Originally Posted by newtogolf
Should the knees be bent sufficiently to obscure view of your shoe laces? I'm asking because in my lesson yesterday I was told I'd gain higher swing speeds from a more athletic stance where my knees were bent more and the weight was on the balls of my feet. He used the reference quoted here about bending the knees so I couldn't see my shoe laces as a guide.
As Erik basically said, you'd have to be in a very very deep squat, like weight lifting squats style, with the weight even or towards the heels of your feet, to literally not be able to see your shoelaces. That said, the knee bend question brings up something I meant to ask about.
I had a lesson recently that was nine holes, on the course (the guy carried a little camera, so we got some in lesson camera work and he sent me the vids after). One thing he focused on that I liked was trying to come up with swing thoughts that fit me to try to make the proper swing feel more athletic rather than mechanical. I was a good pitcher back in the day, and he asked me to do a little dry pitching motion. He said to notice how I drive off the back leg as a way to note that I might feel more athletic initiating the down swing thinking of that drive, which obviously requires some knee flexion at the top of the swing.
I noted that a lot of instructors these days talk about how keeping the knee flexed is an old tip that's basically incorrect, and he said that yes, your back knee straightens, but he thought I was getting my back knee a little too straight, and keeping a little bit more flexion might help me drive off the back foot and initiate my down swing in a more athletic way.
Anyone think that's not good advice, and that it'll lead to more problems than it solves? Just to note, it wasn't like I was locking my knee or anything, but it was getting pretty close to straight.