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What is Stack and Tilt?

 



‘Stack and Tilt’ is a relatively new swing and it already has many users, notably Tour Professionals Aaron Baddeley and US Masters champion Mike Weir (pictured above) and about twenty others. In the stack and tilt swing the player addresses the ball with 60% body weight on the lead foot as seen in Mike Weir’s address position (above right), during the backswing the left shoulder will move down towards the ground which results in a shorter than normal backswing and even more weight on the left side, just like in Baddeley’s backswing, where nearly 80% weight is on the lead foot.

 


The ‘Stack and Tilt’ technique was a method that became popular around10 years ago. It is not taught these days but is still referred to in commentary from time-to-time and it’s a technique that is well worth knowing and understanding and I believe it is about to return,  I also think it can be used as an excellent training drill for correct impact positioning.

 


The principle behind the stack and tilt is that you pre-set the impact position at address. This means that you start the swing with 60% of your weight on your left side and then retain that weight positioning from address to the top and then down to impact. At the top, the swing looks a little like a ‘reverse pivot’ but but it is not but your have to have a flexible spine to stay behind the ball through impact.

 





 




As can be clearly seen here Mike Weir stays well on his right-hand side (left-hander) throughout the backswing in keeping with the fundamentals of the stack and tilt swing.

 

 



The benefit in the ‘Stack and Tilt’, is that there is less weight shift in the backswing and the player stays very central to the ball because of the lack of body movement. The spine stays vertical  to the ball throughout the whole back and through swing movement, this can cause a much more solid contact, better consistency and a lower more penetrating ball flight.


 



For most players who are already on their left sides too much, the stack and tilt swing will without doubt lead to an over the top swing and hence more slice and pulled shots. Because of the weight being on the left during the backswing a very subtle spine or body is called for as the player must back up into a slight reverse ‘C’ position ( see the image below) during the down and through swing, in an effort to stay behind the ball.

 

 

 


Older players should definitely stay away from this swing as it is very likely to cause lower back injuries.

 

 

 







 

 


The image of Mike Weir in the impact zone shows just how much he has to work to stay behind the ball in order to get elevation from the ball, failure to make this move will undoubtedly lead Mike (skilled players) to hit a low trajectory with pull type strokes and for the average player shots will mostly finish off with a slice/cut type ball flight with an occasional Pull type shot, probaby with the higher lofted clubs.

 

 

I consider stack and tilt could help a player if they have a tendency to get stuck on the back foot through impact. If you hit a lot of shots fat or thin, the stack and tilt is a useful drill for getting the club steeper during the downswing. Set your weight on your left side at address and then keep it there. This will really improve the quality and accuracy of your ball striking and give you a great feeling for where your body needs to be during impact.

 



On the whole it has been a successful swing for very few players, and very few have won with it on Tour. Which begs the question, if it was a great swing, then why are not more winning on Tour with it? Those that changed to it are not winning anymore, which begs another question of whether it is such a good swing after-all. It may be good for a select few players but for most it is definitely one to stay away from.

 

 

 


 


 


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