With all your short game shots, it is imperative that the clubhead stays on shaft plane. Here’s a very simple drill to understand what shaft plane is. This is the shaft plane here; the club has to stay outside the yellow sticks on our shaft plane. Even in a chip and run, the handle is going to be higher but the club still going to stay on shaft plane. With the hinge and hold, a little bit more hinge but the club is still up on line.
You rotate through the club and it still stays on the shaft plane. The number three shot, the release shot, the face gets more open on the backswing, you release it down, the club still stays on shaft plane. Even the number four shot, the flop shot, big swing, the club releases but still stays on shaft plane. As long as you understand that the club always has to be matching the shaft plane, you’re going to be in a really good spot to get consistent contact and get the club bottoming out at the right point just right in front of the ball.