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The D Plane

This months Pro Tip is not for the faint hearted… but if you really want to UNDERSTAND about hitting a golf ball…or if you just love physics….read on.

The D Plane is basically a Description of the collision between the ball and the clubface.

The D Plane is formed by the line representing the direction of the clubhead is moving (at the time the ball separates from the club face), and the line representing a direction perpendicular to the clubface (at the time the ball separates from the clubface).

It is comprised of just two components

1. The movement of Motion of the golf club direction, which is a combination of the Clubhead Path AND the Angle of Attack;

2. The Direction that the clubface is pointing at separation which is a combination of dynamic loft and face angle

The motion of the clubhead or path of the clubhead can be left of the hole, right of the hole, we can hit up on it or down on it. So the motion of the clubhead can be the Angle of Attack or horizontal differences. So that forms half of the D Plane. The second part is where the clubface is aiming when the ball separates from the clubface.

The D Plane contains the initial flight of the ball, the lift of the ball is in that plane and gravity will pull it down.

To explore these concepts in further detail, put the kettle on and then download this handy PDF…

DPlane.pdf

Come and chat to us more about this and other golfing concepts in the Pro Shop anytime.