In my earlier articles, I discussed the importance of a solid golf swing arc, which is a combination of a good drive and a good follow through on your backswing. But you also need to have power in your golf swing. And this comes from your core or abdominal muscles. The most powerful golf swings come from a golf swing that is made up of your lower back, upper back, and abdominal muscles working together. So if these three muscles are weak, your golf swing will be weak as well.
So when I talk about a golf swing that is made up of your lower back, upper back, and abdominal muscles, this means that your swing is actually very powerful! This makes sense, since it involves so many muscles working together, which makes it more difficult to make a solid golf shot. However, the problem occurs when all of these muscles try to work at the same time during the backswing and the downswing. You actually end up with a sort of “wobble” in your swing. It looks like the motion just never stops.
What happens is your body starts to turn sideways as you swing back during your backswing. Your shoulders move backwards too, but since they are moving in front of your target, they can’t hit the golf ball properly. And as your upper body turns sideways, so does your hips. This creates an energy imbalance between your shoulders, hips, and upper back.
When this happens during your backswing, you actually want to do a couple of things. First, you want to create a bigger lag in your setup to get your club head closer to your ball in the backswing. Second, you want to turn your torso and hips more so that you can create a bigger circle in your backswing to get your ball farther back. Your ball flight will be further up due to a larger circle in your backswing. But most importantly, you’ll stop slicing your golf shots.
The Stack and Tilt golf swing is really a powerful combination. It will help you generate a larger amount of lag in your backswing and generate a bigger circle in your backswing to get your ball further back in your setup. Here are two example swings.
The first swing starts by you swinging from right to left. You’ve got your left arm straight out at your side and your right hand over your left shoulder. You then turn sideways to get more room in your backswing and start to swing your arms out to the right side. As you swing out to the right, you do the same thing to the left side but reverse it. Your hips and shoulders turn more to the left as well.
The second swing is the exact opposite of the first swing. Instead of turning to the left, you turn to the right. So you’ve got your left arm straight out behind you like in the beginning, but your right hand is now over your left shoulder instead of out in front like in the second step. You then swing back in the direction of your target. All of this motion creates more lag in your swing and makes the follow-through much shorter.
These are just three examples of how the Stack and Tilt golf swing differs from the traditional golf swing. It’s important to understand these differences when learning how to improve your golf swing. Also important is that when learning these swings, don’t forget about the basic driving range exercises you can use to build up your power and accuracy. And finally, practice on your normal swings before moving onto the Stack and Tilt swing. With some work and practice, you should find yourself hitting the ball farther with a higher level of accuracy.