How to Get the Correct Golf Swing Plane Every Time

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Correct Golf Swing Plane

Are you struggling to make any sort of solid contact on the golf ball?

Maybe you feel like you are coming down steep and chopping the ball resulting in a big banana slice?

If this sounds like you then there’s a good chance your golf swing plane is way off and it’s causing a multitude of problems with your golf swing.

You’re not alone, as an ‘off plane’ golf swing is extremely common and effects over 90% of amateur golfers.

The good news is with just a bit of understanding you can find the correct golf swing plane for you and really see some fantastic improvement in your golf scores.

I put together this short 3 minute video that explains what the golf swing plane is and how to execute a great on plane golf swing.


Common faults

Most golfers struggle with their golf game because at some stage during their golf swing they come ‘off plane’. 

1. The common reasons I see on the golf course are when a golfer takes the golf club too far back on the inside or too far outside on the takeaway. This puts your golf swing off plane immediately and then requires a number of compensation measures to get your golf swing back on the correct golf swing plane.

2. The second reason I see is golfers will move their upper body first on the downswing which causes the golf club to come down too steeply. Again, this causes the swing to come off plane and results in numerous poor golf shots including slices, pulls and fat shots.

 
How to fix

To get the best results in fixing your golf swing plane it’s ideal if you can work in front of a mirror or to video your golf swing from down the line. You’ll be able to see where the club travels throughout the golf swing.

1. Ensure your takeaway comes back straight with very little wrist break and stays on the arc of the golf swing. Let the big muscles of the chest and shoulders do most of the work.

2. On the downswing ensure you drop your hands enough so the golf club stays on plane and doesn’t come down too steep. Ensure your lower body (legs) are starting the downswing.

What about Jim Furyk’s golf swing?

2003 US Open winner Jim Furyk has one of the most unusual golf swings in world golf. He breaks the mould by having a very steep position (off plane) at the top of the golf swing but then drops his hands suddenly on the downswing to get it back on plane.

Watch his golf swing here

Now, there’s nothing wrong with this at all and obviously Jim Furyk has had a wonderful career swinging the golf club this way.

However, Furyk has tremendous talent and has the ability to perform this compensation and still get the golf club in the right position at the right time.

For the rest of us I would recommend focusing on getting the correct golf swing plane right at the start through to the finish.

 
Final thoughts

Having the correct golf swing plane is vital if you want to see any sort of improvement in your golf game. If your swing plane is either too steep or too flat then there is a very good chance you are not hitting the golf ball consistently well.

This is of course unless you are making some sort of adjustment to get the golf club in the right position before you make contact with the ball.

Getting the correct golf swing plane puts you in the best position to square the clubface at impact resulting in better contact and lower scores.

Give these golf swing plane drills a try before you tee off next time and I know it will really help your golf game.

Let me know if you have tried this technique or a similar one and results your received, I would love to know. 

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About Troy Vayanos

Troy is the founder and CEO of HittingItSolid.com. His mission is to bring the very best of his team’s extensive golfing knowledge straight to you every day.

10 Comments

  1. Sheri Harper

    July 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I tell people to have their swing feel like a pendulum–no stress on any place and let the club do the work–this explains much more specifically what can go wrong.

    • Troy Vayanos

      July 14, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Good point Sheri, thanks for commenting.

  2. Scott Messner

    July 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Troy, that’s a great video tip from Shawn.

    I periodically will have one of my children video my swing at the driving range with my iPhone. I then use an app called SwingReader to analyze my swing. It allows me to draw plane lines, etc. Sometimes I fall back into taking the club back too steep. Videoing my swing helps me easily recognize this.

  3. Troy Vayanos

    July 15, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Thanks Scott for commenting. It’s funny I actually use that same application on my iPhone as well. It works really well and I personally have found it very beneficial in helping with my golf swing.

    Cheers

  4. golf swing basics for beginner

    September 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    We believe this method of swinging the golf club is much easier to remember and implement into your golf game than the traditional “conventional swing”, but because of the unique movements that we teach, still retains the natural power the the conventional swing gives.

    • Troy Vayanos

      September 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Yes, it’s quick and simple to follow which enables golfers of every level to implement. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Joe S

    July 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Troy

    Great tip from Mr Humphries..it looks like you don’t have to worry about shoulder turn angle if you do his tip and your cure for over the top in your other video? Just turn..get your left hand a bit over? your right shoulder and let the club drop waist high and turn?

    Thanks and love your tips!
    Joe

    • Troy Vayanos

      August 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Joe, much appreciated.

      Yes if you follow it correctly the shoulders should rotate naturally just the right amount.

      Cheers

      Troy

    • Troy Vayanos

      August 7, 2014 at 6:46 am

      That’s great to hear Andrew, I’m happy for you.

      Let me know of your progress.

      Cheers

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