The “Stack and Tilt” setup.

I was hitting balls the other day and developed this idea. This will not work for all of you…but I think a some of you can benefit from this. Make the adjustment very slight. I exaggerated to illustrate the affect.

I call it the stack and tilt setup as it gives you some of the benefits of stack and tilt without implementing any conscious physical swing changes. However, it has no relation to the swing system, it’s just a label I used.

As I say in the video, I am not a huge fan of stack and tilt, but if you are having weight shift problems, balance problems, trouble hitting down on the ball, getting stuck, or some other issues, trying this slight adjustment in your setup might help.

This is not a bandaid.

There is nothing inherently incorrect, it is just not a classic setup and don’t do it too much as it will create a funny body angle.

The important part…you must maintain some spine tilt behind the ball. All you are doing is shifting more of your weight to your front foot at address by moving your left hip toward the target.

In addition to changing you attack angle if you are having some troubles, it will also help you bring your ball flight down for into the wind and out of the trees.

The best part is there is no need to make any changes in your swing.

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  1. Michael

    How does this work for fairway woods and driver setup?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I liked it for those clubs too. No change of ball position or tilt behind the ball. Just more weight on the left foot. This might help you with your problem of getting in front of it to start the downswing.

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  2. Dion

    The renowned Percy Boomer advised a twist forward of the hips at address as far as they can go in comfort. Same effect?

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  3. bob

    I started using this technique a few years ago, Monte. What it gave me was a consistency at the bottom of the downswing. I bottomed out at the same spot over and over. Very good tip.

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  4. Steve Bishop

    I call it the “Peek” setup. Like you’re trying to peek under the golf ball but still keeping your weight centered to maybe a hair on the back leg.

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  5. banner12

    A while back I used a similar system with the left foot pulled back open about 12 inches and flared out 75 degrees to the point where the left side didn’t move during the swing.

    It created a lot of torque and was very consistent ball striking. Just be sure to square the shoulders during the setup.

    Then I found Natural Golf and threw all the other systems in the garbage and never looked back.

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  6. Kevin

    I was somewhat ashamed of dabbling in the “dark side”, but was somewhat pleasantly surprised at S&T’s effectiveness, from chipping up to driver. Granted, my first experience with it was like 5 hosel rockets in a row, but after I figured out that I was lurching forward, it’s been quite eye opening.

    Ball striking has improved and it’s easier moving the ball left and right, more consistently now. It seems simpler in many ways- less moving parts. Some say they don’t feel it’s as athletic as a regular setup but I think I disagree… I seem to be utilizing my lower body much more now- when I come home from the range my leg muscles are sore now days, like I’ve been doing squats.

    Anyway, I’ve had my best scores ever the last three rounds I’ve played utilizing what I’ve learned about S&T, and, as I think Monte is alluding, you can incorporate pieces and parts of it without fully converting. I think we are seeing more of this on tour…

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  7. Wally

    I just finished playing 18 of the most enjoyable hole of golf in my life. One of our foursome had no right leg. That’s right , a prosthesis form the mid right thigh down, and guess what, he had as good a swing as I have ever seen. What a great game!
    Wally

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Thanks for sharing. That’s great. I once played with a guy that had no right hand and just guided the club with the end of his right arm. No strap, no nothing. It was amazing. Jim Abbott, the former MLB pitcher used a strap and killed the ball. Also amazing to watch.

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  8. steve l.

    I call it the reverse K set up and I think others do too 🙂

    It does provide for a nice rotary type of action without the need to throw a lot of weight around.

    It feels like your left side, particularly the foot, knee, and hip, set up on a wall and you stay there throughout your swing. Weight does transfer, but you really don’t even feel it.

    I feel EXACTLY like Monte does: that it provides the mentioned benefits without having to contort yourself into the impact position like SnT requires.

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