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June 26, 2012

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

Posted at 11:27 AM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs is online every Tuesday to answer your swing questions and analyze your swing videos. If you have a question or a video link for Brady, leave it in the comments section below!

Thanks to all for the questions, videos and comments. Hope everyone has a great week and we will see you again next Tuesday.

Chris asks at 1:30:

My normal shot is slight fade but lately it has become more like a slice, especially off the tee. I feel like my body is pulling my arms through but my hands are late. Is there a drill to help with getting my hands rotated through impact? Thanks.

There is a balance between the hands and the body during impact that can be weighted too heavily on one end and consequently too lightly on the other. If the body is overactive and spinning open during impact the arms will be pulled along slowing down the face rotation. This is an excellent way to hit a block slice. If the body is too slow the arms and hands become overactive the face will close excessively prior to impact and the ball will go left. The balance between the pivot and the body is where good players are always focusing their attention. Some refer to it as rhythm and tempo, others call it getting the swing in sync. To work on this you can swing slower and shorter to get a sense of how much rotation is too much as the downswing begins. Hit some shots where your trying to wait too long to begin your rotation and others when you are starting too early. Find the too much or not enough and it will be significantly easier to be in the middle ground.


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Jordan asks at 1:25:

I'm a low single digit handicap player (been as low as a plus 1), but I'm not really sure what to do to take my swing to the next level. I do struggle a bit with my driver, but I hit a lot of greens and get it up and down well. Any general thoughts about what to improve with my golf swing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m-M6sRbrPc&feature=youtu.be

Thanks for sending in the video Jordan. I think the swing is pretty solid. The takeaway has limited left arm rotation which keeps the face from rolling open and the clubshaft more vertical. You reroute to a shallower plane in the transition and attack from a very good angle coming down. I am a fan of all of the above. I think the real issue is what constitutes a struggle with the driver and are you hitting the ball well enough to score better but your shortgame is holding you back. I would love to see a face on and down the line swing with your driver and a description of what the problem shots are before I get more in depth. I hate guessing. Get those in next Tuesday and I will give you some thoughts.
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Joe asks at 1:00:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDoOp1RZ704&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jud6V5iPLI&feature=plcp


Brady,

Thanks for any feedback.  I am a 20 handicap looking for more consistency. I miss left and right, but my best shots have a slight draw.  After seeing my video I think I am swinging on too flat a plane and need to have my hands higher at the top of backswing.  Any thoughts?

Thanks for sending in the videos Joe. I would begin working on your swing more from the face on camera view rather than down the line as the issues are mostly related to the pivot. As a starter, the left hand is too weak at address causing the shoulders to begin too level. There is a reason this type of grip is called too weak as it hurts your power and consistency. When it comes to the pivot there is way too much slide away from the target during the backswing. The problems this causes are numerous from an inability to attack the ball from the proper path, a breakdown in the left wrist well before impact, an inability to hit the ball with the shaft leaning forward, poor contact, lack of distance and power, etc. Your right hip shouldn’t move outside the line it starts against at address. It should turn well inside the line and be significantly closer to the target by the time your club gets to impact. This isn’t the case with your swing. Check out the pictures of the grip and pivot I have included below to help give you a place to start.

Grip
Dl3pivot


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Jan asks at 12:20:

Hi Brady, it's time for my favorite blog of the week again!

Please have a look at the video linked below, the camera angle is maybe a bit to much from the right but I think you still can see the big picture.

In this video I manage to come down to the ball from the inside and hit a great shot (slight draw), but only because I took a slower than average swing and really tried to not come over the top. The key to solving my (not overly big) over the top move is to stop taking the club so much inside and low in the takeaway, do you agree? My right arm almost instantly goes close into my body in the takeaway and also I think there's too much wrist action too early. Should I work on a one piece takeaway kind of drill so that I get everything on plane and not under the plane like it is now? Also, sometimes I feel that I do the wristcock incorrect and the face gets open at the top (very cupped left wrist). A good way to get rid of this is to feel like the right hand is holding a tray at the top, do you agree?

What do you think of the swing besides the takaway? I've been working on not coming out of the shot, staying level with my head and also keeping the tush line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOVb_imS8kY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Glad you enjoy the blog. I think your analysis of the swing is right on. The clubface will get open when you roll the club inside during the takeaway. I would like to see your upper left arm and chest stay together as you move the club back away from the ball. When you lose that attachment the club will get sucked in immediately and likely cause the over the top move you mentioned. The action of the wrists is being affected by the takeaway as well. I am not a big fan of the “holding the tray” feel at the top of the swing. There is nothing wrong with a little cup at the top as long as the left wrist hasn’t become more bent then it was at address. I have attached a couple of pictures for you to check out to help you visualize where the takeaway should be going to resolve the other issues with the swing. Thanks again for sending in the video.

Cupped
Clarkeaddress
Clarketake


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Casey asks at 12:00:

Been a while! My thumb feels a lot better, I've change from an inner-locking to overlap grip and I think that helped. I also cleaned up a few other things that were getting sloppy.

Anyway, I wanted to post an update video and ask a question. I was hoping to be more dialed in at this point but I've realized I have some issues I still need to work through. One of the things I'm trying to do now is get the club more on plane on the downswing, so the club runs through my right forearm like you talk about instead of being above it (in the delivery position). Do you have any advice to help me get there? On my good swings I can get it, but it is inconsistent to say the least. And when the club is above the right forearm in delivery, I've noticed my release gets much more flippy, instead of more stable like old AK or your girl Danielle Kang (I love her swing, I wish more video of it was on youtube).

Sorry for the long post. Thank you very much for your help. Oh, what's your opinion on spikeless shoes? I love the feel, but do they hurt good footwork or encourage it? I remember watch AK hit balls in running shoes and it didn't seem to matter.

Casey

Driver dtl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpAnYAuXt6U&list=UUbAQrm62MeRt4pCeJq5twdA&index=6&feature=plcp

Face on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTvMW1aRnIo&list=UUbAQrm62MeRt4pCeJq5twdA&index=7&feature=plcp

Ps: I got rid of the ugly white belt and replaced it with an ugly hat for sun protection.

Good to see the swing again Casey.

I think you have done an excellent job with the changes. The alignments on the backswing are very clean. The top has improved dramatically with the club landing directly above the hands and the clubface square to the left arm. In the past you have struggled with getting the club more behind you coming down and it looks like this is a focus of your work watching the videos. To make it a little easier make sure you get the weight working into the left quad as the downswing begins. If you spin too quickly with the body the arms and club will work out away from the proper path and the club will end up above the right forearm coming down. I think you are headed in the right direction and appear to be rehearsing the proper feel before you swing.

Danielle has a very solid swing that stands up under pressure. She hit 18 GIR last Sunday in Canada on the LPGA Tour. We just have to get the putter to heat up a bit. I think the spikeless shoes are ok for the most part. I am not a big fan of the very soft and flexible sole of the shot as it makes it a bit harder to get to the point of the right shoe at the finish. The old-school Footjoy Classics had a sole that would kill your foot at the end of the round. You could feel the metal spikes coming up into the bottom of your foot but they were so stiff it was much easier to finish properly.

Btw, I approve of both the change in belt and headwear. Send in some new stuff soon…

Here is a picture of Danielle where I want you to be.

Dkforearm

 

June 19, 2012

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

Posted at 1:58 AM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon Eastern 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! There are seveal questions remaining so I will answer a few more later tonight when I get back from the lesson tee. Check back in later...

Brad asks at 1:10:

I posted a few weeks ago with my swing and my problem of shanking the ball. I was getting disconnected and swinging out instead of in/in. This was exposing the hosel and it was making me hit some wicked shanks. After hitting a bunch of balls and changing some things, I noticed that I am hitting the ball just left of the sweet spot towards the hosel. I had impact tape on the club so I knew that is where it his hitting the face. Granted the balls were my normal iron distance with a slight draw, the impact was a little too close to the hosel for my comfort. Could my clubs not be fitted correctly? Right now they are 1 degree flat. Could that be causing the ball to hit close to the heel? My guess it is still my swing, but i thought there might be an issue of a poorly fitted club. Do you notice anything I can work on?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSl-iulkIfw&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUTgUZ6vTFE&feature=plcp

Thanks for sending in the video Brad. It makes a big difference when I can actually see the swing instead of guessing. Yes, if the lie angle is too flat the contact can move towards the heel. I would get this checked to put your mind at ease. When it comes to the swing there are a couple of issues you need to deal with. If you look at the swing from down the line you are seriously losing the Tush line from address to impact. This alone can cause some hosel issues so it should be dealt with. When viewing the swing from the face on angle you are sliding the hips away from the target during the takeaway. This makes it nearly impossible for enough of your weight to be on the front foot at impact. When you combine the fact that you are closer to the ball at impact than you started and your weight isn’t enough on the front foot it stands to reason that your arms have nowhere to go but around your right hip to get to the ball. This is an excellent way for you to find the hosel of the club or at the very least the inside portion of the face. You need to tighten up the hip turn going back and improve the Tush line to become more consistent.   Aklane

Space

 

Mark asks at 12:45:

Hi Brady, great blog. I have a question about my first move down from the top with my irons. When I trigger with my arms, like I do with my wedges I tend to miss with a bad pull hook. When I trigger with my lower body I miss with a bad slice. I'm really lost as to the best way to start down with my irons. My wedges and driver work great, but with 2 totally different triggers. Also, I noticed a great deal of distortion of my shaft on impact. is this a trick of the camera?
Thanks!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNKZtfPDI3g&feature=youtube_gdata_player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJvmqknhcLQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The distortion of the shaft is caused by the lack of shutter speed on the camera. If you think of the transition as an athletic motion your body should start things moving in the direction of the target before the arms and club as it would if you were throwing a ball. The trick is to move the body in the right direction. The weight should move into the quad of the left leg before you aggressively rotate around to the finish. Your description of the lower body starting and leading to a slice is indicative of a spinning to start the downswing which would cause a slice. Feel the weight work into the left quad first and the club will stay behind you longer making it easier to attack on the proper path.

Orlando asks at 12:40:

Brady.... If Jim Furyk steps on your practice tee today and says he needs some help, what do you work on? or.... do you not even mess with a tour pro with a swing like that?

Good question Orlando. The fact that he has made over 50 million dollars in prize money over his career should be taken into consideration. The simple answer is no, I wouldn’t change the swing at all. The shot he hit on 16 that hooked and killed his Open was a combination of fatigue, nerves, an uncomfortable angle from the tee and a bad swing. It is that simple. As I do with any professional standing on my lesson tee we would talk about why he was there and what specific area or shot he was having an issue with. When you are leading the Open on the 70th tee there isn’t much to fix considering the consistency he has shown over the course of his career.

Dave asks at 12:30:

Brady... I noticed someone on tour taking a divot with a 3W. If you are teeing up a 3W on a low tee, or off the ground, should you be getting a divot.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a divot with the 3-wood, especially from the ground. When the ball is on the ground it must be struck with a descending blow as the shaft is leaning slightly forward. This makes it very likely the ground will be struck out in front of the ball. The reason I have a Mortgage paid every month teaching golf is because people try to lift the ball off the ground by getting “under it”. The 3 wood is among the clubs people struggle with the most as they have the greatest fear of topping the ball. If people start taking a divot in front of the ball us teachers may be in trouble.

Tony asks at 12:20:

I am LH and my divots are pointing left of where I am aimed, but I was hitting where I was aimed and hitting hit pretty good. Should I be concerned?

If the ball is ending up where you are aiming you shouldn’t change things…….for now. Chances are the clubface is slightly closed to this inside path you are swinging on creating a slight draw that is very effective. Usually, the divot points straight or in your case slightly right of the target as the ground is being hit after the ball has left the club. If the ball begins to draw or hook significantly away from the target then you will want to get the path cleaned up so the ball has less movement in the air. It may seem counter-intuitive but to limit the amount of curve you must swing in the direction the ball is curving to. If you run into problems send in some video so I can give you some more specifics.

Mike asks at 12:00:

Hi Brady.... I was looking at Harvey Pennicks little red book the other day and it was mentioned that the crossing off the forearms puts the punch in the golf shot. Can you go into more detail as to what that means.

I haven’t heard the term “crossing the forearms” in quite a while. This is an “old-school” feel for having the player release the club through the hitting area and into impact. If you watched the US Open this weekend you didn’t see much of this action in the swing of a player like Jim Furyk as his body pivot or rotates significantly through impact. However, if you look at the swing of Ernie Els you see a much more pronounced release and “roll” of the arms after impact. The basic idea here is that “crossing over the arms” is a feel that some players use to produce extension and help the club release through impact. This feel is effective for some players whose body is less open through impact. Here are a couple of pictures to show the difference.

Elsannika

June 12, 2012

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

Posted at 11:15 AM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon Eastern 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! Should be a fantastic week at Olympic. It is a great venue that will test all aspects of the game.

Michael asks:

What are some drills to fix the across the line position at the top of the backswing?

The across the line position at the top usually begins with a faulty address position and/or takeaway. If the player is excessively far from the ball the arms and specifically the club tends to get inside immediately during the takeaway. This makes the club get too flat halfway back and the momentum of lifting the club up from behind you during the backswing almost always causes it to get across at the top. There are other reasons why this can happen that include a right elbow that has gotten too far from the body or the incorrect swiveling of the right wrist at the top. Once the address position and takeaway get on track the simple fix to the problem at the top is to feel as if you can slap yourself in the right ear with the palm of your right hand at the top. If you put your hand in this position there is no way to get the club across the line. Like all adjustments to your golf swing this is best achieved with extremely slow practice that may include stopping at the top of the swing to check the position of the hand before beginning the downswing. I am a big believer in the idea that if you can’t do it slowly you will never do it with speed. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.


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Ryan asks:

Why do you advocate players having both feet flat on the ground? Most swings I see have the right heel slightly raised before impact.

I never knew that I advocated that. There are some players who allow their right foot to come slightly off the ground at impact and others who don’t. There are players whose foot comes off the ground less with the irons and more with the driver. I am not a big fan of the right foot working too much out towards the toes at impact but keeping it flat on the ground is a bit overdone in my opinion.


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Mike asks:

Brady..... When viewing a video of a swing down the line, how to you determine if the club is on plane in the downswing.

The general rule of thumb is that the club should be covering the right forearm as you are about halfway through the downswing. This is dependent upon several things include the height of the camera, the position of the camera relative to the target line, the shape of the shot the player is hitting and the length of the club(wedge vs driver). There is an acceptable window above and below the forearm that is dependent upon the factors mentioned above and the amount of pivot vs hands the player chooses to use in their swing. This is a discussion that would take several hours to be complete so use the forearm as a reverence point. Here are a couple of pictures to show you the spot.

Forearm

Craig asks:

I tend to use my arms too much in my swing because I lack confidence in the hip turn. Do you have any drills to help develope a good hip turn?

Contrary to current teaching methodologies there is nothing wrong with using the arms during the golf swing. Much of today’s teaching de-emphasizes the use of the arms and puts too much focus on the pivot during the swing. The fact is the best players in the world over the last 50 years have used a blend of arms, body and hands during the swing. With that said there is nothing wrong with improving your hip turn during the backswing. Players that try to restrict the turn to produce more “X-Factor” are heading down a dark path. There is absolutely no advantage to minimizing hip turn during the backswing. The right hip should turn towards the target almost immediately during the backswing. A line drawn down from the outside of the right hip and thigh from the face-on view is a great place to asses the rotation during the backswing. While there can be some minimal lateral motion at the beginning of the backswing there should be noticeable space between the hip and the vertical line drawn at address by the time you reach the top of the backswing. Additionally, it is perfectly reasonable to allow your right leg to straighten from its’ address position although I prefer for it to maintain some flex to the top of the backswing. Here are a couple of pictures to help you see the concept.

Dl3pivot
Space

Mike asks at 1:15:

I feel like I'm never on plane. What is the best advice you can give me to fix this issue? Thanks in advance.

You haven’t given me much to go on here Mike. I have no idea how it isn’t on plane making it nearly impossible to tell you where to begin. The best advice I can give you is to take some video and send it in so we save a lot of time and energy. Otherwise I am completely guessing as to what the problems are.


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Steve asks at 1:00:

I just wanted to thank you on the advice you have given me and the many other readers of this blog. You have not only helped me to improve my game, but have helped me enjoy the golf experience more. I have a question of a different type; regarding golf courses. What is your opinion, as a golfer, on some of the newer courses built in the last 20 years of so versus the older, classic courses especially in the Midwest and East? I have been able to play many newer resort type courses and other TPC type courses and, frankly, I find many of them so “tricked” out, that they lose much of the "fun” quotient. How many times do I have to play a par 4 or 5 with water bordering the entire hole and the fairway sloping toward the water; or par 3’s with peninsula greens; or holes with man-made waterfalls? I am lucky enough to play at a club with a Donald Ross designed course (built in 1915) in the Midwest and find these types of parkland courses quite challenging, but also more fair. And courses by Ross, Herbert Strong, A. W. Tillinghast and others of that generation have a tradition and a classic feel and nature about them that make them more enjoyable, at least in my opinion. I am in my late fifties and a 10 handicap, so while I am certainly not a great golfer, I play well enough to know my way around a golf course. And many of the newer course designs seem to be more focused on the PGA level players than folks like me.

Steve, thanks for the kind words about the blog. I couldn’t agree more with you about modern day golf course architecture. Golf shouldn’t be the equivalent of going to the dentist. It should be fun. Ross, Tillinghast, Mackenzie, etc. knew how to build courses that were challenging but fair to every level of player. If you haven’t made the trek already I highly recommend going to Bandon Dunes. There is no man-made trickery there. The golf courses are extremely playable, challenging, breathtaking and unique. The Trumpifying of golf courses is obscene and does nothing to keep people in the game. Great point Steve.


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Mark asks at 12:20:

I’ve been toying with different methods of switching between a fade and draw (grip/stance/clubface/swing path/tempo & timing adjustments), and wanted to know what is generally the best way for consistency sake. How do you personally adjust for basic draw/fades? How do you teach it to a student that has a good basic swing? I’m mainly talking about the Driver – I don’t like toying with the irons because I always get into trouble trying to draw it unless I’m on a tee. But does your instruction change for a Driver vs. mid iron?

Thanks for the question Mark. Most people have a defined shot shape they bring with them to the golf course. For the vast majority of amateurs it is very difficult to hit one consistent shot shape let alone two. If the player is a very low handicapper or Professional then we will work on the opposite shot shape with the driver by adjusting their normal mechanics usually beginning with the address position. It is important for all players to understand that a proper draw should be hit with the face open to the target line and slightly closed to the inside path. This will help the ball start right of the target line and come back. The opposite is true for the fade. Many really good players aren’t aware of the conditions needed at impact to create their desired ballflight making it very difficult to get the desired results. The ball position will also have a significant impact on the conditions for both shot shapes. It is very difficult to hit a ball that starts right of the target and draws with the ball too far forward in the stance as it is to hit the proper fade with the ball too far back. The adjustments to the irons are slightly different only because the ball is hit with a descending blow with the irons changing the conditions at impact.


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John Torrey asks at 12:00:

When I've got a short shot around the green, I have a tendency to skip the ball across the green instead of getting that nice up and down arc. What can I do to help get a smooth connection and elevated chip?

Most of the problems I see with chipping and pitching in amateurs stems from the address position. They have either been over coached to have the weight and hands too far forward causing the leading edge to dig into the ground during impact or aren’t aware of any change at address and start with the weight and hands too far back. To be successful around the greens you need to be able to bottom the club out in the correct place and use the bounce of the club properly. Bottoming out in the right place requires the weight to be slightly forward at impact with the hands leading the clubhead. This is easily accomplished by adjusting your address position accordingly so you don’t have to move a great deal during the motion. Utilizing the bounce of the club requires a slight opening of the club, especially for the wedges, at address and maintaining it during the swing. When the address position isn’t correct the contact is very difficult to get right and the tension and uncertainty over the result will make the motion rigid and choppy. Once the set-up is cleaned up the focus should be on allowing the weight of the club to advance the ball to the landing spot. In other words, allowing the weight and momentum of the swinging club to advance the ball to the hole instead of your muscles forcing it will give you the best results.

June 05, 2012

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

Posted at 11:37 AM by Brady Riggs

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon Eastern 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, comments and videos. I look forward to seeing you next week!!!

Luke asks at 1:20:

Tiger was dialed in most of the week with his driver and his iron carry distances. What changes did you notice and what can an amateur incorporate from what TW is working on to be a little more accurate?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJJK_E8-hf4

Thanks for sending in the link. This has been quite the year for those following Tiger. His game seemed to be there after Bay Hill, gone forever at Augusta and now resurrected again after The Memorial. It’s amazing how smart, stupid and smart Foley and Tiger have been this year. I didn’t see any significant changes to the swing from Bay Hill or Augusta to be honest. The stance is still narrower, weight a bit more centered, arms and club in more during the takeaway, face more closed, etc. Tiger is a grinder and will continue to work at the changes. The thing amateurs should learn from Tiger’s process is how much work it takes to make a change stick in your golf swing. Many amateurs will give up on a change after a couple of balls on the range not giving it the slightest chance to work. If people are truly serious about improving their golf swing they need to have a plan and give the changes time to sink in.
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Shannon asks at 12:45:

Hi Brady! Thanks for answering my question last week about "flipping" at impact. Per your request, here are two videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoafX7YiFxM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxWlvp3E-0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I think I'm not shifting and rotating enough weight to my left side. I'm hanging back on my right a little bit. My belt buckle is not rotating to the target enough. The amazing part is that I still get good distance out of my irons, but my ball flight is extremely high. I hit 8 iron about 165-170 yards. Would the Gary Player walk through drill help me? Thank you!

Thanks for sending in the videos Shannon. I agree with your assessment about the lack of rotation in your lower body through impact. The fact is your lower body’s action is a problem during the backswing and downswing. There is too much lateral movement in the lower body during the backswing which makes it necessary to exaggerate the push of the hips back towards the target approaching impact. When the hips are out of position during the backswing they can’t work correctly as the transition begins. Instead of rotating they have to make up lost ground and slide back across to get the weight forward enough to hit the ball first. Check out the answer and pictures I gave at the beginning of the blog and you will see Davis Love III demonstrating the proper pivot going back. When you achieve this turn only a slight shift is necessary to begin the downswing which can be immediately followed with rotation. This is something you need to add to your swing if you are going to improve your ballstriking. The Gary Player walk through wouldn’t be something I would recommend at this point as you have other issues that need to be addressed. Look at the pictures I posted earlier and these other examples to help you.

Vertical2
Normanvdonald


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Mike asks at 12:20:

Brady..... What is the feeling you should have on the downswing to ensure the left wrist is maintaining it's flatness at impact. Does the swing down like you have a hammer in your hand work for people?

I have never used that analogy but it could work. This is as much a philosophical problem as anything else. As long as people think the ball should be hit with the face square traveling down the target line while the clubhead gets under the ball they will struggle with the left wrist. When people begin to understand that the clubhead needs to be traveling from inside the target line with the hands leading the shaft, clubface slightly open on a descending angle they will get the flat left wrist. It doesn’t take long to show them the difference between the poor impact alignments and the proper ones. Once they are able to move between a standard address position and pose an impact “fix”, they are on their way to becoming a better ball striker. The best way to work on proper impact is to hit slow, short shots posing impact before taking the club back and holding the impact alignments in a short follow through. It takes a great many reps to achieve the proper alignments but the good news is a little improvement goes a long way.

Eyes


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Chris asks at 12:00:

Hi Brady, thank you for answering an earlier question of mine, I've finally been able to capture some video of my swing:

Two (almost) DTL Swings: http://youtu.be/WH3OW9x1ww8
Face-On: http://youtu.be/iXndP0kPy2E

My ball flight on well hit shots is a slight right-to-left. I have the full range of misses in my bag. The most common is hitting it thin. Not total screamers, but enough to land me 10 yards over the green with the short irons and 20 yards in front from with the long. With my short irons (say, 8 and below) my miss tends to be a pull. With the longer irons I occasionally hit a weak, high push-fade that really hurts my score.

I've been working on rebuilding my swing for about a year now, the scores are starting to drop as I'm hitting it much more consistent than I was before, but I still have a long way to go! I'm not totally sure what to look for in my swing videos so I don't know what to work on.

Thanks for sending in the videos. We always prefer to have the camera a little closer and directly down the line from the target view to get a clearer picture but it’s better than no video at all. Your pivot is a good place to continue the progress you have already made with your swing. In your current swing your hips move laterally away from the target during the takeaway. This makes it difficult to turn the upper body properly during the backswing and even more difficult to get the weight far enough into the front foot at impact. This is evident looking at your swing as the back foot is stuck on the ground in the follow through. This is the source of many of your poor shots, specifically the pull with the short irons. Your right hip should rotate immediately behind you during the takeaway instead of laterally away from the target. This will keep your hips and specifically your weight inside your feet during the backswing making it significantly easier to move into the front foot at impact. Here are a couple of pictures to give you a better visual.

Dl3pivot


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