【Part 1】Decoding Moe Norman’s Single Plane Swing

Hey welcome to the channel. Today we are going to decode the greatest boss tracker. That’S ever played the game mo norman, so there’s no better feeling, knowing that when you wake up in the morning to go, play golf so that you’re gon na play well, there’s no better feeling of hitting good golf shots down the fairway. So my mission today is to help as many people as possible wake up every day feeling good that they’re going to go out there and play great because of the single point swing. You can’t swing every club there you go.

Oh moving parts danger, we’re ready! Last year’s the first airway across canada, 46 back, did you enjoy doing this? Yes, i like that. That’S what i like to do now. Kill the people, show them how easy you just hit a golf ball.

Please go their heads home turn. They stand there watching their heads, never go right or left. Oh good, yeah i’ve been all of us teachers. Now not one could tell me something’s the better, not one problem. They can’t tell me one thing to do better myself.

I think it’s disappointment in life. So far that no buddy can tell me what to do step into the top teachers. All you, you know what i know never hit. One off the tool reveal now he’s never gon na ball off the tour of the hill, hit every ball right, the the side or on the insert. Yes, yeah, that’s what this move does for you.

I don’t think it’s going at the ball. It’S right there that that or that is never going at the ball, just sure the green. That’S all dead straight, even up that one still dead straight, my misses are still down the center, never hurting the hip, never hurting it’s swinging through hit everyone solid. I never missed it once they ever missed it never never mess it. One with my driver that stance gives you a real good foundation because of ever boy.

You better believe it emma is your. Is your stance from this decade wider for your driver, yeah, yep, mm-hmm? Sure, 63 year old, yeah foreign, so welcome to part one of decoding single plane swing of mo norman. Now, one of the things and the reason i was attracted to mo in the very first place was i was trying to improve my own golf game. I was trying to find a better way to hit a golf ball now.

One of the things you may or may not know about me is: i worked with dozens of the greatest uh coaches that ever this is back in the 90s. When i was working on my game, i was working with the best coaches in the game, so the guys who coached on the pj tour pga professionals tour playing coaches. I was working with those guys to better my game and what i found after three or four years of that i graduated college in 1991 and after playing on the on the asian tour and various other professional golf tours and working with these coaches, i actually had. I got worse and i don’t know if that, and so i had three things that i was i was really thinking about. When i was trying to improve my game number one.

I was hitting a thousand golf balls a day. I was practicing very hard at this time, so it wasn’t a work ethic issue or the other thing it was is. I was working with the best coaches, so methodology granted. It may be me or i just wasn’t talented enough. I was kind of like what are the three things that are causing me to not be able to develop myself as a player, and that’s when i met moe norman and i saw his single plane swing and immediately saw the single plane.

Now what you may be thinking is well okay. Well, his swing was different yeah, his swing did look different, but that was what i saw was. I didn’t see a different swing. I saw an easier way to accomplish what every player in the world is trying to do, which is playing a golf club now. What does that mean playing a golf club is basically this.

This club has a design and if you look at it, it’s on a plane, so there’s an angle that the club enters this club head and if i, if i can take the club back and return it to its design, that’s the plane of a golf club Right, so wouldn’t it make sense – and this is just common sense – that i took a golf club and it started on this plane and returned to this plane. It would be easier, that’s just a common sense thing. That’S exactly what i saw when i saw mo norman hit a golf ball on video for the first time now i met him in 1994 and my goal was to understand him better. I wanted to understand number one: how did he learn? What he learned number two is: what was he doing to simplify it, and number three is: was there?

Was there a correlation between what he said and what he actually did now? I took that a step further, because i believe that coaching and golf instruction has gone too far into thinking that everybody says an easier way. This is a simple way mo says something in in that video, which is, i have fewer moving parts now i wanted i’m not. I don’t take those things lightly matter of fact, if you have fewer moving parts in your swing and you say that i’m going to go, do the research and figure that out – and i did that so i started doing some biomechanical research to discover how is moe’s Swing different in that regard, fewer moving parts and it’s pretty fascinating, so, let’s get right into it. The first thing is, is there’s four basic principles of mohs swing that allow him to simplify the movement of striking a golf ball.

Let’S first understand what we’re trying to simplify the first thing is this: the most important moment of the golf swing is impact right. So if you said how do you simplify a swing? Everybody is getting trying to get to a point here at impact where we strike a golf ball. This is the most important moment of a swing. Is impact right.

All good players have a certain dimension to that position. Now, if you’re going to simplify a swing, all you really have to do is say: make make getting to impact easier. That’S all you have to do is simplify a swing. That’S exactly what mo did so. Here’S how he did it the first thing he did now.

I have to do a quick comparison. When i do this, i got to compare the mo norman single plane swing to a conventional swing. I have to do a comparison because, when i, when you say oh most, simplified the swing as compared to what and that’s what i call conventional golf. So let’s just go into the four basic things that mo figured out. I’M gon na go to a down the line view, so you can see this the first thing that you see with most swing, and this is the the most obvious thing, and this is exactly what i saw as well was moe – is setting up on a single Plane what we mean by that is that when you see a conventional golfer set up their arms hang below the shoulders and the club is the arms are on one plank hanging down.

So you got my arms hanging down and you got the club on a second plane all right. So that’s what basically is a conventional swing now the problem with that is that when a conventional golfer swings the club, what happens? Is you have mass on the end of the club right and so when the conventional golfer swings, the mast is trying to line up with the arms, because the arms are what are moving the club and so you they start on a lower plane and they impact On a higher plane, so you have this occurring so from address to impact. There’S there’s a different position from address to impact okay. So let’s just start right there there’s a lifting of the club.

So if you look at the starting position of a conventional player and the impact position of a conventional player, you’ll see the foot come off the ground as well. There’S a lifting of the club moe eliminated the lift. So, let’s just talk about that first and we’ll talk about how he did it. What mo figured out was that if you put the club on the impact plane, so he he basically created more space, so he went further from the ball slightly and then created more space so and lifted the arms up to the single plane. Now the club shaft is on the same exact plane that he returned to at impact.

He didn’t have to lift now. Here’S what’s important about that. He eliminated shaft, lift so, in other words, the space notice that a conventional golfer has to create space. The body has to lift mo no longer had to do that. He no longer had to create space, so this did a number of things, and this is why this is so important to me.

It simplified the shaft position from address to impact that makes sense. Now some of you might be asking: do you need different clubs for this? Yes, you need clubs that fit how you address and how you impact. So you need clubs that fit a single plane position. I recommend going through i’ll put it down below i’ll, put a link for our fitting.

We have a fitting form that we give you a free fitting. We tell you exactly what you need. You can make any club out there fit as long as you get them designed to fit a single plane. I just want you to know that. So that’s how that’s the very first thing that moe did was he eliminated shaft lift, but here’s what it also did it eliminated pelvis lift.

So i’m going to show you. So if you mark somebody’s pelvis, a conventional golfer will do this when he swings he’ll lift his lead leg. He’Ll push up on the pelvis as his upper body is going down. So what you’ll see is this you’ll see an upper body lift and a a lower body lift and an upper body going down? So when you’re, when the club’s replaning into impact, you got a movement of the of the lower body up and a movement of the upper body down.

This creates compression on your back now. If you have back problems, there’s something else, that’s happening as you’re compressing. The back you’re, also turning, which is called shear so when you’re moving up and moving down at the same time and turning that’s where you get back pain mo eliminated that why? Because he started an impact on the same exact shaft plane allowing his body to stay down as opposed to moving up. So that’s the second thing he simplified less stress on the body, less stress on the back: less movement of the shaft up and down.

Okay. So there’s two things right there. Now, let’s go into another perspective. That i think is is really interesting about most swing mo says i have have less moving parts well, so he no longer has shaft lift and he no longer has compression of the spine. So less movement there, but he also had less rotation now.

This is where it gets interesting, because when i talk about mo as a swing model, when i talk about a model, this is what’s so important about. What we teach at graves golf is that you have to get all the pieces of the model correct. You can’t just take steal one piece like if i show you moe’s hand position it’s more than just his hand position. I don’t teach grip and address. I teach address and grip, i’m gon na tell you why?

Because the thing that moe did was he had his trail hand in a position, a non-rotational position. Let me just kind of explain that to you. If i take this rock or it’s a golf ball and i’m going to skip it, make a sidearm motion, you’ll notice, that the hand is in a non-rotational motion, see that non-rotational, but you’ll notice, some other things. In order to do that notice. The position of my body, my body’s at a tilt and i’m at a rotation.

So then my arm can be at a non-rotational motion so in other words mo made a non-rotational motion with his with his trail side because of the tilt. So, let’s look at that now so by doing this, a number of things no reduce the rotation of the lead arm, because by tilting your body and rotating the arm to its fullest degree range of motion, he eliminated the rot he identified and basically reduced the rotation Of lead arm because he made it go to its limitation, reducing the rotation of the lead arm. Second thing: he did he because of the tilt his trail arm is now in that non-rotational position. So here’s what you have going on in most swing. You have this one: going back and down it’s just like you’d hammer a nail or skip a rock right.

There’S that motion non-rotational this one’s reaching its range of motion, so by doing that he eliminated the rotation of the hands and the arms. That is a key component. Now, let’s put some of these things together, really quickly. I’Ve been i’ve eliminated the neces, the shaft lift of the golf club. In other words, i have the proper spacing, so i can return the club to its.

I can start and return to the same plane. That’S number one and number two. The next thing is: i’ve put the hands in a not in a non-rotational position to where i can return the club without the rotation of the hands, and i’m going to talk about the next thing. That’S related to that is the tilt of the body. Remember earlier i talked about impact right.

All good players have a similar tilt of the body at impact. If you look at it slow down any player now you may see different leg positions, but they all have a very similar upper body position. There’S a there’s a particular amount of tilt, it’s about 25 degrees of tilt of the upper body band at impact. All good players have this. Well, here’s the here’s, the question for you, and this is what mo figured out the average conventional golfer, because i measured all this.

This is what i this was my my research was to go measure. How is mo simplifying the swing? Not just not just anecdotally but quantifying it right and what mo figured out was the average conventional golfer has between 0 and 10 degrees of what we call a side bend well, the average is about six. So if you look at the six degree side bend right, which is this motion and you have to go to 25 – that’s a lot of motion from basically 6 to 25 right mo starts out at 16, so he’s at 16 degrees of side bend, which immediately puts The handle already forward, that’s why you see mo have an alignment of the lead arm and now all he has to move is a few degrees and he’s at impact. So now watch the motion: less rotation, less movement, less need for bending of the body and he returns the club to where impact in a more consistent way.

Now i’m going to refresh i’m going to go through these things, one more time, because these are the key fundamentals by the way of most swing and then we’ll talk about the motion a little bit in the next video. So here’s the key fundamentals. Getting the address position correct, because if we do that, then we simplify impact. Yes, we simplify it by eliminating rotation, the amount of bend in the body and the compression on the spine and get rid of some of the rotation right. So let’s go through that.

One! More time address and grip, so we must have the proper tilt of the body at address which aligns the lead arm. It puts it into an alignment. This way basically range of motion limitation of the lead arm. The trail iron comes in from a non-rotational position, and now with that, we have the single plane alignment because you’ll see, and if you watch mo’s video, you can look back at mo’s.

Video. His lead arm is visible above the trail arm. That’S because of the side bend and now the club is now on the same exact plane that it will impact. So that’s what mo was talking about when he said fewer moving parts. It’S quantifiable!

It’S science, it’s all backed up by the data that i’ve produced. Hope you enjoyed this video hope you enjoyed watching mo, don’t forget to subscribe hit. The like button share this video with your friends, because we want to help them get better at golf too. Thanks for watching

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