IRVING -- "This game needs people -- it needs to be easier so more people play and have more fun playing it," says Todd Graves, a golf instructor in Oklahoma City.
He admits, most of the time, players go to him as a last resort.
"By the time they get to me, they're so frustrated," he said. "They're willing to do anything I ask."
Graves teaches the single swing plane. He has a book out about the subject.
"And align the arms with the club shaft," Graves said, instructing me on my setup. "Now you've taken those two planes and made them into one."
It looks a little funny, with the hands high on the setup and the club face about a foot behind the ball at address. And it feels really strange. But Graves will tell you, the single swing plane is a lot simpler than the traditional swing.
Graves is a disciple of Moe Norman, a quirky Canadian golfer whom you've probably never heard of, but the best players in the world say is the best ball striker they've ever seen.
"Guys out there regard him as the best ball striker that ever lived," Graves said.
The single swing plane has gotten some more attention this year with the emergence of former SMU golfer and 2015 U.S. Amateur champ Bryson DeChambeau, who takes it a step further by using the same shaft length for almost all his clubs.
I asked him whether players who learn this swing will lose distance, which was my immediate assumption.
"Every element in this golf swing is exactly the same as any other element that produces speed," he replied.
Graves says the science backs up his approach -- it's simpler and it works.
And it puts less stress in the spine, which is a big benefit for older golfers.
"They can't rotate as much, and it's putting a lot of stress on their body," Graves said. "If we can take that stress off their body and show them an easier way to play, then I knew that would be who we ended up attracting with this."
He can also help with putting -- but that's for another story.
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