Swing Sequence: Aaron Baddeley
Borne out of that conversation, the two began working together again, trying to rebuild the swing that helped Baddeley win back-to-back Australian Opens when he was a teenager.
Since those early days, Baddeley has won three PGA Tour events (two under the tutelage of Bennett and Plummer), but he's still trying for his first major championship.
Under stress," Lynch says, " there have been periods when the swing he's had on the range and the swing he's had on the first tee are completely different."
Neverthless, Baddeley's victory at the 2011 Northern Trust Open was a "huge step" in the transformation.
"Now I set up with more of an angle, I get more behind the ball, and I try to mirror my set-up position at impact," says Baddeley, who averaged 296.2 yards off the tee in 2011 compared with 291.9 yards in '07. His driving-accuracy percentage, however, has dropped from 60.42 percent to 55.67 percent.
"I'm more of a reactive player, hitting shapes as opposed to being limited by a one-shot swing," Baddeley says.
Bennett says the changes in the swing are noticeable. He's a lot more free-wheeling.
"We encourage our players to hit the same pattern of curve as much as possible," Bennett says. "I believe Aaron likes to play by curving the ball both ways as he sees fit."
Baddeley says his goal is to get his body to release through impact, keeping his left arm soft to restrict hand action. The easiest transition from Stack & Tilt, he says, has been shifting more weight into his right leg during the backswing.
"The overall swing is still there from what I was doing as a kid."
-- Ron Kaspriske
Analysis by Dale Lynch, co-founder of Bann/Lynch Golf. He teaches at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla.