Getting to grips with plane issues

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If you are a habitual slicer of the golf ball then you will have an issue with the plane of your golf swing.

You will also have an issue with your swing direction, being too far to the left of your target. Somehow this swing direction must be moved further to your right or in simple terms out towards one o’clock for a right handed golfer.

Take a look at the first picture and one of our range stalwarts and friend, Jim Hewitt, has invented a training aid to help cure both of these swing faults.

A frame on the ground with legs for support has holes placed roughly one club head apart. I have placed two alignment rods, covered in noodles (for safety) some five spaces apart.

The idea now is to swing up and down without touching the noodles at all, but as you can clearly see, my club has collided with the right one on the way back down.

This is a classic over the top swing plane, which 99 per cent of slicers suffer from. Why does this happen? I believe that it is an anxiety/desperation to return the club back down to the ball, to blast it into the middle of next week.

The dominant right side takes over and this shape is produced. Often the strike is out the heel, which makes it slice even more.

Now look at the second picture. The clubhead is approaching the ball on a much better line. It will miss the noodles completely as I strike the ball. This correct path is referred to as in-out, and as it is travelling more to the right, it is heading for the one o’clock position.

If my club face was say 2 degrees open and this path was say 4 degrees to the right of target, I would have the perfect recipe for a lovely soft draw shape on the ball. After a few good shots I will narrow the gap, placing the noodles closer together after a short while the swing direction/plane begins to change considerably. Using this gadget regularly, changes the muscle memory. Next week: How much tilt.