Combination: Body Tilt and Trail Hand Position = Single Plane Alignment

I’ve heard it thousands of times.  Golfers saying that they “tried” the Single Plane Golf Swing and rarely do they try it correctly.  That’s because there is more to the Single Plane Golf swing than just standing further from the ball and reaching with your arms.

The Single Plane swing mechanics, as compared to the conventional golf swing, are actually number of differences that, when combined, create the Single Plane mechanics.  These “combinations” are what position the body into a biomechanically easier place to achieve impact.  Let’s take a look at a few of the most important combinations.


To achieve the ideal Single Plane where the club shaft aligns with both the lead arm and the trail arm, you must have the proper spine tilt (1).   The spine tilt allows the trail hand to rotate more under the club (2).


Together the spine tilt and the trail hand position create the Single Plane alignment of the club shaft and trail arm.


Another combination of positions occurs as a result of the ideal address position on the Single Plane.  The ideal Single Plane creates the proper distance from the ball – I call “Spacing”.  In the next article I will talk about how spacing allows you to simplify and become more consistent and the most important moment of the golf swing.





4 comments on “Combination: Body Tilt and Trail Hand Position = Single Plane Alignment”
  1. Kurt says:

    With the spine tilt are the shoulders supposed to be closed (with the right shoulder pulled back compared to the left)?


    1. Todd Graves says:

      Yes. That is how the shoulders will look at address, Keep in mind that the upper body (torso) is actually open to the target line while the shoulders, as you mentioned, will appear to be closed.


      1. Kurt says:

        To achieve the shoulder tilt am I supposed to “shrug” up my lead shoulder or simply tilt? And If the trail side is rotated under, should the trail arm still be straight at address or relaxed/ slightly bent? Thanks!!


      2. Todd Graves says:

        lift the lead arm and tilt 15 degrees. The trail arm is straight but not rigid. It is ok if just slightly bent. Moe said “sunny side up”. Just make sure trail arm is relaxed so it can fold in the backswing.

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