Golf Swing Techniques
Don't Get Confused

Attempting different golf swing techniques without a thorough understanding of the basic fundamentals, namely, grip, stance, posture, and balance can be disastrous for your golf swing improvement.

Names like stack and tilt, one plane swing, and two plane swing are common golf swing techniques or (methods) on the market today. While each one has its merits they tend to confuse the average golfer seeking swing improvement. Let’s take a look at why this is so.

Most golfers attempt making changes to their golf swing technique in search of more consistency (and distance).

Confusion often sets in when attempting to apply a variation of the basic fundamentals (or combination of different techniques) and obviously if your knowledge of the basics is not very good (and you don’t perform them consistently in the first place) you will struggle to adapt the correct change of the new swing technique or method to your swing.

It's a kind of re-education you need to go through in order to apply new found basic skills to the method or swing technique you’re trying to follow. If you have the time for this then go ahead.

If you are not familiar with any of the swing techniques I have mentioned, there is a vast difference in their application according to what most golfers have been taught over the years.

What amazes me is how the success of these techniques are often associated with a tour player who wins a tournament and swings according to a particular swing technique. It becomes a fore gone conclusion this is the next major swing discovery.

Very few players find permanent success and end up reverting back to their old ways eventually. Let’s take a look at how some of these techniques differ from one another.

Stack and Tilt

This golf swing technique suggests the opposite of turning the shoulders across to the right side behind the ball and moving the spine with. (like in a conventional swing). Instead, the left shoulder in a right handed player tilts downwards slightly as the upper body turns around a stationary spine position so to speak into the back swing.

This back swing action is very noticeable in a player like Colin Montgomery.

With this motion the weight stays on the left side as the name stack and tilt implies and comes from stacking the upper body (turn) over the left side maintaining a stable position over the ball. There is no weight shift with the weight staying left but the key move is moving the weight more left in the down swing and follow through.(like Monty does)

This technique in my opinion spells disaster for the average golfer because of the tendency to fall back to the right side in the down swing and effectively performing a dreaded reverse pivot action with the hips..

One Plane Golf Swing

As the name suggests, the belief is to swing the left arm and shaft of the club on one line throughout the swing.(the same objective with the two plane golf swing).

To visualize this better take a look at a down the target line view of a golfer and imagine a line drawn from the ball upwards through the base of his neck.

That line represents the swing plane angle, in other words it is the angle you swing the arms and club on. If your arms and club swing close to that line all the way through the swing then you would have a “one plane swing”.

This is a difficult for any golfer to visualize let alone do, but variations in the set up help to swing this way. You need to stand farther from the ball than with a conventional swing. This allows the arms and club to swing on a flatter plane than the line drawn from the ball to the base of the neck like I said earlier.

Two Plane Golf Swing

While we are talking about the one plane golf swing, the conventional swing is termed a two plane golf swing. The shoulders turn around the spine moving the spine slightly over to the right side on the back swing. The hips pivot on the back swing around the right hip and back around the left hip on the down swing.

Here the club head and left arm swing back closer to the plane line drawn from the ball to the base of the neck, but come down to impact underneath that line. It looks like an elliptical shape pointing skywards from the down the target line.

If you were to place arrows on the shape created by the club head then on the back swing the right edge of the shape will have the arrows pointing to the sky and the left side the arrows will point downwards to the ground.

Most golfers who slice the ball create a wider loop than they should and the direction the arrows point will be the opposite to what I have said in the “correct” loop.

The tendency to move away from this swing technique is to eliminate excess movement which creates more room for error. While I believe the less movements there are the better it is still better to pivot round the hips while staying stable over the ball like golfers have been doing for decades.

Natural Golf

was invented by Canadian tour player Moe Norman. He was a great ball striker in his day with the trade mark wider than usual stance, a strong grip in all ten fingers (like you will hold a base ball bat), and shorter swing. Although this swing is still taught today it is not as popular as the one plane and stack and tilt.

There is only one conclusion to come to about all these golf swing techniques besides the two plane swing which has stood the test of time. Many tour players who have tried the stack and tilt and one plane swing have not had much long term success. In fact some have disappeared off the scene.

If we use Tiger as an example, he has won more majors (with a two plane swing) before he started tinkering with one plane and stack and tilt swings. Presently he is in the wilderness and still trying to perfect his combination of the stack and tilt and one plane swings.Who knows what he will work on next!

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