In golf the knees are imperative for a solid golf swing. During the takeaway the arms and left shoulder initiate the takeaway while the lower body remains still. Once the club reaches waist high, the wrists hinge, hips begin to rotate and the left shoulder turns under the chin while the hands continue up to the top of the backswing. A little known secret of the golf swing includes maintaining the original knee bend, which in turn helps deliver more power at impact. In fact, the right and left knee flex maintain the original knee flex during the backswing.

Knees Lesson Chart

The golf swing is a rotational movement where the arms swing the club around the spine. Lateral movements generally involve some form of swaying throughout the swing. However, in golf the knee bend is directly responsible for many vertical movements. Specifically, the right knee straightens and the left knee dips. When this happens the spine angle moves from the original position to an upward position, and then must return back, similar to the original position at address. There are several compensations occurring that typically result in inconsistent contact. The swing is difficult enough, especially when you factor in additional and unnecessary movements that occur in the second you swing the club. With additional and extra steps it should be simple to understand how difficult it is to make solid and consistent contact. Now, just imagine if you maintain the original spine angle. One simple move such as straightening the right knee during the backswing causes an entire chain reaction of extra movements that make creating a consistent and repeatable swing almost impossible.

GOLF FIXES BY PGA PROS
How Much Should Your Knees Bend in Setup, Swing? Golf Swing Tip
Correct Golf Knee Flex
Correct Golf Stance Knee Bend
Correct Knee Bend For Golf Posture
Correct Knee Bend In The Golf Set Up
Knee Bend In The Golf Swing Helps Correct A Reverse Pivot


LESSONS
Allow a small front knee flex to aid full turn
Golf Putting Thoughts – 3 Frozen Knees
Try Arnie’s Locked-Knees Method For Stable Putting
Golf Pro Sam Snead: Knee Separation on Downswing
Golf Swing Golf Tips – All Time Top Tips – Holding The Right Knee Steady
Justin Rose: Right Knee Stays Flexed for Balance, Power
Senior Golfer 6 – Allow a small front knee flex to aid full turn, Golf
The Effect of Knee Separation on the Rest of Your Swing
Hold Onto The Right Knee Position To Stop Golf Backswing Sway
Right Knee Control Lesson by PGA Pro Tom Stickney
What You Can Learn from Sam Sneads Knee Separation on the Downswing


PRACTICE DRILLS
What are stable legs golf Drill 2 Basket between knees
Snapping The Left Knee – What It Means In The Golf Swing
What is more power and why golf drill 3 Snap front knee at impact


GOLF QUESTIONS
What Should My Knees Do During My Putting Stroke
Golf Knee Flex, How Much Should I Have During My Set Up To The Golf Ball?


GOLF EXERCISES
Knee Hugs Golf Strikes
Knee To Chest Golf Stretch