Live broadcast webinars are one of our favorite teaching platforms. Since we started the webinars in 2009, Tim and I have presented well over two thousand one-hour shows ranging from basic single plane instruction to new product launches. For the webinar last Wednesday, Tim and I were more excited than usual. Why – because we were teaching our Single Plane Inner Circle Members.

Why did this excite us more than usual? Let me explain.

Depending on the subject matter we often have a few thousand viewers. To be frank, it is often difficult to teach to these very large public broadcast audiences. Why? Because the audience experience with the Single Plane is enormously varied. Knowing your audience, the golden rule of presentations, is impossible. Some are brand new to the Single Plane swing while others have years of knowledge and experience. This diversity makes it difficult to know how “far” to take our instruction. It alters our message. Tim and I hold back.

Yes, the Single Plane Golf Swing is simple but teaching its elements can often hyper-focus on a subject – making something simple seem overwhelmingly complicated. For example, to make a proper Single Plane backswing you must turn your shoulder blades 80 degrees and your pelvis 40 degrees. Sounds simple right? What if I told you that many golfers have difficulty with these rotations because of their hip flexors and that hip-flexor mobility is a critical factor in proper rotations and positioning of the spine? Suddenly a simple backswing sounds like I tore a page from a medical journal.

Moe Norman Backswing Turn Top View

Moe Norman Shoulder Turn vs. Hip Turn

Ironically, the audience is watching the show for instruction yet if it becomes an anatomy class, many will tune out conclude that the Single Plane Swing is too implicated.

Tim and I are caught between keeping the message of the Single Plane simple for the beginners and sharing our extensive knowledge that could help the advanced students – afraid of reaching the point of TMI (Too much information).

So what is the solution?

Answer: Create a Private Membership called the Single Plane Inner Circle.

When the GGA Team decided to start separate out the “serious” Single Plane golfers Tim and I sighed with relief. We no longer have to “hold back” our instruction. We can speak the Single Plane language without feeling like we might overwhelm a newbie.

Personally, I am super excited about the Inner Circle webinars this year. It opens the door for me to share my knowledge and research without feeling like I might be reaching the point of TMI.

As many of the Inner Circle Members know, my passion for Moe’s swing has connected me with Dr. Robert Neal – of Golf Biodynamics. His proprietary software and systems have allowed me to study the Single Plane Swing 3-Dimensionally. Those of you know me understand that putting me in a room with motion capture technology and Dr. Neal is more fun than winning the lottery. I love learning. Seeing the swing motion from a 3-Dimensional perspective sheds new light on what is possible for our ability to help our students.

In 1994 when I saw Moe swing for the first time I remember thinking “I just want to feel his swing one time”. With the help of 3-D technology and the ability to measure the inside of the swing so we can understand what Moe was feeling inside his body. Take for example discovering that in the backswing the lead arm rotates in the same relationship to the torso and that the trail hand doesn’t rotate at all.

Moe described this backing motion as “In and Up”

Moe’s description perfectly describes how the body rotates the club inward in the backswing rotation. Then approximately midway back the trail arm folds moving the hands and arms upward. In this motion you can 3-Dimensionally see the pelvis and torso rotate together as the arms move inward in the first moment. Then the pelvis slows down and the torso continues. As the torso slows the arms then move up to the top of the backswing. The differential between the pelvis and torso is called the “X” Factor a term used by Dr. Neal to show the “Separation” of the torso and pelvis. The reason that the “X” Factor is important is because in order to produce speed in the forthcoming downswing you must move the pelvis first – separating it from the turn of the torso.

The X-Factor is the ability to separate and produce speed. Without separation, the pelvis can’t pull the torso causing the arms to move too quickly into the downswing. This is what teachers call “over the top” causing the ball to slice or worse.

A good Single Plane Swing will have approximately 40 degrees of Separation between pelvis and shoulder rotation in the backswing. My research of my students shows a lack of both torso and pelvis rotation where students seeking help from our academy. One recent student had less than 65 degrees of shoulder rotation. Interestingly to compensate for lack of torso rotation, he moved his pelvis incorrectly to 55 degrees creating and X-Factor of less than 10 degrees. With only 10 degrees of rotational separation, it made it impossible for him to move the pelvis in the proper sequence (first) and give the Torso time to lag behind (separate) to accumulate speed.

Have I reached TMI yet? This stuff is important and it is what Inner Circle Members are looking for. This is the exact cause and effect issues that real students are solving.

With this type of data it makes it easy for me to understand mechanically what is happening from the inside of a student’s swing so we can find the exact solutions and not waste time with fruitless practice. In this particular instance, the student’s trial leg was straightening forcing his pelvis backward too far. The pelvis shifted laterally (not rotationally) inhibiting torso rotation. No wonder he was only able to produce 60 mph of club speed.

Measuring a student 3-Dimensionally is great for my research and teaching but interestingly enough, you don’t really need it. I perfectly matched Moe’s swing over 20 years ago with a video camera matching my movement with Moe’s. Having 3-D technology is just a way to quantify the movement and measure the results bringing a new depth to our instruction.

I want to invite all of you become Inner Circle Members where Tim and I can uninhibitedly teach by sharing our knowledge and insights from years of experience and research. You can find more information about becoming an Inner Circle Member here:

http://singleplaneacademy.com

If you are already a member, I look forward to seeing you each month for our Exclusive Member Only content. Next week’s show is PART 3 of Moe’s Feelings vs. Real. Stay tuned.