IMPROVE YOUR GOLF SWING: AVOID STRAIGHTENING YOUR LEFT LEG UNTIL YOUR CLUBFACE IS PAST THE POINT OF IMPACT

improve your golf swingOne way to improve your golf swing is to keep your left knee flexed until after your clubface has contacted your ball at impact.

The reason why this is one of the best ways to improve your golf swing is that if you straighten your left leg and lock your left knee joint before impact, you will mishit your golf shot.

Locking your left knee joint before your clubface contacts your ball during your through swing simply changes the bottom-out point of your swing arc.

Even if you setup perfectly to your ball and otherwise swing your club to hit a golf ball straight, if you lock your left knee joint as your clubface contacts your ball during your through swing, your ball is going to fly anywhere but on a straight path to your target.

I am truly mystified why some of the leading golf  instructors and commentators imply you should straighten your left leg as your clubface enters the impact zone of your through swing.

They don’t necessarily state that you should straighten your left leg and lock your left knee joint at the point of impact, but if you listen to some of them nowadays, you may come to believe such nonsense.

For example, some instructors and commentators imply you should straighten your left leg at impact when they speak about the importance of hitting against a firm left side.

Some even suggest outright that you should straighten your left leg when you deliver your clubface to your ball during your through swing.

However, I do not believe most of those who imply you should straighten your left leg at impact truly mean to suggest such an absurd notion.

Instead, I just believe they get caught up in the mechanics that you must hit against a firm left side and unintentionally mislead golfers into assuming they should straighten their left leg during the impact zone of their through swing.

My take is they really mean to suggest that you should straighten your left leg immediately after impact, if at all, not at impact.

Irrespective of their intent, I often observe golfers on a practice range locking their left knee joint as they deliver their clubface to their ball at impact. As a result, they mishit every golf shot.

Therefore, regardless of what you may have interpreted from listening to golf instructors and commentators about hitting against a firm left side, please do not conclude that they mean to imply you should lock your left knee joint as you deliver your clubface to your ball at impact.

For those of you who have misinterpreted such comments from golf instructors and commentators and have incorporated the notion that you should straighten their left leg at impact into your golf swing, I trust this article will clear up all the confusion.

So, once again, one of the best ways to improve your golf swing is to ensure you do not straighten your left leg and lock your left knee joint prior to the point your clubface contacts your ball during your through swing.  

 Copyright © 2011 by Gordon Jackson—All Rights Reserved.

 

 

       
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Gordon Jackson, founder of Locked-in Golf Inc., author of Straight Shooting Golf and 11 other books on golf instruction, and who has written more extensively about golf mechanics then anyone in the history of the sport.