Obviously, the biggest proponent of the Right Forearm on Plane on the PGA Tour is Brian Gay.
But another golfer who used the 'Right Forearm on Plane' at address was Moe Norman himself.
Kind of odd that Brian Gay is probably the most accurate golfer on the Tour right now and uses the Right Forearm on plane and Moe Norman is the most accurate golfer of all time and uses the right forearm on plane.
Gay is one of the shortest hitters on tour and Moe had the reputation for being short, but according to a few people I've talked to, most notably Mike Maves (aka Sevam1), Moe was pretty long but when he was putting on clinics he changed his swing so he could entertain the crowd with his dazzling accuracy.
So, is right forearm on plane at address = short, but accurate golfer?
I don't think so. Here's a guy that sometimes has the right forearm on plane:
Yep, that's Sergio Garcia working on having his right forearm on plane at address. Of course, I've also seen Sergio have his right forearm above the plane at address. I'm guessing part of it is like Brian Manzella said, he may want to work the ball from left-to-right and he may just be experimenting with his setup at address.
Anyway, here's a pic from David Orr's Web site (http://www.orrgolf.com/) on Moe.
Moe and Gay are definitely 'hitters' in my book. Thrusting (or 'punching') the right arm at the ball instead of pulling the left arm and side.
And perhaps I do not fully understand 'Natural Golf' or Jim Hardy's 'One Plane Swing', but I do not see Moe as a 'single plane' golfer.
By 'The Golfing Machine' definition Moe does a 'Double Shift.' Meaning that he gets on the elbow plane in the third frame, then shifts to the 'turned shoulder plane' in the fourth frame and then returns back to the elbow plane on the downswing. To me, that's not a 'one plane' swing. A one plane swing, IMO, would find a plane and stay on that plane throughout the entire swing. In 'The Golfing Machine' terms that's called a 'zero shift.'
Ben Hogan is usually the example I have seen use as a 'one plane swing' and he was a true 'zero shift' swing. Hogan stayed on his 'elbow' plane despite showing in '5 Lessons' the plane that went up to his collar. Nicklaus used Hogan's plane in '5 Lessons.' The plane Hogan describes is often called the 'Squared Shoulder Plane' which is different from the 'Turned Shoulder Plane.' But I'll get into that later.
Still, I wanted to take a look at Moe's swing from the Face On view, particularly the release. I finally found something I liked (Moe is the guy in the top frames, Ben Doyle is in the bottom frames).
That's a swivel release, pretty much dead on to what Ben Doyle employs in his own golf swing.
So here's what I've got on Moe from my understanding of 'The Golfing Machine.'
1. He was NOT a 'one plane swing.' By TGM terms he had a 'double shift' which he beautifully executed time and time again.
2. Moe used the Elbow Plane and the Turned Shoulder Plane in his swing (as part of the double shift)
3. He was definitely a 'hitter' using his right side and arm to 'push' the club to the ball.
4. He definitely used 'drive loading' which I will explain in a future post.
5. He had a swivel release.
There's other parts of Moe's swing that I haven't gone into with TGM because I'm still learning. But there are a few similarities of Moe's swing and Brian Gay's swing and it's easy to see why Moe was so darn accurate with his ballstriking because he followed the rules of Homer Kelley's 'The Golfing Machine' to a tee, time and time again.