One-Plane or Two-Plane Swing?

One-Plane or Two-Plane Swing?

Let’s determine whether you should be a one-planer or a two-planer. That is the million-dollar question of the day because you hear a lot more about one-plane today. By definition, a one-plane swing is someone who is swinging his arms as his shoulders. Now if you are going to do that then obviously you are going to be more bent over so that your shoulder plane and your arm plane will be lined up to hit a golf ball. That is a one-planer. A two-planer is someone who stands up a little bit taller, turns the body more level to the ground but swings the arms in a plane a little bit higher, a more upright plane. That requires a little bit of timing, but both swings are in the hall of fame. They are both viable. You have to figure out which swing you are, and here is the determining factor. If you told me that you are more comfortable swinging your arms around your body, if you every played baseball, tennis or hockey, sports like that, and you are very comfortable swinging your arms in a circle around you, I would say you should try one-plane. Especially if two-plane is not working for you. If you do swing your arms around you, if you have had people tell you that you swing your arms flat around you then you should probably bend from the hips to get down to the golf ball. If you are more comfortable swinging your arms in front of you or standing up taller then two-plane is for you. So you would stand up taller, you would turn back and swing your arms up and down in front of your body. That is the question you have to ask yourself. If you like swinging your arms around you then you should probably bend over and be a one-planer. If you like swinging your arms in front of you then stand up a little taller and let the turn do the work to get you the rounded part of the swing. one-plane or two-planes. Which one are you?

Category: Swing Plane
Sub-Category: Arms
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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