Stack & Tilt Critics Speak Out
Teachers Weigh In On Stack & Tilt
> It's Not for Everyone
"Stack & Tilt has been presented as a new theory, but a lot of it is what Mac O'Grady has been teaching for years. Personally, I don't teach a system. I don't believe there's one set of fundamentals for everyone. And I don't think Stack & Tilt is for everyone."
-- BUTCH HARMON, No. 1 on Golf Digest's 50 Greatest Teachers in America
As to fundamentals, there should be a comprehensive system of measuring the variables of a swing. If a way of measuring everyone objectively is a system, then this is definitely a system.
> It Makes the Swing Too Steep
"For most amateurs, the No. 1 problem they have is coming down into the ball too steeply. When they lean left like that, it's only going to make them steeper unless they dramatically tilt their spine away from the target on the downswing. It's very difficult to make that compensating move in the 250 milliseconds it takes the club to swing down. I would only recommend it for someone who swings too much inside out, which is very few."
-- MIKE BENDER, No. 10
> Are the Positions Accurate?
"The head is not a stationary post, and there is definitely weight shift in the golf swing. Anything can be overdone, certainly lateral motion, but there is lateral motion in great golf swings, and you can take that to the bank."
-- JIM McLEAN, No. 4
PLUMMER / Yes, there should be lateral motion in the swing, but not away from the target. The lateral shift of the hips on the downswing should be fast and full. However, lateral motion away from the target limits the player's ability to get to the front side at impact.
As for the head not being a stationary post, look at some of the best golfers of all time, such as Hogan, Snead and Nicklaus--their heads never moved off the ball on the backswing. You're trying to hit a stationary object, and moving your head is like moving the ball. Plus, it's not necessary. Here's a quote from Nicklaus in a recent article in Golf World: "I don't believe in a lateral shift. I believe in staying on the ball."