Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer were recently named as a Top 100 Instructor for Golf Magazine in America!
Mike and Andy began learning about golf swing theory out of necessity. They were professional golfers who wanted to become outstanding players themselves, yet found it difficult to improve consistently. Subsequently they sought out many of the game’s best instructors, and at times their advice was just what they needed to improve. However, there were also times of steep decline in their progress that made little to no sense given the amount of time they dedicated to practicing.
This revealed to them that there was a lack of order in their understanding of the game of golf. Out of necessity they began organizing the swing based on advice received from noted teacher Mac O’Grady, and based on principles laid out in Homer Kelley’s book “The Golfing Machine”.
This process resulted in a system of understanding and organizing the game of golf that would later be referred to as the Stack & Tilt® system. The goal of the system is to present golf as a progressive set of workable challenges to the beginning players while also being broad enough to differentiate the smallest variations on the champion player.
Mike and Andy’s background as players afforded them the opportunity to meet numerous professionals who eventually sought their help. Tom Scherrer and Grant Waite were among first PGA Tour winners who practiced regularly with Andy and Mike. Their noted and drastic improvements and recommendations were instrumental in attracting other players. Before working with Andy and Mike Tom had struggled with his ball striking considerably. The following year Tom finished ranking first on the Nationwide Tour’s ball striking statistic. Grant introduced Dean Wilson and later Steve Elkington to Andy and Mike in 2004. What followed was breakout seasons by both Wilson and Elkington which thrust Andy and Mike into the upper echelons of golf instruction. Along the way they were backed up by breakout performances by Tjaart Van der Walt and steady play by Tommy Armour III. This got the attention of Aaron Baddeley at the end of 2005 season. Aaron immediately finished 4th in the Australian Open in 2005 and then in 2006 won the Verizon Heritage, his first PGA Tour win. This was quickly followed by victories from Dean Wilson, Eric Axley, and Will Mackenzie. This gave Andy and Mike’s students four 1st time winners on the PGA Tour plus Charlie Wi’s win in the European Tour sanctioned Malaysian Open.
Shortly after Aaron Baddeley’s second PGA Tour victory at the Phoenix Open in February 2007, Golf Digest proposed doing a story on the teaching methods of Mike and Andy. Using Aaron Baddeley as the de facto poster boy for the system, Stack & Tilt® was thus born to the public. Having noted the progress of his friend and college teammate Dean WIlson, Mike Weir became interested in the Stack & Tilt system at the end of 2007. In the course of the 8 months they worked together, he improved his world ranking from 48th to 17th and won his first PGA Tour event in five years.
Along the way Mike and Andy’s methods have been featured in numerous magazines including Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, and Golf World, among others. They have appeared on the syndicated talk show The Charlie Rose Show and published a book titled “The Stack and Tilt® Swing”, which briefly cracked Amazons top 100 bestseller list. They have also released two DVDs to date, the newest of which called “Stack & Tilt 2.0 Understanding the Numbers”, which builds on the original DVD using sophisticated technologies breaking down the bio-mechanics of the model swing.
This publicity has made the Stack & Tilt® system the most talked about element in golf instruction in more than a generation, as evidenced by Golf World magazine naming Stack & Tilt® instruction one of the biggest stories in golf in 2007.
Andy and Mike have now coached 10 different players who have won on the PGA Tour, most recently J.J. Henry winning at Reno/Tahoe Open in September 2012. Their system has been used to win numerous tournaments on the Nationwide Tour, as well as professional golf tournaments around the world. They also find improving the games of amateurs and beginners as gratifying as working with the best players in the world. They still teach players of all levels on a regular basis.
Bennett lives in New Jersey and Plummer lives outside of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.