How to do a Proper Pivot in One Plane and Two Plane Golf Swings

By Mike LaBauve

Let's talk about the pivot or the body turn for both the one- and two-plane swings because you need a body turn in a circular game to get any type of power.

How to Pivot Correctly in Golf

  • In the two-plane swing you are standing up a little bit more erect and the shoulders are going to turn a little more level to the ground, the left shoulder will be just slightly underneath the right.
  • In a one-plane swing, since the arms are swinging more on the same plane as the shoulders, you have to get bent over a little bit so that the shoulder plane, when it turns, is pointed just outside the golf ball.

It will point in the zone in the backswing and the through-swing. You are bent over a little bit more as you are turning your shoulders level. You have to be careful that you do not get back and tilt your shoulders as you come down, that would make you bottom out in the wrong place. Turn back and turn through.

Important Things to Remember as you Pivot

There are a couple of items that are fundamental for both those turns, and that is that you want to be on your left foot when you finish, standing on your left leg, and the right foot comes way up on to the toe. You will also notice that most good players as they finish there is a little curve in the body, a counter-balance of the body when they finish.

Even the head will be tilted a little this way. So for your one-plane swing, bend over a little bit more and turn your shoulders just outside of the ball and finish your swing. You will be more consistent and get more distance.


Category: Swing Plane

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