I used to struggle with ball striking until I learned something exciting about “Swing Plane” from a man named Jeff Richmond. Without improving your swing plane you will never, under any circumstances, be a consistent ball striker.

Swing Plane is the engine of the golf swing. When you understand how to swing the club on the correct path going back and coming through…golf is much more fun and your scores will drop almost instantly.


Intro of Swing Plane


Easy Swing plane is really essential in relation to distance, direction and consistency. And if you will get the swing plane correct, you’ll have far more probability of hitting good shots consistently.

So in today’s first introduction on the swing plane, Jeff will get everyone on the same page by explaining what the swing plane is. And once hes done that, he will then move into some more detailed aspects with the swing plane, and what you must do in order to possess a consistently good swing plane.


Swing Plane in Simple English

By Jeff Richmond, Director of Instruction, ConsistentGolf

When you begin going through the swing plane you will get confused FAST!

Its a region the place that the more scientific/engineer types seem to possess a field day. And if youre not too way inclined you can read and view some stuff about the swing plane that will just give you a headache!

The swing plane first became popular thanks to Ben Hogan and the image of the pane of glass.


When Ben Hogan was discussing the swing plane in terms of the pane of glass, he wanted the the left arm, hands, club etc. to be below that pane of glass around the backswing and downswing.

But when Ben Hogans famous five lessons book was published in 1957, they didnt have the technology like we do right now to dissect the swing movement for the nth degree. And so the concepts from the swing plane have evolved a lot from the simple illustration that Ben Hogan gave us.


What is the golf swing plane?

Well, the swing movement plane is surely an imaginary flat service that is employed to determine what path certain parts from the body and club are traveling on through the golf swing.

This sounds stupid, however it has to be said. the club cannot move itself. A lot of times when individuals consider the swing plane they only glance at the shaft. But the shaft is moving as a result with the body movements. So you could consider looking meticulously at the plane the body is shifting when examining swing plane.

There are three swing planes within the golf swing, plus they are:

1. The backswing plane

2. The downswing plane, and

3. The follow-through plane

It’s important to note that I said above “certain parts of the body and club”, because when you swing your shoulders move on a plane. Your elbows move on a plane. Your hands move on a plane, your club moves on a plane etc, etc.

That’s why if you see someone analyzing a golf swing, they’ll draw a lot of lines to try to analyze what plane different parts of the body and club are moving on.


When you swing youre obviously swinging in a circular pattern. And because youre bent over when swinging your swing plane is tilted. How much it’s tilted depends around the players height, that they stand towards the ball, the club being used etc. Theres a variety of variables.

So everyone will not hold the same swing plane for this reason. And so theres no one exact swing plane for everybody. When I point out that, I’m referring to absolute degrees of swing plane. But you will find good reference points every golfer are able to use, this really is discussed inside swing plane educational series.

When you hear about swing plane you often hear people saying that “so and so” has a flat swing plane, or this golfer has a steep swing plane.


When people say that, what are they referring to?

Most in the time they’re referring for the shaft angle. And a good checkpoint is halfway in the backswing. A famous golf pro that’s told have a very flat swing plane is Zach Johnson. Here can be a picture of Zach with the half-way point in his swing movement.


Zach uses an one plane swing hitting the golf ball. So anyone that is really a fan in the one plane swing movement will not likely point out that Zachs swing is flat. Theyll say its on plane. Thats where golf instructors end up in arguments. In the next email Im gonna talk more about the main one plane swing, two plane swing etc. But for now, observe that with the half way reason for his backswing the club shaft is pointing out side the ball.

Now compare that to probably the most extreme case of your two plane swing, that is certainly Jim Furyk. Look the place that the shaft is pointing on the half way part of his backswing.

If you compare those two swing planes, is there any wonder amateur golfers are confused about the swing plane?! I imagine you’re the same as me, in that you would swap
your playing record with either of those two players given the choice! 🙂



So the swing plane can be a combination of the movement (arc) of the shoulders, arms, hands and club predominantly. And this is measured and analyzed with straight lines.

So it’s 2d. I have seen 3d swing plane software and analysis, but for this swing plane series I’m not even going there!

I hope that’s a simple explanation and everyone is on the same page. If not, don’t worry because over his swing plane series, you should hopefully get a much better understanding of it and what you should be trying to do with your swing plane.

I hope you enjoyed this first post about the swing plane. Check out full series in which Jeff is going to explain the differences between the one plane vs. the two plane golf swing and 3 easy steps to a Professional Swing Plane.