Cure your slice with PlaneSwingOctober, 2013
PGA pro Tony Westwood, who owns the Westwood Golf Academy in Chichester, explains how he uses the PlaneSwing trainer
Curing your slice
PlaneSwing is the perfect tool to help slicers.
The first thing I look for is tension. If there is tension in their wrists then allowing the clubface to move through the ball with forearm rotation and a strong release will be very challenging.
Once I am happy they have relaxed their wrists I will set up again at the optimal angle and, once in PlaneSwing, I will help them to move the PowerSlider (a weighted club that stretches and trains the golfing muscles) back and through, encouraging the forearms to rotate and wrists to hinge. This means that with the hands in the 9 o’clock position and hinged, the PowerSlider will be at 11 o’clock.
Allow the PowerSlider to move down the hoop with gravity only and re-hinge into the followthrough, encouraging aggressive, and initially excessive, forearm rotation.
When the hands get to the 3 o’clock position the PowerSlider will be at 1 o’clock. Repeating this process will ingrain the motion and it will be easily replicated when youplay the shot.
Coming over the top
If a player is coming over the top, PlaneSwing is perfect to help them understand how to keep the club moving up and down a similar plane.
First, I get them to take a neutral grip and enter PlaneSwing. I check how they are turning their body on the backswing. PlaneSwing ‘frames’ their swing, providing unrivalled feedback and allows a quick check of body movement.
Once I am happy they are turning I set the PlaneSwing at the optimal angle again and ask the player to step back onto the mat in what would look like an ‘open stance’ position.
If a player is coming over the top, PlaneSwing is perfect to help them understand how to keep the club moving up and down a similar plane. This places the PlaneSwing hoop behind them and encourages the player to move the PowerSlider on an inside path and then retain the same angle on the downswing. Imagine driving the butt end of the PowerSlider towards the impact position on the downswing.
Using this drill regularly and then when hitting the ball you focus on the club approaching the inside of the ball, then your ‘over the top’ days will disappear.
Lose your shank
The most feared ‘bad’ shot in golf can be cured with some time on the PlaneSwing.
Set-up in PlaneSwing in a normal square position with the plane set at the optimal angle for you – assuming you are gripping the PowerSlider at the bottom of the grip – thereby simulating a shorter club.
Make a backswing with your body turning and hands arriving at the 9 o’clock position and fully hinged to 90˚.
Now allow the PowerSlider to begin to move down towards the 6 o’clock position, with the hands moving faster than the body can turn – letting the wrists unhinge freely.
As the PowerSlider moves past the 6 o’clock position and through to the 4 o’clock position you should feel as though your shoulders are following the PowerSlider through and not leading the swing.
Repeat this motion and then step out to replicate this motion with your club. If you have the opportunity to hit balls, do.
For more about PlaneSwing visit www.planeswing.com
What is PlaneSwing?
PlaneSwing is a kinaesthetic swing plane trainer that promises a powerful and repeatable swing on your ideal swing plane. It has been developed by former Explanar CEO Tony Clark, a former golf pro, and comprises a multi-adjustable steel hoop, a weighted PowerSlider, PlaneChecker, PlaneGuide and an alignment mat. Plus a user guide and video.