Perched on the driving range in Chicago, Illinois in 1994, with his clubs strewn about, I watched Moe Norman , the greatest ball striker of all time, strike shot after shot with effortless perfection. I could hardly believe what I saw. I was amazed at how simple his swing looked.
Intrigued and inspired, I quickly grabbed my video camera and recorded his swing. I wanted to have something to study. Something I could watch and mimic later. (You can see that rare 1994 Video on this page).
With video in hand, I couldn’t wait to start my journey learning Moe’s Single Plane Swing. I was determined to master his simple move.
Moe Norman’s swing is the perfect swing model. All you have to do is master his “club to body” relationship and you master his Single Plane swing. It’s that simple.
I studied the video. All I could think about was “I need to learn to feel Moe’s swing. If I could feel it, I can master it.” I thought it would be easy. Just match what he was doing from the video, right? Thats where I started to have problems.
Then, started drawing lines on the tv screen and I noticed something that you might call a secret. As I studied Moe swing in slow motion, I started drawing lines on the TV screen. That’s when I made this amazing discovery.
The lines I drew on the TV showed how the club points to the lead side.
When I saw how the club references a specific point, I was so excited I ran to my closet and grabbed the longest thing I could find that would attach to my lead side – a broom.
I extended my hands down the broom until it touched my side, just above my hip.
It felt like the “club” was connected to me. Then when I turned into the backswing, everything moved together in one piece. Everything moved together.
It had established what I now call the “Club to Body” relationship. The broomstick helped me feel Moe’s lead-side “how to get to impact” relationship. This is how Moe did it! This is how he simplified golf. He discovered how to make impact easier. What could be more important than that?
I finally found a way to make the feeling of Moe’s swing understandable and achievable. All I had to do was copy the movement. Discovering the pivot point was revolutionary but I started running into a problem with the broomstick.
Without the proper grip I couldn’t move my hands correctly to the top of the backswing. The broomstick solved one problem but created another. The Broomstick was too wide and made it impossible to correctly place my hands. It didn’t feel like a golf club. It made it difficult to move the hands together.
That’s when I developed what students are calling “the most important tool for learning the Single Plane Golf Swing”: The Single Plane Position Trainer.
I engineered the Single Plane Position Trainer (SPPT) to be a simple, light weight training tool to feel the positions of the Single Plane Swing. The SPPT allows you to feel and train the Single Plane Swing anytime and anywhere. You can carry it in your golf bag and take to the course or you can use it in your home or office.
The SPPT helps you “blend” the positions of the swing into and ideal on plane backswing, with the proper leverage, hand rotation and grip position.
I consider the Single Plane Position Trainer the natural way of producing swing plane and simplifying impact. What this means is that swing plane and impact are directly related. To find out more about the most recent SPPT promotion and save a few bucks.
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