Tee-to-Green Golf Tips – The Swing Plane

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Correctly defined, the swing plane is the angle or pathway of the club as it travels from the takeaway to the follow-through of your swing. Each individual golfer will have his/her own optimal angle.

There is no magical degree or angle for every golfer. Your height, girth, length of arms, legs and torso all affect which angle will work best for you. Also, if your club shaft is fitted specifically to you, or off the rack and a bit too long or short can also be factors to consider.

The main thing is to spend some time at a practice range where you can experiment with different angles to find that optimal plane for you.

Swinging the club straight up and down results in a steep angle relative to the ground. Swinging wide around your mid-section will create a much flatter, shallower plane. Consistency and solid contact can only be achieved if the clubhead returns to the same angle at impact that it started with at address.

So to start, using a driver for example, set your clubhead in the address position, square to the target. Position your feet so your toes are directly below the tip of the shaft’s grip end. Bend forward slightly at the mid-section and allow your knees to flex a bit forward.

Tee to Green Golf Tips   The Swing Plane

  • 1. Bring your club back to just past the halfway point of your backswing
  • 2. Let go of the club with your left hand (right hand for left-handed players)
  • 3. Your right elbow (left elbow) should be tucked near your right (left) side
  • 4. The butt end of the club should be pointing directly at the ball

If you work on your backswing until you can consistantly find this position every time, you will be well on your way to finding the correct swing plane for you. The key is to return the club back to the ball along that same swing path, returning the clubface to square at impact.