Mike LaBauve Golf Instruction Videos

Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283
Golf Videos by Mike LaBauve
  • Mike started his daughter out playing softball before she moved on to golf. The baseball swing is identical to the one-plane golf swing; the only difference is that in golf the strike zone is on the ground where your ball is.... watch video
  • The one plane golf swing is identical to a baseball swing but instead of hitting the ball at waist level you are hitting the ball on the ground so just bend over a little more.... watch video
  • Square the club face, move the ball back in your stance and put your hands forward... watch video
  • Use your right forearm to turn as you go through while the left arm is folding in. Make sure to maintain an arc in your swing as this short swing still requires a rounded swing path.... watch video
  • Golf is played to the side of the target line so the swing is on a circle like baseball, tennis and hockey, so by adjusting those swings by bending over to a ball on the ground your will get a naturally flatter swing with a square clubface... watch video
  • Since we are swinging around the body in the one plane swing the club should travel on an arc and not down the target line, thus the right arm gets extended and the left arm bends on the follow through.... watch video
  • The one plane swing requires that you bend from the hips more than the two plane swing set up. This move is counter balanced by your buttocks going back more, thus maintaining your balance on the balls of your feet.... watch video
  • Set your body with the slope and have your swing bottom out at or just in front of the ball... watch video
  • With your driver practice bending over at address and just swinging from your right pant pocket to your left pant pocket and feel the immense power this short swing creates.... watch video
  • When you pitch make sure to bend your left elbow when you reach the forward side of your swing. You will be more consistent, your hands will be more passive and you will have better distance control.... watch video
  • Ernie Els is a perfect example of how to create power in a swing by using the hand action necessary through the impact zone... watch video
  • Follow this routine to improve your short game and look like the pros... watch video
  • Shanks occur in the one plane swing because your arms are too far out in front of your body so concentrate on bringing your hands in closer to your legs on the downswing.... watch video
  • If you stuck underneath the swing plane on the downswing and slap hooking the ball practice getting your palm down and swinging it around your waist as if you were throwing a discus.... watch video
  • Typically hooks are caused by coming from the inside, getting your hands stuck and flipping the club to get to impact. Cure this by focusing on swinging your arms through to your left side and turning your body through to the finish. ... watch video
  • Flipping or scooping keeps your hands back and closes the clubface to counteract an up and down slice swing. Fix this by rounding out your swing plane, turning your grip further to the left and letting your arms turn over as you go through impact.... watch video
  • In order to swing the club around your body in a one plane swing you will have to bend over more and stand further away from the ball.... watch video
  • Fold your right elbow in the backswing and turn your hips going through... watch video
  • In a one plane motion the arms, shoulders and hips all turn around in a circle as opposed to a slide and hip bump in the two plane swing.... watch video
  • Use your normal swing with just three basic adjustments... watch video
  • Players new to the one plane swing find that a hook is a common fault because the clubface squares naturally, cure this by keeping your arms and body moving through the ball and not letting them slow down.... watch video
  • Keep the blade square to the line and don’t move your head and hips... watch video
  • If you want to throw a club you would use your hands, arms and pivot as you went from your right side to your left and the golf swing should be no different.... watch video
  • Although his swing looks a little loopy Jim Furyk is a great example of a one plane swing, he takes the club outside coming back but his delivery position is exactly on one plane.... watch video
  • The most common fault with these partial swing is using too many sources of power. Try using only your arms pulled back against your chest to calibrate distance and add body motion only as needed to hit it farther than that baseline distance.... watch video
  • Mike demonstrates the correct one plane golf swing.... watch video
  • Straighten your arms while rotating counter-clockwise from the backswing through impact, squaring the clubface naturally... watch video
  • Half wedge shots are very important for the advanced player and build the basis of a full swing... watch video
  • Develop greater power in your swing by using a simple one arm drill, training your left side to function correctly and strengthening your hands and forearms at the same time.... watch video
  • Make sure to keep your right elbow behind your body during the backswing so that the left arm can continue to cross your chest and stay on the same plane as your shoulders.... watch video
  • The one plane swing is the way to go for consistent impacts because the clubface naturally closes on the downswing and does not require hand manipulation to square the face.... watch video
  • See the differences between the one plane and two plane swing. If you are comfortable swinging around your body like a baseball or hockey swing then the one plane swing is right for you.... watch video
  • If you commonly come over the top and slice the ball the one plane swing is a great solution because you are bent over more and naturally attack the ball from the inside.... watch video
  • Try the one plane swing to fix your slice; it will stop you from going to straight back and through with an open clubface by swinging your club more around than up and down.... watch video
  • In the one plane golf swing the arms and shoulders swing on the same plane, while in the two plane golf swing the arms swing on a higher plane than the shoulders.... watch video
  • Let your body pivot, open the club face and keep a constant loft through the entire swing... watch video
  • Take a tip from hockey players when they hit a slap shot. From the top of your backswing do not turn your hips but rather turn your shoulders through the ball, this will naturally turn the hips but create a lot more power.... watch video
  • Add power to your swing and learn the correct movement of your right arm around your body by just throwing balls underhanded below a club.... watch video
  • Since your body is bent over more in the one plane swing the shoulder plane resulting from the body pivot should be pointing to the ground just outside the golf ball.... watch video
  • The same arm motion that is important in the one plane swing should be used when putting to create a consistent repetitive putting stroke... watch video
  • Practice using the Bernhard Langer grip for distance control... watch video
  • Establish a routine and look at the target when taking your practice swings... watch video
  • The one plane swing allows for more control and consistency without losing power by shortening your swing.... watch video
  • Your hands naturally hang inwards when at your side so grip the club with the thumb of your left hand to the right of the shaft center, this will naturally close your clubface and stop slices.... watch video
  • In the one plane swing takeaway the left arm comes across the chest and the right arm retracts behind you, causing the club to come back more to the inside than on a two plane swing.... watch video
  • A common fault in the one plane swing are thin shots because the club path is pitched to the right, fix this by delivering the club to impact with your arms swinging to the left and pulling your shoulders.... watch video
  • To be consistent around the green make the same basic one plane swing arm motion on every shot and simply set the club up slightly differently depending on your required pitch height... watch video
  • Put a tee in the back of the cup and hit it squarely with every putt... watch video
  • With a one plane swing you can let the club rip and release right from the top of the downswing as hard as you like, do not create any wrist lag like you would find in a two plane swing.... watch video
  • From the top of the swing the right arm has to stay on top and throw around the body to the left, do not start down with your right arm pulling down.... watch video
  • Open up the club face to increase loft and swing into the lip... watch video
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