#HelpMeGolfDigest: John Bierkan straightens your clubface and tweaks your setup
By Matthew Rudy
Golf 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.
Reader @kyrazzy77 has a fluid and powerful swing let down by an open clubface. A few subtle setup adjustments should do the trick.
"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."
Blocked tee shots are the bane of @ianzmiller's game. His prescription is a series of setup and backswing adjustments to keep the clubface square through impact.
"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."
Keep submitting your swings with the hashtag #HelpMeGolfDigest. You could see yourself here in the coming weeks.