Archive for July, 2010

Stack and Tilt Coaching Methods

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

So today we attended with many other golf professionals the stack and tilt seminar at the Belfry.  Presented by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.
So what it all about?? The swing model has certainly come in for some stick over the last couple of years from pundits and coaches in the US so everyone was intrigued to hear what Andy and Mike had to say especially as some of their pupil on Tour have shown improvement and success.
The session started with the address position where using photographic evidence of successful golf professional over the years it was pointed out that there are very few common grips, alignment, aim and postures.  So what do the tour pro’s have in common?
(1) Being able to hit the ground in exactly the same place.
(2) Ability to generate enough power to hit the ball far enough to play and control the flight.
Andy pointed out that everything else was pretty much variable, there was evidence that some combinations of certain parts of the setup and swing work well together.  But the two things above is something that all top players all have in common.
The weight distribution for a right handed player starts more to the left approx. 60% with the right at 40%.  As you move towards the top of the backswing the weight stays the same keeping the slight spine lean slightly right at around 5 – 10 degrees. (no reverse spine tilt there).  Sounds like the way I coach pitching.
The next point in the backswing the hand working in an arc in the takeaway which makes sense as the torso is rotating getting the club to point at the target line (plane) and through the right elbow area.  Sound enough there in my view.
Left leg straightening creating a larger hip turn.  That’s certainly different from what is the populist methods of creating more lower body resistance by keeping the right knee more flexed, but perhaps what is lost in stretch is gained a larger rotation and swing.
So let,s just stop there and think of some of Ben Hogan’s swings, Johnny Miller, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson.  There is evidence that these type of methods we employed by these players at their height so is coaching moving full circle back towards what was the norm in that era.
So at this stage not too controversial and certainly their ideas have been misrepresented in the media and TV.
More to come on the Stack and Tilt seminar in my next post.

Ben Hogan

Can Louis Oosthuizen Hang on?

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Will Louis Oosthuizen hang onto his lead going into the last round of the Open Championship or will Paul Casey or other catch him?
Looking at his swing in slow motion I have to say it looks fairly sound and as long as the pressure of the last round does not get to him and he start steadily you have to say he should hang on easily. 
Coached by Pete Cowen, who has helped many a player to success over the years. I like the look of the club at the top of his swing slightly pointing left due a slightly shorter action. It’s hard to see what could go wrong from there.  Another thing that has impressed me with his swing to that he maintains his upper body stability so well.  Even though we should see slight head motion in any good swing Oosthuizen really keeps not only his height well but the upper body hardly moves back at impact.
Casey on the other hand did get out in 5 under yesterday and a repeat performance on the outward 9 holes would certainly increase the pressure on Oosthuizen.