I am an average golfer trying to break 80 on a consistent basis. I have looked at what its going to take and the research tells me that in order to break 80 I am going to need to hit the ball farther off the tee and improve my iron accuracy. The flat swing helps me with both. By a “flat” swing I am talking about a swing that is lower and the left arm is more horizontal than the “upright” swing plane of most pro golfers. This flat swing plane can be seen in old school golfers like Ben Hogan and Sam Snead and current pros such as Matt Kucher.
Flat Swing Plane
Upright Swing Plane
The flat swing has some major advantages for the average golfer. Most of the time the average golfer struggles with distance, consistency and finding a repeatable swing but that is where the flat swing plane shines. Below are 5 reasons why I have chosen to be a flat plane golfer.
Advantages of a Flat Swing Plane
According to the great pro Johnny Miller, the flat swing gives the shorter golfer (me) more power. You are able to really fire the hips and turn into the swing. The flatter swing gives the clubhead farther to go to reach the ball which equals more speed and power. In addition, the ball also has less spin which helps it roll farther. This can be a big advantage when using a driver. I know I have struggled gaining distance off the tee and having less spin should help. PGA pro Jon Rahm uses his short and flat backswing to hit the ball a long way. Below you can see a 438 yard drive from Rahm.
Also by having a flat swing path you are more likely to avoid coming over the top on the downswing. When a golfer comes over the top, they lose speed on their swing and thus lose distance. If you are looking to increase distance like I am, I think the flatter swing gives you just that.