Chapter # Eleven - The Swing Plane
THE SWING PLANE
THERE ARE THREE PLANES IN GOLF.
The ground is on a HORIZONTAL PLANE.
The body stands in a VERTICAL PLANE.
The club swings on an INCLINED PLANE somewhere between HORIZONTAL and VERTICAL. The longer the club, the flatter the plane. (more horizontal - the driver). The shorter the club the steeper the plane (more vertical - the putter). Each club has it's own swing plane. This swing plane is determined by the angle formed between the clubhead and the shaft, when the clubhead is soled squarely on the ground (The sole of the club is flat on the ground with neither the toe nor the heel off the ground). The shaft remains in this plane throught the swing. The shaft is on plane, if when the shaft is parallel to the ground, It is parallel to the target line.
If the shaft comes out of the top of the plane, the swing will be too steep and the shot will start left of the target.
If the shaft comes out of the bottom of the plane, the swing will be too flat and the shot will start right of the target.