That would make sense, considering that if one’s hands are travelling a route that matches the club shaft’s impact plane, and the club itself matches that plane on the way down, that you would call this “neutral.”
Over the top would be a club and hands above that plane, making it “steep,” and a “too-flat” plane would consist of having the hands drop below that plane on the way down.
Here’s another down the line view of a swing of mine from July, this time a 5 iron, and once again, nearly perfectly “on-plane” coming down:
You can see that post-impact, the club head and shaft are outside the plane line, which would make that swing fairly neutral with a slight inside-out impact path… makes sense so far?
Neutral Swing Plane – 5 Iron
This was a great swing, technically, as you can see the points I hit:
- the hands touch the plane line very early and stay there,
- the club shaft matches the plane as it comes through,
- a very low, almost flat trailing heel at impact.
So, that explains how, if my swing plane is “neutral” when I swing properly, then my club path at impact is going to be pretty “neutral,” meaning not dramatically in-to-out or outside-in, which I’ve shown is the case with my last Driver number set from TXG Golf facility last July:
But the question remains – how do you swing in a way to get these conditions?
The answer is very simple – I have said that we are not machines, as we are made of bone, sinew and muscle, which take the place of rigid machine parts and gears – so we can’t swing perfectly the way a robot does each and every time, but we can certainly create our own “swing machines” using our bodies in the way they are designed to move!
Over the years, while studying swing motion and working on the MCS Golf Swing model, I have taken certain principles that will help build this consistency into one’s swing:
- By adhering to the principle at a stable head and C7 during the swing make it easier to get consistent results,
- By building the address stance that closely mirrors the proper impact position, making it possible to swing with a stable head/C7,
- By making sure that the setup produces a consistent swing bottom with all the clubs from wedge to Driver,
- By using ball placement or position to allow the same swing motion, essentially, for all the clubs,
- By having the swing motion come primarily from the hips & legs, the way the body is designed to pivot, and lastly and most importantly,
- By designing a swing model that is mechanically-correct, so that no compensations or adjustments are required from address to the finish, as well as providing maximum efficiency through optimal motion…
All of these above principles mean that you can build a swing that does what I’m showing above, and in recent posts – and think of the fact that I barely swing anymore these days unless I have numbers to analyze or a swing change to make, so what would someone else be able to do, who can practice and hit balls 3, 4 or 5 days or more per week?
We may never be able to have a “perfect” swing like an Iron Byron, but the closer you can get to the optimal model, the better your swing will be.
This is what I can do just swinging once in a while during the season:
I’m not even where I’d like to be with my swing action, but it’s a process of gradually moving forward as close to the optimal – I know I can get even closer than I was this past summer, and look what it’s done for me so far!
2019 can’t come fast enough for me, my friends.
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