Peter Finch: Part 1
Part 1 of Peter Finch's lesson with Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.
Released on 9/13/2010
|Starring:||Peter Finch and Andy Plummer|
Hi, I'm Peter Finch, Senior Editor of Golf Digest,
and I'm here to talk about the June issue of Golf Digest.
Part of our article on The New Tour Swing,
developed by teachers Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer.
They call it the Stack & Tilt.
Here's what Stack & Tilt did for me.
I've always had a problem with my iron shots.
They've tended to be short and high,
and they kind of floated.
Bennett and Plummer could see
right away what the problem was.
My swing was bottoming out way too early.
To get my shot airborne in this way,
I had to scoop at the ball with my wrists,
which meant that the clubhead got in front of my hands,
totally robbing the shot of any zip.
Andy and Mike noticed I had a tendency to keep my head up
during the swing.
Here, Andy's reminding me to keep my head lower.
Bennett and Plummer's solution felt odd at first.
Here, Andy's having me put roughly
60 to 65 percent of my weight on the left side,
with my left shoulder almost level with my right
and my hand slightly ahead of the ball.
When I began my swing, they wanted my left shoulder
to move down, not laterally.
Taking a few practice swings from this set-up,
I had the strange sensation I was chopping down
on the ball more than swinging through it.
I wondered, too, if I might fall over.
The pros didn't stop there.
They encouraged me to take a shorter backswing,
keeping my arms and torso connected.
They had me work on cocking my wrist,
and as I swung through the ball,
they had me stretch out my arms parallel to the ground
and hold them there to get the feeling of extension.
Mike and Andy had me engrain these new sensations
practicing punch shots.
Once they had me swing for real, I was sold.
There was a noticeable difference in the compression,
as Bennet called it.
When my seven iron struck the ball,
it came off the clubface with a crack
and it flew in an altogether unfamiliar trajectory,
lower and about ten yards longer.
Their advice has helped a lot.
Before meeting Mike and Andy, I was in a bit of a slump,
but since then, I've really been playing a lot better.
Not only am I hitting the ball harder,
I'm hitting it on the center of the clubface.
So that's what it's supposed to feel like.