(updated for 2018 – formerly the PVC Drill)
There is no question, the drill we get the most questions about and we are probably the “most recognized” for is our SPPT drill.
The SPPT drill was/is set up for all single plane golfers to work on getting their club on a single plane. It is designed to NOT use a golf club, as you are trying to create NEW habits (as it is impossible to “get rid of” bad habits…. as discussed in many past e-tips). The key is to create new good habits/movements that will be STRONGER than the old/bad habit. The body/brain will have a MUCH easier time (and faster) doing this if you do with an object such as the Single Plane Position Trainer (SPPT) not a golf club, then translate those movements to the golf club in later practice.
This is the PERFECT drill to do over the winter months and can and should be done inside…
Here is what you need to properly set up and use the SPPT drill. The Single Plane Position Trainer and 2 golf balls.
To properly set up the SPPT drill and its accompanying visual aids (the golf balls), Place Ball 1 on the ground, then take your SPPT and lay it behind it (down your target line). Place Ball 2 one foot inside the target line at the end opposite Ball 1. These 2 balls are important reference points when performing the drill.
To get properly setup to perform the SPPT drill, first look at the Face On view. Grip your SPPT in the middle of the SPPT. As you can see in the left-hand picture, gripping the SPPT in the middle will allow you to ‘hover’ the “head” end of the SPPT over Ball 1, and the “butt” end of the SPPT will sit against your lead side, establishing the correct pivot point. As you compare Todd’s SPPT setup in the left-hand picture to his address with a 6 iron in the right-hand picture, you will see the similarities. Here are the checkpoints to ensure a proper setup with your SPPT. Place Ball 1 in the center of your stance, grip the SPPT in the middle and form the ROD position, and Hover the “head” end of the SPPT over Ball 1.
The SPPT Drill is a 4 position drill. From the ideal starting position in the previous frame, the 1st move in the backswing is a ‘one-piece’ takeaway. To accomplish this, simply turn the hands, arms, and torso back together until the “head” end of the SPPT is pointed directly at Ball 2. We will call this Position 1. Notice the following, the relationship of Todd’s arms to his chest has not changed, there is no rotation of the hands, and the SPPT has stayed against Todd’s pivot point on his lead side. When you compare this position to Todd at the same point with his 6 iron, you can see that the 2 positions are identical.
From the Face on view, you will again see that the SPPT has stayed against Todd’s pivot point, and he has maintained the relationship between his hands, arms, and torso by simply turning back to point the SPPT at Ball 2.
From Position 1, the hands simply hinge upward. As you can see, Todd has fully hinged the club in the right side picture, and in the Down the Line view, you can see that the “butt” end of the SPPT is now pointing directly at Ball 2. This is it. The top of the backswing, we’ll call it Position 2. The club is fully hinged and the SPPT is on the plane. When you compare this position to Todd at the top of his backswing, again notice the similarities. The club ‘shaft’ is planned and the hands have fully hinged the club. If you cannot hinge the hands to the point where the ‘butt’ end of the SPPT is pointing at Ball 2, check your grip. If your grip is correct (properly formed Rod and Claw) and you still cannot achieve this position, work on the flexibility of your wrists. It may take some time, but you can get there. The goal to achieve here is that the ‘butt’ end of the SPPT is pointing AT Ball 2 or is pointing at the LINE formed between Ball 1 and 2.
From the Face On view, again notice the similarities between Todd performing the SPPT drill and using his 6 iron. The club is fully hinged, the butt end of the SPPT is pointing down to Ball 2. He has achieved the top of the backswing.
From Position 2, the next movement is Moe’s famed and often questioned ‘Vertical Drop’. This position is simply moving the hands downward with the trail elbow moving in front of the trail hip. From the Face On view, you can see that Todd’s hands have moved downward and his trail elbow has moved in front of his trail hip. You will also notice that the Leverage formed by the backswing has been maintained. A great visual checkpoint in this position is your SPPT will be parallel (not directly over, but inside and parallel. See inset picture) to the line formed between Ball 1 and Ball 2. This is what we refer to as the “hitting position”, and when you compare this position to Todd’s 6 iron, again you’ll see the similarities.
From the Hitting position in the previous slide, the trail hand simply straightens into the ideal impact position. Note that in this Impact position, Todd’s lead knee is flexed, his trail arm is still bent, and Voila, the SPPT has returned to his lead side “Pivot Point”. Also, note that his hands are leading the “head” end of the SPPT into impact. Compared to Todd with the 6 iron, you’ll see they are just alike. NOTE: Do NOT go past impact with the SPPT.
Looking at the impact position from Down the Line, you’ll again see how valuable the SPPT drill is. Trail arm is bent, Single Plane has been reformed as it should and compared to the 6 iron, you can see why we love the SPPT drill. NOTE: Do NOT go past impact with the SPPT.
Now that you understand the proper way to setup and perform the SPPT drill in each position, here’s how we recommend practicing or ‘drilling’ with this drill. Start by making the motion a 4 position process, meaning that your setup, go to Position 1 and hold, then go to Position 2 and hold, go to Hitting Position and hold, then to Impact position and hold. Do this slowly, being deliberate in your motions.
You cannot do this slowly and often enough. When you are comfortable with hitting each position, work to make the entire motion in one move.
Meaning that you address Ball 1 and then make the entire motion without pausing. Again, work slowly and repetitively to ingrain the feeling of the swing. After many repetitions, you will become comfortable making the motion, and then you can speed it up. The goal of the SPPT drill is simple, yet profound, to let you learn piece by piece, slowly, the motion of the swing. As these positions begin to feel more comfortable to you, you can then speed it up and feel an on plane backswing every time. We recommend the SPPT drill, done correctly, and often.
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Used in conjunction with the Feeling of Greatness Training Grip and 6 iron, you will make vast improvements in your swing. To see the SPPT demonstrated by Todd, get a copy of our Troubles and Solutions DVD.
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