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Swing Plane

There are many planes in the golf swing such as the shaft plane, the shoulder plane and the rear elbow plane. In general when people talk about swing plane they are referring to the shaft plane. The shaft plane is a line that the golf club is sitting on at address. If you drew an imaginary line through the clubshaft and up into the sky you could see the plane that the club should trace throughout the swing. A swing can either be on plane, under plane or above plane throughout the backswing and downswing. Keeping the club on plane is the most efficient use of energy and is ideal for ultimate control and accuracy. The shaft plane is determined by a combination of the design of the golf club and the player's posture.

Swing Plane Drills

Swing Plane Tips

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  • Your Entire Swing Takes Place Inside the Target Line

    Because you are standing to the inside of the golf ball and are turning your shoulders, your swing should take place on the inside of the target line. The only reason it should cross over and get on the outside of the target line would be if you want to intentionally cut or slice the ball. It's important to keep your upper arms snug to your chest to keep your arms working in connection with your pivot.

  • A Steep Plane Leads to Pop Ups

    If your swing plane is too steep, you will have a hard time hitting a ball off of tees because you will tend to pop it up. If this is the case, try making a few practice swings where you actually miss the ball by swinging over the top of it. This will give the feeling of a flatter plane and level angle of attack. Make your driver swing feel a little more like baseball to level it out.

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