Four Moves To Stack & Tilt

What you don’t know about our system will change the way you look at the golf swing

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4. SLIDE YOUR HIPS

Mike’s tilt is a result of Andy’s hip slide.
Plummer: Another component to demonstrate is the linear component or the hip slide. So we have extension, left tilt and hip slide. (And, trust us, we recognize that “slide” is a dirty word in golf.)

The poorest players don’t move their hips forward enough, long enough. In fact a good mantra for golfers would be: “fast enough, forward enough, long enough.” It’s beneficial for people who don’t really understand how much extension they need to start out with more weight on their left side. Starting out with more weight on their left side eliminates the need for the hips to slide and allows the golfer to extend.

Some people think that sliding your hips causes a block. It does not. Extending or standing up too fast does. It throws the club to the right, and you end up blocking the shot. If you just slid and turned, the club would always come around in a circle. Coordinating those three things together (extension, left tilt, hip slide) to make the golfer swing in a circle is what the Stack and Tilt system is all about.

Bennett: In the pictures (left), Andy is tilting and extending to propel his backswing and followthrough.

Plummer: You can sum up the pictures of Mike below in just six words: weight forward, shoulder down, hands in. Note how his arms didn’t lift off his rib cage on his backswing because his shoulders continued to turn. And his shoulders only continued to turn because he kept left-tilting and extending. You can see that the hands are in by the fact that they’re behind—not above—the shoulder.

From the down-the-line view, you can see how the spine tilt is keeping Mike’s club from swinging out across the ball. Because the hips slid forward, his head didn’t raise from the ground so he stayed in inclination. Hence, he’s not topping the ball. Note how the shaft angle is parallel to the ground, and in line with his hands. Most amateurs start their downswing with not enough hip slide, keep their weight back and so are outside of it. It’s the slide that keeps the club in.

Bennett: The last part of the equation would be the player tucking the hips in extension. The hips are higher (that’s part of the extension), the arms are straight (that’s part of the extension too), and the hip slide helps prevent the head from ever raising up from the ground. If a player keeps sliding his or her hips, what’s lost in extension (from moving one’s head away from the ground) is reestablished when the hips slide and he or she tilts to the right.


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