In this article, we take a look at two very different approaches to the golf swing plane, especially the backswing plane, as demonstrated by Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples.
Undeniably Different Backswing Planes: Freddie vs. The Kuch
Matt Kuchar has one of the flattest swing planes on the PGA tour. He wraps the club around his body on the backswing, comes at the ball from the inside, and tends to play a draw. Freddie, on the other hand, has one of the most abrupt and upright takeaways on tour. His backswing and swing plane is mostly “up”, not “around”, and he tends to play a fade.
To compare the two, we have video from the 2010 Masters, from the par three 16th hole (see the Master’s scoreboard in the background?). Both are probably hitting about a seven iron. The pin is in the same place, since the video was shot on the same day. They also are standing in almost identical parts of the tee box (but at different times of the day, note the shadows are a bit different).
The point is that these guys are attacking the exact same pin on the exact same day, and our vantage point is almost identical. So it’s a very fair comparison.
Have a look, here is Matt:
And here is Freddie:
Backswing Planes are Polar Opposites
Matt Kuchar has a low, shallow takeaway and a flat backswing plane. Freddie Couples has a high, abrupt takeaway and an upright backswing plane.
To compare the two swings, run these videos until the shaft is parallel to the ground. Then have a look at the important angles relative to the target line. This gives a good indication of their respective backswing planes. I have put Fred and Matt side-by-side for easy comparison:
Several things stand out.
Matt is lined up at the target or slightly closed, Fred is lined up open to the target (alignment shown with the blue line).Matt’s takeaway and backswing plane is low and flat. Fred’s backswing plane is high and upright. The shaft is highlighted in greenBoth Matt and Fred have the clubface (in yellow) slightly closed at this point in their swings.
Overall, you would have to agree that their swing planes look quite different at this point in their swings.
Title: Golf Swing Video: Backswing Plane Secrets Exposed | Flat vs. Upright | Kuchar vs. Couples
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Published Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 14:30:00 +0000