I'd like to show you now what my preference is to what really happens to the swing plane. Starting from the address position, as the club moves away, the shaft itself points down to an extension of the ball’s target line.
Breaking Down Club Path and Swing Plane
In that first part of the movement, if you're looking in a mirror or down in a movie camera the shaft would appear to be in line with your right forearm. As it progresses back and continues to find at an extension of the ball target line.
It appears then to get in line with the left arm. I don't mean without the natural hinging but in this perspective here and then as it moves back and starts to tip the shaft up.
- The shaft still pointing at the ball's target line, but once again starts to get in line with the right forearm.
- It moves then across an arc to the top of the swing where a line from the shaft goes through the right shoulder down to the ball target line.
- From there the progression down is to find the shaft and the right forearm for the delivery position.
- From here we've really got some power to move into the ball and keep the power in play, sharp right forearm in plane to impact applies the maximum pressure into the shot.
Through impact down the target line before returning into the plane of the turning left shoulder. That's a little bit more technical and certainly when you’re on the golf course you must not be thinking of all those positions. So at home, using a mirror, you can check out whether you're on-plane or off plane. When you're playing, if you're off plane, you'll get off centered hits. But if you'll think about being on-plane in your practice session and just let it happen on the golf course. Good plane provides very solid, very efficient and very good trajectory controlled golf shots.