By Matthew RudyGolf Digest Best Young Teacher John Bierkan divides his time between two top-flight clubs. In the summer, he is the director of instruction at the venerable Aronomink Golf Club outside Philadelphia. In winter, he moves to Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla. He takes his turn this week as guest instructor for #HelpMeGolfDigest, and he picked four hashtagged swings you submitted via Instagram and Twitter.
"The overall shape of your swing is very solid, but the clubface is open at address, at the top and down into impact," Bierkan says. "That will produce high shots that lose distance, and it will force you to be very handsy through the ball. When you have to rely on timing like that, it's hard to make consistent, solid contact. Adjust your grip to a slightly stronger position and begin your swing with a subtle forward press -- shifting the handle toward the target. On the takeaway, swing the club straighter back while keeping the face looking more toward the ground. Then swing away."
"I really like the freedom and flexibility in your swing," Bierkan says. "You can generate some good speed, which is a great quality to have. To eliminate that right miss, strengthen your left-hand grip one click to the right and allow your arms to swing more around your body in the backswing. Right now, your arms are moving very much up and down. Make those two small changes and I guarantee you'll hit it much straighter."
"I would like to see you drop your right foot back away from the target line, so it feels like you're aiming a few yards more to the right than you're used to," Bierkan says. "Next, adjust your ball position so that it is in line with your left heel. To keep that face square, work on swinging with your left wrist flat and in line with your forearm on the way down to the ball, like it is at the top of your backswing."
"You have a great looking swing, but I bet you fight shots to the left," Bierkan says. "At the top, your clubface is pointed at the sky -- which means it is extremely closed. I believe you can fix this with some setup adjustments. Let your arms and hands hang down in a more loose and natural position. Look down at your grip and adjust your left hand toward the target so you can see only two knuckles and some of your glove. Too much glove equals too much inconsistency."