Golf Swing Plane Tip For Better Ball Striking
One of the most critical factors for better ball striking is being on plane in your backswing. Learning how to swing on plane can be frustrating, and has been an issue of mine for quite some time, so I know firsthand how hard this is to correct, and what it takes to fix it.
This picture shows a very important checkpoint in your downswing, where the butt of your golf club should point at the target line, or even slightly above it, but never too much to the inside as that is considered a steep downswing (I’m guilty).
Swing Plane Set At Address
At address, depending on the club you’re using, creates a specific shaft angle. From a down the line view, if you drew a line from the bottom of your club where the head is, up the shaft and through your body, that is your shaft plane line.
Golf Swing Takeaway Tip
When you take the club away, it should be with your shoulders, not an independent hand or wrist movement (like I use to do). If you take the club away independent of your shoulders and upper body, you will quickly get the shaft off plane, and the club disconnected from your body.
A common fault is to have the club get further away from you in the early part of the takeaway. If you do this, you will then have to make a drastic drop to the inside coming down, which is an “added move” you shouldn’t have to do, if you were on plane going back.
So your takeaway tip is to take the club back 12-24 inches with no wrist cock, and the upper body doing all the movement. No hands, wrists or even elbow bending at this point.
A good checkpoint is to stop at about 2 feet back in takeaway, and look down at your clubhead. It should still be pointed at an extended target line directly behind the ball.
Another checkpoint is when the clubshaft is parallel to the ground. Your club shaft should be parallel with your target line. The toe of the club should be nearly pointing to the sky.
At this point, you’ve basically continued rotating your upper body, arms, hands and club back in “one-piece”. With no independent hand, wrist or elbow action, and your upper arms staying close to your body, with no separation.
Halfway Back In Your Backswing
This may be the most important checkpoint in your backswing to make sure you are on plane. I do this drill in a mirror almost daily.
When your left arm is parallel to the ground, you should have completed your wrist cock, with a slight bend of the right elbow, as you’ve continued rotating back. If you’ve done this correctly, the butt of your club will point at an extension of your target line, about 3 to 4 feet behind your golf ball.
Make this halfway back swing, stop and check if you are on plane. Do it 10 times without stopping, with the last 2 having your eyes closed to be able to “feel” what it’s like to be on plane at this point in your backswing.
Top Of Your Backswing
If you got to the position mentioned above, then all you need to do is finish your shoulder rotation and you’re in a perfect top of the backswing position that is on plane, and ready to come down into impact with a lot of force and compression.
In a future article, we’ll talk about how to stay on plane in your downswing.
Here’s A Fast Way To Get Your Backswing On Plane
Click on the image to your left if you want to get an on plane golf swing fast!