The Hybrid Golf Swing Plane
A big tenant of the one plane golf swing is to return the golf club back to the same position it was (in terms of the shaft plane line) at address. That’s what Moe Norman and Ben Hogan did.
But let’s see how some of the top golfers in the last 10 years fare as far as that is concerned. Here is a lesson using graphical images of the top PGA professional and how they use the hybrid golf swing to great advantage.
1. Tiger Woods
2. Adam Scott
3. Phil Mickelson
4. Rory McIlroy
5. Justin Rose
6. Henrik Stenson
7. Matt Kucher
8. Brandt Snedeker
9. Steve Stricker
10. Jason Duffner
So 9 of the top 10 golfers in the world over the last 10 years DO NOT return the club shaft to the same plane line that they started at at address (Steve Stricker does).
Why did I show you that?
Because I believe the plane line should be more vertical than a one plane swing, and not as vertical as a two plane swing. Somewhere in the middle. A great model I’m going to show you in a minute for this, is Louis Oosthuizen.
But these impact pictures begs the question… are they trying to do that?
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.
So that got me thinking how it would be good to swing on a plane that is similar to what happens at impact. Because you can talk all you want about one plane and two plane swings (in terms of the backswing and shoulder plane, left arm angle etc.). But at the end of the day, it’s what happens at impact that matters.
So my Hybrid Golf Swing Plane theory, is to swing back so that at the half-way point in the golf swing the club shaft points down at the ball. Then at the half-way point in the downswing, the club shaft again points at the ball. I’m now going to show you this theory in action in one of the best swings on the planet.
Louis Oosthuizen is the 2010 Open Champion and has a golf swing that many believe is one of the best among professional golfers. So let’s put my swing plane theory to the test, and I’m going to draw a line through his setup at address right through the middle of his back.
Pretty damn good swing, with a very consistent swing plane!
If you remember, in my last article I said a way to see if a person swings on a one plane swing, is to measure at the top of their swing the angle of the left arm and the shoulders. And if there’s less than 12 degrees difference then they have a one plane swing. Let’s see what the difference is for Louis:
Louis Oosthuizen – 22 Degrees Difference
Compare that to Moe Norman and Jim Furyk. Extremes of a one plane and two plane swing:
Moe Norman (One Plane Swinger) – 0 Degrees Difference
Jim Furyk (Two Plane Swinger) – 48 Degrees Difference
And if you split the difference between those extremes you get 24 degrees. Louis Oosthuizen at 22 Degrees Difference is almost bang in the middle.
And this swing plane that Louis uses is what I term “The Hybrid Swing Plane”. I have a swing plane program in which I’m going to teach you how to groove a consistent golf swing plane like this… so watch out for an email about that program soon.
Having a consistent golf swing plane will help you to hit straighter, longer and more consistent golf shots. So if you lack consistency in your ball striking, working on making your golf swing plane more consistent can only aid you in improving your ball striking consistency.
I hope I have clarity on the swing plane and understanding the hybrid golf swing. And I hope that now you have a clear idea on what swing plane you should be swinging back, down and through on.
4 Tips in Golf for Beating Pressure
Beating pressure is all about a strong mental game. This great video and audio training course called the Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf gets you in the right mindset for an incredible score and massive game improvements.
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Did you know there are sensible ways to help you play your best golf game even when you are under pressure? There are! Here are some tips on how you can beat the pressure every time.
1. To Beat It, Feel It
A lot of players will not know that they are playing under pressure until they have made several bad shots. One of the key elements to playing your best under pressure is to realize that you ARE playing under pressure.
That word “pressure” can mean different things to different people. For some of us, playing in front of a crowd can lead to pressure. For others, a few bad shots can lead to the feeling of being under pressure to regain those shots.
In all cases, the player has to realize that he or she is feeling some sense of stress or dread before they can deal with it.
2. The Spin Cycle
Playing under pressure will often result in two things: One is we tense up. Our muscles will get taut, and that makes them less flexible than usual. The second thing that happens is we begin to swing the club harder than normal.
Either of these reactions will produce poor shots. And one poor shot leads to another as we continue to try to bully our way out of the cycle.
The ultimate key to playing under pressure is to relax. Yes, that is easier said than done, but it’s necessary to get yourself there. As soon as you realize that you are playing under pressure…
Breathe: Taking a few deep breaths can do wonders when it comes to relaxing the mind and the body. The trick is to breathe in slowly and exhale slowly. Not only does this help to relax the muscles, but it also oxygenates the brain.
Stretch: Pressure will lead to tense muscles. This is so common that it is thought to be universal. Tense muscles lead to poor swings, and that, too, is inevitable.
In order to relieve the tension in your muscles, do a bit of stretching immediately before you take your stance. Even a few shoulder twists will help relax your muscles.
Pre-Shot Routine: If you have been reading my newsletters, you already know that I advocate that every player have a pre-shot routine designed by themselves for themselves. If you have one, now is the best time to perform it.
Performing this routine will help to settle your nerves. Think of it as a foundation on which you can build your shot.
Swing Normally: Many players will often fall into the trap of thinking if they hit the ball harder, their game will improve. Things almost never work out that way. What usually happens is a duck hook, a screaming slice or an embarrassing miss-the-ball entirely shot.
Avoid the temptation to smack the ball as hard as you can. Instead, have faith in your own swing. You have been using this swing for some time now; trust it to pull you out of this trouble.
For many players, when pressure begins, it builds. In other words, it only gets worse if it isn’t immediately addressed. It is a game and should be enjoyed.
If you make a bogus shot, miss a few putts or hit five hooks in a row, smile! Laugh out loud if you need to. Let some humor get into your body, even if it is at your own expense.
This, too, can go a long way in relieving stress and pressure.
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The more confidence you have in your shots, the more easily you can stand up to pressure and win
8 Tips on Playing Golf in the Wind
There are certain things that you can control. However, there are other things you cannot control. Wind is one of the latter.
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Playing on a windy day is one of the most challenging events you will face. Wind is unpredictable, and that means you have to be on top of it from start to finish.
Professionals know how to handle windy days, but there is nothing they do that you cannot do as well.
Here are some tips on how to play the wind.
Tip 1: It is important to check the wind direction and velocity for every shot, not just every hole. It is surprising how the wind can change from one shot to the next, and you need to prepare for those changes.
A good way to check is to look up at the treetops or at the flag (if it is close). Throwing a few blades of grass into the air will often help, too.
Tip 2: If the wind is blowing directly at you (from front or back), resist the temptation to adjust your target line.
For shots made into a crosswind, adjustments to the target have to be made. This will depend on the velocity of the wind as well as your own skills. If you can play a fade or a draw to help get your ball through the wind, then try those first.
Tip 3: If you can see that the wind is higher up (by looking at the treetops), tee your ball lower than usual. You may need to tee down as much as an extra one-half inch or so. This will help keep the ball lower in its trajectory.
Tip 4: This tip is simple but often overlooked. If playing in strong wind or wind that suddenly gusts, widen your address stance a bit to help increase your stability. This can really help, but do not go overboard.
Tip 5: When you are shooting into a strong wind, try not to power swing your way through the shot. This often means using more club than you would for a particular shot.
A rule of thumb: For every 10 mph (16 kph) of wind, adjust one full club. For example, it you are hitting into the wind, you would need a 5-iron instead of your normal 6-iron in a 10 mph wind. You would play a 4-iron instead of a 6-iron in a 20 mph (32 kph) wind.
Tip 6: When shooting with the wind at your back, your ball will travel farther when it catches the wind. To compensate for this, use your normal club for the shot but grip lower on the shaft. Start with one-half inch lower, and adjust as needed.
Tip 7: Use your less lofted clubs to help keep the ball low. A low-flying ball is often the only real option you have on very windy days. This can be especially useful if you play on fairways that have trees on either side since they may act as a buffer against the lowest winds.
Tip 8: Wind can affect your short game too. Windy days are perfect for using your low-trajectory pitch and run shots. Try to keep the ball low, regardless of your shot selection, when playing near greens that are exposed to the wind or close to water hazards.
Taking a wider stance while putting may also be necessary. But, again, do not overcompensate with this as it may affect your putting swing.
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The Best Golf Putting System I’ve Used
It is no secret that there are some shots in golf that are more difficult than others. A long putt is one; a sloped putt is another. When you combine the two, well, you often have a big challenge that results in a three-putt or worse!
To suggest that mastering long, sloped putts is easy would be misleading and false. These putts are difficult, even for the pros. But you are not defenseless. Here are some handy tips to keep in mind when you are faced with these monster putts.
The Steep Sloping Putt
A steeply sloped putt, whether it is uphill or downhill, requires that you concentrate on the speed of the ball more so than the line. This does not mean you can ignore the line, but if the speed is off, line will not matter very much.
A good tip is to first determine how much speed the ball will need to get up or down the slope and then concentrate on the line. For severely sloped putts, consider two-putting as a very viable option.
The Straight Uphill Long Putt
Because you have a long distance from ball to cup, it is, again, vital that you concentrate on hitting the ball hard enough to get it up the hill and to the hole.
With this type of putt, do not be afraid to hit the ball firmly. Remember, it is better to have the ball go past the hole than it is to have it die halfway up and then roll back down to your feet.
The Straight Downhill Long Putt
Getting the right speed on these putts is critical. As you do your putt preview, determine the grain of the grass. Are you putting with the grain, against it, or sideways? This information is often vital in determining how hard to hit the ball.
For extremely long downhill putts, try to find a spot between you and the hole that is on-line with your intended putt. Aim at this spot, and let the slope carry the ball to the hole.
Long Putting Across Slope
These putts are tricky. Visualize the ball running along the line and the slope in such a way that the ball falls into the hole from the topside of the cup, at almost 90 degrees.
If you aim for dead centre of the cup, you will most likely miss the hole on the low side.
Depending on the distance to the hole and the degree of slope, it is often wise to consider two-putting. This means getting the ball to within a reasonable distance to the hole for a easier putt in.
One common mistake is to hit the ball too softly. This only results in having to make this same difficult shot again, only from less distance.
The Long Combination Putt
These are putts that are long, cut across a slope, and are either uphill or downhill to boot. They can be nightmares.
A good tip for these putts is to always remember that the slower the ball is moving, the more it will break. A ball that is going downhill will typically break more than one that is going uphill. Keep that in mind as you determine your line on this type of putt.
The good news about long, sloped putts is that the more you practice them, the better you will become at making them. Spend time on the practice green learning to read the grain and the slopes and especially learning distance control with your putter.
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How to Avoid a Blowout Golf Game
A good place to start in avoiding a blown out round of golf is by improving your drive distance. Nothing sucks more than miserable drive distance ruining your game. However, with the right guidance, you can add huge amounts of distance to your drives without actually heading to the golf course more often.
Every golfer has a bad day. There is no way around that fact. The trick to avoiding them is to identify a bad round before it becomes a bad round, and that, believe it or not, is possible. Here are some easy tips on how you can rescue your round before it blows up in your face.
Before we get into this, let’s understand that the definition of a blown round varies from one person to the next. For some, a blown round is shooting 18 straight bogeys with a few double bogeys thrown in for good measure. For others, a blown round is shooting three strokes over the course par.
While the definition of a blown round differs, one thing remains constant: A blown round is the culmination of a series of blown holes. If you want to avoid a blown round, avoid playing one blown holes after the next.
For many golfers, the genesis of a blown round begins with one single bad shot. A drive that duck hooks into the trees, a fairway shot that ends up in the green side bunker, or an easy putt that rolls past the cup. One poor shot that gets the adrenaline pumping hard and fast, and it’s all downhill from there.
Anger and frustration are two leading causes for a blown round as they tend to move with the golfer from hole to hole, but beware of other emotions, too. Exuberance and over-confidence from making a great shot can also lead to future mistakes, which can start the chain reaction that ultimately leads to a bad day.
Another tip for avoiding a blown out round has to do with your style of play.
There are two schools of thought on this subject, and both of them are valid. The more popular school of thought says that when you notice you are blowing a few holes, step back, relax, and tell yourself that you have made these same shots a thousand time in the past so there is no reason you cannot make them today.
This school emphasizes concentrating on YOUR basic fundamentals of play.
The other school of thought for those facing a blow out is to change things up. Rather than continue down a path that’s obviously not working for you today, change something about your technique or approach.
If your driver isn’t working, use another club. You may lose some distance, but gain more control. If your long irons are consistently slicing today, go to your mid-irons and layup. In other words, instead of trying to force yourself to play your normal game, adjust your game and style of play to match whatever obstacle it is you need to overcome.
This last tip on how to avoid a blown out round has to do with self-inflicted pressure.
When I first started playing golf I felt as if I had to make every shot. It was as if someone had a gun to my head saying, “Make this shot or else!” I believe many golfers feel that same type of inner pressure, and the way it shakes confidence can lead to trouble.
My solution was to turn that inner pressure into humor. Rather than getting angry or feeling defeated if I made a poor shot, I would laugh or grin or crack a joke about the shot. Having some fun with yourself not only makes you a better golfing partner, but it also relieves the stress of a bad shot, right then and there.
The next time you see a blow out heading your way, try some of these tips, and don’t be afraid to just laugh out loud when you make a horrible shot.