Andy Plummer doesn’t want you to forget everything you’ve learned about building a golf swing, but an argument can be made that he comes close. Plummer’s “Stack & Tilt’’ teaching method, which he developed with fellow instructor Mike Bennett, is one of the more controversial in golf, but spend some time with him and it begins to make sense.
Where to begin? Plummer’s basics of a good golf swing – and how to teach a good, repetitive swing – differ from the standard GAPS (Grip, Alignment, Posture, Stance) because he said, players have different grips, alignments, postures and stances.
“You can’t measure good golfers on how they hold a club or how they stand,’’ Plummer said from his teaching academy at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. “What are the fundamentals, if not those? How do you assess the swing?’’
For Plummer, the answer is back to the basics. And basics for Plummer (and Bennett) means a Hogan-esque controlling the bottom swing arc.
“Measuring the ability to swing and hit the ground the same spot – or a very narrow dispersion,’’ Plummer said. “That’s a tangible skill that players need to develop.’’
That’s where the Stack and Tilt’s fundamentals come in. Stack & Tilt’s system for golf defines these three fundamentals: Contact (controlling the low point of the swing; Power (general the power needed to play the course; and Direction (control the curve of the shot).
Stack and Tilt is based on a “weight forward’’ philosophy of setting up with more lower body weight forward that according to Plummer helps players make solid contact and creates an in-to-out swing that promotes a draw.
The lower body weight, Plummer said, should continue to move forward the entire swing to help make consistent contact.
The lower body weight creates depth for the club and hands to move at an arc around the body, which in turn creates a repeatable shoulder turn.
Playing at an angle “is fundamental to playing golf,’’ said Plummer, who has worked PGA Tour players such as Mike Weir and Aaron Baddeley. “The game by its design is played with an angled club and at the side of ball. You create depth and swing on an angle. You don’t swing straight up and down.
“No player has an upright swing. Even guys who have upright backswings (think Jim Furyk) have some sort of angle when they come into the ball.’’