Swing plane might be confusing for some players, so what is it?
Swing plane is the path your club follows when you hit the ball. If your club is not on the right path, it causes club head travel to the ball inside or outside. And this creates unwanted draws, fades, slices or hooks. How to know is your club in right plane or is too flat or upright?
Here are some easy and effective golf swing plane drills you can use to get your swing on right plane:
- Take away should be connected and don’t hinge your wrist at the beginning of the swing. Hinge your wrists when your club is parallel to ground.
- When your wrists are hinged your club grip should point to the ball
- On the top of the backswing left arm and club should be parallel and perpendicular to spine angle. Also, the club should point to the target when club is parallel to ground (note: depends on a little bit of your backswing length)
- When swinging thru, try to get feeling the club always stay in front of your body. Also, don’t swing too hard because it makes hard to think about all the steps/checkpoints and start with a small iron, like iron-7 or 8.
Finding yourself hitting deep divots?
One possible problem is too deep swing plane. It does break not only the course but also your game.
Often the immobility of shoulders is a cause for the steep swing. You try to hit the ball using 120% of your swing speed, and you ended up overswing your backswing. Immobility in your shoulders and overswinging causes your right elbow too far out. When your elbow blows too far out, it makes your swing steep, and you will hit fat shots.
If the overswing isn’t your problem, you might have a problem with your takeaway. Check what is your club angle compared to the ground. If the angle is close to 90 degrees, you know that you are swinging your arms too up-right plane.
Lift your club from the ground and hit few baseball shots. Try to get feeling hitting the ball with a shallower plane. When you have a got a shallower plane feeling, put your club behind the ball and swing away.
One plane or two plane golf swing
When your shoulders plane and your club shaft are parallel to each other, it means your golf swing is on one plane. If your left arm swings up on your shoulder plane and isn’t identical to shoulder plane, it says your swing is on two-plane.
In general, one plane swing is more straightforward and require fewer hand actions than two plane swing. One plane swing can also be used with a little bit stronger hand grip which should fit better for the beginners. The most important thing in one plane swing is to maintain your spine angle during the swing. The correct spine angle is around 40 degrees compared to the ground. On the top of one plane backswing, your club end should point about 90cm / 3 feet outside of the ball.
If you want to challenge yourself, you can try two plane swing. Use a grip which is neutral or slightly open and adjust your spine angle to around 25 degrees compared to the ground. In two plane swing hand actions is more up and down, and your body rotation is around your body. At the beginning of your two plane downswing, it is essential to let your arms drop first and then turn your hips. If you turn your hips before you let your arms fall, you will end up an out-to-in path, and this will cause slice- and push shots.
Fix your bad shots with correct swing plane angle
Thin shots can be the result of lousy swing plane angle. When hitting the ball, the club sole should be parallel to the ground. If you have a terrible swing plane angle, it causes your club heel up from the ground, and during the impact moment, your clubface will be tilted. With tilted clubface, you will most likely miss the club sweet spot and hit thin shots.
How to avoid the wrong swing plane angle? Most of the time the reason behind it is too steep swing plane. Check and fix your angle with mirror, hits few shots and see what happens.
One important thing to remember is, the swing plane angles vary between clubs. You need to hit the driver with different plane angles than the wedges. Set a wedge and a driver in front of you with the same way you would hit the ball. As you can see the distance from the ball is different from the driver than wedges, but the most important thing to understand is that also the club angle is different. You need to correlate this angle with your swing. In theory, with wedges, you need to have steeper swing plane than with the driver to hit consistent shots with the sweet spot.
Is my golf swing plane too flat?
Everyone who has a flat swing plane has a one plane swing. Flat swing will happen if during the beginning of downswing your arms drop before you turn your hips. This arms drop movement should occur only in two plane swing, not in one plane swing which is already flat.
During the midway of your one plane swing, your club end should point to the target. If it points to the right of the target, you know you have dropped your arms too early. The solution for this is to change the sequence of the downswing. If you use one plane swing, you need to start rotating your hips at the same time as you begin your downswing. A change to two-plane swing only because of sequence problem is not recommended.
If you want to see what a correct one plane swing plane looks like, search swing videos of Ben Hogan. His swing is a perfect example of beautiful and powerful one plane swing.
Don’t try to hit draws or fades by modifying your backswing. Hitting these shots shall be done by changing stance.
Take pictures, video or use mirror when you are practicing these things. When you see yourself in “live,” it will make learning faster and avoid you to implement bad habits into your swing.
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