For some of you, this is going to be a repeat from early spring. But the number of visitors to the site keeps asking if the PPGS will help with sore knees. Mr. G was using a wide stance and said …
¢I have never been able to swing conventionally in that when I swing through the ball I slide my legs rather than hit into them because this starts my knees to ache. I believe your swing may help me. Would it be correct to say that the narrower stance, the position of the knees at address, and the decreased rotation of the upper body would put less stress on my knees?¢
Here¢s my reply to everyone who has asked sore knees and a wide versus a narrower stance. What I like about this is that the results are immediate.
Regarding the narrow vs. wide stance. If you are using a wide stance, then when you transfer your weight from the back to the front foot in the forward swing, and you are going to get to your left side, there has to be some slide to get there.
When the stance is shoulder wide for a driver, all weight shifts to the left foot or leg side. You get there almost immediately — with no slide. As soon as you shift, you are there on the left leg. All you have to do is stand up on that leg. And yes, this will reduce the stress and strain on the knees.
There is one more thing you can do to relieve knee stress. Flare both feet out 30 degrees, especially the left. This allows the kneecaps to externally rotate a little, which helps them stay flexed. When they rotate outward, especially in the forward sing to the left side, this allows you to get over and onto the left leg sooner and stand up faster. The kneecap rotation, due to the flared foot, is the ultimate way of reducing stress in the legs, from the ankle to the hips and lower back.