(Exert from The Single Plane Golf Swing / Play Better Golf the Moe Norman Way Book)

By:  Todd Graves

Todd Address Moe

1.  Moe’s Legs Were Straight

This builds a stable foundation – or what I call 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.

2.  His Upper Spine Was 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 figure this out before?)

5.  He Place 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.  As I first began to study Moe’s swing and got deeper into examining his set-up, I was floored by his genius of its simplicity.