Tilt creates space

The more tilt you have at address and at impact, the more room you have for your arms to get in front of you and the club to release properly.

When I say tilt, I mean spine tilt behind the ball. Most amateur golfers don’t have enough tilt behind the ball at address or at impact.

Now here is the kicker that makes it so hard…and getting really good at golf so hard…and this is why I bring up this complicated concept.

When creating this tilt at impact, you must also shift your weight to the left and turn your shoulders at the proper angle or you will be hanging back, be stuck…or both.

A golf swing is a complicated combination of movements. You cannot teach one movement in a vacuum and this is why implementing feels is so much more effective than positions.

Let me preface this by saying many of my posts involve swing theory and not necessarily something you are literally supposed to do. I throw out tons of concepts and ideas hoping to reach each of you and help you with your game.

The point of today’s post is two fold. Discussing swing theory is fine for some people and not for others. What is important is that you never implement one movement or position.


Getting outside help is very helpful as long as they help you search for this feel that helps you get better.




  1. Peter B

    What happens if you tilt too much at adress? Tilt behind ball you mean a bit more tilt than the left hand being lower already does automatically? upper body tilts to the right. RIGHT?

  2. Peter B

    confusion and correction here: right hand lower 🙂

  3. Calvin

    Beautiful drill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6QtMgkK6zI

    This drill predetermines a good set at the top and encourages proper tilt.
    You can do this drill and concentrate on different “feels” while not destroying the basic character of a good swing. I am “feeling” right now that my swing is more balanced if my weight seems to settle over my right buttock at the top.

    Of course if you do this drill any way other than how Nick describes it it is worthless. You can’t swing your arms separately for instance and you can’t sway your hips.

    • Calvin

      🙂 By swinging the arms separately I didn’t mean one at a time but rather separately from your shoulder turn (thanks Monte).

    • Brett

      I tried that drill today, and I really like it. Thanks for posting it.

  4. Doug B

    Monte – your video about this is excellent. This concept is the single most important thing that I have learned this year. I found, however, that when I bumped my hips forward to create the tilt I also had a tendency to move too much weight to my left side as well. For some reason, I found it difficult to tell how much weight I had on each leg. I thought I was about 50:50, but I actually had more weight on my left. This made weight transfer difficult. Recently I have concentrated on having an adequate amount of weight on my right foot, and just before I start my backswing I shift my hips about an inch to the right, so that I actually start with a little more weight favoring my right. I figure it has to go there eventually, so why not preload it? This may not work for everyone but it has helped me keep my tilt while shifting the weight to the left on the downswing. I love this swing theory stuff and I like the way you are able to explain it.

    • Todd

      Which video are you talking about?

  5. Ron

    A video demonstrating the tilt would be an excellent addition to the blog.

  6. hank

    your insight on Tilt is excellent. Do you have any drills to reinforce this? I understand the concept, but usually, like Doug, push way too much of my upper body weight to the left, causing a loss of Tilt at impact…thanks.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      If your lower body moves laterally and your head stays back…you get weight shift and tilt at impact.


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