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Golf Swing Types

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Golf Swing Types

Let's learn about the different kinds of golf swings a player can produce, and the effect they can have on a golf shot.

  • Over the Top
  • Outside-to-In
  • Inside-to-Out
  • Two-Plane Swing
  • Flat
  • Steep
  • Shallow

Over the Top

Over the top is a motion a golfer makes on the downswing where the club path is outside the swing path of the backswing, causing the golfer to swing to the left, resulting in a slide or pull hook.


Similar to coming over the top, an outside-to-in motion occurs when a golfer takes the club away from his body, and returns the club swinging towards the body and left.


An inside-to-out swing is a motion that a golfer creates by taking the club away close to his body, and returning the club swinging the club out towards the right, producing a draw or push-fade.

Two-Plane Swing

A two-plane swing occurs when the angle of a golfer's backswing differs from the angle of the downswing. Most golfers, to some degree, have a two-plane swing.


Flat describes the horizontal path the golf club travels throughout the swing.


Steep describes the vertical path the golf club travels throughout the swing.


A shallow golf swing is similar to the term flat that describes the horizontal path the golf club travels throughout the swing.


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