Here are a few “unique” characteristics of the Single Plane (Moe’s) Set Up:
1. Moe’s Legs Were Straight
This builds a stable foundation – or what is called an A-frame – for the swing day after day. One of the issues with the traditional swing is how much to bend the knees? On day it might be a little, another day a player may flex them more depending on his emotional and physical state, which lead to inconsistency. Starting with straight legs means there is no variance in the degree of knee flex from day to day.
Do not confuse straight with “locked”. Moe’s knees were not locked, but straight at set up.
2. Upper Spine Tilted Away From The Ball
The lead shoulder is higher than the trail shoulder. The tilt happens naturally because of Moe’s wide stance and straight arms and his right hand was lower on the grip then his left hand.
3. Moe’s Arms Were Straight – Pointing Directly At The Ball
This is a natural position for holding a club to hit a golf ball; it is similar to a child holding a stick that he’s going to use to hit a rock on the ground.
4. His Club Shaft Began The Swing On The Impact Plane
Starting with the club on the same plane that you are going to hit the ball makes sense. (How come no one figured this out before?)
5. He Placed The Clubhead Five To Twelve Inches Behind The Ball
This allows the body to move laterally into the impact, and it allows the relationship between the club and the upper body to remain consistent. (The distance behind the ball depends on the club.)
6. His Lead Hand Was Neutral And Trail Hand Non-Rotational
This allowed for perfect club face movement and minimal arm rotation.
Taken together, these elements of Moe’s address made his swing incredibly simple, certainly relative to the conventional swing.