As a golf instructor, I see no reason why players should not take the vertical swing plane, regardless of their physique or flexibility.
However, if you go online to search for "golf swing plane" you'll see a few explanations about the subject and just as many different versions of what is right and what is wrong.
as I will show in the near future with purely mechanics and physics point of view, the advantages in range and accuracy far outweigh those of the & # 39; omnasts swing plane and for this reason alone I would recommend and teach the adoption of the concept of a vertical swing for all my students.
plane rotation angles are usually associated with a golfer's height.
golfers that are shorter in height, is said to have a flat swing plane.
is also common to see golfers take a plane rotational motion due to the nature of their constitution, which limits the range of their swing flexibility, such as their chest and mid-section size.
on the other hand high golfers swing naturally to more upright swing plane simply because of the increased height of the shoulders from the ground.
However, the physical characteristics of the golfer not only the things that regulate their rotation angle of the plane.
What determines the swing plane, they are positioning themselves to install them, and how they rotate their shoulders on the assassination …
Swing Plane Angle
Before we get into specifics in the vertical swing position, let me first define the angle of the swing plane is often understood.
I say, because I am sure, like most hot golfers you read the book by Ben Hogan's "Five Lessons. modern basics of golf "and his explanation of the swing plane is probably the one that stayed firmly in his mind.
Here is his explanation …
attempt golfer image forming right-angled triangle in their installation position.
vertical side of the triangle is formed from the top of their shoulders / neck on the ground around his feet position. The horizontal portion is formed from the position of the club head and the ball at the point on the ground that corresponds to the vertical side of the triangle.
hypotenuse, or the longest side of the triangle is determined from the clubhead at the point of their shoulders.
The classical understanding of the angle swing plane, that is the angle between the hypotenuse and horizontal side of the triangle. (Remember the plate glass illustration in the book resting on Hogan golfers shoulder …)  Now you can imagine how this angle is increased or decreased due to the height of the golfer's swing plane, and why is often associated with golfers shoulder height.
reason why I say this as the rotation angle of the plane is often determined by the fact that there is a lot of speculation to this theory, it is wrong most of the time …
it suggests that in turn the club head path follows this same angle throughout the swing, so that the highest point of the swing is in the extended line drawn from the bowl through the top of the shoulder to the arm at the top of the swing …
reality is that the angle of swing "actually "revolves can be completely different as a result of which the arm reaches the top of the assassination and bo below or above dots "determining glass plate Hogan.»
reason is that the rotation angle of the plane is not only influenced by your installation, it is primarily defined by the plane around which your shoulders rotate.
Your installation may show a rotation angle of a plane, which may be completely different from the actual plane of rotation of the arms.
Here's why …
Rotary Planes your shoulders
In order to understand your shoulder rotation movement, standing before a mirror. Keep your hands directly on each side. You can rotate the shoulders in a horizontal plane around the axis of the spine … that's easy to do.
Now try and turn his shoulders in a vertical plane, raised his right hand and dropping his left hand so that you maintain a direct line from hand to hand over the shoulders. The axis of rotation in this plane with the & # 39 is the point on the chest just below the chin …. this movement is not very easy to perform.
reality shoulder their turn to attempt to & # 39 is that it works in a combination of both vertical and horizontal movements.
as one would expect, shoulder turn, that moves more in the horizontal plane will create a flatter swing plane.
is one that more runs in the vertical plane will produce more vertically swing plane.
So, when we go back to the classic Hogan explanation swing plane, guided installation and a height of a golfer, the only way that the golfer will be on the same plane as the top of their swing if on & # 39; the combined horizontal and vertical movement their shoulders for their turn comes to match this angle.
this is rare …
With this understanding of what swing plane has a greater influence on your shoulder rotation than the height of your settings and lets you make changes to your would ackswing, to get some of the benefits of vertical swing path .
Here are some of the main reasons why I always recommend a more upright swing plane, which are based on the mechanics and physics of the swing.
improve consistency of your swing accuracy
The first reason affects the accuracy and trajectory of the ball flight of your shot.
If you ever reconsider your free video adapter on "Understanding the mechanics of the general shortcomings of swing", where I outline the physics of why your photos "fly" in order, DO, the outcome of all fields shots boils down to two main factors:  about the direction of your shoulders tend to the point of contact with the ball
about the orientation of the head of your club face at the point of contact with the ball
flatter your swing plane over your shoulders move in a horizontal plane.
This means that they only "sighting" on the target at the point immediately before the contact, and soon after contact. This is because the movement of the club head is moving "through" the target line as a baseball swing, and not to the target line, how to put a swing.
Beyond this very small region direction shoulders tend further to the right of the target on the lower swing further to the left of the target at the next through (opposite for left-handed).  success planar oscillation plane requires a high degree of "time" and balance of vibrations through the contact point, since there is very little for errors.
level "ball back," born of poorly timed swing also determines the accuracy of the shot.
relative difference between the arm and swing plane orientations from the face of the club at the contact point determines the amount of the back, generated on the ball.
The more shoulders move "through" the target line, the more the ball spins created leads to exaggerated hooks or slices.
on the other hand in vertical position is made for swing arms move more in the vertical plane, which means the time the shoulders move down the target line is much greater during the swing.
result with 39 & # is that the club head moves down the target line swing over a larger area gives a higher margin of error for synchronization and balance problems.
impact on the ball back is also reduced, as fewer shoulders to swing "through" the target line when exposed to ill-timed shot.
In both cases, the sequence of your swing to improve the accuracy of a vertical angle of your swing plane …
Higher swing power and distance
Follow all the big hitters on tour and one common features you will notice most of the vertical oscillations take
I wrote about this in a previous release Turnberry but should consider the reasons why upright swing plane generates more power for the swing :.
on the hands and club will Lead h above the ground on top of an assassination attempt that generates a "potential energy" ball. If you think about the energy that can be created using gruzapad & # 39; omnyh on 20-30lb weight above your shoulders and lift it, you'll understand where the increase in energy is on the swing. This weight & # 39 is the total weight of your club and weapons.
for you to use their powerful muscles down the right side and at the top of the left shoulder, which can generate more energy to swing than using the strength of your lower back muscles orbiting the base of the spine in blunt swing.
your balance at the time of the assassination attempt and fall depends on centrifical head turning power putter as it is on the move and at what angle that the force acting on the trunk.
centrifical force generated by the club head moves along a circular path acts to pull the shoulders forward in the direction of the ball, which can affect the stability of your torso during the swing.
to give you and exaggerated example of the effect it can have on their balance sheets, try to imagine the action of an athlete throwing the hammer.
In this case, the athlete must overcome huge centrifical force required to rotate th e Hammer for "leaning" to stay balanced during rotation.
flatter swing plane has a similar effect on the balance of the player in golf, which must withstand the impact of centrifical force to turn the club head lower back muscles to keep the body in position during the swing.
in the vertical oscillation is centrifical force generated more through the torso and legs off the ground, which generate less effect on your lower back muscles allows the trunk remain more stable.
how to create a vertical swing of
as much as you might expect, that your setup to affect the angle of the plane, this influence more on your shoulder rotation.
I urge you to start your swing with the "down" turn to the left shoulder …
Many players initiate their swing by moving his hands.
For golfers, which may be rigid in their flexibility of the torso, shoulders or may be several inches larger around its mid-sect ion than they would like, starting with a swing with his hands encourages them to "wrap" their swing around your body causing planar oscillation plane.
This is because their shoulders are moving more in the horizontal plane.
The net result of excessive swing can be threaded with the ball from the flight path greatly to the left or right by pushing the ball.
This is because the area where the club head is moving down the target line is very small immersion error of accuracy in the midst, as I described above.
Start the swing motion of the left shoulder down, and you will face this problem.
This ensures that your swing begins with a vertical rotation regulator shoulders. By doing so your shoulders are rotating down the target line.
Mirror Exercises for the correct setting of
Another area that will affect your swing plane installation.
I recommend that you practice this swing initiation drill with a left turn in front of the shoulder of the mirror at home.
How do you turn to watch your hand movements. . Adjust the setting to make it easier to rotate vertically and move the hands on the more vertical swing plane
Here are a few tips to help you:
for Let your arms hang down vertically in a rack with your hands are placed not more than six inches from your feet
about Keep your back straight from the hips up. Do not let the shoulder assumption forward
Oh, you big breasts you can lean forward more in a position to give your arms a gap to move straight back, and do not wrap around your body
How to go through this routine you probably feel stiffness in the muscles of the back swing, you are not used to … especially in his left shoulder.
that is because it is much easier to rotate the shoulders horizontally around the spine, than rotate them vertically.
is normal, as the movement in the vertical plane using different muscles in your golfing.
Many golfers too tight in the shoulders, to do this effectively, and if they try the first vertical swing plane at the site they find the results disappointing.
If this happens, shorten your swing much as muscle stiffness field in the vertical plane of swing is another area of your swing to breakdown of
. Warning: Do not let your left elbow to break, trying to swing more upright. You defeat the purpose of adaptation to a higher plane of swing and the only reason myself more synchronization problems.
Exercise I recommend to improve the flexibility of the shoulder in a vertical plane, to take a broom and put it over your shoulders, and then wrap the elbows and hands on top of the handle.
For some people this may be stretching exercise in itself, so that it gently, without stressing the arm muscles.
Now move the handle straight down on one side, as far as you can go, and hold for 60 seconds. How do you keep stretching, do not let your hips move to the side in the opposite direction as this will resist stretching.
Similarly, to keep the body upright and straight as possible during the stretch.
Now do the same movement in the opposite direction.
After a few days of this site, you will find your way to improve the range, as you begin to expand your swing more. However, you should see a marked improvement in your accuracy sequence from the start, the more you swing down the target line.
Source by Les Ross