I took a golf lesson a few months ago and was told to flatten out my downswing to get it on plane, I had to make a looping motion like an upside down J to get a flatter plane. I have never heard of this in any instruction before, is this common? It seemed to work, but now the last two times I went out to the range to hit balls, I either shanked them or hit them extremely short. Before the shanking occurred, I was hitting almost every ball fine, even though my downswing was a bit steep. Could this new motion be causing my shanks?
Looping the arms at the top to get swing on plane
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It could be that it feels like a looping motion, but in reality is on plane on the back and down swings. I worked on this with Evolvr. I used the Ricky Fowler/Jim Furyk feeling like I was bringing the club back higher and then coming back under and inside. But on film, the swing looks like both the back swing and down swing are on the same plane.
Are you filming your swings?
Yea I have been filming my swings. I posted one in the member swings section. It looks as though I am not performing that motion in the swing. I have tried it before and it seems to work, so I will keep at it. I am thinking it is more a feeling rather than what is actually happening. Seems a bit tougher to execute, but hey, that's golf. Good to know that it is a common technique. Thanks for the advice.
"Looping" is what I'm working on now and it's helping me a lot. Previously I was going back too much on the inside ("2 and in") and thus coming at the ball too much from the inside. I usually ended up either pushing the ball to the right or, after last minute compensation, hooking it. I now like the feeling of being a bit to the outside with the hands at the top (but on video it doesn't really look that way) and then dropping the hands down with the hip turn/bump. That way you've got the needed inside-to-out clubhead path without a swing plane too far to the inside - a nearly impossible situation unless you get handsy.
Yes, think a little "Jim Furyk" on this, but not as much as him necessarily ... . Good luck with it.