If you don’t know much about the technical aspects of golf, it’s much harder to have a good time on the course. You’re probably hitting the ball from odd angles and you’re struggling to keep your shots on the green.
Following the optimum swing plane according to your size and club is essential if you want to drive the ball on the green. It’s also important if you want to get as much distance as possible with each shot.
Let’s find out if it’s perhaps because of your swing that you’re having a hard time finding games at your country club.
What is a Swing Plane?
Swing plane refers to a flat surface that defines the angle and path of the club swing. There are two of these imaginary planes: the backswing and the downswing. Depending on your technique, your swing can be flat, upright, or on plane.
Ok, but why is it important? Fixing your swing plane is important if you don’t want to hit hook or slice shots. Golf is all about technique, from your stance to hitting the ball in the right spot, depending on the situation.
For example, if you hit the ball flat this usually means that the club is pointing towards the outside of the target line, which is how you give your ball an in-to-out spin.
If you hit a backswing, or upright, the head of the club will hit the ball out-to-in. In-to-out swings often result in hook shots while out-to-in hits result in pulled or sliced shots.
In order to hit a straight shot, the club has to be on plane during the downswing. That will cause the head to go straight down the imaginary target line and hit the ball dead-on.
It’s important to know that although the technique is the same, each golfer has his own personal swing plane. This is because the angles are determined by the player’s size and the club used. Therefore, in order to find the sweet spot, you might want to start honing your technique by practicing your downswing in different situations.
One way to do this is by using a golf swing plane trainer. This type of practice tool comes in various shapes and sizes. Here are a few variations for you to look into.
Beginner golfers often have problems with coordinating all their limbs. There are so many moving parts to account for at all times. An easy way to start addressing your swing plane issues is to use an elastic strap that can help you maintain the proper form.
Most of these trainers are stretchy and are designed to keep the back elbow close to the body during the swing. The end result is better mechanics and considerably more distance in your shots. The cool thing about elbow strap plane trainers is that they can be used by right- and left-handed golfers alike.
Headcover or Pool Noodle Drills
The noodle drill is one of the best things to do if you want to fix your swing plane. Here’s how it works. First, you have to put an alignment stick into the ground. Make sure it’s sticking out at a 45-degree angle. Attach a headcover or a pool noodle over it.
For the perfect setup, make sure that the end of the pool noodle obstructs your regular swing, but not too much. Set it so that it makes contact with the top of the wrist. From this position, take a step towards the target.
You’ll notice that on the upswing your hands usually pass below the pool noodle. On your downswing they’re likely to make contact with the noodle if you have a bad swing. Your goal is to make sure you don’t make contact with the noodle when you swing back or down.
The advantage of pool noodle drills is that you don’t even have to buy any special equipment. Just look over some specs online and then make your own DIY noodle with a straight stick, pipe, and some foam.
Golf Swing Tempo Trainers
Another interesting golf swing plane trainer is the elbow tempo trainer. This device is strapped around your elbow in an attempt to keep it straighter during the swing. The feedback is in the form of a sound alert.
When you’re losing your form the device emits a sound to let you know your swing is not ideal. If you keep your lead elbow extension as you should, the device usually remains silent. Most of these tempo trainers can be used on both elbows and come in one size with plenty of adjustability.
Sometimes you don’t need to actually hit the ball to fix your swing; you can just get a club swing trainer. There are a few variations from different manufacturers but the mechanics behind these trainers remain the same.
You’ll be replacing your golf club with a weirdly angled and heavier golf club. Remember, this isn’t made for hitting golf balls. These are made to improve grip, stance, strength, extension, tempo, etc.
The way they work is that by using such a trainer for a couple of minutes or hours each day, they help develop your muscle memory. Therefore, when you' actually have a proper golf club in your hands, you’ll be inclined to mimic the grip, stance, and swing that you had with the trainer.
The trainers force you to maintain proper technique and that’s how muscle memory starts to develop. Just be aware that these trainers tend to be a bit more expensive since they work on all aspects of your game, not just your swing plane.
A Final Word
We’ve only listed a couple of our favorite swing plane trainers but there are so many more options out there. In order to get the best value for your money, make sure to get a trainer that you can actually use anywhere and at any time.
If you do that you’ll be able to quickly correct your swing plane and impress your buddies on the course. Just remember that not all trainers cover swing plane exercises so read the descriptions carefully before you get yours.