One Plane or Two Plane Golf Swing: Which One is Right For You?

One Plane or Two Plane Golf Swing: Which One is Right For You?

Let’s talk a little bit about one-plane versus two-plane instruction. There has been some confusion about this lately and I would like to clear that up for you. We are not talking about the shaft coming up an plane and down the same plane. Forget about the golf club for a minute, my good friend Jim Hardy has come up with a different way to describe one versus two, and that has to do with the arms swinging around the body or not.

What is the Difference Between a One-Plane and Two-Plane Golf Swing?

When you hear somebody referred to as a one-planer, it is the left arm on the backswing swinging along the shoulder plane rather than above it. This would be a two-planer. Now both of these swings have been around for years, they are both in the hall of fame, they are both viable and you as a student need to figure out which one you are and then stick within those fundamentals.

  • A one-planer, if they are swinging around, on the backswing and the through-swing, obviously would have to bend over a little bit more to reach the golf ball. Their swing would look a little bit more like this, you see my left arm across my shoulders on the backswing, sometimes even a little bit below the shoulders is OK. Then the arms swing around to the other side as I go through. You want to have somewhat of a level pitch as you swing around the body.
  • On the other hand a two-plane swing is a little bit more of an up and down motion with the arms while the shoulders are turning a little more level to the ground.

Now this swing requires a little more timing of the arms and body together, whereas the one-plane swing you can go ahead and swing your arms around and turn your body around at the same time. Figure out which one you are and you are on your way to better golf. Best of luck.

Category: Swing Plane
Sub-Category: Arms, Backswing
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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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