Greetings from Suzanne Tuesday, 04 December 2012


I see so many adverts promising extra distance. All sorts of new technologies claim to add 10, 20, 30 yards to tee shots, while I’m quite bemused by the loft on the #6 Iron that now goes 15 yards further (the same distance as the #5 Iron it surely is!).

I want you to think about a trip to the fairground. When you swing the hammer to bring it down on the ‘nail’ to ring the bell as the strong man, you know you need to make contact on a ‘plane’ that comes down square and delivers maximum force against the target. (You may be too young for this analogy.)

The same is true in golf. The point of a swing plane is that it allows you to return the club head to the golf ball on a plane that will deliver maximum force with a square contact. Get that right and you will out-deliver any technology enhancement with your added distance. You’ll also hit the ball a lot more accurately.


As simple as some people have tried to make this, it seems to me to be one of the most misunderstood and debated parts of the golf swing. Certainly you can point to golfers on Tour who are not on plane at various stages, but get the club head back to the ball square and with a lot of force.


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