This is so IMPORTANT to hitting CONSISTENT shots, the less deviation you have with your swing PLANE, the more, REPEATABLE your stroke will be.The golf stroke takes place on a flat, inflexible, INCLINED PLANE, the full length of the clubshaft remains on the face of the INCLINED PLANE, from the waggle to the follow through.Of course your swing can trace through variations of swing plane, but you must be on PLANE DURING YOUR DOWNSTROKE, if you want POWER, ACCURACY and CONSISTENCY.How do you know if you are ON PLANE ? I will show you the checkpoints you will need.Whenever the CLUBSHAFT is PARALLEL to the ground, it must also be PARALLEL to the BASE LINE of the INCLINED PLANE, which is usually but not always the line of flight , otherwise the end or butt of the club that is closest to the ground must be pointing at the BASE LINE of the INCLINED PLANE.Here you can see the shaft is pointing down to the base line of the swing plane.
One of my teaching aids is perfect for checking this , it is The Smart Stick which has two lasers , one on each end which shows you exactly if you are on plane, or off plane, you can use it indoors or outdoors.There is no guesswork involved here you are either ON PLANE or OFF PLANE.If you imagine a pitched roof of a house and the roof slopes down to a gutter, the roof is the inclined plane and the gutter is the base of the plane line.The CLUBSHAFT must start back on the plane of its ADDRESS ANGLE, it may move onto other planes or it may not as it travels back, inwards and upwards to the top of the swing. Any variation will make it more difficult to be consistent.Very few players keep the club truly on plane during the backstroke, but the critical KEY is keeping it on PLANE during the DOWNSTROKE and IMPACT, if you can do this you really will start to strike the ball with CONSISTENCY, POWER and AUTHORITYCONTACT ME David Bown PGA Professional AA  Authorized Golfing Machine Instructor    07973 746872
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