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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Plummer: Now let’s take a look at Mike’s photos. Note how his head hasn’t raised up and his shoulders have turned at the same angle as the backswing. The eyes, shoulders and spine are tilted to the ground. That only happens because Mike has done a continuous hip slide.

When you look at the picture below, you can see that I’m extended off the ground—I’m in anatomical extension. But if you look at Mike’s picture, he hasn’t raised off the ground. How’s that possible? How is it possible to go from flexion to extension without raising up? The answer is that his hips have slid. It increases the right tilt that replaces the loss of forward flexion coming through the ball.

Most people don’t know how much they need to slide and how far they need to go forward. They move forward a little bit, then stop and continue turning without moving forward so they have more rotary movement than linear. As a result, they swipe across the ball like a windshield wiper. If you could tell them to start with more weight on their left and to continue to keep moving their hip forward, that would keep them from hitting out at the ball and make them draw the ball.

The first line in our book, The Stack and Tilt Swing, says, “If all of the golf instruction books, videos and lessons for the last hundred years had taught people to keep their weight on the left side and to swing their hands inward, we would have generations of golfers drawing the ball instead of slicing.” The game has been misinterpreted by shifting the weight back and then not clearly articulating how far and how long it needs to go forward.

Bonus Tip: Play Better Golf…Bowl!

Plummer: Most golfers turn too much, but don’t move their hips forward enough, long enough. A helpful image to think about is a bowler who always draws the ball. A bowler’s hips move forward without turning very much. He’s more linear and less rotary. He keeps his weight forward and his right foot back. This image should help golfers get the feel for hitting out at the ball (and drawing it) as opposed to hitting across the ball (and slicing it).

Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer have more than 40 years of combined experience in golf instruction, and teach their Stack and Tilt swing to more than 20 PGA Tour players. To order their DVD, The Stack & Tilt Golf Swing, please visit

Shot on location at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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