Even tough I hate the ideas of tilting down on the ball, shaft lean and compression, because they are huge misnomers, I understand the issue.
What I don’t understand is people continue to be obtuse in understanding that you MUST have spine tilt behind the ball at impact to achieve these things. All evidence to the contrary, they want to cover the balls, get the spine perpendicular, get upper body forward, etc.
How many things about the swing have to be understood as counter intuitive before this one sinks in.
Whenever anyone argues this subject with me, I say, “Go to YouTube and find me one great players who didn’t have tilt at impact, even with a wedge…even on a knockdown wedge.”
I have never gotten a response. Lickliter saw me have this debate with someone at Sawgrass and when I was about to deliver that line, he not erupted and said, “Monte is about to tell you to go to YouTube and find someone who doesn’t have impact tilt. Let me save you the trouble. There isn’t anyone. Use some common sense. Without any tilt, you will dig the club in the ground if you don’t throw away the angle. Now leave him alone, he’s trying to fix what a moron who thought like you ruined.”
Below are stills of me hitting 7-iron. You will see a very nice P6 and a shallow angle of attack when the circle is one the club face coming into impact in the first two. In the second two, you will see address and that I increased my secondary tilt from address to impact about 12* to a total of 25*.
(App reads a vertical line as 90*. So 77* at address is 13* of tilt and 65* at impact is 25* of tilt away from target.)
In the post impact still and video below the stills, you will see a nice tuft of grass and dirt fly from a perfectly compressed ball that Trackman said was carrying upwards of 185 yards.
Guess what I see in almost all early flippers/casters? Low single digits of tilt behind the ball to tilt toward the target at impact…and spines in front of the ball. Guess how your body reacts to that?
****! If we don’t chuck the club, we are going to dig a trench and that hurts Mayday! Mayday! Throw the lag away, elbow neck and spine injury protocol #7.,,.Cast, Cast, Cast!
Guess how the body reacts to proper tilt created by the upper body staying back and lower body moving forward?
Danger, Danger, we are going to miss the ball if we don’t get those arms moving and create some shaft lean. We are about to top an iron shot, get those hands forward.