A picture is worth 1000 words

by chicago31. May 2012 07:20
Matt Kuchar's impact the week after his win at The Players... [More]

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TPI Video Series - Running List

by chicago2. August 2011 11:29
Instead of putting up a new blog post every time a video comes out, we'll just use this one to keep a running list of the videos.[More]

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TPI Video Series - Episode 1 - Balls that Go Left

by Jim Hardy13. June 2011 13:57
In the following weeks and months, we'll be publishing links in our blog to an online TV series we are doing with the Titleist Performance Institute. TPI is a wonderful organization and it is an honor for us to work with them on projects such as this. The focus of the Plane Truth Show is on helping you better diagnose and correct your ball flights.[More]

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Swing Analysis of Matt Kuchar - part 1

by chicago21. April 2011 15:07
Due to Matt Kuchar's great play of late and recent win at the Turning Stone Resort Championship there have been requests to do a video blog of his golf swing. In this two-part video blog, I will look at some elements of Matt's swing.[More]

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The Player Profile System

by chicago12. October 2010 08:05
So in an earlier post, I asked the question “how do you find the information that applies to you?” This is an extremely important question to answer if you want to improve. I also believe that it is the reason why many people fail when trying to implement changes to their swing – no matter what school of thought. One Plane. Two Plane. Stack and Tilt. Golf Machine. It doesn’t matter. The biggest mistake I see is that people think they need to get every single element correct. Start on page 1 and begin implementing. Stop when you get to the end. Given the fact that you can maybe work on 2-3 things at any one time, I couldn’t imagine how long it would take to get it all correct. Not only that, the journey is most likely a painful one... [More]

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A Glimpse at the Information Matrix

by chicago6. August 2010 15:32
So what about this “Matrix” I mentioned in my last blog post? It started with four spreadsheets that listed every single major fault in the golf swing by segment. Actually it was eight spreadsheets – there was a list of faults for One Plane and a list of faults for Two Plane. Seemed simple enough. But that was just the start. There were two more spreadsheets listing all of the drills to fix each fault. Then there were two more spreadsheets detailing all of the ball flight misses for each fault. And finally, there were two more spreadsheets with all of the contributing faults for each fault. Sound confusing? Yep, I thought so too. Did I mention that there was a video for each fault and each drill? So if you’re keeping track, at this point I have fourteen giant spreadsheets, a ton of information, and several hundred videos.[More]

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Medicines, Secrets, and a Matrix

by chicago21. July 2010 14:04
First of all, my apologies for our blog being so quiet lately. Summer is usually our busiest time. Jim takes some time off at his cabin in Colorado and Chris’ students are in full tournament mode.
So, I guess you folks are stuck with me. Heh. The old cliché of “something is better than nothing” is about to be put to the test.[More]

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Video Analysis Tutorials - Two Plane from Face On

by Jim Hardy16. April 2010 13:59
In the finale of our four-part series, we look at the Two Plane swing from a face-on view. As mentioned previously, the down-the-line perspective will normally give us 80% of what we need to know when evaluating a golf swing. However, there are several elements that are best seen in the face-on view. We dive into those in this video of Scott Hoch. [More]

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Video Analysis Tutorials - One Plane from Face On

by Jim Hardy12. March 2010 08:20
We move back to the One Plane swing for the third installment of our four part series of tutorials on video-based analysis. In this video, we look at the key elements of the One Plane swing from a face-on view. While the down-the-line perspective will normally give us 80% of what we need to know when evaluating a golf swing, there are several elements that are best seen in the face-on view. We dive into those in this video of Scott McCarron. [More]

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Video Analysis Tutorials - Two Plane from Down the Line

by Jim Hardy9. February 2010 15:59
In our second installment of our four part series of tutorials on video-based analysis, we look at the Two Plane swing from Down the Line. While the majority of our readers are working to be One Planers, we still feel the Two Plane swing is also a very correct way to swing a club. Even if you are an aspiring One Planer, we encourage you to watch this because it will also help you better understand the differences between the two swings.[More]

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Video Analysis Tutorials - One Plane from Down the Line

by Jim Hardy12. January 2010 13:57
This is the first of a four part series of tutorials on video-based analysis. We’ve had a lot of inquiries from our instructors and students on what the proper lines are to draw when analyzing one plane and two plane golf swings. Hence, we thought we would create a blog series of them. Also, since the video format for some of our past blogs seemed to generate a lot of positive feedback, we’ve decided to make this series video-based.[More]

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Swing Analysis of Matt Kuchar - part 2

by Chris O'Connell27. October 2009 13:01
Due to Matt Kuchar's great play of late and recent win at the Turning Stone Resort Championship there have been requests to do a video blog of his golf swing. In this second part, I discuss some of the finer points on what Matt and I worked on over the past year.[More]

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Duncan Woolger from the Instructor Summit - Day 3

by chicago18. October 2009 21:56
Plane Truth Certified Instructor Duncan Woolger blogs about the first day of the first annual Plane Truth Certified Instructor Summit. [More]

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Duncan Woolger from the Instructor Summit - Day 2

by chicago16. October 2009 20:20
Plane Truth Certified Instructor Duncan Woolger blogs about the first day of the first annual Plane Truth Certified Instructor Summit [More]

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Duncan Woolger from the Instructor Summit - Day 1

by chicago15. October 2009 21:41
Plane Truth Certified Instructor Duncan Woolger blogs about the first day of the first annual Plane Truth Certified Instructor Summit. [More]

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Guest blogger from the Plane Truth Instructor Summit

by chicago14. October 2009 11:48
For the next couple days, we'll take a time out from our regularly scheduled blogs to allow Duncan Woolger, a PT Certified Instructor from the UK, provide you a glimpse of his experiences at our first annual Plane Truth Certified Instructor Summit. Next week, we'll return with part 2 of Chris O'Connell's look at Matt Kuchar's swing. [More]

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Swing Analysis - Alvaro Quiros

by Jim Hardy29. September 2009 21:47
It was during the PGA Championship last month that I first saw Alvaro Quiros and got to study his swing. He has a wonderful one-plane swing that certainly dispels the notion that one-plane swings are not powerful. I have analyzed his swing for you to point out the various movements of his one-plane swing that not only make him a one-planer, but also make him a powerful one.[More]

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The Impact of John Jacobs on Golf Coaching

by Jim Hardy31. August 2009 15:29
A short while ago, I wrote an article for the Annual Review of Golf Coaching on the impact of John Jacobs on golf coaching. John’s impact on golf instruction cannot be overstated and I thought you would enjoy reading it. The article is reprinted below with permission of the publishers. Hope you enjoy it. [More]

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Bryce Molder, Tom Watson, and the Final Round

by Chris O'Connell19. July 2009 04:45
What a surprising Open championship with Tiger missing the cut and Tom Watson leading heading into the final round! It has been a great week weather-wise and the final day today is no exception. Unfortunately, Matt Kuchar missed the cut so we have had the last two days off. Yesterday we ventured up to Prestwick to play. Prestwick is rich in golf history having hosted the first 12 British Opens with Old Tom and Young Tom Morris winning eight of those. The golf course is entirely different than those days with the exception being #17. It is a 390 yard tight hole with heather on both sides of the fairway. From there you are faced with a blind second with a forced carry over a large bunker fronting the green. Being on the same grounds where the British Open originated was quite the experience. Today I am in for a real test as we head up to play Troon with the famous Postage Stamp par 3. [More]

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En Route to Turnberry Aboard the Deere Charter

by Chris O'Connell14. July 2009 08:31
We are currently en route to Glasgow, Scotland where it is 5AM, six hours ahead of CST. We left the Moline, IL airport a little late, departing at 9:30PM Sunday evening. The duration of the flight is 6 hours 45 minutes which puts us into Glasgow at 10:15AM Monday morning. The John Deere charters a plane for players, wives, and caddies to entice players to compete in the John Deere Classic prior to heading over for The British Open. This year 23 players took advantage of the all first class seat, direct flight charter. The John Deere picks up the tab for the flight and players make a donation to the John Deere charities for every seat they book. We have a star-studded group on board! Players on board include current U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, current John Deere Classic & Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial champion Steve Stricker, current Travelers Championship champion Kenny Perry, Quail Hollow champ Sean O’Hair. Also on board are 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton, 1998 British Open champion Mark O’Meara, and 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman among others. [More]

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How the Inner Circle Concept Originated

by Jim Hardy13. July 2009 13:29
Recently, one of our Certified Instructors, George Porter, asked me where the concept of the “inner circle” came from. After finishing my response to him, I thought other folks might be interested to hear how it came about. Often times, we as instructors come up with ways to explain concepts to others that seem to stick. This one did and the story behind it is interesting. Hope you enjoy…. [More]

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John Deere, The Open, and Our Twitter Experiment

by Chris O'Connell5. July 2009 13:06
Sorry it has been a while since we’ve put up a blog post. The summer months are busy times for me as Jim Hardy spends much deserved time with his family in Colorado. I wanted to give you all an idea of what I will be up to over the next couple weeks. I have quite a busy, but exciting travel schedule coming up.
On Monday night I will be traveling to the John Deere in the Quad Cities to work with Scott McCarron and Matt Weibring. As you know, Matt is a student of mine and Jim is Scott’s instructor. When Jim is unavailable I assist with his students. Another student of mine, Matt Kuchar, may also play. However, at this time he is unsure as his wife just delivered their second baby boy. Prior to leaving I will be spending the day with Peter Jacobsen in Dallas as he continues to work his way back from multiple surgeries.[More]

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Team Giebelhausen Comes Up Short at Bethpage

by Mike LaBauve15. June 2009 12:02
Wow! What an experience. Larry had a chance to break 100 at Bethpage and almost pulled it off. It was a day of many ups and downs and we struggled to stay calm. Regardless of the results, it was fun to be a part of it.

Larry fired a 101. We were so close. After a shaky start, he got on a roll and played holes 9 thru 14 very well. He was playing some solid golf and the crowd started cheering him on. A disastrous 10 on the tough 16th derailed him. [More]

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Part 2 - Breaking 100 at Bethpage

by Mike LaBauve10. June 2009 15:46

This caddy/teaching assignment is turning out to be quite interesting. I have never had to get ready for ONE round of golf….not for me or anybody else. If you are a tournament player, at any level, you prepare, you make your schedule and play in a number of tournaments. Two good weeks could make your year. If you have a poor week, you put it behind you and maybe make adjustments. The next week may be a victory.

That is not true of this day, June 21st at Bethpage with Lt. Larry Giebelhausen. I have a recreational golfer (he didn’t even carry a handicap), on a U.S. Open course, with big celebrities on national TV. He has one shot….one round! How do you get someone prepared for that? [More]

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My Caddy Assignment at Bethpage

by Mike LaBauve8. June 2009 09:56
I invite you to tune in to the Golf Digest challenge on June 21st at 12:00 EST on NBC. I will be “on the bag” with Lt. Larry Giebelhausen of the Phoenix Police Department. He was the winner out of the 73,000 applications sent in with a six-word essay of why they think they could break 100 at Bethpage. Larry’s essay was, “I’m a cop. I’ll shoot low.”
Also trying to break 100 will be celebrities Michael Jordan, Ben Roethlisberger and Justin Timberlake. Fred Couples is caddying for Jordan, Rocco Mediate is caddying for Big Ben and Anthony Kim is caddying for Justin Timberlake. It should be a blast!
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Welcome to the Plane Truth Blog

by Jim Hardy8. June 2009 09:54
Welcome to a new feature here on our website! As you can probably tell, we’ve redesigned the site a little. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll see even more changes. This is all part of our effort to make The Plane Truth one of the best destinations for golf instruction both on the web and in person. We are focusing on both our professional instructor community as well as the millions of golfers just trying to play better golf.
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Thoughts from the Byron Nelson Classic

by Chris O'Connell27. May 2009 20:53
Last week, the PGA TOUR was in Dallas for the HP Byron Nelson Classic. Jim Hardy came into town Monday through Wednesday to work with Scott McCarron and Tom Pernice Jr. I had Matt Kuchar and Matt Weibring playing in the event. Both Jim and Matt Kuchar stayed at my house and we had golf “bootcamp” for 3 days. Scott McCarron had a terrific week finishing T4th. What was more impressive is that he finished an amazing 1st in Driving Accuracy (76.8% with narrow fairways) and 1st in Greens In Regulation (81.9%)! That rarely ever happens because when a player is hitting his driver well, his irons aren’t as good and vice versa. Why? If a swing is more “shallow”, the player will hit the driver, hybrids, short irons, and clubs teed up or with a fluffy lie very well. If a swing is more “steep”, the player will hit the middle irons, long irons, and clubs off of tight lies very well. On TOUR, we usually see great iron players and great drivers, but we seldom see a player that excels at both. A golfer only hits both well when his swing is perfectly neutral. Scott is swinging as well as he ever has in his career and his golf swing is perfectly neutral. He can hit all of his golf clubs, as evidenced by the statistics. That is why Scott’s performance was so impressive.[More]

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Swedish PGA Teaching Summit Experience

by Jim Hardy20. May 2009 13:49
In March 2009, I was invited to be the lead speaker for two days at the Swedish PGA’s Teaching and Coaching Summit. First let me say that I had a wonderful time in Sweden. The people there are terrific, warm and generous hosts. They are also enthusiastic about golf. The professionals are very knowledgeable about both teaching and playing the sport. They are eager to learn and are completely open to hearing new ideas. Too often instructors become closed to thoughts that are different from their own and become very defensive. They unfairly criticize anything that doesn’t conform to their notions and close themselves off from learning. This is very much not the case in Sweden. The total membership in the Swedish PGA is around 600. There were over 400 in attendance at the Summit. That is a statement to their earnest desire to learn and be the best. It is easy to start to understand why such a small nation has such an impact on international sport. They want to be the best they can be in any endeavor.
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