Saturday, November 21, 2009

Stack and Tilt Basics w/Nick Clearwater

Since I've been getting more questions about S&T, I decided to post some Nick Clearwater (certified S&T instructor) videos on the basics.

One of the questions I've received about is new Tour instructor sensation Sean Foley and what he teaches.

From what I've gathered, Foley is good friends with Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer. He's picked their brains in regards to the S&T method. Foley teaches most notably Hunter Mahan (who got robbed in last year's US Open) and Sean O'Haire. Mahan has *some* of the S&T components. O'Haire has just about all of the S&T components. As I've emphasized here quite a bit, the S&T people really need to make it clear that you don't need all of the components of the S&T in order for it to help your game. So if you don't like all that weight on the left side or the abbreviated, belly out finish...well, you don't need those in your swing and can use other parts of the S&T and improve your ballstriking.

Also, I think it should be made clear that all of the great ballstrikers have at least one, but not NECESSARILY all components of the S&T. While Nicklaus had a centered spine and pivot on the backswing, somebody like Trevino had the lower body moving toward the target and a bent left leg much through the downswing.

I think if these points were made more clear, there would be less controversy and less denouncing of the S&T. But, perhaps they want that controversy because as the old saying goes 'there is no such thing as bad publicity.'

But anyway, here are the videos.


1 comment:

Kevin said...

I am a big fan of this young man's teaching, communication skills, and passion. Great videos on his YouTube site. IMHO Nick is going to go really far in this business!