Over the past week I have managed to implement some new swing changes as a lefty, I’m starting to see the benefits of stack & tilt and how it can help any golfer at any stage of their career, whether they are new to the game or have been playing for years.
After a practice session this weekend on the range I honestly don’t think my ball striking would be as consistent if i was swinging the golf club convectionally at this stage.
Last weekend I posted a link to my youtube channel of my last left handed swing of the year:
In that particular session I saw an improvement in my consistency however I noticed I was hitting a lot of shots straight right (a ‘pull’ shot for a left hander), I decided this was down to 2 things after viewing a video of my golfswing. My shoulders aimed to the right at address (‘open’ at address) and consequently this encouraged me to swing across my body from’out to in’. These problems had to be addressed in my next session.
I made the slight change in my set-up and begun making my changes to my swing path which has given me more clubhead speed and a more consistent club face position at impact. In the stack & tilt golf swing it is imperative that the golfer swings the golf club ‘on the inside’ or in other words ‘more rounded’ this encourages more clubhead speed and a ‘draw’ ball flight. To help explain this more I am going to use South Korean golfer, Charlie Wi’s golf swing as a example. He has been coached since 2005 by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett using the stack and tilt golf swing and he is known as one of the best ball strikers on tour.
If you look at the second swing in the sequence, you can see Charlie has his right elbow almost touching his chest at the top of the back swing and the angle of the shaft is to the left of his shoulder. In a more conventional swing the shaft should point over the right shoulder. This move by Charlie on the backswing promotes a ‘inside swing path’ and encourages a ‘draw’ (right to left ball flight).
Andy and Mike explain the power move in their book ‘The Stack and Tilt Swing’;
“The first power element is the path of the hands and the club moving inward – around the body as opposed to upward – on the backswing. Moving the hands and club on a circular arc stores potential energy, as compared to moving them striaght back over the target line”. *
Over the coming blogs I will be explaining in more detail the stack & tilt golf swing, and how it differs from a conventinal golf swing plus my progress as my left handed swing changes. Im excited by these swing changes and my first round on the golf course which will be in February, I have set myself a personal goal of breaking 100 within 6 months of the process. A month in and I’m confident that I am on track to achieve this.
* The Stack and Tilt Swing, Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer, 2009, USAThis entry was posted in Left Handed and tagged andy plummer, charlie wi, golf swing, how to golf, mike bennett, stack and tilt with no comments yet