How to Evaluate and Correct Your Golf Swing Plane

By Steven Bann

I’m going to show you swing plane and how to identify whether your swing plane is correct or not. What is the swing plane? It’s the path described by the clubhead that controls the direction that the clubhead is traveling through the point of impact. So a correct swing plane will have the club traveling directly towards the target at the point of impact. That combined with a squared face adds up to a straight shot.

Why You Hook the Golf Ball

A clubhead that’s coming inside or below the plane will be traveling from in-to-out at the moment of impact; that is going to cause “push shots” or “hook shots.” A club that is above plane or outside the plane on the way down is going to be traveling from out to in, that is going to cause “pull shots” or “slice shots.” So let’s have a look at some checkpoints to find out whether your swing is on-plane or not:

4 Ways to Check if Your Swing is On-Plane

  • In the set-up, the bottom of the shaft is pointing directly to the plane line, which is the line just inside the target line, it’s the line that is the extension of the bottom of the shaft.
  • As we swing the club back until the shaft is parallel to the ground when it is on-plane the shaft will be parallel to the plane line.
  • If I take my hands up a little bit further to chest high the butt of the club will now point down to the plane line.
  • If I go to the top of the backswing when the clubs parallel it is parallel to the plane line again.

Are You Swinging In or Out?

Coming down it’s pointing to, parallel, pointing to. That is going to control the direction of the club. Now this is purely only a reference to be checked on video or in a mirror or with one of your practice partners. When you identify that you’ve got a fault with your swing plane you then have to find out what the symptom and the cause is. Most times that starts somewhere in the pivot or in the set-up position. But at least you’ll know whether you’re swinging in to out or out to in because of a swing plane error. Have a look at your swing plane, see where your swing is.


Category: Swing Plane
Sub Categories: Impact, Swing Mechanics

About the Instructor

Steven Bann
Steven Bann
385 Centre Dandenong Road
Heatherton
Victoria Australia 3202
Tel: 61 3 9558 3688
Steven Bann is director of the Pure Golf Academy in Australia and instructor to PGA Tour Pros Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, and K.J. Choi.