Peter Finch: Part 1

Part 1 of Peter Finch's lesson with Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.

Released on 9/13/2010

Credits

Starring: Peter Finch and Andy Plummer
Featuring: Mike Bennett

Transcript

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Hi, I'm Peter Finch, Senior Editor of Golf Digest,
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and I'm here to talk about the June issue of Golf Digest.
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Part of our article on The New Tour Swing,
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developed by teachers Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer.
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They call it the Stack & Tilt.
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Here's what Stack & Tilt did for me.
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I've always had a problem with my iron shots.
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They've tended to be short and high,
00:29
and they kind of floated.
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Bennett and Plummer could see
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right away what the problem was.
00:34
My swing was bottoming out way too early.
00:37
To get my shot airborne in this way,
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I had to scoop at the ball with my wrists,
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which meant that the clubhead got in front of my hands,
00:44
totally robbing the shot of any zip.
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Andy and Mike noticed I had a tendency to keep my head up
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during the swing.
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Here, Andy's reminding me to keep my head lower.
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Bennett and Plummer's solution felt odd at first.
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Here, Andy's having me put roughly
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60 to 65 percent of my weight on the left side,
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with my left shoulder almost level with my right
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and my hand slightly ahead of the ball.
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When I began my swing, they wanted my left shoulder
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to move down, not laterally.
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Taking a few practice swings from this set-up,
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I had the strange sensation I was chopping down
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on the ball more than swinging through it.
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I wondered, too, if I might fall over.
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The pros didn't stop there.
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They encouraged me to take a shorter backswing,
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keeping my arms and torso connected.
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They had me work on cocking my wrist,
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and as I swung through the ball,
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they had me stretch out my arms parallel to the ground
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and hold them there to get the feeling of extension.
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Mike and Andy had me engrain these new sensations
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practicing punch shots.
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Once they had me swing for real, I was sold.
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There was a noticeable difference in the compression,
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as Bennet called it.
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When my seven iron struck the ball,
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it came off the clubface with a crack
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and it flew in an altogether unfamiliar trajectory,
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lower and about ten yards longer.
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Their advice has helped a lot.
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Before meeting Mike and Andy, I was in a bit of a slump,
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but since then, I've really been playing a lot better.
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Not only am I hitting the ball harder,
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I'm hitting it on the center of the clubface.
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So that's what it's supposed to feel like.
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