Golf 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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.