Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer

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Mike Bennett (born December 12, 1967 in Jordan, New York) and Andy Plummer (born December 23, 1966 in Vanceburg, Kentucky) are a duo of golf instructors who have coached PGA Tour players Charlie Wi, Steve Elkington, Tom Scherrer, Grant Waite, Troy Matteson, Bill Lunde, Mike Weir and Aaron Baddeley, among others.[1][2] Bennett and Plummer are also known because the golf swing model they developed challenges some aspects of current mainstream golf instruction.[3][4][5]

Bennett and Plummer played in the mini tours during the mid 90s and later committed to instruction in the early 2000s,[6] after taking courses with Larry Bartosek, Tom Tomesello, Mike Bender and Mac O'Grady.[7]

The stack and tilt swing[edit]

Bennett and Plummer wrote, with Peter Morrice, the book The Stack and Tilt Swing (ISBN 978-1-592-40447-6). The "Stack and Tilt" model prescribes keeping the body weight forward during the whole swing, straightening the back leg through back swing and performing a steep shoulder turn, all in order to keep the shoulder turn axis in place. The theory follows some ideas that are present in Homer Kelley's book "The Golfing Machine".[6]

The method was called that way because of the way the spine tilts throughout the swing to keep the golfer "stacked", or to keep the upper-body center in one place during the swing, and the name was chosen with the help of Charlie Wi.[8]

In Stack and Tilt the weight starts left (for righthanded players) and goes more left during the swing. This idea collides with mainstream golf instruction,[9] but is shared by Sean Foley.[10]

The Bennett and Plummer model gained publicity beyond the PGA Tour players and instructors environment once a major golf magazine covered it in June 2007.[11] Since then, it also received criticism from other instructors.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer with Peter Morrice, "The Stack and Tilt Swing. The definitive Guide to the Swing that is remaking Golf" (ISBN 978-1-592-40447-6) page XIX
  2. ^ Chris Lewis, "The Scorecard Always Lies: A Year Behind the Scenes on the PGA Tour" (ISBN 978-1416537168), page 179
  3. ^ Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer with Peter Morrice, "The Stack and Tilt Swing. The definitive Guide to the Swing that is remaking Golf" (ISBN 978-1-592-40447-6) pages 95 to 116, Chapter 5, "Stack & Tilt versus the conventional swing"
  4. ^ Morrice, Peter (June 2007). "The New Tour Swing: The Swing Whisperers". Golf Digest. Condé Nast Digital. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Charlie Rose on Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2010
  6. ^ a b Chris Lewis, "The Scorecard Always Lies: A Year Behind the Scenes on the PGA Tour" (ISBN 978-1416537168), pages 179, 180
  7. ^ Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer with Peter Morrice, "The Stack and Tilt Swing. The definitive Guide to the Swing that is remaking Golf" (ISBN 978-1-592-40447-6) page XVI
  8. ^ Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer with Peter Morrice, "The Stack and Tilt Swing. The definitive Guide to the Swing that is remaking Golf" (ISBN 978-1-592-40447-6), page XVI
  9. ^ E.g. GolfToday.co.uk "Move Over - Then hit it", by Janice Moody, 1999, retrieved 19 July 2010
  10. ^ Sean Foley: Thoughts on Solid Contact, Golf Channel, retrieved 13 July 2010
  11. ^ Plummer, Andy; Bennet, Mike (June 2007). "The New Tour Swing: How it Works". Golf Digest. Condé Nast Digital. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Bennett, Mike; Plummer, Andy (September 2007). "Stack & Tilt Critics Speak Out". Golf Digest. Condé Nast Digital. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 

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