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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Physics of The Golf Swing

The game of golf revolves around a combination of numerous physics concepts. The effects of physics on the game, which can easily be overlooked, can be found not only during the swing and impact, but they also take effect prior to the swing, while the ball is in flight and after the ball has landed. The physics concepts that will be discussed include, Newton's Laws, acceleration, force, velocity, time, gravity, and angles.

Many things effect the way the ball and its flight including...

~ Lie

~ Weather conditions
* Wind
* Temperature
* Altitude

~ Gravity

~ Angle at which force is applied

~ Newton's Laws

~ Applied Force

Lie - Grass behind the ball will cause, less solid contact between the ball and club, producing less force on the ball. Thus, a ball hit from the fairway may go a couple of yards further than a ball hit from the rough due to the resistance of the grass in the rough. A shot hit from a downhill slope will produce a lower trajectory and a shot hit from an uphill slope will produce a higher projectory.

Weather - The weather plays a large roll in how the golf ball will fly.

~ Wind- The wind plays a large role in both how far the ball will travel and how straight the ball will travel.

Downwind - A shot hit with wind coming from behind will fly farther, have less spin producing more roll and a straighter flight. The shot will go further and straighter and have less spin, the faster the wind is blowing.

Crosswind - A shot hit with wind coming from a side will have a tendency to fly the direction that the wind is blowing. For example, a shot hit with a wind coming from left to right will fly more to the right. The ball will fly the further right, the faster the wind is blowing.

Into the wind - A shot hit when into the wind will not travel as far, will have more spin producing less roll and a less straight flight. The shot will go shorter and will have a tendency to be more off line due to the more spin created by the wind and will not roll as far when it lands. The faster the wind speed, the more all of these effects will be effected.

~ Temperature - The temperature has an effect on distance.

Warm - A shot hit during a warm temperature will go further than a shot hit during a cold temperature. Keeping the force at which the ball and all other factors equal, the ball will go further because the high temperature will cause it to compress more. The more the ball compress's, the further it will go.

Cold - A shot hit during a cold temperature will go shorter than a shot hit during a warm temperature. Keeping all factors equal, the cold temperature will cause the ball to compress less and thus the ball will travel a shorter distance.

~ Altitude - The altitude has an effect on distance. Keeping all factors equal, a ball hit at a higher altitude will go further than a ball hit at a lower altiture. This is due to the less resistance in the atomsphere. The air at higher altitude's is thinner than the air at lower altitude. A golf ball will travel a longer distance at a high altitude because there is less air resistance causing the ball to go further.

Gravity - The effects of gravity on the golf swing, is much like the effects of gravity in everyday life, its effect is often overlooked. Here are a list of numerous ways that gravity effects the game of golf.

~ Without gravity, when the ball is put on the tee it would float, because of gravity (and Newton's First Law, which will be discussed later) the ball stays on the tee.

~ During a player's backswing, they are constantly fighting the effects of gravity. As they lift the club to the top of their backswing they are fighting the -9.8 m/s/s acceleration of gravity which is causing the player to feel as if a force is pulling down on the club as they are trying to lift it up.

~ Tiger Woods, in a golf digest about a year and a half ago, said that one of the things he was trying to feel in his swing was that once the club reached the top of his backswing he wanted to feel as if he let the club and his arms "fall" to begin the downswing. The falling sensation that he said he wanted to feel was due to gravity. He wanted to apply no additional force to the club, only the force of gravity.

~ During the downswing, once the player begins applying force to the club to create acceleration, gravity is also helping the player out. Not only is the players force on the club causing it to accelerate but the 9.8m/s/s acceleration force of gravity is also helping. Since the player's force they are applying is so much greater than the force of gravity, the force of gravity is often overlooked.

~ After the ball is struck the player begins to slow down the velocity of the club. Helping them slow the club down as the club is coming up to the top of their forward swing is the force of gravity. As the club is coming up, gravity is applying of force, causing a sensation for the player as if gravity was pulling down on the club.

~ I have an idea for an info-mercial. It would go something like this "Do YOU want to hit the ball as far as the pros? Well you could, yes anyone could, if there was no gravity!" Ok it is kind of corny but it is true. Gravity is the force the causes the ball to come back to the ground. Without gravity, anybody could hit the ball 300 yards, just as the pros do.

~ Without gravity, Tiger Woods and other pro's would be unable to even hit the ball in the hole. On the putting green, as the ball is putted towards the hole, gravity is the force that causes the ball to fall into the hole.

~ On the putting green, the ball roles and stays on the ground because of gravity. Almost all putters have 5 or 6 degrees of loft. A ball hit with 5 or 6 degrees of loft would fly into the air without gravity. Because of gravity, the ball quickly returns to the surface after being struck.

Angle at which force is applied - This concept can be used to explain why golfer's carry around 14 clubs, and not just one or two. Two balls hit by two clubs with the same mass and same force will vary only due to the angle at which they are hit. A club with 45 degrees of loft will go shorter and will roll less than a ball hit by a club with 25 degrees of loft.

Newton's Laws - What discussion of physics would be complete without mentioning Newton's Laws? Sir Issac Newton's three basic laws all have some effect on the golf swing.

~ 1st Law - The law of inertia. Every object continues in a state of rest, or of motion, in a straight line at constant spped, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces exerted upon it.. Newton's first law serves as an explanation for why the golf ball stays at rest until the player strikes the ball. The only way the ball may move other than due to a strike from the club, is a great amount of wind while the ball is on the putting green. Other than that rare example, the ball will remain at rest until the club hits it. This is a direct example of Newton's First Law.

~ 2nd Law - Acceleration = Net Force/Mass, while force is measured in Newton's and Mass is measured in kg. Now that we have accepted that fact that there is gravity, this is the explanation for why Tiger Woods and other pros hit the ball further than most average players. The pros cause the ball to be hit with more force, using a constant mass, the more force that is applied to the ball, the more acceleration that is created and the further the ball will go. Applied force explained below.

~ 3rd Law - Whenever one object exerts a force on a second object, the second object exerts an equal and opposite force on the first object. For the purpose of explanation, let the first object be the golf club and let the second object be the golf ball. Newton's 3rd law states that the force between the club and the ball during contact are equal. As the club hits the ball, it applies force to the ball causing it to go into motion. The ball also applies a force back to the club. This force is less noticable because the mass and acceleration of the club is so much more than that of the golf ball.

Applied Force - There are several equations that factor in the applied force to how far the ball will go.

~ F=MA

~ A= Change in Velocity / Change in Time

With a constance mass, the more acceleration applied during the golf swing, will cause more force applied to the ball during impact causing the ball, when hit at the same angle by the club and launched at the same angle, to travel a longer distance.

When a triple beam balance was used to mreasure the mass of a golf ball, the result was 0.04569 kg and the standard acceleration of a golf club by a professional player is about 100 mph or 44.73 m/s. This speed of the club produces a speed of the golf ball which on average is about 170 mph or 76.08 m/s. The moment of impact lasts for 5 milliseconds which is .005 seconds.

Thus, the equation for the force applied to the golf ball would look like this,

Acceleration = (76.1 m/s) / (.005 seconds)

Acceleration = 15,220 m/s^2

Force = (.04569 kg) x ( 15,220 m/s^2)

Force = 695.4 Newtons

This equation can be used force any swing speed.

http://clackhi.nclack.k12.or.us/physics/projects/Final%20Project-2005/2-FinalProject/The%20Physics%20of%20The%20Golf%20Swing/index.html

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gravity Golf

Gravity Golf is a training method developed by David C. Lee that aims to teach a person to swing a golf club in a physics-friendly manner that provides maximum ball speed and distance with the minimum of effort. It was first explained in his 1996 book of the same name.

Basics

The term "gravity" is used by Lee to encompass several elements of his method, for example:
The "first release": players are encouraged to use their back and shoulders to throw the club back and up at the start of the swing. Once the club passes the golfer's back leg, the arms should relax and float to the top without any effort or tension in the golfer's upper body.
Likewise, gravity is relied upon to start the downswing by causing the arms to drop without any effort from the golfer.
The "counterfall": during the swing, gravity pulls the golfer off-vertical - leaning away from the ball - before hip rotation starts. This counteracts the force of the arms and club swinging at high speed in front of the player, which would otherwise pull him or her off-balance.

Training method

The gravity swing is taught using drills such as swinging with one's feet crossed, or with one hand. The drills are intended to train the body to swing the club in a more fluid manner, allowing the player to rely on muscle memory in order to swing in a natural and relaxed way. This "method" is extremely hard to understand and is not recommended for the average golfer. The cost for a 2 to 3 day training session is well over $1800 which is also out of the average golfers range. I have seen the technique work first hand, but it was by people who had practiced it for years and were in the golf business. The average golfer just does not have the time to work on or even understand the "counter-fall". I noticed more decent golfers coming away more confused and frustrated when all they were looking for was a cure to a few minor issues in their swing. My advice to the average golfer is to have your swing recorded and review it carefully, then work on correcting one flaw at a time. If you are working more on your driver, record your swing, go to the range and make your corrections with the 150 marker as your target. Once the swing feels good and you have your timing and arm action worked out, go ahead and increase the power of your swing by 20%. Concentrate on the feel, timing, and arms release. If you start hooking or slicing again, go back to targeting the 150 marker to regain the confidence before increase swing speed / power. The bottom line is if you can create a swing with your driver that is comfortable, in time, and with good wrist and arm release, the ball will just jump off the club and if you can do it with the big stick, you will be able to do it with an 8 iron. Save the $1800 and the frustration. This technique is for players with lots of time and money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_Golf

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gravity Swing



This is taken from David Lee's first video, on the evolution of swing mechanics. Here he is demonstrating and explaining the gravity swing type of swing, which is the purest and most effortless of swing types. Players such as Fred Couples and Jack Nicklaus are good examples. He also explains three other major swing types in this video, the shoulder rake, (Palmer), centrifugal flip and a combination swing.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Improving Your Golf Swing Using Gravity

Have you ever gone to the driving range and see golfers swing so hard that they are completely physically spent after each swing? You know, the ones that are dripping with sweat after hitting 10 balls and grunt after every swing as if they are trying to break through a concrete wall?
Now, have you ever watched golf on TV? Have you ever paused for a moment at the range and watched someone who is hitting the ball with consistency? I'd be willing to bet they are not grunting, sweating, or trying to prove to themselves and everyone watching that they are swinging harder than everyone else!

I used to be that golfer, and in some circumstances I still am. But, as I learned more about golf, watched more golf on TV, and just spoke to more people who were involved in the game, I learned that trying to swing as hard as you can just does not work. The basic principal is that the more tense your muscles are, the slower your swing becomes. Talk to any hitting coach in baseball and they will tell you the same thing. People inherrently think they need to use every ounce of muscle in their body through their entire swing to hit the ball far. The truth is that doing so will hinder your swing as you will be fighting the tenseness of your muscles to speed up your swing, which ultimately creates your power.

Watch golfers on TV and forget about how they grip their club or the mechanical aspects of their swing. Rather, watch how smoothly pro golfers swing. One word sums it up; effortless.

The reason pro golfers are able to smash the ball is that they swing loosely, not tensely. Every muscle in their arms and body is at ease until the very last instant (more or less) right as the clubface is about to make impact with the ball. THEN they tense up their muscles and "snap" the clubface through the ball.

It took me a long time to realize this, and I'm still working on "loosening" up my swing. I didn't really "get it" until I was at the range one time and was watching a guy bring his club back and stopping at the top of his backswing. To my surprise he was smashing the ball! So I tried it. I stopped at the top of my backswing and instead of tensing up my muscles to start my downswing I simply let the club "drop". Basically gravity started my downswing, and all I had to do was exert force right before the clubface made contact with the ball.

Easier said than done obviously but you MUST try it! Take your backswing, and let gravity do the work to start your downsing. Grip the club loosely and just let it start to fall. The longer you can wait until the moment you tense up, the better your results will be. This is definitely something to try at the range rather than the course. Once you start to get the hang of it you'll realize you don't need to be so tense, there is no need for grunting, and you won't be sweating buckets. Your swing will become smooth, comfortable, and effortless.

http://www.keepmygolfscore.com/blog/golf-swing-using-gravity.html

Friday, December 3, 2010

How the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing Works

In June 2007, Golf Digest readers pushed back their visors and scratched their heads as they read about a new golf swing growing popular on the PGA Tour. The swing seemed to run counter to the sport's conventional wisdom, particularly with respect to weight shift and lateral movement. Not only that, it looked downright odd, as if you stood a chance of falling over while attempting it. Nevertheless, pros were flocking to it and reporting significant improvements in their games. It was called the stack and tilt swing, and it was developed by well-known PGA Tour instructors Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer.

Stack and tilt is a swing designed to maximize how straight and how far the ball flies. Some swings -- for example, the putt -- will be straighter. And others may drive farther. But stack and tilt is meant to be the best combination of both. It keeps you on the fairway while helping you to gain enough distance to keep your score low.

Interest in stack and tilt rivaled that of any instructional article Golf Digest had yet published, and the magazine reported receiving hundreds of questions and comments [source: Finch]. Many people said they had markedly stepped up their games with the new swing, while others were "simply intrigued by its complete assault on traditional instruction" [source: Plummer]. Critics weighed in as well, claiming that the new swing was little more than an update of the old "reverse pivot" and argued that the stack and tilt was too tricky for most weekend golfers [source: Logan].

In this article, we'll look at how stack and tilt works and how it differs from the traditional golf stance and swing.

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/sports/golf/tips/stack-tilt-golf-swing.htm

Monday, November 15, 2010

Find A Simple Golf Swing – Golf Is Too Complex Already

At the moment the club contacts the golf ball, there are just three things that matter. Everything we do before and after that moment is intended to make those three things occur properly. Every bit of swing advice you will ever read, see, or get will be aimed at one or more of those three things.

Club Path
The path the club head is following at the moment of impact determines the initial flight path of the ball. The club can be moving from outside the target line to inside which means the ball will start inside the target line (sometimes called a pull).

The club can be moving from inside the target line to outside the line. This path causes the ball to start outside the target line (sometimes called a push).

The club can be moving down the target line which will cause the ball to leave on the target line.

Angle Of The Face
The club face can be open, square, or closed to the line the club is traveling on. Notice this is not necessarily the target line. An open club face will put side spin on the ball and cause a small fade or a large slice depending on how open the club face is.

The club face can be closed to the club's path which will also put side spin on the ball. This club face position will cause the ball to draw or hook depending on how closed the face is during impact.

Finally, the club face can be square to the club path which will allow the ball to follow a straight path.

Club Head Speed
Club head speed translates into power. The faster the club head travels the father the ball will fly. Speed is generated by keeping the swing arc wide and by keeping the wrists cocked until late in the swing. Speed is also generated by making a full turn of the shoulders and hips. Finally speed is generated by moving your weight from the back leg early in the swing to the front leg later in the swing.

Now go read all those books and articles about the golf swing. Look at all the pictures and diagrams showing the spine angle, shoulder plane, hip plane, club path, grip, stance, take away, position at the top, posture at impact, and follow through. All of that and more is necessary to make just three things happen.

Help! What Am I Going To Do?
First, don't panic. Golf is supposed to be fun, we don't have to make our living hitting golf balls. Tiger worries about tiny differences, you just need to keep the ball in play.

The traditional golf swing is very complex, perhaps too complex. You should find a way to make the learning process easier. I assume that like so many of us, you are not going to take lessons from a pro. So you need products that break down the swing into easy to learn parts and that ideally remove unnecessary complexity.

Fortunately several products do this. For swing aides look at the Medicus hinged driver and iron. For swing training and advice look at products like Medicus Stack and Tilt, The Simple Swing, Golf Swing Eureka, or Stop Slicing Now. There are many other proven and effective products. (Notice I didn't give the names of products I don't promote. I am no fool!)

Any proven product will work if you practice with it only. The more you are willing to work, the faster you will improve. You should choose products that are aimed at simplifying the swing, so you will have less to learn. If possible avoid the classic swing. That also means don't look to the golf magazines for swing advice, since they focus on the classic swing too much!

When you are ready to choose training materials and aides, look for a satisfaction guarantee. Many products sold on line have fairly long trial periods to allow you a fair evaluation. Then look for how they intend to reduce the problems found when learning the classic swing. Your confidence in the product you choose to buy is perhaps the most important measure of your future success.

For more tips, advice, training materials, and clubs selections please see my blog.

Http://www.fixmysliceblog.wordpress.com

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stack and Tilt Swing Footwork - Dave

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Swing Footwork - Dave


Banking the right foot on the downswing

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Swing Footwork - Dave

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Four Ways To Learn The Golf Swing – Advice For The Beginning Golfer

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Four Ways To Learn The Golf Swing – Advice For The Beginning Golfer

Recently I read an article listing 8 thoughts for beginning golfers. I disagreed with two of them. Let's talk about four practical ways to learn the golf swing. I will discuss them in descending order by cost.

First, and the only way recommended by my fellow writer, go to the pro. You will learn one method from the start and avoid developing bad habits that might take you years to correct. Let's add two things to this idea.

Commit yourself to staying with this path for at least several weeks, let's say two months. You should ask any pro what they consider a minimum useful time before even considering this path. You can now multiply the cost per lesson times the number of sessions to see the financial commitment. Next you can figure out the time commitment required of you and your schedule. If you don't make this commitment you will just be switching horses in the middle of a very large learning stream.

Add a swing aide like the Medicus hinged driver to your learning process. Swing aides allow you to practice at home without the space of a driving range and allow you to warm up properly before starting a round. While there are several good and useful swing aides, I like the Medicus because it gives the most feed back of any aide I have seen and is very portable.

Isn't it interesting how many of us skip the visit your pro path? What is the value of saying this is the only true path to enjoying this fine game?

Second, consider a video instruction series and a swing aide. Video is the next best thing to live instruction because it includes live motion and audio materials. Video even has the advantages that it can be replayed repeatedly, try that with a live instructor, and that you can choose different learning systems. Most pros only teach one way, their way.

I like the Stack and Tilt system sold by Medicus. This swing system is easier to learn than the classic swing and has been proven on tour by several professionals. Obviously the swing aide I prefer is still the Medicus driver. Several other good video series exist. Choose the one you feel best about and commit to following it only.

Third, find a good e-book and a swing aide. The most popular golf instruction e-book on Click Bank is the Simple Swing. The author is teaching a simplified swing which will be easier to learn for most beginners. While there are many other proven e-books available, why fight with success? The Medicus swing aide is even more important when using this learning path. You will have no other corrective feedback, except for your errant shots.

Fourth, buy the Simple Swing and skip the swing aide. This method is the cheapest and will require the most patience. Since you have no physical feedback to identify swing faults this learning path will require the longest time and undoubtedly has the greatest chance of failure. Honestly, how good are you at being your own coach especially in a sport you have never played before?

There is one more learning path which nobody should ever follow. Go play with your friends and ask them to tell you what they see. First have you really watched their games, do you really want to duplicate their results? Next who said they know how to teach? Doing and teaching are two different skills.

The second item I disagreed with is the subject for another article. If you are really interested, I inadvertently covered the subject in my last article and on my blog.

Golf is a great game that does take some commitment and time to learn. You must decide how much time, effort and money you are willing to put into this learning process. Now you can decide on a learning path. Once on that path, stay on it. You will gain nothing by changing repeatedly from one system, aide, toy, club, etc to another.

http://www.articlesbase.com/golf-articles/four-ways-to-learn-the-golf-swing-advice-for-the-beginning-golfer-1190367.html

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Four Ways To Learn The Golf Swing – Advice For The Beginning Golfer

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw


Stack and Tilt instruction tip from Golf Evolution discussing the proper way to release the club. Including a detailed explanation of why the typically taught method of releasing to close the clubface can actually cause the over the top fault.

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw

Monday, September 20, 2010

Do You Know The Top 2 Tips For The Best Stack Golf Swing?

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Do You Know The Top 2 Tips For The Best Stack Golf Swing?

These are my top two tips for using the stack golf swing system that Aaron Baddeley (currently playing on the PGS golf tour) and among others advocate and endorse. By using these tips, you could save hundreds of hours,maybe even thousands of hours and money in hitting the ball longer and more accurate.

Increase amount of power and distance with your golf swing.

The latest to hit the PGA tour is the stack golf swing system.Strongly advocate by hottest golf guru like Andy Plummer and no wonder it's use by every major golf player on the golf course.

So,what's the Stack Golf Swing System? The idea of the problem that you can solve when you're using this system is that you totally eliminates the weight shift when you are on a backswing. This system of swing teaches golfers to keep their weight on the front foot and increase more weight to the front foot during the whole swing.

With this new system,the back leg actually straightens out and pushes toward the designated target. As the weight increase on the front foot, you will see an increase of power and distance in your swing.

The stack and tilt golf swing can help you to hit the ball further and longer.Also, you will feel more comfortable with the balancing of the golf club. This method requires that golf swing rotate your shoulders in a circle, always touch the ground beneath the ball in the exact same time.

Good for putting stroke

For a smooth flowing putt,this tip will show you how it works and it's simple.

Put at least 75% of your weight on the front foot all the way you're putting. The reason is, it will stabilize your body position and also eliminates totally your lower body movement. You don't need to put any hip movement and also lower body movement actually induces more shoulder and hand movement rotation which will make your putting harder.

Like I said earlier, the stack golf swing are gaining momentum on the PGA golf tour and my top two tips will help any level of golf players save hundreds or even thousands of hours and money to improving their golf.

Of course, these stack golf swing tips are just the beginning. A complete training program that can help to improve your golf game by leaps and bound is the key to making you a happy and great golf player. Luckily, there are legitimate training tips and shortcuts that actually works, thanks to the efforts of golf professionals trainers or coaches who have developed them over many years of working with thousands of people with different levels.

http://www.articlesbase.com/golf-articles/do-you-know-the-top-2-tips-for-the-best-stack-golf-swing-2092020.html

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Do You Know The Top 2 Tips For The Best Stack Golf Swing?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - "Spine Angle" vs. "Inclination to the Ground"

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - "Spine Angle" vs. "Inclination to the Ground"


Going over the misconceptions of golfers regarding "spine angle" and explaining and illustrating the more proper retention of inclination to the ground using the Stack and Tilt swing principles.

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - "Spine Angle" vs. "Inclination to the Ground"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Stack Tilt Golf Swing - the Swing That Will Change Your Game

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack Tilt Golf Swing - the Swing That Will Change Your Game

The concept is rather easy, stack your weight and tilt to the target. The Stack & Tilt swing has convinced many, that this method holds the key to more consistency and power. But is this swing for everyone? Let's look at this swing closer and what type of golfer would most benefit.

Stack & Tilt innovators Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett have pioneered a concept that is truly revolutionizing the golf swing. They have rolled out a method that has convinced some of the best golfers in the world to change their bread and butter... their swing. Not an easy task! The results have been quite astounding. Many PGA players are now either using, or considering using this swing with the same thing in mind. To gain consistency and power.

For the better player, it holds many possibilities to improve the swing. But for some, it may not quite hold as much promise...

If you are thinking of trying this swing and struggle with an "outside-in" path, a problem that plagues many beginners, you may want to reconsider. A player that struggles with a fault that results in an "over the top" swing path would probably only exaggerate the problem by changing swings. You would be better off trying to correct the fault before making such drastic changes.

If you are a better player that "hangs back" and struggles with pushes and hooks, read on. This swing definitely holds opportunities for improvement.

For the better player that already has a solid foundation and only wants to gain more distance or better control for his irons, the Stack & Tilt may be just the ticket. The swing emphasizes the "position at impact" to help improve ball striking consistency. Because the conventional swing uses a weight shift to both sides during the swing, players very often get "caught" with their weight on the back foot. This causes mis-hits and tops.

The Stack & Tilt centers your weight over the ball and promotes minimal weight shift, continually remaining centered is the goal. The result is a steeper angle of attack with a flatter and more rotational swing. This provides an element of consistency, especially with irons where your angle of attack needs to be steeper.

So if you struggle with an "over the top" swing path, correct the problem before moving onto this swing methodology. If however, you are a better player that struggles with the occasional push and/or hook, you will want to seriously consider the Stack & Tilt swing. It provides you the opportunity to add an element of consistency you may not find in the conventional swing.

http://www.articlesbase.com/golf-articles/stack-tilt-golf-swing-the-swing-that-will-change-your-game-624350.html

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack Tilt Golf Swing - the Swing That Will Change Your Game

Friday, August 20, 2010

Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw


Stack and Tilt instruction tip from Golf Evolution discussing the proper way to release the club. Including a detailed explanation of why the typically taught method of releasing to close the clubface can actually cause the over the top fault.

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Medicus Trainer and the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing - How Do They Work Together?

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~The Medicus Trainer and the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing - How Do They Work Together?

This article will explain how the Medicus trainer golf club facilitates the famous Stack and Tilt golf swing that has been very popular in recent years. In fact about a couple of dozen PGA Tour pros have adopted this swing technique. But first of all we need to discuss what the Stack and Tilt golf swing is and subsequently what are its advantages and disadvantages.

The Stack and Tilt Golf Swing

In a nutshell, the Stack and Tilt golf swing advocates that a golfer's weight should remain toward the front and not shift to the back during the swing. Another way to look at it is that the head should remain in the same place during the swing. Some golfers have the tendency to "sway" during the golf swing, and in fact this works for some players. But it can only be effective if the golfer can have his club hit the ground at the right spot consistently and if the proper weight transfer occurs which will allow the player to hit the ball squarely. In fact some teaching pros advocate moving the body backward during the swing, especially with the driver, and keeping the body weight and the head position behind the ball in order to generate more power.

The Stack and Tilt requires almost the opposite in body position. That is, most of the weight is on the left side, say perhaps 60%, and remains there during the backswing. If you can picture a stick being placed in the ground that touches the golfer's left hip, his left side should remain touching against that stick throughout the swing. This would be for a right handed golfer, and the opposite would be the case for a lefty. If a player swings in such a fashion, his shoulders will be lined up vertically at the top of the backswing and "stacked" over the left hip (again for a right handed golfer). Since the body has turned and the player's back is more or less facing the target, his spine will necessarily tilt somewhat. So that is where the "Stack and Tilt" expression comes from. It would seem to be easier to just think about keeping the head in the same place and making the swing after setting up with about 60% of the player's weight on the front foot.

How Does the Medicus Trainer Facilitate the Stack and Tilt?

The Medicus trainer helps a golfer who wants to emulate the Stack and Tilt swing. The Medicus Trainer has been specifically designed to break, or become unhinged, at six different parts of the golf swing if swing faults occur. Here is an article that explains all six of these mechanisms in detail: Medicus Driver. The Medicus trainer aids in attaining a Stack and Tilt movement specifically at the moment of ball impact. That is, if the golfer's weight is positioned too far behind the ball at impact the Medicus trainer will become unhinged. This would be a pretty weird feeling to have the club break just as the ball is being hit. I doubt most golfers would want to repeat that type of thing, and in that way the Medicus almost forces the golfer to correct his swing fault.

Why Bother With All This?

The Stack and Tilt swing was promoted to facilitate hitting the golf ball squarely. If the player's weight is to the rear, it is possible he or she will not be able to successfully transfer weight to the left side (again, for a righty). The result is an open or closed clubface at impact, depending on how the player's body tries to compensate for the error. However, some teaching pros feel that the Stack and Tilt approach is not for everyone. Some high handicap players have too much weight towards their front foot already, and they also do not have the athletic ability to get through the ball squarely. For those players the stack and tilt is a bad idea.

http://www.articlesbase.com/sports-and-fitness-articles/the-medicus-trainer-and-the-stack-and-tilt-golf-swing-how-do-they-work-together-713761.html

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~The Medicus Trainer and the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing - How Do They Work Together?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw



Stack and Tilt instruction
tip from Golf Evolution discussing the proper way to release the club. Including a detailed explanation of why the typically taught method of releasing to close the clubface can actually cause the over the top fault.

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Tips - Proper release to hit the draw

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Why the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing Can Help Your Game

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Why the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing Can Help Your Game

Since its inception in early 2007, when PGA Tour professionals like Will MacKenzie, Aaron Baddeley or former Masters champion Mike Weir started using it, the notion of the Stack and Tilt golf swing has been increasingly popular among professional players and weekend hackers alike.

The fathers of the new golf swing are swing teachers Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett, who came up with the concept after more than two decades of research. Let me quickly point out the differences between the Stack and Tilt (also abbreviated as S&T) and a conventional golf swing before I will explain why the S&T can help the average amateur player to significantly improve his game.

While the fundamental concept of a conventional golf swing is a weight shift to the back foot during the upswing, a player using the Stack and Tilt swing will place at least 60 percent of his weight on the front foot. During the swing, even more weight will be placed on the front foot resulting in an 80/20 weight distribution at the top of the backswing.

If you are struggling to consistently make good contact with the golf ball, the Stack and Tilt golf swing can definitely lower your handicap by several strokes: The lack of weight shift and in consequence reduced body movement will make it easier to achieve a solid contact with the golf ball and will result in a more penetrating ball flight and improved consistency.

Even though players like Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson have not yet changed to the S&T, it is certainly a concept worth a look for amateur players looking to easily improve their long game.

http://www.articlesbase.com/golf-articles/why-the-stack-and-tilt-golf-swing-can-help-your-game-719104.html

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Why the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing Can Help Your Game

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - Impact to Finish Drill

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - Impact to Finish Drill



Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - Impact to Finish Drill

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stack and Tilt Golf Swing - What Does That Mean?

Stack and Tilt Golf Swing - What Does That Mean?

There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about the so-called stack and tilt golf swing. Apparently about two dozen PGA Tour players have adopted it, including some champions like Rick Weir and Zach Johnson, as well as Aussie Aaron Baddeley, among others. This article will explain where the terms stack and tilt come from and what is going on with this approach to the golf swing.

So What's With "Stack and Tilt"?

It is really a catchy little phrase that has worked well for the people who promote and teach it. If you are like I was, you are asking yourself, "what is stacking and what is tilting"? Well, here's an explanation I found while viewing some videos in trying to search for an answer. And by the way the answer is not obvious, in case you are wondering why you can't figure it out for yourself.

Here's the deal- the stack and tilt golf swing basically says that most of the golfer's weight should be kept on his left side during the swing (about 60%), and also that the player's head should remain pretty much in the same position throughout the swing rather than swaying backwards. His left side should not move backwards much during the backswing but should stay pretty much in the same position it was during set up. In addition, his swing is a bit more upright than flat.

So what does that have to do with stack and tilt? Not much, but here's the explanation I found. When the golfer has completed his backswing using the guidelines mentioned, his shoulders are vertically in line with each other approximately over his left hip. So his shoulders are said to be "stacked" at that point. (All discussion in this article refers to a right handed player, so lefties just need to reverse things.) Also, at this point the golfer's back is more or less facing the target, and if his head has been kept in the same place it was at the start of the swing, his spine will necessarily "tilt".

So there you have it, stack and tilt. If you think that explanation is a bit obscure, I couldn't agree more, but then again, who cares? It is a catchy little phrase, and the fact that this swing has been adopted by some of the PGA Tour's top players means that it must be bringing something to the party. Let's discuss now why this approach has been adopted and if it should be used by weekend golfers like you and me.

Why Players Go to the Stack and Tilt

A lot of swing instructors teach that during the backswing it is OK for the head to move backwards a bit, or sway, especially for the driver. Some of these teachers even advocate keeping the head behind the ball to generate more power. The problem with this approach is that sometimes a player cannot fully transfer his weight to the left side at impact, and the club strikes the ball with the face open. Obviously this means a pushed shot to the right. All this is true with the other clubs in the bag as well, not just the driver. So if you are a player who seems to consistently push shots off to the right, this approach might be worth a try.

Who Should Not Use the Stack and Tilt?

As we all know, some recreational golfers don't have the prettiest or the most effective swings (to put it in the form of understatement). Some in fact keep way too much of their body weight on the left side as it is. So here you have some players that already have too much weight on the left side and who cannot get through the ball squarely at impact. Trying to exaggerate this even more will not help those golfers. So you have to be aware of your weight distribution at set-up, how squarely you get through the ball, and whether you are prone to pushing shots.

Give it a Shot

So if you are in fact a golfer that has a problem with pushing a lot of shots, it is easy to give this swing approach a try. Don't worry about "stacking" and "tilting", just address the ball with about 60% of your weight on your left side. Imagine there is a stick or something touching your left hip at address. Keep you left side touching that stick throughout the swing, and you have just tried the stack and tilt. Think about not moving your head backward during the backswing, and this will help. Try it on the range first, of course, and develop a little muscle memory. Despite the name, the stack and tilt is not a big mystery and is easy to try.

One last word, there a lot of short videos on YouTube which discuss the stack and tilt golf swing. They are worth a look if you want to pursue this.

http://www.articlesbase.com/sports-and-fitness-articles/stack-and-tilt-golf-swing-what-does-that-mean-667329.html

Stack and Tilt Golf Swing - What Does That Mean?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - Moving Forward and Extending the Spine and Arms

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - Moving Forward and Extending the Spine and Arms



This is a great Stack and Tilt golf swing drill which lets golfers feel the proper forward motion of their hips and tailbone as well as the thrusting and extending through impact to create power.

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Stack and Tilt Golf Instruction - Moving Forward and Extending the Spine and Arms

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Learn the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing?

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Learn the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing?

Well, thanks to two men by the names of Andy Plumber and Mike Bennett (who are currently teaching golfers their unbelievable golf swing method on and off the PGA tour) there is now a new way to swing your golf club. The stack and tilt golf swing was formed by who invented the swing "stack and tilt" to help all players find their proper golf form and to use the stack and tilt golf swing to hit the ball correctly each and every time.

Today there are over 18 pro golfers including Aaron Baddeley (who are currently playing on the PGA golf tour) that are using this type of golf swing! Why? Because they feel that they have more control over their golf swing and they are having success with it. The stack and tilt golf swing can help you drive the ball longer and will make you much more comfortable as you swing your golf club.

This method of golf swing requires you to turn your shoulders in a circle, so you always hit the ground under the ball in the exact same spot each and every time. As well as moving the shoulders the spine is moving too, the spine is tilting as you move to hit the golf ball.

This is revolutionary stuff, because we as golfers have always been told to keep the shoulders straight and not to move them. The reason why this golf swing method is called the Stand and Tilt is because your stacked up at a hips and to stay stacked your tilting your spine.

http://www.articlesbase.com/golf-articles/learn-the-stack-and-tilt-golf-swing-676468.html

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Learn the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Key Positions #2

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Key Positions #2



Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Key Positions #2

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Key Positions #1

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Key Positions #1



Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Key Positions #1

Monday, May 10, 2010

Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Basics #2

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Basics #2



Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Basics #2

Friday, April 30, 2010

Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Basics #1

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Basics #1



Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Nick Clearwater Stack and Tilt Basics #1

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Four Ways To Learn The Golf Swing – Advice For The Beginning Golfer

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Four Ways To Learn The Golf Swing – Advice For The Beginning Golfer

Recently I read an article listing 8 thoughts for beginning golfers. I disagreed with two of them. Let's talk about four practical ways to learn the golf swing. I will discuss them in descending order by cost.

First, and the only way recommended by my fellow writer, go to the pro. You will learn one method from the start and avoid developing bad habits that might take you years to correct. Let's add two things to this idea.

Commit yourself to staying with this path for at least several weeks, let's say two months. You should ask any pro what they consider a minimum useful time before even considering this path. You can now multiply the cost per lesson times the number of sessions to see the financial commitment. Next you can figure out the time commitment required of you and your schedule. If you don't make this commitment you will just be switching horses in the middle of a very large learning stream.

Add a swing aide like the Medicus hinged driver to your learning process. Swing aides allow you to practice at home without the space of a driving range and allow you to warm up properly before starting a round. While there are several good and useful swing aides, I like the Medicus because it gives the most feed back of any aide I have seen and is very portable.

Isn't it interesting how many of us skip the visit your pro path? What is the value of saying this is the only true path to enjoying this fine game?

Second, consider a video instruction series and a swing aide. Video is the next best thing to live instruction because it includes live motion and audio materials. Video even has the advantages that it can be replayed repeatedly, try that with a live instructor, and that you can choose different learning systems. Most pros only teach one way, their way.

I like the Stack And Tilt Golf Swing system sold by Medicus. This swing system is easier to learn than the classic swing and has been proven on tour by several professionals. Obviously the swing aide I prefer is still the Medicus driver. Several other good video series exist. Choose the one you feel best about and commit to following it only.

Third, find a good e-book and a swing aide. The most popular golf instruction e-book on Click Bank is the Simple Swing. The author is teaching a simplified swing which will be easier to learn for most beginners. While there are many other proven e-books available, why fight with success? The Medicus swing aide is even more important when using this learning path. You will have no other corrective feedback, except for your errant shots.

Fourth, buy the Simple Swing and skip the swing aide. This method is the cheapest and will require the most patience. Since you have no physical feedback to identify swing faults this learning path will require the longest time and undoubtedly has the greatest chance of failure. Honestly, how good are you at being your own coach especially in a sport you have never played before?

There is one more learning path which nobody should ever follow. Go play with your friends and ask them to tell you what they see. First have you really watched their games, do you really want to duplicate their results? Next who said they know how to teach? Doing and teaching are two different skills.

The second item I disagreed with is the subject for another article. If you are really interested, I inadvertently covered the subject in my last article and on my blog.

Golf is a great game that does take some commitment and time to learn. You must decide how much time, effort and money you are willing to put into this learning process. Now you can decide on a learning path. Once on that path, stay on it. You will gain nothing by changing repeatedly from one system, aide, toy, club, etc to another.

http://www.articlesbase.com/golf-articles/four-ways-to-learn-the-golf-swing-advice-for-the-beginning-golfer-1190367.html

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing~Four Ways To Learn The Golf Swing – Advice For The Beginning Golfer

Friday, February 5, 2010

How to Learn the Stack and Tilt Golf Swing

from : http://www.wikihow.com

If you're having trouble hitting consistent golf shots with your irons (i.e. "fat", "thin" or weak shots), the "Stack and Tilt" golf swing may help!

While not for everyone, it basically involves keeping your axis centered over the ball ("Stacked") and then rotates around this axis ("Tilt"), with the weight starting slightly forward at address, and continuing to shift forward throughout the swing.

Removing the shift of weight from back to forward may help eliminate problems associated with a "reverse pivot" or incomplete weight shift, and result in more consistent ball striking -- and oftentimes more distance!

Steps :


1.
- Set up with the golf ball positioned in the center of your stance. You may find you need to adjust this location depending on personal preferences (such as moving long irons slightly forward), but it is a good starting place.
- Your hips, and shoulders should be centered over the ball and there should be no significant lean.
- Weight should be approximately 55% to the front foot.


2.
- Your weight should also be on the balls of your feet, not your heels!
- On the backswing, the head remains centered over the ball, and weight increases to approximately 65% over the front leg. The front leg will flex while the back leg will straighten slightly natural move to allow loading of weight to continue forward.
- The natural tilt of the spine at this point will feel like the body is tilted forward -- but from the straight-on view is actually centered over the ball. Turn the shoulders on a steeper angle and keep the lead arm across your chest as you approach the top of the swing (the lead shoulder will be close to the chin). Keep the elbow of your trailing arm close to your body. This will help prevent you from leaning back too much.
Stack and Tilt: Setup (Photos shot from slightly forward aspect)


3.
On the forward swing, the weight continues to move forward and through with the hips pivoting strongly and pushing forward (like the feeling of a standing long jump).
Stack and Tilt: Top of Backswing


4.
At the finish (like the traditional swing), the torso will have moved forward and the butt will tuck under the picture the golfer in the PGA Tour logo.
Stack and Tilt: Just past impact


5.
Stack and Tilt: Finish