Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon EST to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you have question or video link for Brady, leave it in the comments section below!
Welcome to the Tuesday Blog Ask Brady Live! Thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. I appreciate those of you who have taken the time and effort to send in videos of your swing and "expose" yourself to criticism. See you guys next week......
Stevie asks at 1:50:
I received Jack's book for X-mas and have dedicated myself to hitting fades and draws on virtually every shot while practicing. It makes perfect sense to eliminate a directional miss and work the ball in the direction of the target. I can hit fade with every club on demand with an accurate judgement of exactly how far the ball is going fade, however I am struggling with maintaining a consistent amount of draw when I hit these shots. Is there any advice, or swing thought, or motion to emphasize pre swing to help. I have heard some talk about foot position in regards to a slightly closed stance, doing this however turns the draw into a high hook.
You are undertaking a very challenging task. Working the ball both directions on demand is a wonderful goal and can be very rewarding but……… it’s really difficult. It sounds like your naturally able to shape the ball from left to right with a great deal of control but the opposite direction is more challenging. This is completely normal and the reason many great players over the decades have stuck to one shape for the majority of their shots (some for all of their shots). From a playing standpoint I would encourage you to hit shots you have hit consistently well in practice before you try to execute them on the golf course. It sounds obvious but you need to put in a great deal of time experimenting on the range with your alignment, path, face position at impact, and release to dial in the correct mixture that gives you the shape you are looking for.
Nate asks at 1:30:
Hello Brady. You've given me swing advice before and today I have a question on proper leg and footwork. I've noticed that nearly every good golfer ends up in a position in which there is no gap between their thighs as viewed from 'down the line'. In other words, the inside of their knees seem like they are almost touching in the finishing position. Here are a few random examples...
What is it about their lower body action (or swing, in general) that makes this happen and what could amateurs learn from it? I ask because in my finish position is not nearly so graceful and my right leg looks like it flares out. I'm wondering if I'm not clearing my lower body properly in the downswing because I also feel like my arms do not have enough space to swing freely; like my legs and hips are blocking them somewhat. I've narrowed my stance a bit and put weight more toward the balls of my feet like you mentioned before, but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference yet. Here is my latest swing...
Great question Nate! Take a look at the answer I gave earlier to Alexandre regarding this specific issue. You are absolutely looking in the right place. It isn’t a good idea to work on the legs if the club sucks. In other words the priority should be on getting the clubface in a fairly square position and matching it with a path and angle of attack that produces some measure of consistency in ball flight. Once the club is under control you can go after the legs. The proper use of your feet, knees, hips and tush during the swing can take your ball striking to a much higher level. I am going to film a short segment on using the legs this week and have it ready for the blog next week to get you the specifics you need.
davedmail@hotmail asks at 1:00:
I sent in a question a little bit back and you asked for a video. Unfortunately I cant get one as yet. The issue related to having the right shoulder not staying deep enough as the arms start down (in the dnswing)causing my hands to obviously get a little "out" and the clubhead a bit under the shaft plane and behind my hands halfway down. I am a plus hndcp golfer so i deal with this ok but dont hit the ball as well as when this part of my swing was better (and the club not behind my hands). W/O video, any possible thoughts as to the sequence error that is allowing the shoulder to go a bit soon (and the practice fix)?
Thanks for the follow up Dave. Without seeing the swing I am doing a bit of guessing as to what is causing the problem. I could be that you are overly deep early in the backswing with the location of your arms and club and the outward movement of your right shoulder is a natural reaction to find some balance as you begin the downswing. It is possible that you are out of sequence starting the downswing. If the feet and legs wait too long to engage in the transition the shoulders will move earlier than desired and the shoulder will come out towards the target line. I would like for you to check the backswing and make sure the problem isn’t starting by getting too much depth too soon. If that ins’t the issue you need to do some slow swings and isolate the transition from backswing to downswing to work on your sequence. Make sure you are getting some lateral motion in the lower body to start the downswing before your knees and hips begin rotating around to the target. How much lateral is very difficult to describe in text by without some there is no way to prevent the shoulder from moving out to the target line. Get me some video Dave!
Alexandre Laflamme asks at 12:20:
Big fan of the blog. I'm working on maintaining my tush line and I have the feeling that maintaining my spine angle through the the finish.
What's your thought about it?
Face on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTW_0PWiJKo&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Thanks for sending in the videos Alexandre. I think you are doing exactly what you are trying to do. I would like to see you use your legs and work against the ground more through impact. If you look at the picture I have attached you can see your upper right leg is away from your left and the foot has detached from the ground too early. It is important to create some “squeeze” in your tush and push away from the ground in your legs through impact. This will greatly increase your clubhead speed and dramatically improve your impact alignments. It may sound strange but both legs should be “posting up” at impact. Here are a few more pictures of what it should look like. This is a difficult concept to grasp so take your time and look at as many videos and pictures as possible to get the idea.
Mikey asks at 12:00:
I currently have a shoulder plane that is too flat on the backswing, causing me to come in too shallow and hit it off the heel. Why are some drills that can help me steepen my shoulder plane? Thank you
Thanks for the question Mikey. An overly flat shoulder turn on the backswing can cause the downswing to be too shallow and make the contact towards the heel. However, as with so many issues in the golf swing an early mistake in one direction causes the exact opposite mistake later in the swing. A shoulder turn that is too flat on the backswing more often than not leads to the downswing becoming too steep. I mention this so that you're sure that you are dealing with the correct issue.
If the flat shoulder turn is truly the issue, there are couple things you can do to make it better. The first is to check your posture and make sure that you're not to bent over the address position. When the upper body has too much forward lean the normal reaction during the take away is to stand up. When you lose the bend and become more upright the shoulders will immediately turn flatter than desired. With the correct posture in place try to get the feel that the left shoulder is turning down while the right shoulder is working up and back. When done properly you will feel some scrunching in the love handle above your left hip. As a result, your body will remain more centered over the ball and the shoulders will no longer be turning flat.
A word of caution Mikey, if this is overdone your weight will be pinned in your front foot and your head will move towards the target during the backswing. I promise you will not enjoy hitting the driver from that position. If you get the opportunity to send in some video of your swing do it ASAP. Look forward to seeing it.