Golfers tend to love the look of an “on plane” swing. Many spend endless years trying to put their swings on that mythical plane.
Think about it… What is “on plane”?
More importantly, what would being on plane do for you?
Our definition of “on plane” swings have changed over time from flat (Ben Hogan) to more upright (Tom Watson), to 2 plane (Nick Faldo) to somewhere in between (Greg Norman. Although Greg Changed to a more upright swing for a while before going back to his original flatter plane….)
My contention is that we like the neat look of a swing that tends to move back and through with a simple action. We tend to like the look of Stuart Appleby’s swing because it looks simple.
I’m all for simple, I just know that swing plane is not the answer! If golfers used their core correctly, and allowed the tension to leave the arms early in the swing so GRAVITY and ROTATION could create the motion, most golf swings would magically become simple and neat for them!!!!
More importantly, the “on plane” move wouldn’t matter. Some would have it, most would not! Thank goodness that Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Freddy Couples and Jim Furyk were not “on plane”!
I guarantee you that to them, the golf swing was “neat” and simple! That’s because they used their body correctly, and their physiology and perceptions created their unique swings….
Trying to be “on plane” almost always creates too much tension in the swing! Trying to be “on plane” means every few years you need to change as our definitions of “on plane” change with the next great swing!
Most importantly, if you create the proper power in the backswing, and are able to get the tension out of the back, shoulders, and arms…. The club will seek the correct DOWNSWING plane every time, and that is far more important for power and consistency!!!!