As a golf instructor, I can see no reason why golfers should not adopt an upright glider, regardless of their physique or flexibility.
Still, if you search online for "golf swing plane", you will see several explanations about the subject and just as many different versions about what is correct and what is not correct.
As I will show from a purely mechanical and physics point of view, the advantages in distance and accuracy far outweigh those of a flatter plane and for those reasons alone I recommend the concepts of a more upright swing. to handle for all my students.
Swing plane angles are usually associated with the length of a golfer.
Golfers with a shorter length would be a flatter plane.
It is also common for golfers to adopt a flat swing motion due to the characteristics of their physiques that limit the range of their swing flexibility, such as their chest and middle sections.
other hand higher golfers sway naturally with a more upright sway plane, simply because of the increased height of their shoulders relative to the ground.
But the physical characteristics of a golfer are not the only things that determine their angle of rotation.
What also determines the swing plane is how they position themselves in their arrangement and how they turn their backs on the backswing …
Swing Plane Angle
Before I go into the details of an upright person swing first let me define how often the angle of the swing plane is understood.
I say that because I am certain that I, like the most passionate golfers, Ben Hogan's book & # 39; Five Lessons, the Modern Basics of Golf & # 39; and his explanation of a swivel plane is probably one that is stuck in your mind.
Here is his explanation …
Try to visualize a golfer who forms a right triangle in their setup position.
The vertical side of the triangle is formed from the top of the shoulders / neck to the ground around the position of their feet. The horizontal side is formed of the club head and the ball position up to that point on the ground that meets the vertical side of the triangle.
The hypotenuse, or long side of the triangle, is determined from the club head to the point on their shoulders.
The classic concept of the angle of the swing plane is that it is the angle between the hypotenuse and the horizontal side of this triangle. (Think of the plate with glass image in Hogan's book resting on the golfer's shoulder …)
You can now imagine how this angle would increase or decrease because of the height of the golfer and why hovering device is often associated with the golfers shoulder height.
The reason why I say this is how often swing wing angle is determined is that there is a big assumption with this theory that is usually incorrect …
What it is supposed is that the club's head swinging path follows the same angle during the backswing so that the highest point of the swing lies on an extended line drawn from the ball through the top of the shoulders to the hands at the top of the swing …
The reality is that the angle in which the swing "actual" turns can be totally different, which causes the hands to reach the top point of the swing, below or above the point of the "Hogan glass plate definition".
The reason for this is that the swivel plane angle is not only affected by your setup, it is mainly determined by the plane where your shoulders rotate.
Your arrangement can show a sway angle that can be completely different from the actual plane of rotation of your shoulders.
This is why …
Rotational planes of your shoulders
To understand your movement of the shoulder rotation, you stand upright in front of a mirror. Keep your arms straight from each side. You can turn your shoulders in a horizontal plane around the axis of your spine … which is easy to do.
Now try to turn your shoulders in a vertical plane by lifting your right arm and lowering your left arm so that you hold a straight line from hand to hand over your shoulders. The rotation axis in this plane is a point on your chest just below your chin …. this movement is not very easy to perform.
The reality of your shoulder change on the backswing is that he works in a combination of both vertical and horizontal movement.
As you would expect, a shoulder rotation that moves more in the horizontal plane will create a flatter plane swing plane.
One that works more in a vertical plane will produce a more upright image of swing plane.
So when we go back to the classic Hogan explanation of the plane that is determined by the position and height of the golfer, the only way a golfer is on that same plane at the top of his swing is the combined horizontal and vertical movements of their shoulder winding correspond to that angle.
This rarely happens …
If you understand that the sway surface is more affected by your shoulder rotation than by your set-up and height, you can make adjustments to your swing swing to obtain some benefits of an upright swing path.
Here are some of the main reasons why I always recommend a more upright sway plane based on the mechanics and physics of the swing.
Improved consistency of your swivel accuracy
The first reason affects the accuracy and the flight path of your stroke.
If you've ever reviewed my free video on "Understanding the Mechanics of General Swing Errors", where I sketch the physics why your shots "fly" like it does, the outcome of all your golf shots comes down to two major factors :
o The direction in which your shoulders are facing the contact point with the ball
o The position of your clubhead on the point of contact with the ball
How flatter your swing plane the more your shoulders move in the horizontal plane.
This means that they only "focus" on the target at a point just before contact and shortly after contact. That's because the movement of the clubhead moves more "across" the goal line as a baseball swing instead of the goal line like a putting swing.
Outside this very small area, the direction in which your shoulders are aiming further to the right of the target on the downstroke and further to the left of the target on the next (opposite to left).
The success of a flatter plane aircraft requires a high degree of "timing" and balance in the swing through the contact point as there is very little margin of error.
The level of "bullet revolution" generated by a badly timed beat also determines the accuracy of the shot.
The relative difference between the shoulder wing plane and the orientation of the face at the point of contact determines the amount of spin generated on the ball.
The more the shoulders "move" across the goal line, the greater the created bullet rotation that leads to excessive hooking or sticking.
On the other hand, an upright swing is produced by the shoulders moving more in the vertical plane, which means that the time that the shoulders move along the goal line is a much longer time during the swing.
The result is that the club head moves down. guideline over a larger area of the swing gives a higher margin of error for timing and balance problems.
The impact on ball rotation is also reduced because the shoulders sway less "over" the goal line in contact for a poorly timed shot.
In both cases, the consistency of your swing accuracy improves, the more upright your swing-plane angle …
Higher swing force and distance
Take all the big hitters on tour and one in the holes of the common features that you will notice is the most use of an upright swing.
I wrote about this in a previous Turnberry newsletter, but it's worth looking at the reasons why an upright hovering unit generates more power for the swing:
o hands and club h the top of the swing above the ground will generate more "potential energy" for the swing. When you think of the energy that can be created by hoisting and dropping a weight of 20 – 30 pounds above your shoulders, you will understand where there is more energy for the swing. That weight is the combined weight of your club and arms.
o You use your powerful muscles along your right side and the top of your left shoulder that can generate more power for the swing than the use of the force of your lower back muscles rotating around the base of your spine in a flatter movement.
Your balance during the backswing and downswing is influenced by the centrifugal force of turning the club head while it is moving and which angle that force acts on your torso.
The centrifugal force generated by the clubhead moving in a circular path works to pull your shoulders forward towards the ball, which can affect the stability of your trunk during your swing.
To give you an exaggerated example of the effect this might have on your balance, you try to imagine the action of an athlete throwing the hammer.
In this case, the athlete must overcome the enormous centric force needed to turn the hammer. The hammer by "leaning back" to stay in balance while turning.
A flatter plane plane has a similar influence on the balance of the golfer who has to withstand the effect of the centrifugal force around the club head with the lower back muscles to keep the trunk in place during the swing.
During an upright swing, this centrifugal force is generated more by the trunk and the legs of the ground, which produces less effect on your lower back muscles, so your torso remains more stable.
Generating an upright swing
As you would expect your set-up to have an effect on the flat angle, this has had more influence on your shoulder rotation.
I encourage you to begin your swing with a "downward rotation" of your left shoulder …
Many golfers initiate their swing by moving their hands.
For golfers who may be stiff in the flexibility of their torso, shoulders or perhaps a few centimeters more around their mid-range than they would like, starting the swing with their hands would encourage them to swing their swing around their bodies " wrapping "to create a flat swing plane.
That's because their shoulders move more in the horizontal plane.
The net Swing results may be excessive cuts, where the ball starts the escape route heavily to the left or the ball moves to the right.
This is because the area where the club head goes along the goal line is very small, giving the margin of error for accuracy in the swing as I discussed earlier.
Start with your swing by a downward movement of the left shoulder and you will counter this problem.
It ensures that your swing begins with more vertical rotation of the shoulders. This will cause your shoulders to turn more towards the goal line.
Mirror Exercise for Right Institution
The other area that will affect your glider is your arrangement.
I encourage you to practice this swing initiation exercise with your left shoulder rotating alternately in front of a mirror.
As you reverse your hand movement. Adjust your setup to make it easier to turn vertically and move your hands over a more upright swing plane.
Here are a few tips to help you:
o Let your arms hang vertically with your hands no further than five centimeters from your leg
o Keep your back straight from the hips up. Do not let your shoulder lean forward
o If you have a large torso, you may want to lean forward more to give your arms more space to go straight backwards than to wrap your body
As you walk through this routine you will probably feel muscle stiffness in the backward swing that you're not used to … especially in your left shoulder.
That's because it's much easier to roll your shoulders horizontally around your spine than to rotate them vertically
This is normal because the movement in the vertical plane uses different muscles in your golf swing.
Many golfers are just too stiff in the shoulders to do this effectively and when they first try an upright swing plane on the range that disappoints the results.
If this happens, shorten your backswing considerably because the stiffness of your golf muscles in the standing floatland causes other parts of your swing. dropout.
Note: Do not break your left elbow when trying to swing more upright. You beat the goal of the adjustment to a higher swing plane and only cause yourself more timing problems.
An exercise I recommend to improve shoulder flexibility in the vertical plane is to take a broomstick and place it over your shoulders and then wrap your elbows and arms over the top of the handle.
For some people this can be a stretch exercise in itself, so do it carefully without straining the shoulder muscles.
Now move the lever one side forward as far as you can go and hold for 60 seconds. While you hold the piece, you do not allow your hips to move sideways in the opposite direction, because this prevents the stretching.
Keep your torso upright as straight as possible during stretching.
Now do the same movement in the opposite direction.
After a few days of this process, you will notice that your distance on the range improves as you expand your backswing. However, from the beginning you should see a clear improvement in your accuracy constraint, the more you swing along the goal line.