Aaron discusses the benefits and risks of both a 1-Plane & 2-Plane golf swing technique.

Listen to the full episode here: https://anchor.fm/dataaxisgolf/episodes/A-1-Plane-vs-2-Plane-Swing-e2gthu

Welcome! Thanks for joining us for another episode of the Data Axis Golf podcast. I appreciate you being here. Another cool topic today and I appreciate those that sent in emails and text messages. I appreciate your support. I appreciate your questions. Now this one’s a little different. We’ll probably kind of get into the weeds a little bit here so I’m warning you. I was asked if I choose to employ a one-plane or a two-point swing in our training. The answer is both. Work in our training to become a better golfer but for me, I typically play with the one plane swing.


1-Plane Golf Swing


A one-plane swing is one that kind of goes back on one line and then comes down pretty similar to the same line. When we say two-plane swing, we mean one that kind of goes up on one plane and usually drops down towards the ground and then comes in at a lower plane to the ball. You do have two-plane swings that are a little more unorthodox that go back on one-plane and then actually rise up and then come down. It’s typically an over-the-top move that we talk about. There have been a couple of players on tour that have used the over-the-top move to some success but not typically and it’s not one that I have a problem with. I guess we’ll talk about it right now. The problem with an over-the-top move is inconsistency. I think both all plane swings suffer from inconsistency and we’ll get into that a little bit.

When you go from a plane and then rise to a higher plane and then come down, the data shows, with the instant feedback of the equipment, you actually lose swing speed. A one-plane swing has a reasonable swing speed, good swing speed, and then a two-plane swing, again, at least for me, a two-plane swing actually increases my swing speed, which is interesting. The problem with the two-plane swing for me is it adds an extra degree of variability, which then hits consistency. So, as I drop down to another plane and come in, I can pick up some speed, which is great if you want the ball one way but I lose consistency. For me, at least in my game, the increased distance from a two plane swing does not overcome or is not more beneficial than the loss of consistency. I just find more trouble and I have a hard time keeping it on the course.


2-Plane Golf Swing


A two-plane swing is not one that I employ for my day to day game. I find much more consistency in just a one-plane swing. As far as ball flight, I mean as far as distance control, one plane swing is way better for me. All of those two-point swings is one. Honestly, I will only use a two-plane swing when we get out and to sort of the scrambles. You’ve got like a long drive contest because you can drop it down and fling it in from the inside. It really generates a lot of speed, a lot of paces to hit the ball a long way. So I will probably use that when we’re playing in a scramble but I won’t use it much anywhere else. And if it’s one of those situations where all three are in trouble off the tee and it gets to me, I will use a one plane swing to try to put one in play. If there’s somebody in my group that’s safe in a scramble then, yeah, I’m going to employ the two plane swing and try to hit it as far as I can. So that’s kind of the way I see it.

A one-point swing is super consistent, you’re taking out a great deal of variability when you go up on one plane and you kind of gather yourself and pause and come back down that same plane. We can really see by the data if that’s all lined up and how that looks. With the data that we use and the graphics that we use, you can have a two plane swing that comes in on the plane right where all levels of your swing are pointing to the target line. And everything looks really, really good. The problem then becomes making sure that you know that as you drop that you’re actually kind of lowering the clubface. So it’s still pointing at the target line and again, it probably is a discussion that we shouldn’t have on a podcast because it’s so visual. Probably should be doing a video right now but just try to understand that when you take a club back on one plane and you drop it to another plane and you bring it down from a lower plane or even a higher plane, you’ve added a degree of variability in the golf swing. We want to simplify it as much as possible and take variability out of it so we can be more consistent. We just don’t have a lot of time, in one second, to manage all these different variabilities, if that makes sense. It happens so quickly that we want to make it as simple as possible. It happens so quickly that we don’t want to try to control it with our conscious mind. It happens so quickly that we just have to really be in a good place and put a good swing on it and just experience it not try to control it.


How To Distinguish Your Golf Swing Technique?


For anybody who is wondering if they have a one-plane or a two-plane swing, just get in front of a mirror where you can swing a golf club. Go ahead and watch yourself take the club back and start the club down and just see if you get to the top see where your hands are. If your hands move up or down before you start coming down then you’ve got a two plane swing. If you get up to the top and sort of gather and your hands kind of stay in the same place and then you start down again that would typically be a one plane swing. Now it’s very difficult to leave your hands exactly in the same place. If you’re dropping it six inches to a foot to two feet down before you come down that’s definitely one plane swing. If it’s within one or two inches up at the top maybe three, I would still consider that to be a one plane swing because you really haven’t changed a whole lot. As you shift your weight and start moving down, you know there’s gravity. They could just pull your hand down a little bit but as much as we can keep that hand in the same place from the top starting down the more closely, we will become a one plane swinger. So as far as one plane to plane goes you’ve got some choices. Again, I can pick up a lot of speed if I go with a two-plane but I lose too much consistency. My scoring is far better, my ball control is better, the ability to work the ball left and right, to hit the ball high and low all of those things are much better if I swing on one plane. It is the simplest movement back to the ball so hopefully, that makes sense.


Which golf swing technique is for you?


If there are any questions about one plane or two plane swings as we get into the training, starting December 1st and I hope you’ll join us for that. If you want to sign up to get involved in the training please go to our website dataaxisgolf.com and give me your email address. We’ll send out signups for that to get everybody in. We’re going to try to limit it to about a hundred people. I think it’s probably the most we can take in order to have a good group or we can interact and kind of share files and things and share ideas. But if this is something that sounds interesting to you then please sign up and join us. We’ll have a good time doing it. I can promise that we will definitely have a day or two where we work on swing plane – 1 & 2 swing planes. We’ll discuss it. We’ll have some video to kind of show the differences and hopefully, it’ll make more sense at that time. But anyway please enjoy the day thank you for joining us. Remember in your golf game: better data means better golf.