There are of course three types of swing planes – neutral or on-plane, steep and flat, with the neutral one of course being the preferable one, and I’ll tell you why I believe that is so.
The neutral plane should be the one to give you the most consistency, because if you’re swinging with no compensating moves (or any major ones), you’re doing nothing to manipulate the club coming down and yet the club is on plane all the way to impact and through.
And with a neutral plane & path, you should be able to hit fades, draws and fairly straight shots all by simply adjusting the club face to produce different impact conditions, all with the same basic action.
I was always a very steep-plane and outside-in path guy from the time I took up golf, partially due to my not factoring in how my scoliosis would cause my shoulders to open before impact (outside-in club path) and that, being left-handed, I tended to drag the arms and club down from the top (steep plane).
By following the MCS swing model however, the closer I get to the optimal model in my setup and mechanics, the closer I get to a perfectly neutral swing plane and club path.
8 Iron Plane
Last summer, I was amazed by the nearly-perfectly neutral club path at impact on my 2nd visit to the TXG Golf facility in Toronto, showing below some swings from that day with Driver:
Up there you see a less-than 1 degree of variation in the club paths at impact.
That’s almost as neutral as you’re going to get, and I did this after having hit balls perhaps 2 or 3 times in the preceding month, and none for a week before the session.
That doesn’t guarantee perfect shots of course, as you will have to be as good with everything else such as your target line and club face at impact, but how much easier and better does it make your ball-striking when your plane and club path are that neutral and consistent?
If you’re swinging with a steep or flat plane, you get problems on the two extremes.
Steep, you’re coming outside-in through impact and it’s easy to pull-hook the ball, pull it or have the dreaded slice or pull-slice, all depending on how outside-in the club path and what you’ve done with the club face into impact.
Flat, you then get issues with consistency pushing or push-hooking or even push-slicing, again all dependent on how inside-out the club path.
Now, if you take the Iron Byron machine, it will of course swing the club perfectly on the plane it will be on at impact, since it doesn’t have any way of raising or flattening the circle on which it swings the club.
4 Iron Plane
That is why, if you place the ball correctly in the impact zone, the Iron Byron will hit perfect shots, either dead straight or with a fade or draw depending on how you adjust the club face before the swing.
In this regard, the closer you can get your natural swing plane to neutral, the better consistency and accuracy you should have yourself, having eliminated one of the factors that cause missed shots.
Looking at the 3 swing gifs I’m posting today with 8 iron, 4 iron and Driver, you can see how close to perfectly neutral the swing plane is for all three.
From the time my hands and club touch the plane line of the shaft at impact, my hands never leave the line, and if you look very closely, you’ll see that the point where the club shafts meet my right fingers rides that line all the way down and through the “3 to 9” phase of the down swing!
Now, if I can do this swinging a club once a week and not having to hit a million balls per day to get this consistency, there’s no reason any other golfer can’t do the same, following the MCS Golf Swing model with regards to setup and mechanics.
The whole reason for the setup is to measure oneself to the ball and, with the proper address to facilitate the optimal pivot action, is to make oneself swing with as close to the Iron Byron precision as is humanly possible.
If I had the time and resources to do nothing but hit balls and play golf all day, every day, you can imagine what my ball-striking would be like when I can do this on a part-time swinging basis.
And that’s the entire point – the better your swing model, the easier it is to maintain that swing and your best numbers will simply get better.
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