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Introducing The Hybrid Swing Plane

Swing Planes Explained – Part 3

This is the final part of a 3 part series. Click here for the golf swing plane part 2

A big tenant of the one plane golf swing is to return the golf club back to the same position it was (in terms of the shaft plane line) at address. That’s what Moe Norman and Ben Hogan did.

But let’s see how some of the top golfers in the last 10 years fare as far as that is concerned.

Tiger Woods Impact
1. Tiger Woods
Adam Scott Impact
2. Adam Scott
Phil Mickelson Impact
3. Phil Michelson
Rory McIlroy Impact
4. Rory McIlroy
Justin Rose Impact
5. Justin Rose
Henrick Stenson
6. Henrick Stenson
Matt Kutcher
7. Matt Kutcher
Brandt Snedeker
8. Brandt Snedeker
Steve Stricker
9. Steve Stricker
Jason Duffner Impact
10. Jason Duffner

So 9 of the top 10 golfers in the world over the last 10 years DO NOT return the clubface to the same plane line that they started at at address (Steve Stricker does).

Why did I show you that?

Because I believe the plane line should be more vertical than a one plane swing, and not as vertical as a two plane swing. Somewhere in the middle. A great model I’m going to show you in a minute for this, is Louis Oosthuizen.

But these impact pictures begs the question… are they trying to do that?

The answer is no!

Because it’s been proven that the golf swing is moving way too fast at impact to consciously do anything. So what is happening at impact is this…

The forces are so great at impact that the hands are being pulled up. That’s just a natural occurrence of the modern, powerful golf swing.

So that got me thinking how it would be good to swing on a plane that is similar to what happens at impact. Because you can talk all you want about one plane and two plane swings (in terms of the backswing and shoulder plane, left arm angle etc.). But at the end of the day, it’s what happens at impact that matters.

So my Hybrid Golf Swing Plane theory, is to swing back so that at the half-way point in the golf swing the club shaft points down at the ball. Then at the half-way point in the downswing, the clubshaft again points at the ball. I’m now going to show you this theory in action in one of the best swings on the planet.

Louis Oosthuizen is the 2010 Open Champion and has a golf swing that many believe is one of the best among professional golfers. So let’s put my swing plane theory to the test, and I’m going to draw a line through his setup at address right through the middle of his back.

Louis Setup
Louis Half way back
Half Way Back
Louis Downswing
Half Way Down
Louis Impact
Louis Followthrough

Pretty damn good swing, with a very consistent swing plane!

If you remember, in my last article I said a way to see if a person swings on a one plane swing, is to measure at the top of their swing the angle of the left arm and the shoulders. And if there’s less than 12 degrees difference then they have a one plane swing. Let’s see what the difference is for Louis:

Louis top of backswing
Louis Oosthuizen – 22 Degrees Difference

Compare that to Moe Norman and Jim Furyk. Extremes of a one plane and two plane swing:

Moe Top Backswing
Moe Norman (One Plane Swinger) – 0 Degrees Difference
Jim Top Of Backswing
Jim Furyk (Two Plane Swinger) – 48 Degrees Difference

And if you split the difference between those extremes you get 24 degrees. Louis Oosthuizen at 22 Degrees Difference is almost bang in the middle.

And this swing plane that Louis uses is what I term “The Hybrid Swing Plane”. I have a swing plane program in which I’m going to teach you how to groove a consistent golf swing plane like this… so watch out for an email about that program soon.Â

Having a consistent golf swing plane will help you to hit straighter, longer and more consistent golf shots. So if you lack consistency in your ball striking, working on making your golf swing plane more consistent can only aid you in improving your ball striking consistency.

Anyway, I hope this series I’ve given you on the swing plane has clarified a lot of issues you had with understanding the swing plane. And I hope that now you have a very clear idea on what swing plane you should be swinging back, down and through on.

If you would like to learn more about how to develop a professional swing plane then you might be interested in my 3 Easy Steps to a Professional Swing Plane program.


This is the final part of a 3 part series. Click here for the golf swing plane part 2

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Written by Jeff Richmond

Jeff is the director of instruction for Consistent Golf. He is also the author of 3 Easy Steps to a professional Swing Plane

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