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If you look into a pretty good golf swing and you’re looking around on the Internet or reading some books or magazine articles, eventually you’ll come across a concept of a one-planing or a two-planing golf swing and here’s a little video to help you understand the benefits of one, the benefits of either one or what the differences are.

It’s best viewed from a side on angle, so if I just turn side on to you here. Basically, your two-planing golf swing is a normal golf swing that would come straight back to the camera up to the top and then drop down slightly behind the angle that it went up on, hence the two planes, one up plane and one down plane, a slight shallowing of the downswing and into the golf ball and I say the normal swing. It’s the swing that you would see most commonly used by the professional players on the TV and taught by most PJ golf professionals.

The one plane, now they’re slightly different to that in that from a good addressed position, the club will come around the body and ultimately finish in the position where the left arm plays very close across the shoulder plane, so the left arm doesn’t go up in the air, but it comes around the lot flatter and then the club would come back down the same line, so the club goes up and down on a similar plane.

It’s a little bit more like the idea of spinning around a single plane here or helicopter rota-blades that rotates around a single axis and the single axis is this tilted forwards, the blade comes down and the blade comes down, so we swing on a single plane. Now, there’s some debate about which is the better swing, which works out better for hitting. Straight shots, long shots, high shots, short shots, but there’s no real right and wrong answer. If you look at the world’s best players, most of the world’s best players will swing a slightly two-plane action. Certainly through most of their careers, be straight to the back, dropping down on the inside.

However, two very, very good players, Ben Hogan, who is a little bit more one plane and Moe Norman, who is renowned as the world’s best ball striker — was the world’s best ball striker, very much advocator of very single plane, one plane golf swing. A plane swing would normally produce a drawing action because it tends to come a little bit more from the inside of the golf ball, so it attacks the ball a little more inside than can draw the golf ball, but finds it very difficult to fade the golf ball. You’d find it difficult to fade from a one plane swing, you’d be more inclined to hit postures of blocks that happen to the right hand side of the golf course.

So, it’s a bit difficult to work out exactly which is the best swing for you. What I would suggest is if you’re a slicer of the golf ball, if you have a tendency to come over the top and chop, try and work towards a more one plane action because if you’re slicing the ball and your left arm is getting high, the risk is it comes even higher and steeper on the downswing. You chop across and make a very sort of, almost a two-plane swing but the wrong side of the first plane. If you can make a more one-plane flutter, more pulled down, and the left arm stays more across the chest, you might find it easy to draw the golf ball.

Next time you’re at the driving range, practice with a mirror right behind you where the camera is there, have a few backswings and have a look and see whether you feel like you’re more two-plane up and down or more one-plane around and around and just work out which one you are and then maybe modify your technique to balance that out a little bit.