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Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
After hitting 100 balls in the range today I've got a pretty bad pain in my left knee.
This happens most of the time after I hit large amounts of golf balls.

What part of my swing could be causing it?
post #2 of 17

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

well besides the hot chicks you now have something else in common with Tiger. So besides surgery I think there are three options...1) get lower profile shoes...the big soled shoes make a clunk when you roll to the lead ankle. 2) look at a stack and tilt, it utilizes a less dramatic weight transfer. 3) Lose weight.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

I think I'll look at stack and tilt.
Weird how I'm getting joint pain (I'm only 14)
post #4 of 17

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

Both of my knees have been really sore after hitting balls this week, and I normally don't have knee problems. It didn't occur to me until Fatphil mentioned it, but I have been wearing big soled sneakers instead of golf shoes, so maybe that is a factor. Doesn't help that the temp is in the 30s in my area either.
post #5 of 17

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

Hey just because your 14 does not mean you cant get injured playing Golf. Golf is very streesful on your Ankles, Knees, Hips, Lower back, Shoulders and Elbows. I have seen alot of people get injured playing Golf. If i had to guess i would say maybe a strained ACL or Meniscus. The only thing you can do is Ice and rest. If it does not get better you will have to see a DR. He can do a couple flex test on it and tell you if its serious or not. If it is it will require and MRI. Then they will be able to tell you how serious of an injury it is. Most likely it just needs some rest but you never know.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

Pain has gone down now.

I think I'll have a look into the Stack and Tilt swing.

Does it reduce distance compared to a normal swing?
post #7 of 17

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

If your knee is hurting, that's your body telling you something is wrong. So when you start to feel pain, quit hitting balls. Perhaps chip or putt or something less stressful. Maybe your knee is just a little work and can get stronger. Also, take your time when hitting balls. Go through your pre-shot routine of lining up your shot, etc. Don't wear yourself out just machine gunning balls out there (like I used to do at your age).

Most likely you're just at that age where your body is growing a lot and the pain is probably something minor. I don't think it's worth changing your whole swing over. Just don't take it easy and it'll probably go away with time.

If this is a REAL pain to the point where it hurts to walk, you need to see a doctor.
post #8 of 17

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

Originally Posted by James_Black View Post
Pain has gone down now.

I think I'll have a look into the Stack and Tilt swing.

Does it reduce distance compared to a normal swing?
Most likely you will gain distance and accuracy with S&T. Look it up. My distance increased a minimum of 5 yards with my irons and the most being my 5 iron which went up 10 yards.
post #9 of 17

Re: Pain in left knee after hitting balls at the range.

I would get yourself to see a physio, they will quite quickly be able to tell you what's wrong if anything and then let you know if you need to rest it or do some specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee.

Hope this helps
Nick
post #10 of 17

Was just at the range last night and have the same problem now. I was told that my left leg was moving around too much for how much weight I put on it compared to my right leg. I should keep my entire left leg more stationary to avoid this problem from worstening.

post #11 of 17

Gotta be careful with MCL and swinging...

 

I had pain... After the gang here pointed out my swing flaws, I got the knee flex down pat but OVERSWUNG and sprained my groin...

 

R.I.C.E. is uber important...

post #12 of 17
If you go to stack and tilt, which I have been working on for a little over a year, be very careful that the left knee flexes toward the ball on the backswing. If you try to flex the left knee towards the target, as I mistakenly did in a heavy practice session, you might injure your knee. My knee is improving with R.I.C.E. and use of two overlapped braces on it when I play or practice. But I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon this week to see exactly what's going on. I suspect some kind of meniscus tear will be revealed.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by James_Black View Post

After hitting 100 balls in the range today I've got a pretty bad pain in my left knee.
This happens most of the time after I hit large amounts of golf balls.

What part of my swing could be causing it?

@James_Black ,

 

None of us are Doctors (unless there is an orthopedic surgeon lurking).  But a few of us have knee issues (I have osteoarthrisis under my knee cap).  You did not describe where in the knee the pain is.  First, ice is your best friend.  Second stretching is also a great remedy.  Lastly, without seeing your swing it is tough to see what stress you are putting on the knee.  

 

One remedy I have used is flaring my left foot.  @iacas  @mvmac @james_hirshfield @sk golf have all recommended this to me early on in my Evolvr lessons.  I have used it ever since and it takes a great deal of stress off the knee because I am not putting force on the outside of the knee.  The knee is bending as it should.  It also helps get the weight forward at impact.

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post

@James_Black
 ,

None of us are Doctors (unless there is an orthopedic surgeon lurking).  But a few of us have knee issues (I have osteoarthrisis under my knee cap).  You did not describe where in the knee the pain is.  First, ice is your best friend.  Second stretching is also a great remedy.  Lastly, without seeing your swing it is tough to see what stress you are putting on the knee.  

One remedy I have used is flaring my left foot.  @iacas
  @mvmac
 @james_hirshfield
 @sk golf
 have all recommended this to me early on in my Evolvr lessons.  I have used it ever since and it takes a great deal of stress off the knee because I am not putting force on the outside of the knee.  The knee is bending as it should.  It also helps get the weight forward at impact.

Good advice. And better late than never, right ;)
post #15 of 17
Flaring the left foot is very helpful, and doesn't seem to have any effect upon the rest of my S&T swing. At address, the S&T guys say both feet should be pointed out 20 degrees (and the knees 10 degrees. I am now pointing my left foot to 45 degrees ( knee to about 20) and it really takes the pressure off that knee. As usual, knee still flexes toward the ball on the backswing,

Thanks for the advice, boogielicious!
post #16 of 17

To  the OP, I could not tell where you were physically located. Given this crazy winter we have been having quite possibly you haven't hit balls in a while. Your knee is a complex joint with several tendons holding everything in place and being able to stretch when needed. You likely over did it with out really warming up. If you are preparing for the season you probably should have taken 50-100 swings without hitting a golf ball.

 

You could also do some sort Jimenenz exercise program for the knees and hips without the cigar of course

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Spitfisher View Post

To  the OP, I could not tell where you were physically located. Given this crazy winter we have been having quite possibly you haven't hit balls in a while. Your knee is a complex joint with several tendons holding everything in place and being able to stretch when needed. You likely over did it with out really warming up. If you are preparing for the season you probably should have taken 50-100 swings without hitting a golf ball.

You could also do some sort Jimenenz exercise program for the knees and hips without the cigar of course

The OP hasn't been on the site in three years, but IIRC he was from Ireland or somewhere in the U.K.
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