Elements of the Swing

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Elements of the Swing
Category: Swing Mechanics
Sub-Category: Backswing, Swing Plane

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Elements of the Swing

I want to talk to you about the basic shape of a golf swing. When you’re swinging the golf club there are two elements to consider. The first is that you’re standing to the side of the golf ball; anytime in a side-on situation, no matter what you’re swinging it has to be swung on an arc. So the golf club swings on an arc that goes around in the backswing, comes back to straightening into the ball and it goes around again as you come through. The second element is that the golf ball is on the ground. So when you swing the golf club back it has to go up, it swings back down when you get to the ball, and then it comes up again as you come through. So those are the two elements of the swing there has to be a certain amount of around in your swing and a certain amount of up and down in your swing. Every player who plays the game tends to have one mistake or the other. I’ve got up and down here and not enough around. Here I’ve got too much around and not enough up and down. So understand your golf swing. Do you need a little bit more up and down with the club, or do you need a little bit more around with the body? This will help you to understand what in your golf swing needs to be better for you to improve your game.

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Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300

Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.


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One-Plane Impact Position 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.
Circular One-Plane Finish 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.
Wrist Hinge for Power A two plane swing requires you to actively cock your wrists. With a one plane swing the weight of the club tends to hinge your wrists back naturally and making the swing less complicated.

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