If you want to perfect your golf swing you should concentrate on the path of the club rather than the plane of the club.
Better yet, if you desire to perfect your golf swing you should focus on the path of the club face rather than on the plane of the club face.
As noted in a recent article, Ben Hogan popularized the notion that the club needed to be on a certain plane in order to hit a decent golf shot.
Here is part of the article:
“The term golf swing plane is used often when discussing the golf swing, but can be difficult to understand. Your swing plane is the imaginary path that the club takes on its way to the ball, and it affects the direction and trajectory of your shot. The swing plane was popularized by Ben Hogan in his book, Five Lessons: The Fundamentals of Golf. Let’s take a look at the one- and two-plane golf swings to help you determine which shot is best for you. ” Read more…http://www.theolemissgolfcourse.com/blog/item/30-which-golf-swing-is-right-for-you.
Many instructors have since focused on the plane of the swing instead of the path of the swing.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter all that much as to what degree of the swing plane, whether steep, shallow or somewhere in the middle, if the purpose of the swing is to hit a straight golf shot, although it certainly would affect the trajectory of the ball in flight..
What really matters in hitting a golf ball straight is for a square club face to contact the ball on a path that matches the target line, at impact.
The trouble of attempting to swing a club on a certain plane, as suggested in Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, is the tendency to get caught up in the plane rather than the path of the club face.
Again, if you want to perfect your golf swing, your swing path must match your target line and your club face must contact the ball squarely at impact in ordr to hit a straight golf shot, irrespective of the plane of the swing.