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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 22:13





Stack And Tilt




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Stack and Tilt

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 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.



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, probably with the higher lofted clubs.


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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