Despite all players having a swing plane, very few golfers understand how important this element of their swing factors into their overall success on the course. You may have heard instructors or sports analysts refer to swing plane, but most people rarely get into a detailed discussion on the subject.
Me and my golf students understand how hard it can be to determine if you’re on the correct swing plane. Golfers also find changing their swing plane to be an extremely difficult task, where the more they begin to understand about the subject, the more confused a player will often become.
To benefit me and my golf students, I’ve developed a means to monitor your swing plane while performing your golf swing, which provides real time insight into the path that the club currently has traveled on. Developing an ideal swing plane for your own body can be achieved quite often once a player genuinely understands what they’re looking for and practices with intention.
Our swing plane and our clubhead path are closely tied together. The clubhead path represents where the club travels at and beyond impact. Clubhead paths are usually characterized by an inside in, outside in or inside out sequence through to impact. The path of your clubhead has a huge impact on how much side spin exists in the shot, which will ultimately influence which direction the ball travels.
Adam Scott’s golf swing may be the most modern example of a classically technical swing. By setting up with a good amount of knee bend, Adam allows his arms to fall so his pinky and thumb rest under his chest, with the club shaft pointing through his belt buckle.
On the takeaway, Scott allows the shaft to extend through to the seam of his right shoulder. At the top of his backswing, Adam has turned 90 degrees at his shoulders, with his hips in a 40 degree angle to maintain leg bend, form and overall balance.
Upon downswing, Adam allows the club to drop from the top with the clubhead lagging behind him and the shaft moving through his right forearm. As his body turns through impact, Scott’s shoulders and hips open up around 30-40 degrees in the direction of his target. While his body swings the club, his arms work in union with the larger muscle groups in his body.
Adam’s shoulders will tilt during impact, maintaining his ideal posture while the upper body performs a 45 degree spin angle, which viewers will uniquely identify as the trademark Adam Scott golf swing.
00:00 See Your Swing Plane
00:37 Adam Scott Golf Swing Rhythm
01:27 Backswing Clubface Control Move
02:43 Clint Eastwood Tall Swing Stance
03:32 Sam Sneed Style Swing
04:50 Getting a Visual on Swing Plane
05:30 Assess Your Hip Angle at Address
06:54 Take a Lesson with Paul Gorman
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