Many people's sole focus is believing that positions throughout the swing are important. They stand there working through the stages of a swing like a robot- placing angles in along the phases of the swing- trying to put the body and club into positions that they see or read about.

Movement- Motion & Forces are much more important than any particular look or position.

How long is the golf club going to actually be exactly parallel to the plane line on the downswing? A 10,000th of a second? The club is moving somewhere close to 100 miles per hour- the moment that parallel happens is at one very precise moment and nothing your brain can possibly wrap itself around.

On the other hand how long do we usually see the club moving down the plane line from our birds eye view of the 4:30 path- club coming from behind us with cocked wrists and rotated forearms? We see this visual unfolding out the corner of our right eye for thousands times longer.... This is something we can wrap our mind around both visually, mechanically and from a feel standpoint.

The 4:30 line is very much a visual reality because our eyes are not inline with the plane.

The importance of this path to impact is why we learn this straight away. It is first stop -drill one- of my online series and in private lessons. 

There are not a lot of straight lines in the golf swing- it's much more about arcs and ovals- even the straightest thing- the shaft- is arcing with flex.

The important factor is to understand visually what these ovals and arcs need to look like from our perspective- the golfer- from our visual command post (two eyes socketed into our head) and how these rotational forces need to feel like from the ground up in the various pressure points within our body.

The 4:30 line/path gives us a much better general reference for the path of our hands and the delivery of the butt end of the club into our release area.

It also reminds us that our hands need to get busy and fire via the forearm rotation that uncocks the wrists and rotates the clubface and the shaft into the back of the ball.

The arcs and ovals are much better understood and functional off the 4:30 line than the plane line.

Golfers and Instructors that like to line things upT with the plane line on the downswing are asking for a lot more bad things to creep in and happen due to the illusions we are given from our birds eye view of the situation- above and inside the ball with our eyes.

To learn your path to a better impact and to learn the dynamics the great players feel and use- sign up for my online lessons or see me in person in Greenville South Carolina for a private lesson

Bradley Hughes Golf- Where Experience Counts