One-Plane or Two-Plane Golf Swing: Which is Best for You?

By Sandy LaBauve

Choose the Right Golf Swing for Your Game

When you play golf there are a lot of different choices you have to make about how you want to swing the golf club. I had to make my choices, you have to make yours. I think when you are trying to shuffle through all the magazine articles, Golf Channel and golf tips you are seeing today, you have to look through and figure out what is going to work for you. One thing I can tell you is that we would all like to strive for is the lowest maintenance golf swing possible. Something that you can repeat, it is easy for you to do, you are flexible enough to swing that way and you understand it. As you are looking through a one and a two-plane golf swing I think it is really important that you understand the differences between them and the similarities.

Similarities Between the One-Plane and Two-Plane Golf Swings

Basically the similarities are nothing more than we are trying to get the golf club swinging on a reasonable plane around our spine.

How the One-Plane and Two-Plane Golf Swings Differ

In a two-plane golf swing there are a lot more moving parts, there are a lot of things you have to do correctly, but if you learned to play golf that way and you have been playing golf that way for 20 years you might just need a simple correction on how to make your impact better, or how to control a hook that you have or a fade that you have.

If on the other hand you are formulating a golf swing I really think you should take a look at a one-plane golf swing. I can not tell you how much success we have had with it. It is so much fun to see the students learning this, changing golf swing, they go away on a vacation or for the summer and they come back much better. They did not lose their swing, they did not lose what we worked on, they are just gaining on it. I think that any time that people can take information that is pretty simple and put it into action within a few days means something is working.

One-Plane Golf Swing Posture

The one-plane golf swing is a very simple athletic posture, it relates to things you probably have already done before, especially if you have been a tennis player, baseball player, softball player, hockey player. Anybody who has played those sports is going to adapt to the one-plane swing very easily. Then what happens is that if you bend over athletically and get the concept of how your arms swing across your body on both sides you are going to have a nice matching arc. You have to learn to hold your club in the fingers and just stay bent as you do it. There is not a whole lot to it.

Golf Swing Choice - No Right or Wrong

So when you are trying to make your choices make what is right for you. There is no right and wrong. Both swings are in the hall of fame. There are great golfers that are one-plane and great golfers that are two-plane swingers. You will see them on the practice tee and you will play golf with them. Again, it is your decision on what works for you. Good luck with your game. I hope you enjoy some of these tips. You can learn to play golf the best way for you and score the lowest you can on the golf course.

Category: Swing Plane

About the Instructor

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

Sandy LaBauve is one of the world's best beginner, junior and women's instructors. She is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and is Founder and Creative Consultant for the LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club.