Are You Externally Rotating Your Left Knee?
In recent newsletters, I’ve talked about the different ways of Starting Down from the Top; And as mentioned, some great players feel their LEFT HIP starting down first – Others feel that they’re pushing off of the Right Side – And still others feel like the Left Knee begins the Unwinding Process During the course of my golf career, I’ve always felt one of two things: 1). The Left Hip Pulling and Turning back – and at other times, I feel that my left knee is Sliding a little bit and getting back over the Left Foot.
To clarify, because the Left Knee is being pulled in somewhat on the backswing, it naturally wants to Move Back Over to the Left side starting down, therefore it Slides a ‘little- and rotates a little – – AND THIS MUST OCCUR BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE IN THE TRANSITION!
Over the last several years, I’ve noticed that when I start down too soon with the upper body, the Left Knee tends to get Stuck and not allow the sequence of the body, arms, and club to be in SYNC.
A GREAT DRILL to get the transition started properly with the Left Knee is to practice the Left Knee Rotation Drill. To do this, take your stance and make a practice swing by taking your Right Hand and Arm up to the top. THEN place your left hand on your Inner Left Thigh just above your Left Knee . Keeping your right arm up at the top, simply PUSH the Inner thigh and Left Knee with your Left Hand OVER AND AROUND. Do this a few times then address the ball and hit it.
You’ll find that this drill will Remind You to get the Left Knee Shifting and Rotating around to the left FIRST and all of the other moving parts in the swing will follow suit.