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Circle the Left Knee in the Downswing to Turn on the Rotation

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Henry Fall:
Hey, everyone. Welcome back out to Superstition Mountain, Milo Lines, Henry Fall. We’re on the 10th tee at Lost Gold here, and we’re going to be talking about circling the knee for maximum rotation and speed in the golf swing.

Milo Lines:
Henry, when you say, circling the knee, I know that this is a question that’s come up, what are you talking about?

Henry Fall:
Well, I think of Jimenez, with all those stretches before the round he does.

Milo Lines:
Okay. What I’m thinking about, when I think, circling the knee, is as I take this club to the top of my backswing, when I change directions, my left knee is working around, like this. Is that what you’re talking about?

Henry Fall:
That’s what I’m talking about. And what spawned this idea for this video, actually, was I saw a over-the-top video of you, and Arnold Palmer, and Bryson DeChambeau. And the thing I saw every single time, the one thing that stood out, was that left knee, it kicks in, in the backswing a little bit, but then it starts to go out towards the toe, the left foot, and then back around. It’s a perfect circle.

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
I’m going to show you guys a over-the-top video too, so you can see it.

Milo Lines:
Sweet. So you’ll be able to show them exactly what’s going on here.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Now, what’s happening is, as I’m changing directions, my left leg is rotating externally. Now, in reality, my left leg is rotating internally in my hip socket, because my pelvis is actually opening faster than my knee is going.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But, for this case, we need to feel like our leg is working around, which is giving me the freedom to be able to keep turning. If I feel like I keep this leg pinched in, like this, I really can’t get my pelvis to go.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. Now, what about people that say you need to post up and straight that left leg?

Milo Lines:
Now, for me, straightening of the leg is a byproduct. When my body is turning and this hip is going around, around, around, my leg is straightening out.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
I don’t really want to feel like I’m going and straightening my leg out.

Henry Fall:
Right, necessarily.

Milo Lines:
It straightens out, but it’s straightening out for different reasons than just to straighten out. It’s straightening out because my pelvis is turning. And in order for me to keep my pelvis turning, now I’ve got to straighten my leg some amount. And, actually, the turning of my pelvis straightens my leg for me.

Henry Fall:
Now, what’s going on, exactly, with the pressure in your left foot as that’s going on? Is the pressure going right to your left heel, right off the bat?

Milo Lines:
No.

Henry Fall:
You want it going right to the left heel?

Milo Lines:
No, it actually lands into the outside of my foot, on the ball.

Henry Fall:
Okay.

Milo Lines:
And then it rotates around. You can see how it goes to the outside and rotates around, like this. And then, eventually, if I turn far enough, it either goes to the heel, or some players, like Justin Thomas, actually use the ball of their… They actually let their toe drop, or the ball of their foot drop, so they’re actually pushing up this way.

Henry Fall:
Then you see, Jordan and Bryson, it looks like their foot ends up like this.

Milo Lines:
They roll clear to the outside edge.

Henry Fall:
Everyone watches their swings, and they’re like, “Oh my gosh, how do they not break their ankle,” but that’s really move the natural…

Milo Lines:
Yeah. You’re feet are really made to be able to roll to the outsides.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
If you roll to the inside, now, that might actually break an ankle. But rolling to the outside, this doesn’t hurt, at all. So it’s definitely safer for me to be able to turn through the shot, and be on the outside edge of this foot, with my pelvis inside of my ankle here. We see this with lots of players on tour. Earlier, I think you might have mentioned, Bryson and Jordan Speith, Justin.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. It looks like they’re… I mean, it looks like they’re breaking their foot, and a lot of people are like, “That’s crazy.” They’re saying Bryson’s going to be out of the game within the next five years because of it. But, really, as long as that knee is a circling motion, it’s really the safer move. Isn’t it?

Milo Lines:
For sure. I’ve looked at this, and I’ve watched lots and lots of baseball players, who swing a heavier stick, probably, harder.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Those guys can make 140 club head speed with a golf clubs. I don’t remember hear of anybody really getting injured swinging a bat. You hear of hurt ankles or anything? And they’re like… They hit it and… I mean, the foot is like this.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
They’re not… I’ve never heard of them getting hurt swinging a bat.

Henry Fall:
Their foot is… It’s like turned over.

Milo Lines:
A lot of times it’s turned over, and it’s laying on the side, like this.

Henry Fall:
The inside of the foot is pointing to the sky.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. A lot of times I see that with baseball players.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
They don’t get hurt. So, I personally don’t think Bryson’s going to get hurt for that reason. He may hurt something else. He may hurt a wrist. He may hurt something else, but I don’t think he’s going to hurt his ankle.

Henry Fall:
Right. I mean, and Jordan does the same thing. But, anyways, let’s trace back here, no pun intended there with a trace, but the circling of that knee. What’s something we can work on to get that? Because you see it, and Sam Snead was a great example too, that squat action, right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah. What I like to feel is, as I’m changing directions, I like to feel like my knees are staying the same distance apart, or widening. This leg is holding its ground, and this one is going around, like this.

Henry Fall:
As the pressure in that left foot moves.

Milo Lines:
As the pressure goes out to the outside edge of the foot.

Henry Fall:
Okay.

Milo Lines:
I don’t want to see this happening with my knees too much. I want to feel like it’s more of that rotation kind of a feel.

Henry Fall:
Yep. And we’ve talked about this before with that trail foot action almost this motion, right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
Would you call it a military march or something?

Milo Lines:
A march?

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Some people have called it a marching move. This knee goes this way, and then this way. It doesn’t so much go straight this way. It can. There’s a lot of ways to do it, but my preference is that this leg holds itself, as this rotates, and then it all comes around.

Henry Fall:
Cool. If you’re looking at your swing from above, which, I don’t know if you guys do, but you’ll see, ideally, that knee circling. It’s really cool action to see. We’ll, again, post some videos in this YouTube, so you see that. I think I got one of you from up top too.

Milo Lines:
Sweet. Should I hit one, and see if I can actually do it.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Okay, here we go. No warmups. Not bad. Did I keep it on the grass? I did.

Henry Fall:
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