The short answer to the headline question is pretty obvious: Any swing plane that delivers a square clubface to the ball at impact. That covers a wide range of planes, from extremely upright to pancake flat.

    What is the Correct Swing Plane for a Driver Golf Tip

    To accurately answer the question, it’s better to start with this one: What kind of trajectory, shape and carry/roll distance do you want to achieve?

    Now we’re getting somewhere.

    Let’s say you want to hit your drives high, with a slight fade and maximum carry distance; roll is a secondary factor. (This would be effective on a hilly course with soft fairways.) You’ll need an upright swing plane to generate the launch characteristics you’re looking for. Why?

  • An upright plane is more vertical, making the most of the driver’s loft.
  • Upright swingers tend to swing only slightly inside-to-out, or straight down the target line, producing left-to-right (fade) spin.
  • A fade has more backspin than a draw does, keeping the ball in the air longer and stopping soon after landing.

  • Conversely, maybe your home course is best attacked with low, running draws off the tee. A flatter swing plane will serve you well, because:

  • It’s more horizontal, which creates a shallow attack angle and lower ball flight.
  • Flat swingers typically hit the ball with a pronounced inside-to-out swing path, imparting right-to-left (draw) spin.
  • A draw flies and lands with a small degree of overspin, which gets it onto the ground and rolling more quickly than a fade.

  • OK, but what if you prefer a low fade or high draw? Or you don’t favor any particular shot type, but want the ability to change trajectory and shape based on any hole’s demands. That’s high-level stuff – few amateurs are skilled enough to play a variety of shots on command, especially with the driver.

    Your best bet is to swing on a plane that’s comfortable and delivers the standard shot (e.g. high fade) you desire, then use this shot as often as possible. When you absolutely must play a different shot (e.g. low draw), simply alter your ball position and stance accordingly. Watch and read these tips to learn how:

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