What Is The Correct Golf Swing Plane
Hi all and welcome to another post from Perfect Golf Swing HQ. Today we are going to look at what is the correct golf swing plane and why it is so important to have it. We will look at the 3 main key points that makes up the perfect golf swing and look at some tips that you can implement straight away.
As you all ready know having a good swing plane is so important in the way of hitting distance, accuracy and being consistent with your strokes. When you get the swing plane correct, you will have way better chance of hitting the ball more consistent then that will lead to lower scores.
What Is The Golf Swing Plane?
When starting off looking at a golf swing plane it is very easy why so many get confused about it.
It is an area where if you don’t have a degree from some uni with either a science or engineer back ground then it nearly goes rite over our heads. But if you are that way incline then you will have a field day with the technical side of things.
In this post i will try and keep it easy and simple (kiss) just how i like it☺. Just makes it easier so were all on the same page.
Where the swing plane first came popular is from a old time legend Ben Hogan and his image of a pane of glass.
When Ben Hogan was talking about the swing plane and in terms of the pane of glass. What he wanted was the left arm, hands, club to stay below that pane of glass on the backswing and downswing.
When Ben Hogan’s famous book the five lessons was published in 1957. The technology then isn’t the same as we have today to dissect the golf swing. So therefore the concepts of the swing plane have evolved a lot from the simple illustration that Ben Hogan gave us.
So What Is The Correct Golf Swing Plane?
Glad you asked. The golf swing plane is a imaginary flat service that determines what path certain parts of the body and clubs travel throughout the swing.
This may sound silly but i do have to say it. No golf club can move it self so a lot of the times when people look at a golf swing plane they only look at the shaft.
The shaft is only moving because of the rest of the body movement. So therefore we need to look carefully at the plane of you body is moving when looking at the swing plane.
Types Of Swing Planes ?
There are three swing planes to make up the perfect golf swing. They are
- The Backswing
- The downswing
- The Follow-Through
Remember earlier i said certain parts of the body and club move in a certain plane because of when you swing your shoulders. When you swing your shoulders they move on a plane as well. So does your elbows, hands, club and everything else that is joined that the same time.
That is why when someone is analyzing your swing they will draw a lot of lines to work out what plane differences each part of the body and club move’s on.
When you swing you swing in a circular motion. At the same time you are bent over so therefore your swing plane is tilted. How much it is tilted is determent by many factors like your height. How you stand at the ball and which club you are using. As you can see there are quite a few different variations to consider.
What If My Golf Swing Is Wrong?
So what does all this mumbo jumbo mean regarding what is the correct golf swing plane? Means everyone will not have the same swing plane. Yours will be different to mine and mine will be different to Bills etc etc. There is no exact swing for everyone and when i say that i am talking more about the absolute degrees of you swing plane.
When you have been around the traps you often hear people say Jonny there has a flat swing or Mick there has a steep swing plane. What there meaning when they say that most times is the angle of the shaft. A good place to check this out is halfway into your backswing. A famous pro who is said to have a flat swing plane is Zach Johnson. Below is a picture of him half way through his swing.
As you can see from the picture of Zach. He uses a one plane swing. Anyone that uses the one plane swing will tell you that zach’s swing is not flat but on plane. That is where golf instructors get into arguments. See at the halfway point of his back swing. the club is pointing outside the ball.
Now compare Zach’s swing to probably the most extreme case below of a two plane swing of Jim Furyk. Have a look at where the shaft is pointing half way point of his swing.
Confused yet? Looking at both these great players swing planes and compare them you can see how most people get confused about the correct swing plane.
So at the end of the day what is a golf swing plane? In short a golf swing is a combination of movement of the shoulders, arms, hands and club. It is measured with a straight line so therefore it is 2D.
I hope i have explained it simple enough for you to understand. If not don’t stress as over the next coming days i will explain more in detail different types etc.
The next post will be about different types of swing planes from the one swing plane to the two swing plane.
I will be giving you examples of each type of player, so hopefully you should find that interesting and informative as well.
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