The PlaneSwing golf swing plane trainer will quickly help any golfer hit the ball higher, farther, more consistently, and with less effort…That’s the promise from Tony Clark, the inventor, and owner of the PlaneSwing. Not only that, but the PlaneSwing is also billed as a “fitness device” by Tony. I’ve used the PlaneSwing for the last couple weeks and I can tell you, there’s definitely an element of fitness involved in using this device.
Well, I’ve got mine and I’m putting it and all those claims to the test. I’ll admit, I’m pretty confident in the PlaneSwing. I’m already a believer in the concept of using a swing hoop tilted on the correct plane to train my swing or your swing by creating the correct muscle memory.
We all want a better golf swing…a swing that’s Powerful…A swing that sends golf balls rocketing toward our target…every time……..We all want that feeling of “No Feeling” when we Really CONNECT with the center of the club face…
The PlaneSwing Company
The PlaneSwing company was launched in 2010 in the US and UK by Tony Clark- the inventor and owner of PlaneSwing. The units are produced in China and shipped to warehouses for distribution all over the world. PlaneSwings are bought and used by professional golfers, golf pros, and the general public in over 70 countries and growing. There are also official “PlaneSwing Pro Centers” with teaching pros that use the PlaneSwing as an integral part of their teaching. These centers can be found on the PlaneSwing website here. (Some of their information on the pro centers is outdated) The company is run by Tony, his wife Dianne Clark, and a small tight-knit team. Tony Clark is a golf professional that has been instructing since the 70’s. He will soon be launching a monthly coaching website around the end of June. I’ll have more details when they are available.
I reached out to Tony Clark via email and was lucky enough to get him on the phone for about 30 minutes (we’ve talked a few time since and have had many email exchanges), where he talked about the history of the company and his vision for its future. He was gracious enough to answer a list of questions I had written up for him in a Q&A format. I learned a few things about Tony, his company, and his excellent training aid- the product itself from these exchanges.
Tony was involved in a company prior to PlaneSwing that also produced a swing plane trainer. As Tony explains,
With a small team, we successfully expanded but there were shortcomings and these were exposed at shows and by PGA Pros and amateurs. These centred around the excessively heavy roller, the confusing mat and the extension at the top of the hoop. When that profitable business collapsed due to shenanigans I set about addressing those shortcomings and developing my own swing plane trainer, PlaneSWING and in doing so created a product that delivered better results because it more closely replicates how the golf swing should be and feel.
Don’t Pay Full Price For Your PlaneSwing- Get 10% off Any PlaneSwing Package: Use Discount Code JBS10
PlaneSwing Guarantee: PlaneSwing is covered by a 30 day “no questions asked” return policy, and then a 12-month return guarantee for manufacturer defects. Funny thing is, any questions you direct to support will likely be responded to by their CEO- Tony Clark.
Hoop Swing Trainers
Hoop swing trainers have been around as long as I’ve been interested in golf; about 25 years. Back then, they were the made of PVC pipe and once fixed in place, had to stay that way. I pretty much immediately believed in the concept but wasn’t going to shell out the $600 to buy it. I was a broke college student at the time and that price was unthinkable. Here we are today and the hoop trainer concept is more alive than ever. There are a number of options available, including the same basic PVC swing hoop that I remember from all those years ago. Some of the more expensive versions look pretty technical, are huge, and can cost in the thousands.
I think the PlaneSwing strikes the happy medium between the basic swing hoop and the highly technical hoop trainer that costs as much as some used cars. It maintains the central concept of a hoop trainer with updated technology and training that is simple, effective and affordable for the everyday golfer.
PlaneSwing Promises To Address These Common Swing Faults
- Coming “Over the Top”
- Thin Shots
- Fat Shots
- Overly Quick Tempo
The makers of PlaneSwing, the #1 golf swing plane training system in the world, designed the PlaneSwing so that you will get “Instant feel for the perfect golf swing ” and begin to immediately “ingrain a repetitive motion”. This is all accomplished by keeping the weighted “power slider” in contact with the Plane Swing hoop, thus keeping the club on-plane. Due to its weight, the power slider allows you to know where it is positioned in space, at all times. The end of the power slider has a “plane checker” protruding from it and is used as a visual guide to keep you on plane. The weight of the power slider also forces you to swing using the proper muscles, which begins to build muscle memory very quickly. The concept of “muscle memory” is widely accepted as a desirable tool for improved performance in most sports I can think of.
If you have a decent golf swing, and if you can repeat it (think “muscle memory”), you have a far better chance to start your ball on your intended line. The more variables you can eliminate in your swing and setup- the better. The Plane Swing is designed specifically for this task. You can set this up nearly anywhere, and practice every single day in the comfort of your own home, garage, yard, etc.
PlaneSwing Is Designed To Help All Different Types Of Swings Achieve A Better Golf Swing Plane
The PlaneSwing swing plane trainer can be configured for a person of any height and can be adjusted from the flattest to the most upright swing plane. So whether you have an upright, flat, one-plane, two-plane, or any swing in between, you can use the Plane Swing to improve your game. They rightly point out that adjustable swing hoop concept has been employed by nearly all of the top teachers in the world. You may recognize some of these names: Butch Harmon, Martin Hall of the Golf Channel, Hall of Famer Randy Smith, Mike Malaska, Revolution Golf’s Martin Chuck and numerous others in almost 70 countries.
Some of the best players in the world also use the PlaneSwing:
- Dustin Johnson
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Darren Clarke
The PlaneSwing & What’s Included
The PlaneSwing is made of fairly heavy gauge metal, weighs about 75 lbs, and can be put up or taken down and stowed in less than about a minute or so. The claims on the website are less than a minute but it takes me a bit longer and I’m not generally hurrying anyway. The makers have taken the first iteration of the swing plane training device concept and added easy adjustability, alignment and posture aids, solid construction, easy storability, a weighted simulated club, and unparalleled service after the sale.
Here’s what you get with your order:
- PlaneSwing hoop and base
- Powerslider (long, short, light: depends on which package you order)- a weighted simulated club that helps build the proper golf muscles for the swing and helps you build the correct motor skills
- Plane checker– the little yellow ball that sticks into the butt of the Powerslider and helps you check your plane in the backswing and follow-through
- Plane guide– the bungee cord that goes across the hoop and helps you set your plane angle
Soon after ordering your own PlaneSwing, you will get an email from Dianne thanking you for your purchase, an attached invoice, and instructions on how to assemble and best use the PlaneSwing. There are attachments and links to videos to help with this. I ordered the “Par Package”, but I pretty much immediately saw the need for the short Powerslider for help with the shorter clubs, so I ordered the short Powerslider soon after.
*Because I am so very smart, I completely missed the video on assembly…Do Yourself A Favor—DON’T SKIP THE ASSEMBLY VIDEO.
As a golf pro himself, Tony does an excellent job of talking about the PlaneSwing and it’s benefits.
Don’t Pay Full Price For Your PlaneSwing- Get 10% off Any PlaneSwing Package: Use Discount Code JBS10
The PlaneSwing gets a lot of good reviews, and pretty much no negative reviews- at least I can’t find any. Here are a few from FaceBook. There are quite a bit more, but you get the gist.
Getting & Assembling My PlaneSwing Golf Swing Plane Trainer
Shipping is free and too took three days to arrive from the day I ordered it. So, this is about as good as it gets. Assembly was a different story for me, and I could have used a little more patience. It’s only supposed to take about 45 minutes to put this thing together and I can see how that could be done. My aim was to get it done in 20 minutes or so, which I still think is possible. My mistake was completely missing the first link in the email sent from Dianne.
Well, that didn’t happen, so it took me about an hour and a half. This happened for three main reasons: 1) I connected the swing hoops backward 2) I had the connector tube the opposite way it’s supposed to be inserted 3) I was missing one of the M8 (metric) nuts. So, I had to mostly disassemble the entire unit and put it back together.
The pieces fit together fairly well, but there was some coaxing involved. If you’ve ever seen “American Chopper” or any of the other T.V shows about building custom motorcycles from a few years back, you’ll understand how they often had to hammer and tug on the metal parts to get them to fit. So, in my case, it took a little “work” to get things lined up, but I got it done without too much sweat.
It comes with a booklet for assembly and also an addendum sheet with some updated instructions. These were pretty good but they could use a little more updating and improvement. Again, Watch The Assembly Video That I Didn’t Watch!
The PlaneSwing is also very easy to adjust. The adjustable strut only has one pin and takes seconds to move to your ideal swing plane angle.
Storage: It’s a fairly bulky item, but does fold up to a width of about 10 inches or so and is about 8ft long. I snuggle it against the wall in my garage, so not a bit deal putting it away.
Using The PlaneSwing For The First Time
Also in the welcome email from Diane was a link to the instructional “DVD” for setting up the PlaneSwing for your ideal plane and how to use it. It’s actually a web page. I STRONGLY suggest you watch this video several times and pay very close attention, especially the part about setting it up and using it. There are nuanced points made that you Must get right to get the benefits from the PlaneSwing. There’s some chit-chat about safety at the beginning of the video and it’s not unimportant, but you get that pretty quick. So, skip over that in the rewatching.
I’m pretty sure I only watched the video once before I jumped on, and that was at 1.5 speed, thanks to a little browser plugin I use that allows me to play videos faster than their normal speed. What I didn’t figure out right away was that the Powerslider was swinging me. It’s only a couple pounds, but that is Much heavier than any golf club you will ever hit a ball with. You’ve got to use the right muscles or this thing will throw you around. I think that’s part of the genius of the system.
I took a video of my swing in the PlaneSwing and with my 5-iron and sent it to Tony for evaluation- This is something he is currently offering to anyone that purchases a PlaneSwing. He sent a video back to me with circles and lines drawn on the video and talked me through a tip to improve what he was seeing- me moving wildly off the ball on the backswing and follow-through.
My Results Thus Far & My Suggestions
I’ve since used the PlaneSwing nearly daily for just under a month. Honestly, my progress is slower than I had hoped, and I have no one to blame but myself. I attribute this to three things:
- Unrealistic expectations: I was expecting to go out to the course or range after a few sessions and start pasting 300-yard drives and majestic long irons. Not what happened. I’ve got a couple decades of poor form and mechanics I’m trying to unlearn and 1 month of sporadic practice ain’t going to undo that
- I don’t use it enough: To get the results I want faster will require more practice time in the PlaneSwing
- I should have watched that training video a LOT more closely and followed the training closer: This is most important I think. The details matter with this thing and I wasn’t as clear on them as I thought.
The best thing about the three reasons above is they are all my fault and all very fixable. I’m into this for a lifetime of good golf and a little extra work is fine with me.
I think it’s a great product that and you should consider buying it if you seriously want to build a repeatable swing. It won’t replace a good instructor and isnt’ meant to, but it will definitely help your game and golf fitness.
I think it’s obvious the PlaneSwing will benefit just about anyone that plays golf. I say that because it’s not only used by the #1 player in the world, other tour pros like Tommy Fleetwood, the best instructors in the game, but also by handicap golfers like me.
Now, the PlaneSwing isn’t cheap, and they are aware of this, so they do offer a 6-month no interest payment plan through PayPal, which will cushion the blow. Again, still not cheap, but manageable. Personally, I looked at this a Long time before I bought it. This is my normal process with anything I buy that’s over $20- no joke. In the end, I know it will help my game and playing good golf beats playing bad golf, any day.
This is the pricing from the website
- Par package: $699- A good choice and will get you 85% – 95% of the way there.
- Birdie package: $799- RECOMMENDED (This is the package I recommend because I think the shorter Powerslider is useful for me to feel the correct plane of the shorter irons.)
- Eagle package: $899 – apparently not available yet, according to the website
All that being said, you can get a 10% discount by using the code below.