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National Post Golf Column: Bennett and Plummer Under Fire

Last week I spent some time on the phone with Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer, the two swing teachers behind the so-called “stack and tilt” theory. The pair will be at Bond Head north of Toronto next Friday for a paid clinic. I can’t go as I’ll be at the Canadian Open — but I’d be intrigued at seeing how it works in a live setting.

I was also intrigued to hear Mike Weir isn’t using the whole theory any more, instead concentrating on certain elements of it.

Here’s a taste of the column:

Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett never intended to become controversial figures. When the pair of golf instructors began using geometry and kinetics in their teaching, they were simply trying to build a better swing, that was based in part on the ball striking of the game’s greats.

And though their theory – the so-called “stack-and-tilt” concept – has been embraced by the likes of Mike Weir and Australian Aaron Baddeley, it has also made Plummer and Bennett the focus of disdain in an industry marred by rivalries and jealousy. The partners are especially displeased with the negative slant often put on their methodology by television golf commentators.

“Before, the television guys would look at a Dean Wilson or Eric [Axley] and say, ËœThat guy is swinging it beautifully,’ ” Bennett says. “Now they know what these guys are doing and they have nothing nice to say. It has made us realize that people really don’t know much about what they are saying.”

Both Plummer and Bennett will be in Canada next week, working with a handful of students before the start of the RBC Canadian Open. On July 25, the pair will run a clinic, hosted by CBS golf commentator David Feherty, at The Club at Bond Head, a course a half hour north of Toronto.

The entire column is online here.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Here is a great video clip from Presidents Cup practice range with Gary Player and Mike Weir discussing his driver swing and stack/tilt. Gary gave some adjustment tips to Mike that week and the rest was history……………Turn up your volume Real LOUD and you can pick up bits of the conversation.

  • I dont see any problem with people changing their technique to better improve their game, I feel it’s like asking someone with a terrible slice to not try and get rid of that slice. It’s amazing how immature some grown men can be

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