Golf swing plane simply explained

MANY people will be aware of Ben Hogan’s classic “pane of glass” golf swing plane image.

On the printed page it is not always easy to see exactly what he is saying and misunderstandings can arise.

The following four and a half minute video uses more modern means to simply explain and demonstrate how to keep the golf club on plane from setup to impact and how common mistakes happen.

The video uses an innovative, physical, free standing pane set up behind the golfer and added graphics to simply demonstrate and make clear its concepts.

You find many such videos and clips on places like YouTube and elsewhere but the helpful props here and plain talk I thought make this well worth a look.

The instructor is John Jordon of the PGA Venezuela – EduGolf Foundation (the wonders of the internet) who says if you are able to keep the correct club angle throughout the swing you are well on the way to making solid, consistent golf shots.

The video itself is from a site called MaxYourGame – with which ASG has no association – but which we visited and seems harmless enough.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017


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  2. Great video,

    This what I am presently working on in my golf swing. My swing has been a bit too steep so i’m presently trying to flatten it out. Difficult to do but a must if I want to play more consistent golf.


  3. What a load of bullshit.

    This John Jordan can’t even stay on his own “swing plane” and in his backswing changes to some other “plane” which happens to be parallel to the first one.

    In fact there is no such thing as swing plane. It is a mirage made up by golf instructors who have an obsession with pretty pictures and videos.

    Check out Brad Hughes on the topic of “swing plane” and see how many great players are way, way off this supposed “swing plane” and yet somehow manage to play great golf.

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