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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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