The History of the Explanar

The Origins of the Explanar Golf Training Aid

The idea that the perfect golf swing originates from swinging in line with your optimum swing plane was influenced by key thinkers in golfing history. One significant influence was the work of Ben Hogan and his book 'The Fundamentals of Golf'. In this book, Hogan uses a Pane of Glass to visually represent where he believes the golfer’s optimum swing plane would be, and he believes that if a golfer is able to swing along this plane, they would perform the perfect shot.

Seymour Dunn also visually represented where he believed the golfer's optimum swing plane would be, however chose to do this by running a piece of rope from the ball through to his sternum. This developed into his Canvas Plane Board in 1928.

As you can see from the images below, Luther’s invention of the Explanar golf training aid, and his idea that it was integral for students to feel what it was like to hit a shot in line with their optimum swing plane, was a culmination of all these influences.


Luther’s Story 

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The Explanar golf training aid was invented by the PGA Master Professional Luther Blacklock.

In 1993, Luther was a PGA Professional who had already been teaching golf for over twenty years. Although he was a very successful teacher, Luther felt that something was missing from his teaching armory.

Luther identified that the missing component was that his golf students not only needed to understand how to swing their club to perform their shot, but more importantly, they needed to feel what it was like to swing perfectly in line with their optimum swing plane. If a golfer is able to swing perfectly at the angle of their optimum swing plane, then they will be able to perform much straighter, longer, and more consistent shots on the golf course.

To help his students understand what it was like to feel this perfect golf swing in order to improve their game, Luther invented the Explanar Golf Training Aid in 2001.

The Explanar Today

The Explanar Training Aid is now used in over forty countries by hundreds of Golf Pro’s and thousands of golfing amateurs, and in some of the worlds most prestigious golf clubs.

The invention of the Explanar revolutionized the way that golf was taught, and Luther was awarded Master PGA Professional status in 2008. Luther is now Head Professional at Woburn Golf Club in England, and continues to teach with the Explanar and change the way golf is taught and learned.

If you want to ask Luther a question or read his blogs to help you improve your swing, ake a look at Luther's Golf Swing Tips.

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Luther's golf swing tips

Want to know how you can improve your swing, cure a slice or fix a hook? Luther Blacklock, inventor of the Explanar golf training aid and PGA Master Pro, is here to answer your questions. If you want to know more about the Explanar itself, how it works, or his golf swing tips, then send Luther a question and he will answer it personally.

Golf Swing Tips

The Explanar in action

Luther shows you how the Explanar works and how it can be used to practice advanced golf swing techniques. Watch testimonials from top golf coaches, including Butch Harmon, former coach to Tiger Woods and current coach to Phil Mickelson. In this video, Butch tells us why he believes Explanar can improve your golfing game.

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Thanks to all the UK PGA Pros we spoke to recently. The winner of the prize draw for a free Explanar was the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club in London. Well done guys, we hope you enjoy and that your members benefit. We've had an overwhelming response and have decided to offer a special price to those of you who didn't win so please contact us on if you're interested.

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