Having a consistent swing plane is the most frustrating aspect of the golf swing for golfers. Swing plane refers to the side view of the club head as it swings through a circular motion, and if done correctly, the angle of the swing plane will be the same every time.
- What makes for an inconsistent swing plane?
Swing plane inconsistency appears every time there is a difference in the ‘direction of the club’ and the ‘intended direction of the golfer’. When a golfer is in the address position, draw a vertical line from the ground and up the legs. Take the forward angle of the upper body, in relation to the vertical line, and mirror it to the backside. The resulting back angle will determine the correct “swing plane”. If the plane angle is too narrow on the backswing, it will result in topping the ball. Conversely, if the plane angle too wide, it will result in thinning the ball. Taking a closer look at the swing of famous golfers, you’ll see that their swing plane consistent every time.
- Practice methods for a consistent swing plane
The first practice for a consistent swing plane is the iron shot. After several practice swings with an alignment stick, line up the ball and repetitively swing your iron. This practice is more effective with irons than drivers and if practiced with GOLFZON GDR simulator, side view images of your swings are recorded and displayed back to help determine your correct swing plane.
Another way to practice is with the hula hoop. Hold the hoop, as shown in the above photo, and start your backswing. At the top of your swing, the hoop should be positioned between your feet and the ball. Now practice your swings in this position, and if the hoop drifts outside of the ball, you’ll know that your swing plane is out of alignment.
If you’re using an alignment stick, grip the stick with your club and start your back swing. If the alignment stick is pointing outside of the ball, this is also a sign that your swing plane is out of alignment.
The correct swing plane is the key to a controlled ball direction. Taking your right hand out of the follow-through will help the club take the correct swing plane to the target direction. Because the club naturally has its own follow-through direction during a swing, there’s no need to deliberately align its direction on the golfer’s part.
For a consistent swing plane, the key is to stop thinking that you need to keep the clubface square at impact. To this end, a good practice method is to use a round club head without a clubface.