Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Stop Your Slice
Find the Problem Before You Find the Cure
The Role Of Plane Angle Shifts
In the golf swing, there are several plane angles that can be seen from a down-the-line look. These are the angles used during slow-motion video analysis to identify transition types. Those I consider most important are:
The Clubshaft Plane
This is the most common angle as seen by a line drawn up the clubshaft through the beltline at address. This line shows how the clubshaft moves from nine o’clock to three o’ clock, or from waist high to waist high in the backswing and downswing.
The Right Elbow Plane
This line is drawn from the hosel of the club through the left elbow. This line shows how the clubshaft should work from belt high to chest high in the backswing and forwardswing. It’s slightly more upright than the clubshaft plane.
Squared Shoulder Plane
This line is drawn from the hosel of the club through the midpoint of the right deltoid (for a right-handed golfer). This line shows how the clubshaft works for most players from chest high to the top during the backswing. Achieving this plane position is key.
The Turning Shoulder Plane
Drawn from the hosel of the club through the very top of the right deltoid as the club reaches the top. This is the most upright plane angle. From here, the club should drop to the elbow then the original shaft plane and through impact (“Double Shift”).
The Zero Shift
These four angles show where the clubshaft can go and defines the actions that the shaft can take. Some players use no shifts, some one, two or even three. Basically, any of these plane angle shift models can be used to produce a swing that’s solid and repeatable, but some require more maintenance than others. Understanding your motion and working within it as best you can is the key to controlling your clubshaft and its transition into delivery. Once you understand what type of transition, or shift, best suits your swing and abilities, you’ll have a significantly better chance of hitting straight shots. Regardless of which plane model you choose, it’s important to remember that sticking to it, and mastering its fundamental positions, are key to eradicating the slice and hitting accurate shots.
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