Moe Norman’s Natural Swing Plane – The Single Plane

If I asked you to swing a club with your lead hand only, you will move the club exactly on plane.  You will do the same thing with your trial hand only.  Swing Plane is a natural phenomenon.

The problem tends to occur when you put both hands on the club.  For various reasons including body position, wrist hinge and rotations, swinging the club on plane with both hands becomes increasingly difficult.

My mentor Moe Norman was known as the greatest ball-striker to ever play the game.  Tiger Woods said that Moe was one of the only players to “Own his swing”.

Why was his swing so great?  It came down to a very simple concept: Swing Plane.

Moe’s instructions were to “Hit your positions”.  He discussed this with me ad nauseum.  Why was Moe so adamant?  Because your positions determine your natural ability to move the body correctly – in order to move the club correctly on plane.  Here are a few photos taken by Howie Alter.

MoeNorman Oakdale 9:11:87 300dpi #2a

Notice how the butt of the club is pointing at the ball.  Also notice the tilt of his body. Pay attention to the trail arm folding and how the hands are hinging to support the club on the plane.

You can see in this picture how the club looks like an extension of the trail arm.  The club face is parallel to the plane.  Again, pay attention to the spine tilt particularly the right shoulder extension.

When a line is drawn from the backswing plane toward the ball, you can see how the club is referencing this plane throughout the motion.  This is is the natural movement of the club “through space”. “Like a pendulum” was Moe’s description of this feeling.

Moe swung the club on one plane we call The Single Plane where he started and impacted in the same club “plane” position.  This is why he was the greatest ball-striker to ever play – he kept it simple.

I can hear his voice every time I play “Keep it Simple Stupid”.

MoeNorman Oakdale 9:11:87 300dpi #3a

You can see in this picture how the club looks like an extension of the trail arm.  The club face is parallel to the plane.  Again, pay attention to the spine tilt particularly the right shoulder extension.

When a line is drawn from the backswing plane toward the ball, you can see how the club is referencing this plane throughout the motion.  This is is the natural movement of the club “through space”. “Like a pendulum” was Moe’s description of this feeling.

Moe swung the club on one plane we call The Single Plane where he started and impacted in the same club “plane” position.  This is why he was the greatest ball-striker to ever play – he kept it simple.

I can hear his voice every time I play “Keep it Simple Stupid”.

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