At heart I am a contrarian. I like to take the side that may not be most popular. That I why I am intrigued by the Stack and Tilt golf swing. The Stack and Tilt golf swing goes against many of the fundamentals that the mainstream professionals teach. It is controversial. Its contrarian but it might be just what the average golfer needs to improve their ball striking.
What is more important than hitting the ball straight for the average golfer? How many strokes are lost because of a shot into a hazard or missing the green? How many average golfers slice or hit fat shots? The Stack and Tilt golf swing may be a great relief. If traditional instruction has not produced the desired result then maybe a look at some different drills and ideas may.
Stack and Tilt Golf Swing
Ideas For Consistent Ball Striking
Hitting Same Spot
To be a consistent ball striker you need a swing that is repeatable. One of the main features of the Stack and Tilt golf swing is that it said to produce a swing that will hit the ground in the same spot every time. A big problem with many average golfers is that they will hit some f shots fat and others thin, never really getting consistent ball flight. It is very hard to break 80 if with a an inconsistent swing. The Stack and Tilt solves this problem for many. By focusing on the fundamentals of keeping centered with the weight forward, the swing becomes more consistent leading to better ball striking. In addition, the average golfer will find that it is easier to hit the ball first which all good players do at impact.
Watch the video below as instructor Mike Bennett hits the same spot 17 times in a row using the Stack and Tilt golf swing.
A main fault that many golfers face is that there is way too much movement in their golf swing. To be a consistent at impact, you need to make sure your head is somewhat still and you are centered over the golf ball. Too much movement will kill a swing. The Stack and Tilt golf swing has golfers turn their shoulders DOWN to help keep them centered on the golf ball. There is not a lot of movement in the swing which can help the average golfer produce a repeatable swing and become more consistent.
Inside Out Path
The dreaded slice. So many average golfers struggle with that out-to-in swing path that produces spin sending the ball right. To many, the idea of a hitting a draw is a pipe dream. The Stack and Tilt makes it easy to hit a draw. The key to hitting a draw is to make sure the club comes from the inside (I have posted a few drills for getting an inside to out path…you can see those HERE). The Stack and Tilt golf swing makes an inside swing path a breeze because it wants the hands to come inside on the takeaway.
This goes against conventional golf wisdom but almost insures an inside out path. I have discussed the flat inside swing before and it has been instrumental in changing my swing path The Stack and Tilt almost forces an inside swing path which is part of developing a nice little draw.
Furthermore the instructors also believe that by bringing the hand on an inside path it will create more power for the average golfer. Just like a field goal kicker comes on a inside path to the ball (no longer do they approach the ball straight on).
One of the most difficult concepts to grasp in the golf swing is the proper shift of weight from backswing to downswing. The average golfer tends to keep too much weight on their back foot on the downswing causing many mishits. Swaying back and then staying back is a big issue for many. The shifting from back foot to front foot is said to supply power in the swing but if not done right can lead to a LOSS of power instead.
Here instructor Rick Shiels shows the “sway” that many average golfers do on the backswing.
Furthermore, the “bump” or “sliding” of the hips forward as the club is supposed to shallow is another difficult task. I still struggle with this “bump” forward.
The Stack and Tilt golf swing again simplifies things for the average golfer. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR WEIGHT FORWARD. There is no shift so there is no swaying. Start with weight forward and continue to move it forward through impact. The weight forward also helps with hitting the ground in the same spot and hitting the ball first. In addition, I have found it easier to get the “bump” or “sliding” of the hips. It is a much simpler process that can truly help the average golfer.
Many opponents to the Stack and Tilt argue that shifting the weight forward will result in a loss of distance. This could be a possible consequence of moving to this type of swing but may be outweighed by the better ball striking.
The Fault Tree
The most important part of making adjustments is being able to identify your swing issues and then understanding how to fix them. The Fault Tree in the Stack and Tilt system does exactly that. It attempts to use common faults in the swing to isolate the issues so that the average golfer can fix them. It is easy to try to fix every little issue with your swing and soon you are totally confused. By looking at the flight of your ball and then applying it to common faults associated with those flights you can isolate the problem and attempt to fix it. The Fault Tree has been very helpful in improving my swing.
To use the Fault Tree to improve make adjustments to your swing you need to first ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Where is the ball starting? (This will tell you your clubface angle at impact)
- Which direction is the ball curving? (This tells you the swing path)
- Is your ball curving across center? (This tells you the relationship between face and path)
Knowing the pattern of your shots will help you make the needed adjustments to your swing.
Here are the common faults:
#1 Low Point Behind The Ball
(Shots: fat and thin)
#2 Swinging Across The Ball
(Shots: pulls, over-fades, slices, too high, too low, lack of distance)
#3 Swinging Too Much In To Out
(Shots: pushes, over-draw, hooks)
#4 Closed Clubface
(Shots: over-draws, hooks, too low, lack of distance)
Use the common faults to identify your problem and then attack that problem. For more on how to attack the problem using Stack and Tilt principles click the link below to buy the book. It is well worth the money and has helped me improve my iron play.