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The Stack and Tilt Swing: The Definitive Guide to the Swing That Is Remaking Golf [Hardcover]

Michael Bennett , Andy Plummer
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Nov. 17 2009
An in-depth, full-color, step-by-step guide to the new golf swing that has taken the PGA Tour by storm

The traditional golf swing requires a level of coordination that few golfers have. So it's no surprise that, despite huge advances in club and ball technology, the average golf handicap in America has dropped by only one stroke since 1990. Maverick golf instructors Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer spent a decade researching the swing, eventually combining physiology and physics to create a method they dubbed the "Stack and Tilt." The result? Big-name pros like Mike Weir, Tommy Armour III, and Aaron Baddeley are already converts, and Bennett and Plummer are now two of the most soughtafter swing coaches in the game.

Making these breakthroughs available to everyone, The Stack and Tilt Swing is a handsome, fully illustrated, complete course, packed with more than two hundred full-color photographs that make it easy for golfers at all levels to adopt this radical yet simple approach. Analyzing why the traditional swing won't work for most golfers, the authors explain the importance of keeping the upper body stacked over the lower body, while the spine tilts toward the target during the backswing, greatly reducing the inconsistencies created by the old-fashioned approach. Enhanced with practice routines, a troubleshooting list, test cases, and point-by-point assistance, this is the breakthrough guide to golf's hot new secret weapon.

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Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer have forty years of combined experience in golf instruction, and teach their "stack and tilt" swing to over twenty Tour players.

Peter Morice is a senior instruction editor at Golf Digest, and wrote the magazine's two cover stories on the Stack and Tilt Swing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book Nov. 21 2013
By Leo Li
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Very detailed descriptions on the findings they made through their study and teaching. Worth a try for those who "fat' a lot in their games.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read for Golf Fanatics June 9 2011
You can't get away from reviewing this book without reviewing Stack & Tilt (S&T) itself. For me, I've found I can hit very straight with it, but suffer from a lack of distance. I have an easier time when I shift my weight in the conventional manner. But the thing to remember about any swing method or golf tip is that different things work for different people. S&T is worth a try if you're having trouble hitting it straight.

If you're looking to try S&T, this book is a must. If you aren't, this book is worth it if you're a student of the game. It does a very good job of explaining cause and effect, a lot better than other instructional books which are end up being a collection of tips. Even if you have no intention of changing your swing, it will enhance your knowledge of what goes on in a golf swing. I enjoyed reading it, and still refer to it even if I don't use the method.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Take with a grain of salt April 30 2011
By golffan
I bought this book over a year ago. At the time, I thought it was a well written book and I saw immediate results. However, over time, I found that this type of swing robbed me of distance and ball height (very low penetrating ball flight). One good thing I can say about this book is that it explained quite well the different shot types (fade, draw) and how to achieve them. I have since taken lessons (which beats trying to learn from any golf book hands down) and am trying very hard to break the "stack and tilt" habbits that I picked up. If you are looking for a great golf book, Ben Hogan's "Five Lessons: Modern Fundamentals of Golf" is definately the best one to go for. Stick to golf swing types that have been long tested, tried and true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Beneficial Golf Book since "Five Lessons"? Perhaps! Nov. 20 2009
By Erik J. Barzeski - Published on
I've played to a low single digit handicap for years, and though I enjoyed the process of working on my own swing, I'd go through lengthy periods of time when I was searching for the key to my swing. Invariably, I'd find something, play well for a few rounds, and then enter another lull.

This year I decided to work with a Stack and Tilt instructor. Like many, I misunderstood a lot of the principles and had a lot of misconceptions about the swing, but with 20 or so PGA Tour players taking to it, I reconsidered. I'm glad I did - this year has been one of the most productive in my golf career. Not only do I know how to swing, I know how to fix it when things go awry.

Stack and Tilt is a fairly simple method of playing good golf, but nobody can do it alone. If you can't find an instructor nearby, this book does a great job as a stand-in (and if you can find an instructor, this book is a great reminder between lessons). The book's photos wonderfully illustrate the concepts and the instructions are simple, clear, and concise. Not only are the positions and ideas explained thoroughly, but PGA Tour pros contribute their "feelings" and "sensations" to help players who are helping themselves.

The book is more than a "here is how to swing the club" guide as well. The last third of the book is invaluable to golfers as it contains drills, common faults and their fixes, and much more. This book does more to actually help the golfer in 240 or so pages than most golf instructional books do in 400. It's not much of a stretch to call this potentially the most beneficial golf instruction book since Hogan's "Five Lessons."

Even if you're not a fan of the Stack and Tilt swing, I encourage you to pick up this book. Read the first chapter - I think you may change your mind. Implement some of the principles of the swing and, when you start beating your buddies, the book will pay for itself in no time. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome content, poorly written Dec 11 2009
By A. Chait - Published on
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I preordered this book before it was released because I've heard so much about Stack and Tilt. When it came, I was excited. The ideas are great and incorporating parts of it into my swing has already made a major difference in by accuracy and distance. I'm looking forward to getting the entire swing down. Now - if I could just learn to put.

One criticism of the book is that it is poorly written. It's often hard to understand and the pictures they use don't always coordinate with the text. You really have to read the book twice to understand the nuances of the swing. I think that if the authors were to hire a professional writer and graphics person it would make a world of difference in their next version or next book. I found myself, throughout the book, reading paragraphs over and over to try to understand what they are saying.

Having said that, I still highly recommend the book to any golfer. Their entire swing makes sense. Why shift your weight and try to coordinate that body movement with striking the ball as has been taught by everyone else? It's too hard to time and that's not where the power comes from anyway, so why do it. It's a very interesting book and I can now understand why a lot of the pros are switching to it. It's a great feeling to connect with the ball correctly, feel it, hear it and watch it fly where you want it to go.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the only way, and a very awkward one at that Dec 15 2010
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I gave Stack and Tilt a good four weeks of dedication. I was very impressed at first - so much so that I bought a second copy for a friend. I have to say, however, that I found this technique to really rob me of swing speed which caused a decrease in distance. I also felt that it was really hard on my back.

A lot of emphasis is given to the left lateral tilt of the spine when starting the swing (hence, the "tilt" in the title), but as I started to analyze this position, most standard swings have your spine in a significant left tilt on the backswing. If you swing to the top with an ordinary swing, then stand up straight and rotate your shoulders back in line with your hips, you will see that you are left laterally flexed. Stack and Tilt just shakes up the order of this.

I will say this in favor of the technique - IT ABSOLUTELY DOES HELP YOU HIT THE BALL CONSISTENTLY AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SWING. There are just other ways of getting pretty consistent at that without robbing your swing of its power. While doing Stack and Tilt, my swing was stuck at no faster than 89 mph. Since getting Stack and Tilt out of my system (and giving my right sacroiliac joint a week or two to rest), I moved on to Jim McLean's book, "The Slot Swing". I also started using Don Trahan's site, Peak Performance Golf. McLean's book and the information on Peak Performance Golf's site have me swinging with confidence, making solid contact, and my swing speed with a driver is consistently at 108 mph, which, of course, translates to an increase in distance of nearly 50 yards!

This book, however, has some very valuable insight about some things that aren't covered accurately or at all in most instruction regarding what makes a ball's flight shape the way it does. Stack and Tilt points out that your ball will always start perpendicular to the face of the club at impact and ultimately curve toward the path of the swing at impact. This is usually thought to be the opposite. It also brings home the importance of where, on the swing's arc, you make contact with the ball. The knowledge in this chapter will really help your understanding of ball flight no matter what swing style you use.

The bottom line for me, after being initially impressed, is that there is really only one big positive of this technique - it WILL help you hit the ball consistently in the same spot in your swing (and there are other ways to do that just as consistently). The negatives, in my opinion, are that it can hurt your back and it robs you of distance. On top of that, my mere enjoyment of the game was diminished by not having a sweeping, "normal" swing.

This technique is obviously working well for a lot of folks, but after my initial excitement, followed by a realization of decreased distance and a sore back, it's not for me. I would still recommend that you read this book for the chapter on ball flight and what causes your shot to do what it does. That is the best treatment on the subject I have ever seen. If you really want to feel maximum, confident power of delivering everything you have to the ball, I highly recommend "The Slot Swing" by Jim McLean and visiting the website of Peak Performance Golf. The information found in those two places, along with Carl Lohren's "One Move To Better Golf" have totally changed my game around - to the tune of 19 added mph and confidence in ball striking!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing you can do to your golf swing Nov. 18 2009
By Mehrod Magsoudi - Published on
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I had pre-ordered this book from Great idea to publish a book. These guys need to be put at the same level as Ben Hogan or above. They are the only ones that can make a difference in all golfers. Nothing else works out there I have tried them all. Even 3 years of lessons, every week did not get me to where I am now. Stack and tilt is the swing of the future and this book sets in stone. I switched to the S&T swing 3 months ago when I purchased the DVDs. The best thing I ever did. You just have to be patient and stick to the basics if you run into any problems. Otherwise, its the quickest and easiest way to become a great golfer.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try it for SOLID ball contact Feb. 6 2010
By Bruce W. Gerhold - Published on
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The book is well written, and brings out excellent arguments that conventionally taught techniques are mastered by only a select few. The general player needs a technique that is simpler to execute; something that you do not have to practice EVERY day.
Transition to try the swing was relatively easy. After a few buckets of balls on the range, I consistently hit the club head sweet spot and have better directional control. This swing is not a distance master, but shot consistency lowers you score faster than distance. I did not sacrifice distance, but do not expect extra distance. The swing works best on irons and hybrids with some adaptation and practice required on the driver and 3 wood.
After reading the book, and practicing with the swing, I will keep this new style. I also see many of the moves taught while watching pros on TV - look for the dipping left shoulder and straight right leg - it's on TV, but not taught.
Overall, I think the authors are correct in their teachings and these changes will improve your swing. Some of the full swing basics resemble what Dave Pelz teaches in the "Short Game Bible", and recall the foundation of a good short game is solid repeatable contact. Give the technique a try: the switch is easy, and I suspect you could go back to conventional methods without undoing bad habits.
A second benefit is the swing removes all stress from your right leg, and will help any right knee and hip ailments in right handed golfers.
The only downside is you may have difficulty finding a pro teacher for help: be prepared to study the book and solve your own problems. After all, self help is required to develop a good game so this is a good place to start.
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