Well, I’m glad you asked – following are some images of me to help demonstrate the problem and the simple solution.
The first two images show me at the top of my away swing and then when the club face meets the ball. I have included some lines to help you to spot the difference, and rather than the ball, I have used a piece of wood so that it is easier to see.
Images 1a and 1b above demonstrate swinging the golf club ‘on plane’. Take note of how the end of the shaft is pointing directly at the position we want the clubface to return to – smack centre with the ball. So, the result of the club swinging ‘on plane’ is for the ball to be struck out of centre of the clubface. The ‘feeling of greatness’ I often refer to.
Now images 2a and 2b show how not to do it. Here I am swinging the club ‘above the plane’. This is a very common problem due to the golfer believing that they should swing the golf club on a straight line. Take note of how the red line is pointing between my right toe and ball (well, the end of the piece of wood!). As a consequence the club returns closer to my body than it started, striking the ball out of the toe end of clubface which often sends the ball out to the right of target and feels clunky.
I have one last image to share with you below, which is a great tip for helping you to see for yourself if you are swinging ‘on plane’.
Look closely at image 3 and you will see that what I have done is to insert an extra piece of shaft into the end of my club, so that on my back swing I can check to see if my club is swinging ‘on plane’ by checking if the extra length of shaft is pointing directly at the ball. You can achieve the same result by holding two clubs end to end – just make sure they are in line when you do it. Alternatively you could use something like a long broom handle.
Let’s return to the situation with my client. After I had identified his issue, I got him to use the very technique with the two end to end clubs so he could see for himself that he was actually ‘above the plane’.
Once my client understood the concept and more importantly could see and feel the difference between being ‘on plane’ versus being ‘above the plane’ his ball striking improved dramatically and immediately. The next half a dozen golf balls he struck finished a good 20 metres ahead of his earlier shots and were all clustered together, leaving my client a very happy golfer !
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