How to Fix Your Golf Swing Plane

By Hank Haney

I want to give you a tip on how to find your correct swing plane. Everybody has a plane that they should swing on.

How Do You Find Your Correct Plane?

Well it all starts with your club shaft at address, when you set the golf club down at address that becomes the angle of your swing plane. Now that is provided that your clubs are fitted for you correctly.

  • When you swing the golf club back, see, you are swinging back right along the angle of the shaft. The club swings back along the angle of the shaft, it passes through a point where the club is parallel to the ground and parallel to the target line.
  • Then the club swings up, it’s above but parallel to the original angle of the shaft at address.
  • When you come down, right back down the same plane and then through on the same plane again. It's a mirror image, the plane of your backswing and the plane of your follow-through.

Is Your Swing Too Flat or Too Upright?

Now how do you know if your swing plane is correct? Well if you're not swinging on the correct swing plane, you're either too upright or you're too flat at various points in your swing. This swing would obviously be too upright; this one would be too flat. Well this one's too flat and then too upright.

So what you want to look at is how your club is coming into the golf ball. If you're hitting shots where you're slicing to the right, you're probably too upright. If you're hitting shots off the toe and you're digging into the ground, you're swinging on too upright of a plane and that's what’s causing that ballflight.

If you're doing just the opposite, coming into the ball on too flat of a plane, you're going to hook the ball. You're going to hit it off the heel, and you're also going to have a tendency to hit shots thin. So finding your correct swing plane, first you've got to understand where you ought to play, are you too upright? Or are you too flat? Analyze your ballflight, analyze your impact and you'll know where to start with your swing plane.


Category: Swing Plane

About the Instructor

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