weight will move more toward your toes during the takeaway, pulling your tush off the line. Creating an address position that is neutral and athletic will go a long way to fixing the problem. I have attached a couple of pictures to show you the proper posture in the address. For more info on the tush line check out this video:
Kevin asks at 12:30:
I love the blog each week. Last year I got a new set of clubs, which I love. I am a low-handicap golfer and hit the ball pretty well. However, I have noticed recently that on all of my irons I consistently hit the ball off-center, a quarter of inch of so, toward the heel. I have a feeling that the clubs may not have been fitted properly when I purchased them. Rather than going through the process of getting re-fitted and my clubs possibly re-shafted, is there any way possible to make a minor adjustment in either my setup or swing to move the impact position of the ball more in the center of the clubface? Thanks in advance for your help!
The last thing you should do is change your swing to adjust for golf clubs that aren’t fit properly for you. If this is a problem that began with the new clubs I would get them checked out. Screwing around with your swing to fix an equipment issue will not serve you well in the long term.
Casey asks at 12:00:
Happy 2012! I wanted to post some update videos and ask you about some pain I've been having in my left leg. (I've already went to the doctor too and they ordered an MRI.) My left hip and ankle have been hurting a little (mild pain but it's there) and I think it's a combination of practicing and the gym that are contributing to this. I think my mechanics are mainly to blame, because I previously slid my lower body too much and rolled my foot over (which you pointed out, thank you), and I am really trying to clean that up now.
Could you recommend any kind of left leg/left foot action that puts less stress on the hip, ankle and knee over the long term? Part of the problem is I need to putt and play more which is my 2012 resolution, but I'd love to get your take because I'm sure you understand these things as good as anyone.
PS: sorry the ugly belt is still here. Saving $ for my plane ticket to Cali for a real lesson.
Thanks for the videos, Casey. There is obviously some roll in your left foot through the hitting area, but it is fairly insignificant. There is nothing in the action of your left leg during the swing that would lead me to believe the swing is causing your issues. With that said, if you are having pain in the area caused by working out, making a full speed swing and posting up on your left leg will certainly not help. I try to get my players to keep the left foot flat at impact with the weight working toward the heel into the finish. I have included two pictures of a flat left foot at impact that will give you a model to work from. The amount of foot flare you have at address is determined by your level of flexibility. Let me know what you find out from the MRI.