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Is there anything wrong with a flat take away?

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So I got a driver lesson today and basically he flattened my back swing, and keep the club face closed through the backswing. He had me hitting the longest straightest drives I've ever hit, so my question is, is there anything wrong with this? Why don't more people do this?

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So I got a driver lesson today and basically he flattened my back swing, and keep the club face closed through the backswing. He had me hitting the longest straightest drives I've ever hit, so my question is, is there anything wrong with this? Why don't more people do this?

I'm trying to get away from a flat takeaway because, in my case, it helps to promote a downswing that is too steep.

But that's specific to me and might not be the same for everybody.  Matt Kuchar has a pretty flat swing all the way through, I believe.

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I'm trying to get away from a flat takeaway because, in my case, it helps to promote a downswing that is too steep. But that's specific to me and might not be the same for everybody.  Matt Kuchar has a pretty flat swing all the way through, I believe.

Well I think a flat takeaway would be ok for me, I just don't flatten in the downswing. Which is my priority piece from evolvr, so I kinda feel like this was an instant fix instead of a long term deal. I'm just wondering if I can get the same results from being flat why work towards a steeper take away and a flatter downswing? I was however hitting my driver at least 225 - 250 yards with either a baby draw or a straight fade when I did it right, my current average being about 170 push fade with a driver. I'll know for sure if it's an improvement when I play this week or not.

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I tried to flatten my swing a bit last season. Gave it the whole season to get into memory. Didn't work. After 40+ years, the flat swing would not mesh with the timing memory already in there. When it worked, it really worked. but more times than not it was a super flare right or a pull hook. I've just figured I would empty my head and try and get that 16 year old me and his "natural" swing to come out. A little higher hands at address, a bit more upright again along with a *sllightly* quicker tempo. I've kept the real flails to a minimum and a consistent distance has kind of returned. I still have to remember my new trigger, but that will come soon enough. But if a flatter plane works for you, then swing away.

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So I got a driver lesson today and basically he flattened my back swing, and keep the club face closed through the backswing. He had me hitting the longest straightest drives I've ever hit, so my question is, is there anything wrong with this? Why don't more people do this?

Just started a flatter swing plane and have great results...I believe my club/wrists were too upright at address.  Lateley, I stayed tall in my setup and let the arms fall to their natural position.  Much more relaxed and natural.

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Just started a flatter swing plane and have great results...I believe my club/wrists were too upright at address.  Lateley, I stayed tall in my setup and let the arms fall to their natural position.  Much more relaxed and natural.

I think the biggest thing it did for me was, let me feel what it should feel like to be on plane instead of over the top, it really felt like I was swing up towards the ball instead of down at it.

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I think, operative word being think, that when you went to a flatter swing, this could have put your right elbow in relation to your body, in a better position (provided your right handed of course). Look at Sergio, he drops into a flat position on the downswing and Matt Kucher, who for a tall guy went to a flat swing and has done pretty good. Bottom line being, regardless of upright or flat, if the elbow is not in a close body position, then a lot of over the top problems can surface.

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So I got a driver lesson today and basically he flattened my back swing, and keep the club face closed through the backswing. He had me hitting the longest straightest drives I've ever hit, so my question is, is there anything wrong with this? Why don't more people do this?

What do you mean by "flat"? Left arm matching the shoulder pitch at A4? Nope, nothing wrong with that as long as the trail elbow doesn't get behind you.

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Basically I think more of a single plain swing, keeping the club on the same plain as the downswing, also bringing it inside on the backswing, getting rid of the looping motion that you have to do on the downswing to get the inside out swing. I'll try get a video of me doing what he told me to do if that helps.

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Hope I am on topic here ... I tend to bring the club face back closed (aiming at the ground) ... and I go left a lot with a slight hook ... when I open it a bit more ... and close it at on the way down (at impact in my mind) I get GREAT results ... but my fault is, I think about it too much sometimes, and chunk it ... So when I do the opposite of the OP I get the same results ... interesting to me ... To be fair to Brian at Evolvr I am only a week into his suggestion and a "new" feel for me ... but again when I do execute it with a steady head ... well simply stated its golf porn at this point

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I'm trying to get flatter too. I'm ok round the green, pitches and such but more difficult on longer clubs to get flatter.  My feeling is that the flatter swing lets me engage my hip turn easier. Like more body parts moving around, twisting to the right.  If my hips ain't twisting that ball ain't goin' far.

Here's a video of MAJimenez. At the top of his backswing, in which direction is his belly button facing?  He moves his hips way round. his shoulders rotate round too.

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So I got a driver lesson today and basically he flattened my back swing, and keep the club face closed through the backswing. He had me hitting the longest straightest drives I've ever hit, so my question is, is there anything wrong with this? Why don't more people do this?

That's how I hit it off the tee. Your goal is to hit it long and straight, right? Keep doing it if it works. You know you are getting too flat when you start pull hooking. Simply work on "upper cutting" the ball to get back on plain.

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