One Plane Golf Swing vs. Two Plane Golf Swing - What's the Difference?
As I mentioned, Jim Hardy (learn more) is credited with being the first to come up with the idea that there are two sets of fundamentals in golf. For a short period of time, Jim Hardy and his one and two plane golf swing ideas were very popular in the golfing world. In my opinion, the lack of distance his players were getting off the tee and strange looking and unnatural positions led to a loss of tour players following his ideas, and eventually the one plane vs two plane ideas started to fade away. This made a perfect segway for Stack and Tilt to flood the market, although, they too have finally begun to lose popularity and players, including their poster child, Aaron Baddeley.
When this article was originally written in 2004, I too, was very entrigued by the one plane and two plane swing ideas. Below you will find my original explanation of the two models that have long since lost favor for most golfers. The Rotary Swing model is quickly replacing all the swing models such as one plane, two plane, Stack and Tilt and others that are based on instructor preference, bias and unfounded ideas about swing plane and such. The Rotary Swing is the only golf instruction model that is based on how the body is designed to move from an anatomical perspective. The movements are the safest, most powerful and efficient movements the human body can make. Tiger Woods is the closest to a perfect model we have on the PGA Tour in terms of how his body moves. If you'd like to learn more about the Rotary Swing, click here. Otherwise, enjoy this older article!
I used to agree, that at its most basic form, there are essentially two types of golf swings - a one plane swing and a two plane swing. While there are thousands of variations of each swing, every golfer can be seen to exhibit traits as one or the other. If you don't know which you are, then that helps explain part of the reason why you are struggling. As Hardy put it, the two swings are like oil and water, they don't mix. He advocates that you can't take parts from a one plane swing and put them into a two plane swing. I do not totally agree with this but do believe that Hardy's ideas can act as useful guidelines for understanding the golf swing in a much simpler form. However, if everyone were required to fall perfectly within these two sets of fundamentals to properly strike the ball, every swing on Tour would fall much more neatly into one set of fundamentals or the other. Of course, it doesn't happen this way, but I do believe these ideas act as a useful guide.
Unfortunately, within the golf instruction community
there is a lot of confusion with golfers hearing conflicting tips
on the golf swing. Every swing guru today has his or her trademark
"tips" that they use to differentiate themselves and their
tips often conflict with another swing guru's opinion of the swing.
There is nothing more frustrating for a golfer than reading an article
in a magazine from one instructor who says one thing and then to turn
a couple pages to another article that says the exact opposite. It
is this exact scenario that led me to developing this website, and eventually into developing a swing model not based on opinion, but one on fact - the Rotary Swing.
The following is based completely on what I interpreted Jim Hardy to be saying on The Golf Channel in 2003, as well as my own interpretations of Ben Hogan's Five Lessons and my own personal experience as a professional golfer and instructor and is meant solely for educational purposes.
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TWO PLANE GOLF SWING
ONE PLANE GOLF SWING
Vijay is not in a classic one plane impact position here according
to Hardy, but he has done an excellent job of returning the club to
its original position established at address. Vijay's swing, like
most golfers on tour, is a bit of a hybrid. Vijay works hard at keeping
his left arm glued to his chest throughout the swing. You've no doubt
seen him swing with a golf glove under his left arm. That is a major
key to the one plane swing and helps the body stay more in control
of the club and make a full turn on the backswing.