In this article we are going to present some tips for establishing your swing plane, an important part of developing your own golf swing style.

So what is the swing plane? Well think of it as the path through the air that the shaft of the club makes when you swing it. However it is, in reality a lot more complicated because of the sheer number of factors at play when you swing a golf club. These include your flexibility, your weight, how tall you are, your posture as you address the ball etc. The plane changes at all points during the course of the swing and no two golfers will have even the most remotely similar swing plane. One player, for example may move the swing plane from the inside to the outside between the back swing and the follow through. Another golfer may do the exact opposite to this.

Having said all of that, in the main, the single most deciding factor of the swing plane is the angle of the head of the club when you address the golf ball. So the swing plane made by a driver is going to be shallower than that that you make with a nine iron.

Let’s break the swing down into its components and examine what is happening to the swing plane at each stage assuming you are using a driver.

A. When you address the ball the shaft of the driver should be at an angle of forty five degrees to the ground.
B. In the back swing, once the club is horizontal, the butt of the club should be pointing towards the target.
C. When the club gets to the top of the back swing, the shaft should be parallel with your heels.
D. On the down swing, when the left arm is horizontal, the butt should again be pointing at the target.
E. The contact point with the ball should have the club at the same angle as in A.

The top of the back swing warrants a little more scrutiny as this is where a good shot is made or lost. At this point in the swing your left arm should be parallel with your shoulders (along the same gradient). Your right arm should be at right angle with the elbow about six inches from your body. The face of the club should be parallel with the left arm, this is maintained by keeping a firm wrist. If the wrist flexes either forwards or backwards you will likely see a hook or a slice when you hit the ball.

Hopefully this article has given you an insight into the golf swing plane and some things to think about in order to keep the shaft of the club within that plane from backswing through contact and follow through. If you can get a level of consistency with your swing plane, maintaining a firm wrist you will see the ball going on its intended path more often than not.

Patrick Attlee has been creating mayhem on golf courses worldwide for decades and writing online about a variety of subjects for the last couple of years. He recently bought a king size memory foam mattress and was so moved by the experience he has created a new website dedicated to the wonders of a visco elastic foam mattress

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