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04. Swing plane and positions

Many golf swings are not conventional but unless you have the time to practice and play several times a week, it is almost impossible to consistently have good control of where you hit the golf ball, unless you have a golf swing which allows for a certain amount of margin for error! The following notes are aimed at guiding you to a more repetitive swing that can work even though your life style may be demanding.

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It’s all about perfects and constants if possible!

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Start

Before doing the swing plane well we need to make sure that posture, balance, stance and grip are as above.

4.1. Position 1

The shaft is parallel to your target line and also to the floor.

Your left arm and the club are one continuous parallel line when looking side on, but face on you will see some wrist hinge.

Your hands are below hip height.

Toe of the club is pointing up, this has happened due to a small rotation clockwise of your forearms.

In the mirror you shouldn’t be able to see any shaft visible.

Butt end of the grip is in line with the outside of your thigh when looking face on.

To achieve this position there needs to be a blend of wrist hinge, forearm rotation and arms moving away.

1/3 shoulder turn.

Half way to position 1

Half way to position 1

Position 1

Position 1

Position 1 down the line

Position 1 down the line

4.2. Position 2

Is when your left arm is straight and parallel to the ground. Your hands should be in the centre of your chest when looking in the mirror side on, this means your left arm has moved due to your shoulder rotation and not moved across your chest, your wrists have fully hinged so the butt end of the club will be pointing down to the ball to target line.

2/3 shoulder turn.

Position 2 down the line

Position 2 down the line

Position 2

Position 2

4.3. Position 3

Basically now this is your full swing position, left shoulder is down under your chin in terms of rotation. The club shaft will be just above parallel to the ground. The key to get here correctly from (2) is turn your shoulders from 2/3 to fully under your chin. No need to do anything else! Common faults to avoid are extra wrist hinging, elbow bending, arms lifting. Just simply complete your shoulder turn.

Position 3 down the line

Position 3 down the line

Half way to position 3

Half way to position 3

Full backswing position

Full backswing position

4.4

Make sure your legs work efficiently and stay in posture and balanced.

4.5

Swing back down along the backswing check points and through the ball. Mirror image check points on the through swing will keep the club on a great path through to your finish position.

On the way down to impact

On the way down to impact

Half way down the downswing

Half way down the downswing

Impact

Impact

Impact

Impact

Extend after impact

Extend after impact

Down the line arrow arms and club

Down the line arrow arms and club

Club and arms point at target like an arrow

Club and arms point at target like an arrow

4.6

Make sure you finish in a balanced position with your weight on front foot, hips facing target and right foot up onto your big toe.

Down the line finish

Down the line finish

Face on finish position

Face on finish position