Casey Eberting Golf Instruction
West Houston, Texas

One Plane Swings
And Ben Hogan

For those who aren't familiar with the "One Plane Swing" concept, in the very simplest of terms the idea is that the golfer swings back in a flatter plane (more around the body) and forward in nearly the same plane so that the motion of the arms is more closely aligned with body rotation. In theory, this allows the arms and body to work more cohesively than they do in an upright swing. In the two plane swing, a golfer goes back in a steeper plane, but for this to work it requires a change to a flatter plane when transitioning to the forward swing. In both the One Plane Swing and two plane swing classifications there are a variety of ways to swing.

As for Ben Hogan, I'm hoping interest in One Plane Swings will generate more interest in his nearly perfect swing. One Plane Swing proponents claim Hogan was a One Plane swinger and if you use the definition of having a flat backswing that is more around than up, then he fits. But in a strict sense, Hogan actually wasn't a One Plane swinger.

The reason I don't consider Hogan a One Plane swinger is that Hogan actually flattened considerably as he transitioned into the forward swing, much more than what you think you see in video of his swing, which means he shifted planes just as any two plane swinger does. This is a very important distinction for anyone wanting to learn Hogan's technique as he did make a large shift in planes and one has to train themselves to do it.

So, is a One Plane Swing better than a two plane swing? There have been many great players that have used an upright swing, I'm guessing many more than have used one of the One Plane Swing types. However, there is a serious danger with the upright swing. For most amateurs who swing steeply, the arms swing in a different direction than the motion of the body and for them it's pretty much impossible to synchronize the two. Good golfers avoid this problem by changing to a flatter plane for the forward swing, thus swinging forward with arms and body more in synch, just as with One Plane swingers.

A One Plane swing has issues as well and there is no guarantee that the arms will synchronize with the body, although it is easier. The important thing probably isn't which type of swing you choose as much as it is how well you swing with the choice you make. In other words, you still have to put the time in to learn how to do things correctly, no matter how you try to swing.

For the average golfer, one of the One Plane swing types is probably better since it is so difficult for most to learn how to flatten planes when shifting to the forward swing. I think better golfers have an advantage with the upright backswing and subsequent flattening, but the ultimate swing for those wanting to be good is the Hogan swing!

 

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