Phil Mickelson vs. The Single Plane Golf Swing (Moe Norman)

Phil Mickelson vs. The Single Plane Golf Swing

By Chandler Rusk, GGA Master Instructor & Single Plane Experience Schools Director

(Part 1)

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson on winning his 43rd PGA Tour career victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship! The GGA Team wanted to do a quick analysis of Lefty’s swing compared to the Single Plane Swing.

In the pictures above, you can see Moe’s address on the left and Phil’s speech on the right. With Moe, the red line represents the Single Plane where Moe will start his swing and also make an impact.

On the right with Phil, you can see that the yellow line represents where his club shaft starts and the red line is where Phil will make it impact. This is also known as a two-plane golf swing. Starting in one place and affecting in another.

Above is the halfway point in the backswing for Moe and Phil. The difference is that Phil stands closer to the ball with a more upright spine angle at address. When he rotates into the backswing, the arms and hands lift and the club shaft flattens if the hands don’t hinge.

Moe, on the left, begins with more space away from the golf ball and a spine angle that is directly engaged in the object he is hitting (roughly 45 degrees). From there, he merely rotates and folds his trail arm which results in a club shaft perfectly parallel to the plane line.

Here is the top of the backswing in the pictures above. With Moe, you can see how the hands are on the plane line, and the club shaft is matching it. The trailing arm is also folded and in front of the body – entirely on the plane.

Phil at the top of the backswing, you can see how the trail elbow is flying, the hands are above the plane line, and the last over-rotation has caused the swing to be very long and across the border.

Phil is one of the best golfers ever to play the game. His creativity, imagination, and competitiveness is unmatched and not to mention; he can get up and down from just about anywhere. This is his key to success – his short game. Phil has never been in the top 100 in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour. Think of how many tournaments he could have won if he hit the ball more consistent like Moe.

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