How to Cure a Flat Swing Plane

How to Cure a Flat Swing Plane

I want to share with you a drill that might fix someone who is coming too much from underneath and I call this my Tom Pernice drill. Tom is a buddy of mine who takes lessons from Jim Hardy, who is a good friend of mine and the one-plane guru.

Discus Drill: Fix Your Flat Swing Plane

A lot of good players when the come into the golf ball tend to get the club stuck and underneath the plane. That gets the clubface too far to the inside and too open for that matter where you really have to flip it through the golf ball.

  • What Tom does when he comes down is he drops his right hand down and he feels like he is going to throw a discus.
  • When you throw a discus it is underneath your palm, the palm is face down and the discuss is throw around your body. Tom actually feels like he is throwing the discus right around his legs.

Adjust Your Palm Position

So from the top of your swing I want you to take your palm and drop your palm down where you can almost feel like you can stick your thumb into your pocket, and from right there throw your arm around your body so that your right arm will always feel on top of the swing. You can imagine if I took my right arm and I shoved the my right elbow in front of me, that throws the handle out and drops the head in.

If I drop my palm down towards my pocket, that puts the head out and the handle it. It ends up being a much better golf shot and much more on top of it where you can make a divot and send the ball down the target line instead of being underneath it. The downswing would look something like this. You can hear from the impact there I have some compression and distance. Give that a try if you have been stuck from underneath the plane hitting those slap hooks. It will work for you too.

Category: Swing Plane
Sub-Category: Hook, Downswing, Swing Drills
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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