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Sunday, June 27, 2021

What? Three Takeaways? (Video)

There are many swing methods because different instructors teach different methods for getting the swing on plane. All will work if you do them right, but more than likely one feels more natural to you than the others. Mike Malaska explains the basics of all three methods in this short video.

You can divide these three approaches into two groups, single-plane and two-plane swings. And you can call the two-plane approaches looped swings. But none of them are hard to understand.

  • In the single-plane approach, the backswing and downswing are pretty much on the same plane. This is a method that comes and goes in popularity, but it's always fairly common. Most people associate this swing with the late Moe Norman and, while a lot of players use it, I'd say Bryson DeChambeau is the most popular current user.
  • In what is probably the most common two-plane approach, the backswing is on plane and the downswing drops slightly beneath it. It's most commonly associated with Ben Hogan, but you can't turn on a golf broadcast without seeing someone using it. I'll give you Sergio Garcia as an obvious example.
  • And in the other two-plane approach, the backswing goes back low and under the plane, then it loops up and onto the plane for the downswing. As Malaska makes clear here, this swing isn't as popular because most players tend to lift their hands too high above the plane when they start down and end up coming over the top. Malaska mentions several players who have played this way, like Hale Irwin and Sam Snead, but probably the most famous player to swing this way was Bobby Jones.

As I said, any of these will work if you do them correctly... but one of them probably feels more natural to you and is the easiest for you to use and get good results. As long as you can get the clubface to hit the ball where you meant to hit it, it doesn't matter which one you use. And chances are good you already know which way is your way.

But it's worthwhile to understand how all three work because it can help you figure out swing problems when they pop up. That's why I've posted this video.

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