You've heard me say before that our knees act as our levelers and stabilizers. We don't want to let our knees collapse inward because it will cause us to lose the rest of our angles of the swing. But, in order to control the knees, you must be aware of what your feet are doing.
Ken Silva had a question that stemmed from reading the Peak Performance Golf Swing manual. He was a little confused on the role of the left foot during the backswing. He wasn't sure if it should roll inward during the backswing and, if so, how much. So, today I'm going to discuss just exactly how the left foot should be used.
I believe I understand most of what you have said in previous videos. I recently purchased the 23 page manual and have a question. On page 7, item listing 5, there are two sentences. The first one (keep left foot planted) is easy. The second one I do not recall hearing. "Let the weight roll to the inside of the left foot". This is during the lift and is this telling me that the weight on the outside of the left foot transfers to the inside of the left foot during the lift portion? I presume it does not tell me that all the weight is now on the inside portion of the left foot. Please explain.
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This is one of the things that varies in the PPGS from golfer to golfer because of our physical differences such as height, weight, and flexibility. That being said, I'm going to walk you through what I feel when I'm swinging a golf club.
The more stable you keep the forward knee, the better. When I get set up over the ball, my feet are flat on the ground with the weight in my arches. Never let your feet roll inward or outward too much. I have very little knee movement. I'm not the most flexible golfer in the world, but that's good for me because it decreases my chances of over-turning. Some people are really flexible and have to make a conscious effort to stay within the parameters of the PPGS. Whatever you do, don't let your knees or feet collapse inward. I never collapse to the inside of my left foot. You should never get to the point where your hip starts to get pulled down because of the knee collapsing inward. It will change every angle in your body, so avoid it at all cost.
My knee probably doesn't move any more than an inch. Anything more than two inches will most likely lead to some sort of a knee collapse. The left knee is the gauge. When you maintain your outward pressure with the knees, you'll get a nice stretch so that during your transition, you'll be able to rip the ball more solid and straight while keeping your balance on the way up to the T-finish.
Our muscles must be engaged in order to hit the ball with any kind of power, but we can't let our left foot or knee collapse inward because all of that stored energy will become lost. It will also become much more difficult to have a square club at impact because your angles have been compromised.
Keep it vertical!
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