I had a few minutes the other day to film a video on a topic that’s been of some discussion recently. There are some great threads online talking about the role of knee flexion and its effects in the backswing. Therefore, from my own experience teaching, reading and talking with golfers I decided to share some basic thoughts on the topic.
Changing knee flexion can influence many different aspects of the golf swing but I focused on one primary one in the video here.
Since it has been on my mind, I have looked for this piece while watching golf. As I see it, almost everyone loses some of their knee flexion of their trail leg during the backswing. However, I did note while watching the Transitions a few weeks ago that Jim Furyk’s looks like it almost increases in flexion. You can see in the photo above that (1) Furyk’s trail knee is more bent, (2) his hips are less turned and more level and (3) his arms are less inward than Westwood’s. Westwood’s (1) trail leg has straightened, (2) his hips have turned more and are tilted more towards the ground, and (3) his arms have worked more inward on the backswing. Furyk’s ability to consistently re-route the club during his downswing allows him to strike the ball as successfully as he does. Westwood has less re-routing to do and is a great ball striker on Tour. Repeatibility, low point control and the predictability of ball curvature is key – as we can see each motion works quite nicely for these top PGA Tour players. Please share your thoughts as well.
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