Thursday, May 13, 2010
A Look at Different Golf Instruction - Part VI
In this part of the series I discuss the One Plane Golf Swing instruction.
The one plane golf swing instruction was brought to the forefront by Jim Hardy and his 'The Plane Truth' DVD's and books. Hardy brought the golf swing down to 2 different types of swings, the one plane swing and the two plane swing. It would look something like this in the beginning of the video.
The One Plane Swing tends to teach either an upright or a flat swing depending on the golfer and their setup position. Somebody like Tiger Woods winds up being more upright while Matt Kuchar is more flat.
Homer Kelley discussed much of this type of swing in his book 'The Golfing Machine' calling the one plane swing a 'zero shift' and a typical 2 plane swing a 'single shift' or a 'double shift.'
There's also instruction on the 'parallel plane lines' where they want the golfer to have the shaft at all times in the swing on a certain plane line or parallel to that plane line. For somebody like Tiger Woods, he goes up the turned shoulder plane and then tries to come in flat on the elbow plane in the downswing. For somebody like Matt Kuchar, he keeps it very flat in the backswing and it stays flat in the downswing.
One of my biggest problems with the 'parallel plane lines' is that they really don't exist.
The other part I don't like is that the 'single plane' swing really does not exist as everybody shifts planes to some degree, especially Moe Norman.
PROS OF 1PS: All of the golfers I've come across using the 1PS usually wind up improving their irons quite a bit. It also does a decent job of introducing the golfer staying on plane after impact as the top pic shows a golfer 'swinging left' quite well.
CONS OF 1PS: All of the golfers I've come across using the 1PS usually wind up struggling heavily with the driver. Also, the swing can get golfers to 'tip out' which can cause a shank.
I really don't like the left hand 'palm grip.' I think ABS' Module 1 exercise introduces impact in a good fashion for the golfer and you really cannot execute module 1 with a palm grip. You can execute it with a weak grip, a neutral grip and a strong grip, but not a palm grip and I think that's what caused Tiger's big problems with the dead block with the driver. 1PS preaches the laws of ball flight, but from watching Tiger and the Haney Project, I get the feeling that those are not the correct laws of ball flight.
PROS USING 1PS: Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Scott McCarron