Today I have another great article by Jeff Richmond that explains the Hybrid Golf Swing Plane he advocates and teaches. Let’s get started…


The Hybrid Golf Swing Plane
By Jeff Richmond

A big tenant of the one plane golf swing is usually to return the driver to exactly the same position it turned out (in terms of the shaft plane line) at address. Thats what Moe Norman and Ben Hogan did.

But lets find out how some with the top golfers over the last ten years fare in terms of that’s concerned.

Tiger Woods

Adam Scott

Phil Mickelson

Rory McIlroy

Justin Rose

Henrik Stenson

Matt Kucher

Brandt Snedeker

Steve Stricker

Jason Duffner

Observation Check

So 9 of the top golfers on the planet during the last 10 years DO NOT return the club face to a similar plane line that they started at at address (Steve Stricker does).

Why did I demonstrate that?

Because I believe the plane line must be more vertical when compared to an one plane swing, and not as vertical as a two plane swing. Somewhere in the center. A great model Im going to explain to you in a minute with this, is Louis Oosthuizen.

But these impact pictures begs the question is it looking to make it happen?

The answer is no!

Because it’s been proven that the golf swing is moving way too fast at impact to consciously do anything. So what is happening at impact is this…


The forces are so great at impact that the hands are being pulled up. That’s just a natural occurrence of the modern, powerful golf swing.


Hybrid Golf Swing Plane Theory

So that got me thinking the way it would be good to swing over a plane that is similar to what goes on at impact. Because you can talk all you need about one plane as well as plane swings (in terms in the backswing and shoulder plane, left arm angle etc.). But in the end with the day, its what happens at impact that matters.

So my Hybrid Golf Swing Plane theory, would be to swing back in order that at the half-way reason for the swing movement the club shaft points down in the ball. Then on the half-way point in the downswing, the clubshaft again points at the ball. Im now likely to teach you this theory doing his thing in one from the best swings on the planet.

Louis Oosthuizen is the 2010 Open Champion and it has a golf swing technique that many believe is one from the best among professional golfers. So lets put my swing plane theory for the test, and Im going to draw a line through his setup at address all the way through the midst of his back.







Pretty damn good swing, having a very consistent swing plane!

If you remember, inside my last article I said ways to check if someone swings over an one plane swing, is always to measure with the top of their swing the angle in the left arm as well as the shoulders. And if theres less than 12 degrees difference they have a very one plane swing. Lets see exactly what the difference is made for Louis:


Oosthuizen – 22 Degrees Difference

Compare that to Moe Norman and Jim Furyk. Extremes of a one plane and two plane swing:

Norman (One Plane Swinger) – 0 Degrees Difference

Furyk (Two Plane Swinger) – 48 Degrees Difference


And if you split the real difference between those extremes you get 24 degrees. Louis Oosthuizen at 22 Degrees Difference is actually bang in the centre.

And this swing plane that Louis uses is the thing that I term The Hybrid Swing Plane. I have a swing plane program in which I’m gonna show you how to groove an even swing movement plane like this so check out your link below in the event you are interested.

Having a frequent golf swing technique plane will help you to hit straighter, longer and more consistent golf shots. So should you lack consistency in your ball striking, implementing making your golf swing technique plane more consistent is only able to aid you in giving you better ball striking consistency.

Anyway, I hope this series Ive given you on the swing plane has clarified plenty of issues you had with learning the swing plane. And I hope that now you possess a very clear idea on the swing plane you should be swinging back, down and through on.


I hope you enjoyed that swing plane series by Jeff Richmond.  Jeff has a great program that helps you to build a consistent swing plane.  I’m trying to get a deal on that program for you.  Meanwhile, do check out his website for the program details.