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Detail question. What do you mean @iacas by any extension of the left knee? If you let the right knee extend doesn't that make the left knee bend more? Oh wait, by keeping the rear knee locked via stick it can make the left knee do some not so good things?

 

When did I say extending the left knee (except when talking about lefties)?

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When did I say extending the left knee (except when talking about lefties)?

 

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- "Maintain your right knee flex" is ambiguous. Maintain the same? Some of it?  What?

- "Straightening" your right knee technically means "to make straight." Does he mean "extending"? If so, why not say that? Too wordy? Not really. He then says "a locked right knee" implying he means to truly "straighten."

 

- The drill with the stick implies that he means ANY extension of the left knee.

 

- You lose your spine angle? Huh? Flat out wrong. Heck, his spine angle looks the same in his NO and YES pictures (it's within a few degrees - he's a bit steeper (IMO in a good way) on the left).

- Extending your trail knee does not limit how far you can rotate back. Flat out wrong. WTH? Goodbye power? Please.

 

The third point:

 

- The drill with the stick implies that he means ANY extension of the left knee.

post #183 of 186
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The third point:

 

- The drill with the stick implies that he means ANY extension of the left knee.

 

That's the right knee for most golfers.

post #184 of 186
So if I understand it right, the flexed right knee straightens a certain amount during the backswing, but doesn't straighten completely. Now, are the knees at address flexed loose, or with a certain amount of tension, that you feel throughout the backswing?

My problem is at the moment that I completely straighten my right leg (and the whole body) throughout the backswing. On some days I hit really good shots, some days I start shanking the ball. A South African Pro told me last year my shanks were caused by straightening my right leg (too much), I remembered his advice today and flexed my knees with more tension in the backswing with the results of hitting decent shots again. Can somebody confirm or explain why a straightened right leg can cause shanks?
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So if I understand it right, the flexed right knee straightens a certain amount during the backswing, but doesn't straighten completely. Now, are the knees at address flexed loose, or with a certain amount of tension, that you feel throughout the backswing?

 

It can completely straighten - some players do that - it shouldn't hyper-extend, though, and most players don't have to go all the way to "straight" either.

 

As for the other question, I suppose that's dependent on the individual. I don't know what others feel. Just me.

 

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My problem is at the moment that I completely straighten my right leg (and the whole body) throughout the backswing. On some days I hit really good shots, some days I start shanking the ball. A South African Pro told me last year my shanks were caused by straightening my right leg (too much), I remembered his advice today and flexed my knees with more tension in the backswing with the results of hitting decent shots again. Can somebody confirm or explain why a straightened right leg can cause shanks?

 

I don't mean this to sound like it could, but some pros just almost literally make stuff up.

 

I haven't seen your swing, so I can't say. It could have been the perfect thing, or it could have been complete B.S.

post #186 of 186
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So if I understand it right, the flexed right knee straightens a certain amount during the backswing, but doesn't straighten completely. Now, are the knees at address flexed loose, or with a certain amount of tension, that you feel throughout the backswing?

 

I would generally say that the knee decreasing in flex isn't something you have to think about or feel. Having the rear foot turned out, knee rotated out, usually takes care of it. 

 

 

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My problem is at the moment that I completely straighten my right leg (and the whole body) throughout the backswing. On some days I hit really good shots, some days I start shanking the ball. A South African Pro told me last year my shanks were caused by straightening my right leg (too much), I remembered his advice today and flexed my knees with more tension in the backswing with the results of hitting decent shots again. Can somebody confirm or explain why a straightened right leg can cause shanks?
 

Yeah as Erik said we can't say because we haven't seen your swing. If you feel like you straightens it too much, focus more on something like this video and/or the location of the pressure in the foot. Might feel like the foot stays more "planted" rather than the toes being unweighted with all the weight in the heel.

 

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