The golf swing is a very common term used by golfers, and these are called one or two plane swingers, and they have very short knowledge of golf swings.
There are thousands of theories related to swings, but with years’ experience, I can say there is nothing about the one way to swing the golf club.
It does not matter whether you are a one or a two-plane swinger. The only thing that matters is which swing makes more sense to you, and you are comfortable striking the golf ball.
What is a Golf Swing Plane?
It is described as an imaginary plane surface on which the golf club swings. The large flat piece of plywood resting on the golf club is the imaginary golf swing plane.
The golf club should be swung up on the plane and back down to get a better swing and maximum strike capacity.
Many times the amateur golfers swing the golf club upright and swing it above the plane line, or sometimes they swing their golf club too shallow, and as a result, the club ends up under the plane line.
To masterstroke, golf players need to learn about the right path of the swing plane, and this might be a little harder, but when a golfer understands the critical path of the swing plane of a golf club, they can strike the ball with full potential.
It may take some time and effort to learn the base of the swing plane. The practice session should not be skipped and the general understanding of the plane can be visualized to improve and get faster results. While swinging the golf club make sure you are standing on the plane surface and the body posture and weight should be balanced properly.
Why does being on the Plane matter?
The swinging plane is very important and it matters when you have to strike for a long-distance or in a particular direction.
Golf is a professional game and it requires ultimate talent and accuracy to put the ball in the golf pit. While striking the golf ball, you have to strike on it with a proper angle; otherwise you will get a poor shot.
When you are ready to hit the golf ball then the downswing is more important than the backswing; therefore the club should be on the downswing plane to get the perfect hit on the golf ball.
Sometimes an amateur golfer moves the golf club slightly off the plane while swinging the club back and then the shot shows poor results than expected. In contrast, many golfers can get it on the plane while swinging the club back and their shot shows the impact and follows the right line, which makes the golf strike experience a much better and more effective way of playing the game.
It is very important to keep the perfect relation between the club and the swing plane and make a perfect swing plane angle; this will change the impact and increase the chances of getting the desired shot.
While striking the golf ball with a square clubface, it gives us the most distance and straightest direction.
Certain locations on the golf course are usually not chosen to investigate or study by amateur golfers. Thus, they face problems and are stuck with ideas to overwhelm the situation. Hence all golfers need to study the golf course and the swing plane and how it affects their shots.
Types of Golf Swing Plane
There are two types of golf swing planes- one swing plane and two swing planes, and once the player is comfortable with it, they improve their golf skills faster than others.
The amateur golfers fall into the trap with these two swinging techniques without fully understanding the swing plane’s meaning and effectiveness.
The one plane swing technique has several characteristics and the golfer using this method can easily keep the club on the plane.
A golfer with one plane swing takes the golf back and down on the same plane and they make a tiny movement of their head while swinging the club. This technique is very effective but it is a narrow style golf swing.
There are many other things you may notice about the One plane swinger:
- For a full turn and a stable base, their stance is quietly wider than t normal.
- Their stance is a bit more hunched than the two-plane golf swinger and the normal player may find it odd.
- While swinging the club, they move the club slightly inside and it looks more shallow in the backswing.
- Weight is not transferred to the right side of the one plane swinger than the other players.
- One-plane swing looks centered while hitting the golf ball.
- The torso rotation helps to create power.
- It is easy to repeat the swinging on the same plane making the club go up and down.
Two plane Swing:
Generally, it requires more effort and time to practice than the one swing plane, but it comes more naturally and effectively with some professional golfers.
This swinging technique is best for taller golfers. They make the golf club more upright compared to normal players; therefore the two swing planes are beneficial for them.
Many things can be seen in a two-plane golf swing:
- The spine angle is more upright and the stance width is medium.
- They have more hip rotation and movement while swinging the club than the one-plane swinger.
- While swinging the golf club the hand ends up at the top.
- The two-plane swinging techniques require more hand effort than a one-plane swinger.
- The golf club comes back to the little upright but the taller golfers drop it on the plane at the top.
- The main factor to worry about the two-plane swing is that the club should drop onto the proper plane.
How to swing on a Plane?
The professional golfer always advises maintaining the swing plane whether you are one plane swinger or two plane swinger. If you can move your golf club on the proper swinging plane, you may get the desired shot and the golf swing will become a much easier part for you.
It is important to note that the transition on the top of the backswing is a crucial step while striking the golf ball and this decides the amount of force on the ball.
The golfers with one swing plane should take care when they get to the top of their backswing then let the body rotate and arms move freely downward towards the golf ball. It is necessary to move the club on the swinging plane; otherwise you may miss the shot and the ball did not hit in the right position.
Once the golfer is used to the concept and the swinging plane, the one plane swinging becomes a bit easier than the two planes swing.
The golfer with high muscles and power can easily adopt the One plane golf swing and it is the best choice for them, as it is more compact and efficient motion and there are no other options available better than this swinging technique.
Two plane golf swinger should take care of their moves while swinging the golf club and when the club reaches the top of the backswing. The professional golfer describes this as dropping the club into the slot.
While swinging the golf club, the club will be slightly above the plane and upright at the top and when you are about to strike the ball the right arm will drop into the perfect place, allowing the club to return to the proper swing plane.
The arms and hands are well managed by the golfers who usually prefer the two-plane golf swing technique. The ability to manage the proper balance of the arms and hands is increased with time. Also, this swinging technique is best for great power strikes and may take a little time to develop consistency.
There are no such issues regarding both the one swing plane and two plane golf swing; these both are seen on the PGA Tour.
Being a golfer I would suggest that both swinging techniques are great, as I have tried both swing patterns. The one swing golf plane is a bit more consistent, but there is no such great feeling when you shift to a two plane swing plane. It is one of the best techniques to strike hard as well as it gives a tremendous amount of pleasure while swinging and striking the ball with a golf club.
If you want to take your game to the next level and increase your capacity, it is best to add two plane golf swing techniques in your daily practice session. It is simply great and you can master both swinging techniques.
Common Swing Plane Mistakes
Many golfers make mistakes while swinging the golf club; either they swing the club off the swing plane or on the plane. If you ask a professional golfer they call it the upright or over the plane line or the shallow and under the plane line movement of the club.
It is very important to understand the basic concepts of the swing plane otherwise these two mistakes may cause a poor shot and you have to take multiple shots to send the ball into the golf pit.
Shallow golf swing
This is a common mistake made by the lower handicap golfers while hitting for a long-range shot. If you keep the golf club a bit shallow, it will help you hit a draw and send the ball to the desired distance.
However, there is a chance that you may miss the shot when you are crossing the club and taking it back; then this shallow can cause you some pretty ugly misses.
The golfer may swing the club and cause a hook due to the shallow golf swing. When the golfer is about to hit the shot and start swinging their club and it goes a bit too far inside on the backswing and wraps around the golfer’s body, then the clubface is close to a hook.
There is a chance that the golfer may push the ball due to a shallow golf swing because sometimes they don’t release the club.
It isn’t easy to correct a shallow swing plane and quite easier than the upright golf swing plane. This only needs a few drills during the practice session and can be fixed easily with fewer efforts.
Upright golf swing
While taking a long or mid-range shot, you may have noticed about the golf club that it is not wrapping around your body as it is the basic rule while swinging the club. The main reason is that the club gets off the plane upright and causes a poor strike.
Generally, while swinging the club when the club goes up and comes back the backswing gets ugly due to false movement of the club and it doesn’t wrap around the body.
The upright backswing always causes the proper downswing, leading the golfer towards a bad strike. Many professional players can take an upright backswing on the track with their skills. Still, amateur golf players struggle with consistency because it is a bit complicated to bring your club back on the swing plane while swinging the golf club faster and aiming the ball simultaneously.
The amateur golfer often ends up slicing the ball due to upright swing. They swing their golf club too upright and it is impossible to release the club and the club moves slightly toward the square target line and ends up with a slice.
You should work on your swing techniques and don’t make such mistakes. Add drills to avoid upright or shallow swing plane errors.
Golf swing plane Drills
You make plenty of mistakes while swinging the golf club, and adding these drills in your practice session will help you strike the great shot.
Here are a few of my favorite drills and each of these drills will help you swing the golf club on the plane for the downswing.
Golf alignment sticks are very beneficial for you to improve your swing plane. To perfect your swing plane you can use either two or three alignment sticks for this drill but I suggest using a single stick. Focus on your golf ball setup while striking it with the alignment stick in the golf ground at an angle to match your swing plane.
When you are swinging the golf club and take the club back, it is very important to pass the stick under the plane and when you reach the downswing, then again pass the stick under the plane and this will surely help you strike at a correct angle.
If you still face the problem and the golf club moves too upright, you can strike the ball on the downswing. Golfers often think that the stick may be broken due to a downswing strike but this is just the visual glitch, and the stick won’t break that easily.
Ball between Arms
For the golfer who only prefers the one plane swing, staying connected throughout your entire swing and hitting the ball is highly recommended.
If there is a false movement of your hand and you let it get away from your body, then there is a chance you may miss the shot due to changing in your swing plane.
While practicing this dill in your practice session, I recommend using a small ball that is smaller than a soccer ball and larger than a tennis ball and places the ball between your forearms, and when you keep the ball in the position of the golf ball then strike it with your golf club as you hit the golf ball.
It is very important to look out your shot and make the correction. So if the ball is falling out when your club is in backswing then there is a chance of your club’s movement being a bit upright on your swinging plane.
Keep swinging the club a few times and then drop the ball. It will affect the ball with your hit and the shot will be more solid and travel a long distance at a proper angle.
Although the videos are not a drill, they will surely help to swing the club in the proper plane and increase your capability from time to time. If you improve from your recorded mistakes and avoid them, your time and swing will improve, and you can see the improvement on the golf course.
It may become a smart move if you can edit the video and draw a line about the perfect golf swing plane and see where your clubhead is concerning the golf ball.
Hopefully, this golf swing guide will help you improve your game and become a professional sportsman (golfer).
After practicing the drills, you can surely master the one plane and the two plane swinging techniques.
Both the swinging techniques are good, so don’t doubt which swing is perfect or worse. Your natural game will decide the swinging plane for you and you can stick with it to improve and perform better in each game because if anything feels better to use, it will surely be easy to repeat and master the technique.