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April 30, 2012

Top 100 Teachers: How much to tip at a golf course

Posted at 5:59 PM by Mike Walker

We're tired of our playing partners re-enacting the opening scene of Reservoir Dogs when it's time to tip the forecaddie so we asked the most knowledgeable men and women in golf -- the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America -- how much you should tip your caddie, forecaddie, locker-room attendant and even the guy who cleans your clubs. Here's what the Top 100 Teachers said:



"Ask the caddie master what is appropriate for the club you are playing at. They differ."

--Todd Sones, White Deer Golf Course Vernon Hills, Ill.

"Over $100 at high-tier course /$61-$81 at a mid-tier course/$41-$60 at a low-tier course."

--Rod Lidenberg, Prestwick Golf Club Woodbury, Minn.



"Again ask caddie master, but normal is $30 to $40."

--Todd Sones, White Deer Golf Course Vernon Hills, Ill.



"$5 per pair of shoes."

--Todd Sones, White Deer Golf Course Vernon Hills, Ill.

"$5 if no shoe shine, $ 10 if shoes are shined."

--Jim Murphy Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land, Texas



"$3 to $5, depending on how good a job he does."

--Todd Sones, White Deer Golf Course Vernon Hills, Ill.

"$5 to clean clubs and take clubs to car."

--Jim Murphy Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land, Texas

April 24, 2012

Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults

Posted at 10:04 AM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at 1 p.m. 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 edition of Ask Brady Live! I will keep the blog up and answer more questions later today. Thanks again for all of your participation and check back in later tonight.

Scott asks at 2:15:

Can you give me a tip on my swing below? I can tell by the video that I am standing up too fast after impact, but I can't seem to get out of the habit. Is it just a matter of keeping my spine angle or is there something else causing the issue? My miss is mostly to the right when I dont close the clubface. Thanks for the help!

The club is across at the top forcing the club to inside on the downswing. The body is standing up to help the club drop inside but it has consequences. When you stand up the clubface will actually lay back into a more open position making it likely you will miss right. I would like to see you get the club lined up more parallel to the target line at the top so you can attack on plane. When you no longer need to stand up to fix the path your body will be more likely to stay bent over and maintain some forward lean through impact. This will help the club exit less vertically through impact and make the ball start more on line and stay on line. Shurexit

Aman Misra asks at 2:00:

Dear Mr Riggs,
Thank you for your opinion on working with my scoring last week.
Related to that, I have two questions.
I had identified that I hit very few greens in regulation because I hook the ball way left with all my irons.
Jack Nicklaus had once said that the way to hit a consistent fade would be to break the ball into two equators and hit the left equator (for a right handed golfer).
What would you suggest, as I would like to switch to a fade?
Secondly, I have also identified that I am weak with my wedges 100 yards in.
The 50 yard in mark is weakest, as I hardly seem to get up and down from those areas.
Any suggestions?
Thank you for your time once again sir.
Aman Misra from India.

This information helps considerably Aman. Let’s start with the wedges: I can tell you that many low handicap players don’t enjoy hitting intermediate wedge shots. They are difficult to hit solidly as the swing isn’t full and the wedges have a tendency to dig some deeper than desired divots at times. While practicing these shorter wedges will help you become more consistent I would encourage you to avoid this distance whenever possible. If you can’t get all the way to the green or the complex surrounding it (sand and rough) then lay back to a fuller distance with the wedges. You will find you are more consistent from a fuller wedge distance than a half wedge. One little tip when hitting the wedges is to keep your upper body rotating around to the target. In most cases stopping the body is the most common mistake people make when hitting that shot.

Fixing the hook and turning it into a fade is another matter. I would start by looking at the things that make hitting a hook most likely beginning with the clubface. If the face is closed to the swing path the ball will hook. Make sure the grip is fairly neutral and check out the pictures of the left wrist position at the top of the backswing I posted in the previous question. When the grip and left wrist are under control try to hit some straighter shots to gain some feel about where the path and clubface are during the swing. I wouldn’t want to see you changing the ballflight to a fade without first getting some control over some neutral alignments. If you get the opportunity to send in some video it would make this process much easier. Here is a picture of a neutral grip to copy.


Nate asks at 1:40:

Any thoughts on how I can improve my swing? I still struggle with a club face that is somewhat 'shut' at the top which can lead to some inconsistent ball striking. Also, I'm wondering if couldbe a problem that my hands and arms are too high and "disconnected" from my body at the top of the swing. Thank you!

Strangely enough, my left-handed swing looks much better to my eye with a neutral clubface position at the top...

Thanks for sending in the videos Nate. Whenever I get a question with videos I always look at the videos before reading the text to see if my impression is matching the comments of the person that submitted. In your case I completely agree with your thoughts about the right handed swing. I thought the clubface looked a bit shut due to the bowed left wrist position and your arms looked a bit high and disconnected. The club gets in a fairly solid position coming down with the iron swing but looks too inside with the driver. Your posture was getting too upright on the downswing with the driver forcing you to lose the tush line. I would like to see your upper left arm and chest stay a little bit more connected as you reach the top of the backswing. This doesn’t mean I want your left arm significantly lower than it is now but a bit more attached, especially with the driver, will help you keep the club from falling back under plane coming down. I would also like to see the left wrist maintain close to the same amount of bend it had in the address position when at the top of the backswing. This would make the face neutral and when combined with a bit more connection at the top improve your consistency. Here is a picture of Faldo and O'Hair at the top to give you a couple images to work from.


Shannon asks at 1:20:

Hi Brady! Are there any drills that I can do to eliminate my club from being across the line at the top? My practice swing is perfect, but when I get over the ball, I guess the tension in my right hand carries the club over my head instead of down the line. Thanks!

Good question Shannon. The question begs why do you feel the need to change it? Is it just an aesthetic issue or are you suffering with some ball flight issues related to it? The common miss for lower index players that are across the line at the top are pushes and hooks. When the club is across is will start down on too steep an angle forcing the better players to make a correction to a more shallow attack. This almost always drops the club under plane approaching impact forcing a flip of the clubface to get the ball at the target. If these are your problems you need to fix the top, if not, you are probably looking in the wrong place. You need to work on your left arm rotation and what is a quarter turn by the time you get to the top of the backswing. Check out this video describing the quarter turn and send in some video of the swing so I can give you more specifics.

Quarter Turn

Golfnutkuma asks at 1:00:

Tiger Woods' unwinding in his '20s always looked extremely explosive, for lack of a better word, to me. Was that explosiveness his undoing? Muscles in a man in his '30s can't maintain that kind of explosiveness?

Thanks for the question. I think explosiveness is a very accurate word when describing Tiger’s golf swing. There are probably five ways to look at Tiger’s dip in form over the last couple of years: There is no denying he has had significant left leg issues. If memory serves I believe there have been four knee surgeries and a couple achilles tendon problems as well. This is an area his dynamic and explosive action could have contributed to his “undoing”. When you are competing on the highest levels at an early age you have to use every ounce of energy, effort, and torque to produce distance to be a factor. Without getting to far into the technical aspects of the swing he was putting a tremendous strain on the leg and has suffered the consequences. While this has definitely played a significant role in his problems don’t discount the other four. They include playing musical chairs with coaches, changing putters from his Scotty to a Nike, changing his shortgame technique which was once the best in the world and finally a small little issue with his Cadillac and a few waffle house waitresses. I honestly believe Jack’s record is safe.

April 17, 2012

Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults

Posted at 9:37 AM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at 1 p.m. 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 editon of Ask Brady Live! The blog has been quite busy today so I will pick up with the answers later tonight. Check back later for more....

Ryan asks:

The blog is awesome, thanks for your efforts.

I have a question about hip turn. I have heard that restricting your hip turn creates torque that should increase distance. I have recently begun restricting my hip turn and make a full shoulder turn, and have noticed my ball flight is higher but distance suffers a little bit. Is the distance loss a by-product of the increased loft or could it be a swing synchronization problem? Also, I seem to not have a whole lot of weight shift when I limit my hip rotation (or less than before)and wonder if that could be contributing to the loss of distance.

The swing change seems to make me more consistent with distance as well as trajectory. I do not have any video of my swing but hope to have some soon. Thanks!!

Thanks for the kind words about the blog. Just say no to this idea of restricting hip turn. This ideas has since been proven as completely detrimental to power and consistency and no longer holds any weight in most teaching circles. Allow your trail hip to turn much more freely going back and you will find the results immediate and profound.

Andy Scott asks:

feel like im pretty flexible and I can make a bigger shoulder turn then in this video but when I do my timing goes completely and don't feel like im benefiting from the extra clubhead speed..... Any suggestions?

Sorry Andy but I can’t seem to get the video playing. Maybe you can send it in again next week.

Aman Misra asks:

Hello sir,
What would be your advice to work on scoring on a regular basis?
I'm a nine handicap.
Thank you
Aman from India

Thanks for the question Aman. The first thing you need to do is understand your own game to figure out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. I would begin by keeping track of some vital statistics. Fairways Hit, Greens in Regulation, Putts per round, Putts per Green in Regulation, Up and down percentage from within 30 yards of the green, Up and down percentage from greenside sand, stroke average on Par 3’s, 4’s and 5’s is a good place to start. Once you have the numbers you will see obvious areas where you need to focus your practice time and attention.

Facebook user asks:

I am a lefty with a pretty nasty left to right slice at times... any suggestions on what I can do to help improve it? I have tried a few things and nothing has really stuck. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks :)

There are different approaches to fix this issue. One theory is to focus on fixing the path first to a more inside approach. The idea being that the face is significantly open to the path causing the slice and making the path more inside will narrow the gap and eventually make the face closed to the path. The problem with this idea is when there is a typical cause for the face being open like a poor grip or excessively bent lead wrist at the top fixing the path won’t help the slice. This can only make the problem worse. I prefer to fix the face first leading to the opposite miss. If the clubface is closed and the path is still outside in the ball will generally hook or be pulled off line. This is a strong motivator to swing the club more from the inside as it will immediately get the ball on line. The instincts to swing the club in a direction away from the miss are very strong and lead to the slice in the first place. Fixing the clubface first allows the student to use their instincts a swing more from the inside to get the ball at the target. Find out why the face is open first and clean that up before moving onto the path and you will be hitting it better very quickly.

Facebook user asks at 1:45:

Brady! Maybe you have a drill or a thought to "feel" process for women to create lag in their downswing. All too many of my students show up casting the club and look like pretzels trying to just let gravity have its way. I'm getting them there but not in my usual 15 minutes like everything else. Also, tell me what to do to get into the Top 100? I cannot continue to have the teaching results I'm having and go unrecognized for it!

The key for developing lag with all players is working on the proper sequence to begin the downswing. Players generally cast the club when the downswing begins with their hands and arms instead of their body. Like all athletic motions moving weight in the direction of the target before the arms, hands and/or object being swung is the key to speed and power. Working on stepping towards the target to begin the downswing is a great way to impart the proper feel without weighing someone down with technical junk. These are best done with practice swings and eventually ball on a short tee with a middle iron. Once the player has the feel of the proper sequence the “feel” of stepping without the actual step is easier to achieve.

Nick asks at 1:25:

How do i hit a cut shot/stinger with an iron off the tee if i naturally hit a small draw?

For a right to left player this is a very difficult shot. Hitting a cut shot/stinger with an iron off a tee can’t be a situation you are faced with on too regular a basis. If you are determined to hit it make sure you are doing it with a clubface position that is closed to the target line and not open. If you try to hit a stinger or strong fade with the face open you will see the ball fly high and right of the target. Start with the face closed and swing left through impact limiting the height of your finish. This will help the ball start low and slightly left of the target while allowing the ball to fall right in the air. Keep in mind that if the face is closed to the path and the target line the ball will fly left of left. Like all new shots make sure you are having success on the practice tee before you try it on the golf course.

Michael asks at 2:05:

Last week you told me to do the same drill as JP. I just have a few questions regarding it. When I do it, my right glute is not in full squeeze at all, actually I feel like there is no squeeze. Is this indicative that I'm not doing it correctly? Also, can the feeling of keeping the right heel on the ground through impact help me with this problem? One final question, do you have a drill for me to feel the proper trail leg movement from the top of the downswing to impact? The other drill helps me, but I cant seem to transfer it to the downswing fully.

It is always difficult to transfer new elements into the full swing. I always mandate my students to work on the changes to their swing in slower and shorter motions until they feel more familiar. Once they have achieved a certain level of competence moving into the full swing is much easier. You definitely should be feeling the right glue squeeze through impact that should be the thought for you during practice as you begin your downswing. Things are happening very quickly coming down so if you wait too long to focus on the leg and tush it is usually too late. As I mentioned to JP earlier in the blog the right heel can stay down longer through impact without it being a mistake. Working away from the ground through pushing the legs may look like very little is happening even on video but the player doing it will tell a different story.

Scott r Jesse asks at 1:45:

how do i get the most out of my swing without over doing it. my drives usually go fairly straight and a good 250 or more right handed and sometimes my ball seems to turn from left to it something with my stance or anything you suggest to keep it straight?

Thanks for the question Scott. It sounds like you are driving the ball quite well. A slight fade and 250 yards is what Trevino said would win 10 tournaments a year on the PGA Tour. Of course, this was about 30 years ago….

The ball will turn right because the clubface is open to the path you are swinging on. The amount it is curving, where it is starting, the trajectory and the distance the ball is traveling are all based upon this combination of clubface position, path, angle of attack and where you hit the ball on the face. Without getting some of that information from you via a description of your shots or seeing it on video I have no clue what is going on. I can tell you a great way to make changes to your swing in a positive way is to create the exact opposite shape to your shots. Mess around on the range and you may discover that trying to get the opposite shape makes the ball go straight. Let me know how it goes.

JP asks at 1:25:

Thanks for your continuing to do the blog and the great insight. I worked on the drill you gave me last week and I have a few resulting questions.

1. I understand the drill until the "push off the left toe portion". With my left leg straight, I don't feel as if I get much push at all, is my weight not distributed correctly ?

2. While hitting some balls I did notice that my left foot is now staying on the ground thru impact, just curious if that is any indication that the leg is working more correct ?

3. Should I be feeling that my left knee never moves toward the target line ? (if so, maybe I could place an object in front of the knee while hitting balls?)

me attempting the drill..... am I close at all ??
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Nice effort on the video JP, fantastic. The drill is fairly close. Once your legs are straight, I want your upper body to be getting closer to the ground and your tush further from the ball when you rotate your hips. This will help your trail arm become more bent and down in front of your trail hip approaching and at impact. The glute in your trail leg should be getting squeezed and you will feel some stretch and fatigue in your quads and hamstrings. Obviously, I don’t want you to slam your legs into a locked position at impact. However, I do want your legs to push away from the ground while your upper body remains bent over. If you don’t have the rotation in your hips through impact your trail arm will have to straighten out too early regardless of how well you are pushing.

Let’s deal with your questions:

The push off the big toe of the left foot is subtle and shouldn’t change your posture as it is doing in the video.

The left heel should come off the ground slightly at impact when hitting full shots. I would prefer the amount the heel comes off at impact stay there for a couple frames and then release fully to the finish. This isn’t something to try to accomplish but is a RESULT of working the drill properly.

If you look at the swing of Rory McIlroy you will see both of his legs moving towards the target line during the transition. The difference is he is able to work the hips and legs back around properly and explosively during impact. The answer is you can get the left knee working towards the target in the transition if you are able to get it in the proper alignment at impact. This is extremely difficult for most mere mortals so chances are you should avoid it.

Paul asks at 1:05:

Thanks so much for the help a few weeks ago! I've been working on getting my right elbow and hands through quickly on the downswing and now I'm pulling pretty much every shot well left. But i'm encouraged because i'm striking the ball better than I ever have! I've noticed that my left shoulder and hands are still moving hard left after impact. Should I hold back my right side ever more and try to swing to right field or is there something in my setup that could help correct my path? Are my hands and head too forward at address?

Here is my swing:

Always happy to help Paul. One thing you should always keep in mind about the golf swing is that set-up and impact aren’t the same. While everything you do at address has an effect on the rest of the swing, the position of the hands at the start has nothing to do where they will be at impact. The cause of the ball going too far left is the face being closed at impact. This is caused by a grip that’s too strong at address and forces you to go hard left through impact with the arms and club to keep the face from rolling into an even more closed position through impact. I would like to see the grip become neutral and the face square so the low left exit of your hands and arms through impact will cause the ball to go right of the target. This will make “swinging to right field” mandatory for you and change your ballstriking.

April 10, 2012

Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults

Posted at 10:59 AM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf 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 question or video link for Brady, leave it in the comments section below!

Hope everyone enjoyed the Masters as much as I did. What a great week for golf! Thanks for a great blog. See you next week.

Chris asks at 1:30:

Lately I've been hitting a lot of dead pulls with my driver. I aim down the right side on most holes to play the natural draw, but lately I often pull the ball across entire fairways into trouble on the left. Unfortunately, I don't have any video to post, but do you have any general tips for avoiding pulls? I am making solid contact and there isn't any extra draw/hook on the ball, just a huge pull with a slight right-to-left. This isn't an issue my irons, I have the occasional low, pull hook with the irons but I usually trace that with getting wildly out of rhythm and allowing my arms to come through too quickly. (I have been working on a new swing and still have the occasional swing where I revert to old habits.)

Thanks for the blog, it has become required reading for me every week!

Glad you enjoy the blog, Chris. Keep in mind that the ball will start where the face is pointing. There are multiple reasons why the clubface would be more closed through impact. The grip can be too strong, the left wrist (right-hander) can be too bowed on the downswing, the hands can be overactive through impact, your body can be hanging back causing the overactive hands, etc. These are all possibilities. You should also check the ball position as a ball played too far forward can also produce a closed face at impact. If you are going to play the draw, I would prefer your alignment be toward the center of the fairway and your swing produce a shot that starts right of the target and works to the left in the air. This requires a path that is attacking from the inside, and a face that is closed to the path and slightly open to the target line. Work on starting the ball right of the target and get back to me.

J from the UK asks at 1:15:

I have been playing and practising hard now that the season is in full swing. Here are some updated videos which I'd be grateful for your opinion.


I have worked hard on limiting movement off the ball in the takeaway. I am really pleased with the results as my misses are not nearly as severe as when I tried to "load" onto my right leg. I suppose it's now a better pivot.

My question to you is how do better players use the ground for leverage, particularly in the downswing? It's a phrase I hear a lot but have never really understood it.

Did you enjoy the Masters? I think I like "Bubba Golf".

As ever, thanks for the blog!

Thanks for the video. Yes, I really enjoyed the Masters. Louis Oosthuizen might have the best swing in the game. As a student of the golf swing it was a joy watching him swing the club. Bubba is a baller, reminds me of watching Seve. I really enjoyed watching him PLAY the game.

I think your golf swing looks really good and you are using your legs effectively. I am going to shoot a video this week showing how your legs can provide more explosive power through impact. Check back in next week.

Casey asks at 12:45:

Just wanted to send an update video and get your thoughts if you think I am on the right track. I think my pivot from face-on has improved a lot (I like to watch Snead's hips a lot because I struggle with sliding/pushing off my right leg too early). I am really trying to groove this move currently but would also like to see my right elbow stay tighter to the body from DTL during the release. I think that will make the clubface more stable through impact, do you agree?

Thank you for the help. Good call on Fredy at the Masters!


Face on:

I agree that the pivot looks better from face on. I would like to see your left foot remain flatter on the ground through impact and into the finish. This would help stabilize the clubface on its own and minimize the action of your hands and arms. I personally don’t mind the arms moving out away from the body during the release with the driver. The fad of going low left with the arms, hands and shaft through impact doesn’t match with the greatest drivers over the last 40 years. It was hard to see on the video but it looks like the left wrist was quite cupped at the top of the backswing. Don’t let it get out of hand…

Michael asks at 12:35:

I appreciate you helping golfers who want to improve. I just wanted to ask you a few questions regarding my swing. I sent a video in February and you told me that I had to steepen my shaft on the backswing. Is it better now? I am currently hitting the ball severely off the heel and I am hitting the occasional shank, especially on half-wedge shots. I know I early-extend and I know that is the cause of most of my problems, but what causes me to come off of the tush line in the first place? I can’t seem to pinpoint any specific fault in my swing besides some head sway. Also, do I swing too steep on the way down, and why do I maintain my tush line until halfway down in my swing? Basically I just want to minimize my early extension in order to become more consistent and strike the ball solidly.

Here’s the video, it has both face on and down the line views in it:

Thank you for any help/drills, it is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the video, Michael. Check out the question and answer directly below as it applies to you. In the video you sent the shortest clubs had the worst posture in the address position as the weight was sitting well back into your heels. This virtually guarantees you will shoot your lower body toward the ball on the downswing. The other issue has to do with the shape of your backswing. The club is well across at the top, which often leads to a steeper transition and the need to drive the legs toward the target line to shallow out the angle of attack. I would love to see you improve your posture at address and work on lining the club up in a neutral position at the top of the backswing. The function of the legs through impact really needs the bulk of your attention, but getting the other elements under control will make it easier. Do the drill I recommended in the answer below and check out these pictures of the posture and top of backswing to get you started.

Posture Villegassetup

JP asks at 12:00:

Hi Brady... Last week you told me

"The knee is working out toward the target line and the ball instead of down and 'behind' the right knee. You need to get the trail leg working properly through impact to prevent the collision between the left hip and elbow to clean up the contact."

How do you work on getting the trail leg working properly? (I watched several pros on video and wasn't sure how to notice this)

I am having issues with drop-kicking the driver again, sometimes 18 inches behind the ball... what can I do? (I need to get that thought out of my head)

Drop-kicking the driver is very typical when your lower body moves toward the ball. It makes yourupper body hang back and become vertical putting the bottom of the arc behind the ball. Getting your left leg to function properly will help your upper body remain bent over the ball and free up space for your left elbow to get in front of your left hip. This will fix the drop-kicking issue and help you avoid the shank as well.

Here is a drill to help you feel the proper location of your legs through impact. Without a club, take your address position with normal amount of forward lean and knee flex. Straighten both legs while remaining bent over and rotate your hips around to the target while keeping your legs straight. While maintaining the forward lean, straight legs and hip rotation, push up on your left big toe so it shifts the weight more onto your front foot. You should feel some stretch in the inside of your left thigh and your left glute should be in full squeeze. Once you get the feel of this, hit a few shots with a 7-iron starting in this position that travel 10 yards. Move on to some short shots from a normal starting position where you try to achieve this spot following through a very short distance. Increase the speed and length of the swing as you gain more control over your legs until you are hitting full shots. This takes time and effort as I’m sure you are aware, but you are ready for this step. Here are a couple of pictures to help you visualize the legs.


April 02, 2012

Ask Brady Riggs Live! Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Will Fix Your Faults

Posted at 10:13 PM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf 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 all for the great questions and comments. Can't wait for Thursday! BTW, looking for Couples to have a big week.

Ryan Stewart asks at 1:30:

You gave me a few things to work on 4 months ago: 1) Straighten both legs at impact. 2) keep tush line on downswing. 3) move right elbow in front of right hip. Curious to see if I am on the right path and if you could address my head moving away from the ball on the downswing but keeping the tush line.

Swing from 4 months ago

The swing is better. The earlier hinge in the takeaway is helping the club work more up and on plane but is a bit overdone. This will make hitting the driver a bit awkward and I would like to see the left arm and clubshaft around 90* when the arm is parallel to the ground. The legs look much better through impact as does the tush line. The upper body could stay a bit more bent over through impact. This will give the right arm more room to get down in front of the hip and prevent it from straightening out too early. The arms and club are working a bit out and away from your body which can lead lead to thin shots and trajectory problems with the irons and a push/hook combo with the driver. Overall, I am very impressed with the changes and think you are close to getting the swing into a maintenance mode instead of continuously making changes. Send in some more video when it changes.

Kris asks at 1:00:

Thanks for the answer last week. I took a few videos last week (of course got a new driver yesterday, but I'm sure the swing still applies lol). This one I lined up right because I'd been pulling it left, and it went dead straight into the right trees about 230 yards down field. This was 2 holes later; I lined up straight, and had a slight draw to this shot where I ended up in the left rough about 260-270 yards down.

Thanks. P.s. For fun I filmed my wife. We spent all day getting her to this point (she's essentially a beginner). She hit this with my driver about 170 straight where she was aiming (right rough near the trees). And suggestions I can send along to help her out? Next time we're out I'll film her hitting irons, that's where she starts topping the ball all the time.

Enjoy Masters week!

Thanks for sending in the video of both you and your wife. Let’s start with her. She has good posture at address and does a nice job of maintaining it throughout the swing. This isn’t very easy for most beginners. For someone who has never played before she is off to a good start and shows a great deal of potential. I would have her grip the club properly and work on finishing her swing in balance. Bombarding her with a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo is a sure way to make her not want to play. When it comes to your golf swing there are several things that would help you hit the ball more consistently. I would start with the takeaway. Let’s get the club started back a bit straighter so the clubhead is less inside. This will help the club from getting so far across the line at the top and help you maintain so more stability in your body throughout. Like your wife your balance in the finish needs to improve. I would like to see you hold your finish for a couple of seconds and “pose” after impact. This will keep you from forcing things so much and allow the club to work past you and release more effectively. Here are a couple of pictures of the takeaway and the finish to give you some visuals.

Finish wrap around

JP asks at 12:40:

Brady..... I posted last week and you said my hands and arms needed to get deepter on the takeaway, so I worked on that. While doing that I started hitting the ball off of the heel/shank it more. To correct this, I tried to feel my right arm swing much more to the right on the downswing.

1. Does my backswing look improved to you?
2. Does my swinging the right arm right on the downswing a bad thought?

I think the backswing looks significantly better. The issue with the hosel has to do with your left leg through impact. The knee is working out towards the target line and the ball instead of down and “behind” the right knee. This traps the left elbow behind the left hip forcing the arms out away from the body and brings the hosel into play. You need to get the trail leg working properly through impact to prevent the collision between the left hip and elbow to clean up the contact. Swinging your right arm to the right on the downswing is a short term fix for the contact but isn’t correcting the left hip issue.

Herbert asks at 12:20:

Could you please explain the reason why putters do have a a loft at all?
It seems that getting the ball rolling forward properly a 0dg loft would be the obvious.

Thanks for the question Herbert. Most putters have approximately 4* of loft. The reason for this is the ball is actually sitting down under the level of the top of the grass when it is resting on the green. If the putter didn’t have loft the ball would have to roll “through” the grass in front of it making it bounce immediately. This makes distance control nearly impossible. The loft on the putter helps the ball get out of the grass and creates a “skid” across the top of the grass. This occurs for roughly 20% of the putt before the ball begins to have a true roll. If the player presses the hands more forward at address more loft is usually beneficial. Hope that helps.

Matt asks at 12:00:

Brady, Thanks for doing this blog. It is always good for one or two swing tips or thoughts each week. Here is a link to a couple of driver swings of mine from this weekend. The first swing was a dead pull and the second was a dead push. I was hitting my short and mid irons very solid, but started spraying it everywhere with the woods. I would appreciate your thoughts on how I can drive it a little more consistently. Thanks

Thanks for the video Matt. There are a couple of things I would like to see you work on that will make the swing more consistent: The arms and club are too far out away from your body on the downswing and approaching impact. While this can often be the result of mistakes during the backswing this isn’t the case with your swing. The clubface is in a terrific position at the top and the backswing overall is quite good. Your change of direction is dominated too much by your arms and hands and not enough by your feet and legs. As a result, the arms have too much of an active role starting down forcing them out away from the body. This makes the club attack on both an excessively steep angle and too much of an outside path. If you changed direction earlier with your feet and legs “stepping” to the left before the club reached the top the arms would stay closer to the body and the club would attack both on a shallower angle and more from the inside. Work on the transition and send me the changes so we can move on to the legs through impact.

Top 100 Teachers Poll: Should Augusta National invite IBM's female CEO to join?

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"None of our business!"

--Brad Brewer, Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.

"This one's toooo HOT to touch..."

--Lou Guzzi, Talamore Country Club, Ambler, Pa.

"Augusta National’s greatest strengths are also its greatest weakness. They do things their way."

-–Jim Murphy, Sugar Creek Country Club, Sugar Land, Texas

"Since Augusta National is a private club, they can do anything they want. The media and women’s rights groups should find more important things to discuss. Having said that, I think this would be a great chance to get rid of a controversy and take in its first female member."

--Mike Davis, Walters Golf Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.

"They can do with it as they wish. Should an all-female club be forced into accepting a male?"

-–Steve Bosdosh, The Members Club at Four Streams

"Becoming CEO of IBM transcends gender, therefore she should be invited."

--Bryan Gathright, Riverhill Country Club, Kerrville, Texas

"No. The invitation should only come if its based on the same criteria for everyone."

--Brian Mogg, Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy, Orlando, Fla.

"Yes. But what they should do and what they will do are two different questions."

--Jim Suttie, The Club at TwinEagles, Naples, Fla.

"No, not unless they want her. It is a private club. End of story."

--Eric Johnson, Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.

"Augusta should invite whomever they deem worthy: women, men, black, white, etc."

Tom F. Stickney II, Bighorn Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.

"It's the greatest golf club in the world, and it finally seems ready to move into the present. There are a number of avid female golfers that should be invited to join Augusta National."

--Ed Ibarguen, Duke University Golf Course

"Yes. It is my understanding that the gentlemen of Augusta National have always asked the CEO of IBM to join. Why would they not? Maybe she would invite me as a guest to play with her."

Carol Presinger, Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah, S.C.

"Yes, but it won’t happen."

--Brady Riggs, Woodley Lakes Golf Club< Van Nuys, Calif.

"Have The Boys from Augusta finally met their match, Tradition? How ironic -- the thing that kept women out might end up being the only thing that gets them in."

--T.J. Tomasi, Keiser University School of Golf, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"Most definitely!"

--Dana Rader, Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, Charlotte, N.C.

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