Correct swing plane is a must-have
By T.J. TOMASI
The type of grip you use (strong, weak or neutral), your posture at address and the alignment of your body are all important factors in the golf swing, but they are preferences. This shouldn’t be taken to mean that you can grip, stand or align yourself any old way. An important part of assembling a good swing is how you arrange and sequence your preferences.
But in addition to preferences there are principles, a few important rules that must be followed, no matter who you are, if your game is to prosper. One of these principles is swing plane, and, as any good teacher will attest, it is one of the most-violated swing principles in golf. Most of the time, I fix plane problems first as they are a sign of structural weakness.
In the first photo below, I’ve spun my torso around too early and the swing plane is too steep. The shaft is across my neck; it should bisect my arm where the arrow is.
To fix this, drop the butt of the club straight down to the ground as you start back to the ball as I have done in the second photo. That’s why they call it the downswing, not the around swing. Note also that my back is still facing the target as it should in the second photo.