The Single Plane Swing is a simple way to hit a ball to your target and increase your enjoyment while playing golf. Years of instructional experience have shown me easier ways to communicate this simple swing method, a swing method brilliantly proven by Moe Norman, a Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member, regularly called the World's Greatest Ballstriker (by Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino, and other greats of the game).
For consistent ball striking you have to control three things:
1. Clubface aim at impact.
2. Clubhead path through impact.
3. Power production without disturbing numbers 1 or 2 - Natural Golf gives you a simple way to control all three.
Fundamental #1 - The Natural Hold
To control where the clubface is aimed at impact, we hold the club in a way that aligns the forearms with the clubshaft. This alignment emulates the dynamic alignment during impact, meaning the clubface will more consistently square to the direction you swing. This way you will have just one thing to focus your attention on when playing golf and that is the clubhead path through impact.
Fundamental #2 - The Single Plane Setup
To control the direction the clubhead is swinging (path), we setup to the ball with our forearms aligned on plane with the clubshaft and upper arms above (on top of) the chest. This way your arms are free to control clubhead direction and torso rotation is minimized, allowing you to swing back and forward on virtually the same path or on a Single Plane. From here you simply aim and drive the ball to your target!
Fundamental #3 - Drive the Ball to Your Target
We drive the ball with a club the same way we drive a nail with a hammer, using leverage as a power source. Leverage is gained by allowing the wrists to work as a hinge so we can release the weight of the clubhead in the direction we want to drive the ball - primarily powered by a simple independent arm action.
The advantage to the Natural Golf Single Plane Swing is that you can fully release the force of the clubhead past your body (as seen in these pictures of Moe Norman) without the need for turning or twisting. That is because our setup positions you at address where you will most naturally return during the swing through impact, with your arms aligned on plane with the clubshaft. Your body stabilizes as you unleash the power of leverage to the clubhead through impact. Then you simply follow clubhead momentum, turning to a stress free and balanced finish.
So there you have it - With Natural Golf you can control where the clubface is aiming at impact by using the Natural Hold, control the clubhead path using the Single Plane Setup and control clubhead speed using the stress free power source of leverage to Drive the Ball to Your Target! If you haven't already, give it a try!
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Best Golf Lesson: How To Stay On Top Of Your Ball
By Gordon E. Jackson
The best golf lesson of late is learning how to stay on the top of your ball during your swing. Unless you stay on top of your ball during your golf swing, you most likely will sway and shift the top of your spine angle. This will cause the arc of your swing to bottom-out at the wrong point and result in a mishit golf shot.
It is very interesting how the instructional community as well as professional players continue to change the description of simple golf mechanics. The golf-swing instructions remain the same but the terms and nomenclature to describe different golf mechanics continue to change with each new generation of golf instructors, it seems.
They now have chosen to call this most important discipline: "staying on top of the ball". "Staying on top of the ball" is required if you wish to hit straight golf shots. It is a term used to describe how the top of the spine angle should remain stable during the back swing. Perhaps the best way to describe this necessary discipline to hit a golf ball straight is to maintain eye contact with the ball from the beginning of the swing through contact with the ball.
Theoretically, if you maintain eye contact with your ball throughout your golf swing, you will not be able to move your head laterally away from your ball. Another way to describe the swing thought of staying on top of the ball is nothing more than the historical admonition of keeping a steady head during the swing.
Whether your swing thought is "staying on top of the ball," keeping a steady head during your golf swing, or maintaining eye contact with the ball through impact, you must keep a stable top of the spine position during your golf swing in order for your swing arc to bottom-out in the same position as at the beginning of your golf swing.
Just as there has been some confusion about the concept of "staying on top of the ball" during the golf swing, there has been equal frustration about the concept of keeping a steady head during the golf swing. Keeping a steady head during your back swing does not mean your head should not move during the down swing to counter-balance the rotation of your hips. Indeed, it must. Neither does the concept of keeping a steady head mean it can't move at all during the swing. For example, you could swivel your head in the manner Jack Nicklaus made famous and yet maintain a top of the spine position during your golf swing.
As long as the top of your spine remains effectively in the same position during your back swing as at the completion of your setup routine, you could move it anyway you desired. So what then should you do to stabilize the top of your spine during your swing in order to "stay on top of your ball?" First, keep your left foot firmly planted throughout your golf-swing. Keeping your left foot planted during your golf swing will help keep the top of your spine stable and improve your golf swing dramatically. Second, maintain eye contact with the ball through impact. As stated above, maintaining eye contact with your ball through impact will help keep the top of the spine stable. Thirdly, avoid raising, lowering or moving your head sideways during your backswing. If your head does not move up, down or sideways during your backswing, the top of your spine will remain stable.
If you do these three things correctly you certainly should "stay on the top of your ball." Applying the combination of these three may truly be the best golf lesson of late.
Golf Putting Instruction Can Shave Strokes Off Your Score
By Curt Smith
Do you believe to improve your putting, golf instruction might help? Have you ever taken a putting lesson? Or, for that matter, really learned the fundamentals of proper putting? If you haven't, you really need to take a serious look at it.
Putting is a direct impact on your golf score. There is no other way to look at it. How many three (or four) putts do you have a round? Do you think with a little instruction, your putting would improve, and you might even eliminate those dread "three jacks"?
Putting to me is so boring! I have tried to practice (and do on occasion), but I can only do it for 10, 15 minutes max, then I'm on to something else. But guess what? My putting is the worst part of my game! Go figure.
If you're like me, you should strongly consider a putting lesson from a golf instructor you know is good in that discipline. Do not just pick any instructor. Do some talking around, and get referrals on one that is really good at putting.
Instruction specific to putting can make a huge difference in your outcome on the course. Just imagine if you have 2-3 three putts on each nine you play. Just eliminate the three putts and you've dropped your score 4 strokes right there! This is one of the easiest ways to improve your score!
I know I used to bang it long off the tee, and get on most of the greens in regulation, and 60% of the par 5's in two, and still make my two or three putt for par or bogey. And sometimes double bogey! All from putting!
Doesn't have to be that way. Just one putting lesson can get you on the right track quickly! You'll be amazed to see what you've been doing wrong, and how easy it is to correct it with the right instructor. It'll happen from just one instruction lesson!
So yes...in a nutshell...golf putting instruction is critical to lowering your score!
Golf Swing Tips - Fundamentals Of The Single Plane Swing
By Ken C. Martin