How To Flatten Your Swing Plane

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

14 Responses to “How To Flatten Your Swing Plane”

  1. Hi Paul, thank you for the tip. My question is: how come on the backswing we don’t use the same swing plane as that of the downswing? It seems more straight-forward as there won’t be any need for ‘flattening’ and it should pre-stretch the relevant muscles. Thank you.

    • Paul Wilson

      March 10, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      No golf swing can be made on a perfect one plane. This is due to the angle between the shaft and the left wrist. Because of this angle the club must go up in the backswing. It then flatten due to the rotation of the body and no manipulating the mass (club)(powerless arms).

      Also, you don’t hit the ball going back anyway so who cares if it’s on plane going back?


      Flatten Plane 1:

      Flatten Plane 2:

      • January 16, 2014


        I think you are great with your explanations but I don’t like this reply.
        The backswing needs to be above the downswing because at the top of the swing where the centrifugal force is minimal the club would drop due to gravity if the club stayed on the plane during the backswing? A swing where the backswing is BELOW the downswing would be clearly unworkable. So in a way ditto for the being on the same plane.

        • Paul Wilson

          January 17, 2014

          Paul Wilson


          I don’t get what your saying/asking.

          Turning the body with powerless arms gets the ball on plane. If you just let your arms fall using gravity alone this would not generate enough power to hit the ball anywhere. You need to be turning your body which is the axis. If you turn an axis first mass will always move towards 90 degrees to it.

          • January 17, 2014


            What I meant was at the top during the pause and the few micro seconds afterwards when the club flattens without the clubhead moving away from the body. I thought it was the gravity that was working to flatten the swing plane and then the rotation of the body that brings that plane close to 90 degs as the clubhead moves away from the body. It is just how I understood the physics of it.

          • Paul Wilson

            January 18, 2014

            Paul Wilson


            Gravity alone would not generate enough speed to get the club to 100+ mph. Keep in mind it is 1/4 of second from the top to impact. If you were to hesitate to let gravity bring the club down you would have already hit the ball. Just imagine your body was your hand on the correct tilt. Your club is a rock and your arms are string. If you twirled your hand the rock would immediately move to 90 degrees 100% of the time plus it would be picking up immense speed in a short period of time.

            I’m sure there is some gravity involved because what does up must come down but this force on its own would never generate enough power due to the short distance the club is traveling. Plus if gravity is what hit the ball why would you turn your hips at all?

            I have been curing over the top swing for years by just getting the person to turn their body before the club moves. Works every time. Just try it.

          • February 18, 2014


            Thanks. You are right. Some pro suggested this gravity thing a long time ago and I seemed to have carried with me subconsciously. I now understand your analogy of the swinging hand being the body.

            Despite that I am finding I cannot reproduce the powerless arms. Too much ingrained habit I guess. I have made some progress recently by swinging slower and consciously dropping the arms at the top while turning the hips. Let you know how I go.

          • Paul Wilson

            February 18, 2014

            Paul Wilson


            Glad you get it. Now you can progress.

            For most people, taking the arms out of the swing is tough. Yes, years of whacking away it is hard to undo. Now you at least understand that you are not hitting anything. Try to do lots of practice swings working on the positions and developing a great swing. Then constantly do the drills below:

            Playing Catch Up:


            DRILL: This Is The Best Drill You Should Be Doing Right Now:


            DRILL: Swing Off Ground:
            DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging:
            DRILL: Swing Off Ground Variation:
            DRILL: My Favorite Drill

  2. August 19, 2013


    Paul – in your lesson “How to Flatten You Swing Plane”, I noticed that with your driver, your aim was at the flag, your hips and feet parallel to the target, as you team in your book. I did notice that as you swung through the ball and ended up in your follow-up position, your belt buckle looked like it was also aiming parallel, but it was even left (5-10 yards) outside where your feet looked like they were aiming. So my question is, when I finish my swing, and to make the ball fly straight, at the end are my feet pointed on direction, my hips another, and ball flight another? I think I’ve had my feet parallel to the target line, but when I swing through, my hips are at the target instead of parallel left of the target. Do you think this is why sometimes I push the ball? Ryan

    • Paul Wilson

      August 19, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      A push is from sliding or driving your hips so hard you disconnect under the lead armpit. Sliding tilts your upper body too much behind the ball in the downswing. This creates a path too much from the inside. Driving too hard holds the face open thus starting the ball right.

      If your hips are not parallel left this would indicate you are sliding laterally so yes I think this is causing your push. Surely, you know my touch the legs position? If no, you need to start working on this immediately.


      Legs Touching:


      How To Cure Pushes and Push Fades:

  3. December 4, 2013


    Great tip this is the one area that I’m really struggling with witch causes me a bad slice
    Is there such a thing as your hips getting to far ahead of your arms?

    • Paul Wilson

      December 4, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Thanks. Glad you liked it.

      It just did a tip on driving too hard here:


  4. Hi Paul;
    1 question about the downswing. When the club starts down, the rear elbow should stay close to the body which should help prevent the over the top swing, is that correct?

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