The Perfect Finish for a One Plane Downswing

The Perfect Finish for a One Plane Downswing

Let's talk a little bit about the finish. I have a visual here for you just to prove my point. Every golf swing we make, since the golf clubs are built a little bit like this, all of them have a pitch, the club should be swinging on a circle. Every time you stand here on the side of the ball you are not standing on the target line, the club should swing in a circle around your body. It does not go down the target line.

Your Golf Swing Moves Around the Body

It is going to follow this hula hoop all the way around me. As I go through, especially in the one-plane swing, you can see my right arm as it goes around in a circle, just like a baseball player swinging around, just like a discus thrower throwing around, the golf swing is going to go in this direction until the right arm is extended.

Correct Elbow Position for Golf Swing Finish

As it does, the left elbow has to start bending and then breaking. So the right arm gets extended, the club goes around, and then it finishes up on top. A lot of people when they see the good players they finish high like this, they tend to go down the target line and high this way, but that is too much on a straight line.

Here is the correct way, you can see that I got to that same high finish but in a circle and around. If you swing in a circle you club will square up easily, you will be more consistent, you will not have to manipulate more with your hands down at the bottom. You will hit better golf shots.

Category: Follow-Through
Sub-Category: Arms, Swing Plane
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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