Here is a recent comment worth talking about:
“I am not an instructor basher nor pass judgment to anyone who has opposing views// ITS A DISCUSSION OR A OPINION!! But to say that 99.9% of what the today’s teachers are WRONG; WE HAVE A PROBLEM. Therefore, I dismiss my input.”.
– Buck Myers
Mr. Myers actually, it is not my opinion. I have measured, probed and researched the golf swing and the Single Plane is my conclusion.
So, I guess I would have to ask how you would measure it? If the conventional golf swing is inherently flawed from the start – address position. How much of the instruction, starting from a flawed position, could be correct? In other words, if the machine is broken and you try to fix it with Duct Tape, is the Duct Tape the correct solution?
Now you might argue that the Conventional Address position isn’t flawed and that obviously there are some very successful players that use it. So granted that I cannot argue that you can play great golf from the conventional address position, I will maintain that I haven’t seen a conventional golf professional provide evidence that it, the conventional address, is the easiest way to start a golf swing and more importantly, simplifies it.
We end up in the same discussion asking the question “Is there an easier way?” to which I will again restate my research. There are Four basic areas where my research points to simplicity. Let’s first define simplicity.
Simplicity is finding an easier way to accomplish a task. For example, if you could build a machine to swing a golf club and it has ten moving parts, and I build one with six moving parts and in the process reduce the movement and increase the efficiency, in effect, I have simplified the task.
Science refers to the term “Ideal Mechanical Advantage”. This term describes efficiency as the least amount of effort with the same outcome.
In the case of the Golf Swing, you must show an easier way to get from address to impact. In other words, to be an easier way, you must show how the swing simplifies movement from the start of the swing to the finish of the swing – while achieving the same task – Accuracy and speed.
Here are the four areas where the Single Plane swing has an Ideal Mechanical Advantage.
- Less lifting of the shaft/hands from address to impact.
- Less Lifting of the body from address to impact.
- Less rotation in the hands from address to impact.
- Less movement of the back/spine from address to impact to finish.
So maybe instead of saying that 99.9% is wrong, how about I say that for most golfers it’s futile? Futile because the complications of the address make everything that comes afterward compensatory from the beginning. Let me give you an example.
The average conventional golfer has a thirteen-degree rotation of the trail hand from address to impact.
What this means is that at some point in the motion of the backswing and downswing you must rotate the trail hand 13 degrees, then somehow return the hand to impact with a square clubface. You can rotate at the beginning, middle or later in the backswing. Either way, the swing requires a compensatory rotation of the trail hand somewhere.
The Single Plane Swing, on the other hand, requires no rotation of the trail hand. Therefore, from address to impact the hand moves in a Natural movement of skipping a rock – without rotation.
Another way the Single Plane Swing Simplifies the golf swing has to do with how the body moves. In the conventional swing, the body must lift into impact, compensating for being too close to the ball. During the Single Plane swing, the body moves down, keeping the Spine in the same tilt from address to impact. This allows you to become more consistent with impact and places less stress on the lower back.
In conclusion, I just want to note that my instruction is not an OPINION. I am not guessing or speculating. I am simply stating my research and data that I have measured. Any way you slice it, the conventional golf swing is more difficult than the Single Plane Swing.