Hidden Key to Solid Strikes
The supporting elements can make all the di erence
he movement of the knees, though seldom discussed, is vital to hitting good shots.The knees provide stability, back and through, and help ensure you hit the ball with the centre of the clubface. Let’s start with the front knee. On the backswing, it should remain exed and pointing at
Tor behind the ball. This allows you to make a good hip turn and complete the backswing by fully shifting to your right side. On the downswing, the front knee should rotate a little towards the target, but more important, it has to straighten to brace the body for the hit.
The back knee also should remain exed as you go back. This prevents the body from swaying away from the target and out of position for impact. The back knee should start in a kicked-in position, pointing at the ball, and pretty much stay that way until you swing down. That’s when it moves towards the ball before ending up tucked behind the front knee.
A good drill to help train better knee action is one I saw LPGA great Mickey Wright demonstrate in this magazine many years ago. Put a golf ball under the outside of your back foot and make some practice swings. This helps give you a feel for how to prevent that backswing sway that ruins so many shots. Give it a try, and your impact will improve. Tom Watson