Jason Dufner: Backswing - The Right Plane For You

Jason Dufner demonstrates his plane in the backswing.


And like I just told you a minute ago, backswing is big for me. I think I got into a couple of bad habits. One bad habit when I was hurt as I'd start getting this thing inside I'd go-- your playing line's out here, I'm going way inside. When you go way inside, what happens from there, you're going to go up, right?

Got to find that plane. I started getting to where this-- when I play my best, I'm right in here. I start getting this right hand kind of coming and I started getting in this way, and I'm in trouble. Because wherever I take it back, that's where I'm coming down.


That's how I swing.

That's how you swing, yeah.

So this year, the past year, I really worked hard on feeling like the club was more outside. When I say more outside, I draw an imaginary line. And what I feel and real is--

Feel and real is big difference.

--big difference. But I'd have an imaginary line, or sometimes I even use this stick. So this is pretty close to where the plane line might be, and I want to feel like I'm on that stick.

We're talking about, this is-- go ahead and set your one up there. This is your plane, what you were talking about, yeah.

I can't get-- I can't feel like the club head is getting inside my hands. You can see from down the line, that club head is way behind where my hands are. I want it more in line.

That is inside of that.


You want it in line.

I want it in line.


So we had to work on feeling like I was out. And on this side of the ball.

And that doesn't feel that good, either.

Now it doesn't.

That's a lousy drill for a tour player on tour to work on.

But that was balancing me out.

I understand.

And then I want to feel like the clubface is open. I want to feel like I'm rolling that club face a little bit.

And why do you want to do that? So you can close it?

So I can-- so I can close it almost. If I'm playing with a strong face, I got to do something in that loft and add right to the golf ball, and that's going to be laying that club back like what we talked about.

A lot of people don't know this, but when a tour player lays it open or does something, the reason he does that-- or you may have that feel, is you know the feel. So you know that it's open, so you can close it or can slam down on it, as opposed to--

Or cover it is what we talk about.

We call about covering it.

Being able to cover the golf ball.


I want that-- I want the face-- I want lean, and I want that face down. I want my left hand down. I don't want any of this. I want that thing--


--down, leaning it so I can squash it so it's on the face. It's compressed--


--trapped, sounds like a car accident.

Car accident. Sounds like you squashed a melon.

And what we really call it is it's a head on strike. It's like, if you get in a car accident, head on head on, pretty nasty damage.

two colliding objects.

You have something that's off and a little miss hit or not in line impression, not as bad, right? So I'm looking for in line compression. And I know that's technical.

Big smash.

Big smash is what I want.

Big smash. You want a big concussion down there.

So to work on my backswing, when I'm practicing, do a lot the split foot drill, because that gets me where I want to be.

And do you-- like that one there, you didn't quite squash over it, yeah.


So you try to open the-- open the face back there a little bit.

Yeah, I like to feel like it's opening a little bit, or at least I feel like it might be. There we go.

And That gives you the big-- so just so everyone would know, that if you went back there and you didn't open it, and you did the same drill, you'd hit over there.


So that's why you want it open, right?

Yeah, I want to-- I want to feel like I can cover it and smash it. And being able to do that at impact relies on what I do on my backswing, right? So then full swing, no drill, same stuff, same set up, try to keep my posture.

That's a good one. That had the sound we wanted right there, right?