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The knees play an especially important role in the golf swing, helping to transfer the forces golfers generate through our connection with the ground. When we look closer at the right knee bend in the golf swing, we’re able to get a better sense of how PGA Tour players generate power compared to most amateur golfers.

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  1. RBImGuy

    Jun 26, 2018 at 2:16 am

    None of them can swing the way the 3D imaging of Pros shows.

  2. etc.

    Jun 21, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    My right knee is a tad wonky cause I injured it playing tennis. Now my golf backswing is sorta shortened otherwise I will fall down. Should I give up tennis or golf?

  3. Frank

    Jun 20, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    This video doesn’t really address the best way to move the right knee in the downswing like what Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Byron Nelson did. If you draw a line at the tip of the right knee down to the ground and up to their hip level at address in the traditional DTL 2D camera view, in the downswing and impact they all break that line and never ever go away from that line even in the follow through, the line ends up inside their right thigh during their finish. Moving the right knee off and away from that line in the downswing and impact is a problem almost every golfer, especially young ones struggle with, while it may lead to a bit more power, it leads to a lot less accuracy, Rory McIlroy struggled with this early in his career and has now lessened that movement especially with the irons. I believe breaking the line or staying on it in the downswing and impact is THE magic move, the move that perfects the pivot.

    • Ron

      Jun 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      Frank… why does the WRX moderator allow you to say so much but stop others… or are you a moderator ???

    • Jake

      Jun 20, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      That’s quite the revelation! Could you expand or better explain the ‘line’ defining the movement and positioning of the right knee? Thanks.

  4. marv

    Jun 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Fast knees, fast swing …. slow knees, slow swing …. sooo obvious

  5. faq

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Very revealing and showing that the lateral movement of the AM’s knees are slower than the PRO’s knees… and that’s why the position of the club handle is different. The timing difference would show up on a face-on view of the swings. Also the AM may be pulling down the hands for late knee timing.

    • Ron

      Jun 20, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      AM golfer homemade swing sequencing is sub-optimal which messes up energy generation and transfer from body to the ground. Their Kinetic Chain is flawed.

  6. carl

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    so how did you fix this am?

    • marv

      Jun 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      probably plyometric deep squat jumps to strengthen the trail knee.

      • Ron

        Jun 20, 2018 at 8:19 pm

        No… lunges into your trail leg until it becomes stronger and secure. Also, hip joint flexibility must be improved because most AM golfers are hip stiff. from sitting.

  7. Man

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Total shank

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Stop Practicing, Start Training. Part 1: The long game

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This article is co-written with Zach Parker. Zach is the former director of golf at the Gary Gilchrist and Bishop’s Gate golf academies. Zach is a golf coach, an expert in skill acquisition, and he has years of experience setting up effective training scenarios for golfers of varying abilities. 

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The act of working on your golf game is often referred to as practice. This is a problem, however, because the word “practice” infers repetition or rehearsal. But golf is a sport that has a constantly changing playing surface, varying conditions and mixed skill requirements. So, if we use the traditional practice model of hitting the same shot over and over again, then we have a complete mismatch between our training and the requirements of the sport. This can lead to the following frustrations

  • Grinding on the range but not improving
  • Being unable to transfer performance on range to course
  • Finding practice boring
  • Plateaus in performance

These annoyances can lead to overall disappointment at underperforming and falling short of expectations developed in practice sessions. The most likely root cause of this issue is having no structure and the wrong context to your training, mistakenly focusing on repeating the same shot over and over again. 

So let’s try shifting our approach and aim to train and not simply practice. By introducing these three key principles to your training, we can not only get better at golf, but do so a way that is more efficient and more fun too! For more detailed insight to this topic, check out the podcast that Zach recently recorded with Game Like Training Golf

Spacing

Dr. Robert Bjorks suggests that the theory of spacing dates back centuries and simply means taking some time between training or learning tasks. By spacing things out the learner is forced to try and recall what was learned in the previous session, which makes that original learning stronger. The act of remembering strengthens the retrieval process, meaning it is more accessible in the future and easier to bring about.

Variability

Performing the same task over and over can allow you to appear to have “learned” the skill however we know that this is simply a false sense of competency (good on the range, but not on the course). Therefore if you’re truly looking to “learn” the new skill or desired movement pattern you need to introduce variability to the learning environment.

Challenge Point

Challenge point theory is a relatively new concept championed by Dr. Mark Guadagnoli and Dr. Tim Lee. The central idea of this theory is to create training sessions that are appropriate for the learner. A large emphasis is placed on matching up the difficulty of the practice task to the skill level of the golfer.

Guadagnoli and Lee present the idea that a beginner golfer with a low level of skill is better off spending time on practice tasks that are easier, and in a blocked style. Whilst golfers with a higher level of skill are better off spending time in practice tasks that are slightly harder, and in an interleaved style.

Challenge point needs to reflect the ability of the individual

Practical Example

In this example we have a college golfer aiming to incorporate a particular technical move into his golf swing. He is using a GravityFit TPro to help with feedback and learning. But instead of simply bashing balls using the TPro, he has been set up with a series of stations. The stations are divided into learning and completion tasks and incorporate the principles of Spacing, Variability and Challenge Point.

The aim is to work through three stations. If at any point the completion task is failed, then the participant must return back to the start at station one.

Station 1

Learning task: Three balls with a specific focus (in this case technical), performing two or three rehearsals to increase understanding of the desired pattern.

Completion task: Must two-putt from 35-45 feet, right-to-left break

Station 2

Learning task: Perform posture drills with the TPro, followed by one learning trial (hitting a shot) where the focus in on re-creating the feelings from the TPro exercise.

Completion task: Must two-putt from 30 feet, uphill

Station 3

Learning task: Transfer previous technical feels to a target focus, aiming for two out of three balls landing inside the proximity target.

Completion task: Must make an 8-10 footer.

You can either have a go at this circuit or create your own. There are no set rules, just make sure to include a mixture of tasks (Variability) that are appropriate to your level of ability (Challenge Point) with plenty of time between repetitions (Spacing).

For more information on the featured GravityFit equipment, check out the website here

 

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