Thin Shots: One-Plane Swing

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Thin Shots: One-Plane Swing
Category: Fat & Thin Shots
Sub-Category: Arms, Swing Plane

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Thin Shots: One-Plane Swing

A lot of golfers are new to Jim Hardy’s one-plane swing and hitting the ball thin is one of the problems that we have to face every day. You have decided that you like swinging your arms around your body, you have yourself bent over but when you come into the golf ball your club is traveling instead of on the plane along your target line your plane is pitched to the right, making the club bottom out behind the golf ball and catching the ball on the way up as it is going to the right. In order to hit the ball solid we need to get your plane tilted so that it is more along the target line. As I tilt it that way you can see that the left side of the hula hoop come down and the right side comes up. As you are swinging your golf club around the body back here, when you go around the other way, you can see how much I am having to swing my arms to the left of me, which makes me turn my shoulders. If I take the golf club back and I tilt my shoulders, you can see my left shoulder going up in the air and my right shoulder coming down, you can see where that would shallow the club too much and catch the ball on the upswing. So from the top of your backswing send your arms back around the other side and let them turn your shoulders a little bit more level going through. You will feel a much better turn, you can see how much lower I am finishing on my through swing. If I finished my swing off it would look something like that. You will notice I got a nice crisp divot as I followed my correct plane angle, this will help yours too. No more thin shots.

About the Instructor
Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283

Mike LaBauve is one of the world's greatest short game instructors and teacher to LPGA phenom Grace Park. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #31 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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