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+

20 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

      Michael,

      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?

      Watch:

      Flatten Plane 1: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane

      Flatten Plane 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/downswing-flatten-plane-2

      • January 16, 2014

        PaulKwon

        Paul,
        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

          Paul,

          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

            PaulKwon

            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

            Paul,

            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

            PaulKwon

            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

            Paul,

            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: http://ignitiongolf.com/playing-catch-up/

            DRILLS:

            DRILL: This Is The Best Drill You Should Be Doing Right Now: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-three-quarter-distance/

            Then:

            DRILL: Swing Off Ground: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-swing-off-ground
            DRILL: Listen to Club Swinging: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-listen-to-club
            DRILL: Swing Off Ground Variation: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-variation-favorite-drill/
            DRILL: My Favorite Drill

  2. August 19, 2013

    Ryan

    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

      Ryan,

      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.

      Watch:

      Legs Touching: http://ignitiongolf.com/touch-knees

      Also,

      How To Cure Pushes and Push Fades: http://ignitiongolf.com/cure-pushes-push-fades/

  3. December 4, 2013

    DavidCalvert

    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

      David,

      Thanks. Glad you liked it.

      It just did a tip on driving too hard here:

      Power

  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?

  5. November 16, 2014

    RaymondCHASTEL

    Paul ,We’ve had this discussion together long before on how to increase the speed of the arms going down.I ‘ve done my homework and search on my own.Well it’s not possible to increase the speed of the arms falling down :best great gofers have been videotaped ,starting with great BOBBY JONES :the outcome is that the arms fall at the speed of gravity -9.81 m/s -,never more .So you are right :the speed of the clubhead is entirely due to the angular velocity of the axis= the body ,AND to the subsequent release of the club just before impact .
    I have followed “doggedly ” for quite some time your teaching= POWERLESS ARMS+FAST HIP TURN .
    I am pleased to say it works magnificently:I have considerably increased my distance with this PAUL WILSON method ,and the beauty of it is that my shots are always straight ,straight ,straight ,with occasionally a slight draw (Never a slice ).
    What has helped me is to work on a more vertical to the top backswing and a bigger rotation going back :it gives me more time to come back in the downswing and delay the release.
    Thank you Paul ,for your “preaching in the desert “:one of your disciples (Me !)thanks you !

  6. November 16, 2014

    BillFreeman

    Hi Paul,

    I have experienced now what you describe here and find it exciting. But I have a concern: it all seems to make sense and work when all the conditions are perfect. But what about when you do need to hit down more on a ball (high grass) or you’re on a downhill lie, uphill lie, side hill lie. It seems like there are times when you will want the arms to direct the club more. No?

    Bill

  7. November 21, 2014

    PatRobins

    Hi Paul. Mike and I were delighted (and exhausted) with the progress we made at the school.This is a great tip because it emphasizes the thing i struggle with which is to start the turn first! I hope to send you some school prospects for next spring.Pat

    • Paul Wilson

      November 22, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Pat,

      That school was a lot of fun. Everyone saw great progress with their swings and I think everyone understood what to work on to continue this progress long into the future.

      It would be much appreciated if you could spread the word. There are so many golfers out there who need help.

      Please keep us posted on both or your progress.

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