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Different by Design








Charles Mickle Golf Academy










Thank you for visiting the Charles Mickle website, take your time reading and viewing the material and enjoy the content.



'Mit Sicherheit Charles Mickle ist einer der besten Golflehrer Europas in der heutigen Zeit'

'Without doubt Charles Mickle is one of the finest and most accomplished golf instructors in Europe'



Why have our golf scores and results not improved despite the massive leaps in Technology over the last years?



Why have our scores remained the same pretty much over the last decade?



What is the reason or the many reasons for this?



Technological advances in Club, Ball and Shaft construction may have made huge leaps but why are Golfers in general, unable to improve dramatically?



Possibly or probably because Teaching or Instructing has not made the same leaps and bounds or kept up at the same speed as the hardware drive. But now some the coaches are catching up….fast!


There is no doubt about it there are at least four types of correct functioning Golf Swings, - a One Plane Swing and the Two Plane Swing types being the two most famous along with the Stack and Tilt and the Single Plane swing types. Unfortunately, these small but hugely important components of the different swing types are only apparent to the elite of the coaching world. If a coach unknowingly were to take a key position from one of the swing types and insert it into another it could quite easily cause the player to move backwards in his or her golfing ability and ultimately cause that player, not only to lose his or her Golf game, but also his or her confidence in the Coach.



How and why do players such as David Duval slip from being Number one in the World to 288th position in the World rankings and not be able to make the cut in tournaments, or Lee Westwood who until recently had a very rough and tough time on the course. Lee Westwood used to average seven Tournament wins a year and the Former European Number one failed for a period of 36 Months to perform to his very high standards and as a result slipped outside the World Ranking spot of 250. What of three time major winner Padraig Harrington? He has slipped to 297th in the World rankings. What of Tiger Woods who languishes in 70th spot (3.3.15) the former World number one who had carved a plot out of the wilderness and built a fortress at the number one spot has fallen down the rankings faster than anyone could ever have imagined. Players who most fans have never heard of like Mikko Ilonen,  Alexander Levy, Danny Willett. Anibar Lahiri, and Joost Luiten have overtaken the former mighty Woods. Ernie Els former World number one now at ranking number 79 in the World or former Open Champion Justin Leonard at ranking spot 381 or Darren Clark ranking 470th or unbelievably John Daly on ranking spot 849. The list could go on Mickelson, Luke Donald What has gone so terribly wrong for these great players ?


Ulternately, what has gone right for players like Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Henrik Stenson,Padraig Harrington or Matt Kucher ?




How and why does that happen?





What had Lee Westwood done to retrieve a ranking position of ‘World Number One in 2011'? Or who can forget Ian Baker-Finch the former British Open Champion? Baker-Finch's moment of glory came in 1991 when he won the British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. His final round 66 was one of the greatest ever in Major Championship Golf and included an outward nine of 29 where he birdied five of his first seven holes. His final 36 hole total (64-66) is the best ever by an Open Champion.





Everyone remembers the depth of his decline after his Open victory, the 32 consecutive cuts he missed, the 92 he shot at Royal Troon that left him in a fetal position on the carpet of the Champions Room, only six years prior to that, he was the British Open Champion. What happened?




After shooting a 92 in the first round of the 1997 British Open, an extraordinarily bad score by Tournament Professional Standards, he withdrew from the championship and retired from Tournament Golf. Only Six years had passed since his winning of 15 Worldwide Tournaments and Golfs greatest prize, The Open!



Ian Baker-Finch. Now, there was a slump, if you want to talk slumps. But why does that happen to great players?




It doesn’t just happen to great players, it happens to all players, Amateur and Professional and the answer to why it happens lies in my website material.








Four Entirely Different Swing Types




There are actually four very successful methods of swinging a club and many other methods of making contact with the ball. Whether you play to the best of your ability relies on the components or DNA make-up of your swing and whether you adhere to the individual rules that govern each swing type.




The answer to these so called slumps or loss of form by a Professional Golfer or Top Amateur player’s swing lies quite simply in the wrong mix of swing components or in the incorrect introduction, of one or more of the key moves or positions from the other separate types of swinging techniques.



Within the golf instruction industry there is often too much information on offer, which all too often is misunderstood by the reader, which goes a long way to confusing golfers, their confidence and more often, even their Coaches.






All Golf Coaches have their own ideals about the swing, some are influenced by great coaches such as David Leadbetter, Jack Grout, Homer Kelley, Bob Toski, Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, Jim Hardy, Harvey Penick, Jimmy Ballard, Martin Hall, Jonathan Yarwood, Pete Cowen or the Teachers Teacher John Jacobs. These so-called super coaches are no doubt the stars of the Business and each subsequent coach models their ideal swing thoughts on the proven methods and ideals employed by these swing leaders.




The worst sometimes comes out of this as golfers searching for tips from the Internet, Magazines or TV, often hear conflicting reports and swing ideas, many contradicting the other! This confuses the golfer, who inevitably goes out and practises those swing tips, believing they will help and improve his or her game, unknowingly however, there are four correct sets of fundamentals for the Golf Swing not just one.



So, it is quite possible that a player could have mixed two if not all four sets of the separate swing fundamentals into his or her ONE golf swing, particularly if they read tips from Magazines TV or the Internet and do not have regular tuition from a good and knowledgeable PGA Qualified Specialist Coach/Professional, and this goes someway to explain why some players totally lose their form or games.




Yes, there are FOUR completely different swings and each one is correct as long as the fundamentals or set of rules for each swing are followed. Without having the knowledge of the four completely separate workings of the entirely different swings a player can lose form more or less overnight and particularly, if he or she is mixing parts of a one plane swing with some of the fundamental key moves or positions from one of the other swing types.




It is exactly for this reason that I decided to have an expert construct my website, and to help educate all interested golfers on the different sets of rules and fundamentals that govern the different swing types.




I have been a professional coach for the better part of 25 years and haven given approximately 70,000 lessons during that period.


I am classed by the British PGA and the PGA of Europe as one of ‘Europes Leading Coaches’, an expert in his field, read on to find out why…



The Main Differences




The One Plane Swing











The one plane swing is the swing that was built by engineers for the testing golf equipment. The now famous robot is called Iron Byron, named after the famed golfer Byron Nelson...some, One Plane Fundamentals of the one plane swing are…..stronger grip, more bent over at address, player stands further from the ball, the arms swing onto same plane as the shoulders….or shoulder turn…Swinging the Club 'On Plane', is not only important but critical for this swing type and you must be fairly athletic or flexible, with this swing type, the club moves onto plane naturally since the swing is 'more around' and the left arm is more in line with the shoulders at the top of the swing and pinned across the chest.



The club at the top of the backswing is either parallel or mostly slightly left of the target line. The body then rotates hard into the downswing, the shoulders have a different impact position than in the Two Plane Swing and the follow-through is more rounded. The player stays more within his axis, throughout the entire swing.





The One Plane Swing is low maintenance in comparison to the 'Two Plane Swing', and does not rely as heavily on timing or rhythm and the added bonus with this swing type is that you are able to hit the ball much harder by allowing the big body muscles to rotate and control the club and its head speed, get it right and you will hit many long straight shots.



For more information on the ONE and TWO Plane Swing, go back to the menu and click on ONE and TWO Plane Swings




The Two Plane Swing






There are four sets of swing fundamentals depending on the type of swing you are using. In the Two Plane Swing, the grip is weaker, you stand more upright and nearer to the ball then you swing the club up and manipulate the shaft through forearm rotation (supination) to get the shaft on plane, this is very much an arm swing and a sideways lateral body movement during the backswing, this helps to transfer body weight to the right hand side, whereas in the One Plane swing the body is controlled by a turn type movement and the player maintains a central pivot spot.






The arms swing up above your shoulders and you are constantly working the shaft to find the right plane up and down. The club is swung via the arms much higher up on the backswing and the end position is with the club either parallel to the target line or slightly right of that point. Lateral shifting of the body weight to the left is the key in this downswing, failure to do this effectively will result in a steep downswing (out to in ).




The impact zone has a different shoulder position than in the One Plane Swing and the club is swung more down the target line in comparison to the One PLane Swing, but never along it, anybody who is told to swing down the target line, other than when putting should find a new coach straight away in my opinion, as it is fundamentally incorrect to swing a club that way.




The player then swings the club up a little steeper in the follow-through and finishes the swing standing pretty much upright with nearly all the weight on the left leg. The shots are generally weaker when compared to the powerful one plane swing and the ball flight is most often hit left to right in a fade shape shot. Get the timing and rhythm right though and you are going to be difficult to beat.







Great players have changed, from having an upright (Two Plane) back-swing position in the past, to having flatter backswings. Tiger Woods is one of those who has changed. Tiger in his' his early golf days showed a much more upright swing than his swing of today. I prefer the one plane swing for the majority of players as long as they are flexible enough. It is in my opinion a much better swing and much simpler in terms of learning and using it. However, in my experienced and knowledgeable view as an 'Expert Swing Technician', the Two Plane Swing or a Single Plane Swing for inflexible clients, is definitely the model that should be applied to them.




The disadvantage in the Two Plane Swing, is that you have to firstly, manipulate and locate certain key positions on the backswing and again in the downswing, however, these key positions in the downswing are different to the ones created on the backswing and contrary to a One Plane Swinger who simply rotates the body back to and through the impact zone.


The Two Plane Swinger must locate 'those', key positions in order to create the critical and success bearing, shallower downswing attack plane. The player is very dependant on and has to rely on great rhythm and timing to re-connect to key positions in the downswing. When you have to do that, the swing will not perform well under pressure, in my opinion.





Make no mistake both these swing types that I have described above, are correct and from the list of players below, both types can be used very skill-fully and with great success. Top Instructors and Coaches should be aware of these different swings and all their working components because the swings are totally different, a little like plastic and graphite- totally different.



There are however few coaches and even fewer highly specialised coaches who are able to confidently change key positions knowing what they really are doing. Find yourself a coach with excellent credentials and a great reputation in the county you live in and you will be in good hands and be prepared to pay a little more for the lessons, in the long-run it will be worth it.

For more information on the ONE and TWO Plane Swing, go back to the menu and click on ONE and TWO Plane Swings

Stack and Tilt and the Single Plane Swing are shown elsewhere on this website.



There are many different types of swing, 'Amateur and Professional', some work well and others lead to frustration, some are far out of position, others mix fundamentals of four swing types into their techniques, some are repeating, even though wrong (Jim Furyk) some are excellent like Ernie Els or Tiger Woods and some just don’t work. That’s the time for a re-think and to take professional advice, before frustration makes your game a nightmare and no fun whatsoever. Has your game gone sour?


I have been a highly successful PGA Professional coach for the better part of 25 years, and I am termed by the British PGA and the PGA of Europe as one of Europe's leading Coaches, an expert in his field, although still learning and improving, I can boast a success rate that is around 97% (calculated from Tournament Results), everyone can improve, given the right key components or DNA for their respective swings.



I instruct Tour Professionals through to Grandparents, age should not always be a Handicap and many of my clients are now realising that. My clients drive up to four hours (one way) for tuition, if you are serious about your Golf then maybe you should too?





It is exactly for exactly this reason that I decided to have an expert construct my website, and to help educate all interested golfers on the different sets of rules and fundamentals that govern the swings. Read on to find out why by using the Menu.



If you are an existing Tour Professional or leading Amateur player looking for a different perspective on the development of your game then please email me and I will get you back on track…..





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