Stack and Tilt v. Major Pressure

Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett had to be excited about their star pupil, Aaron Baddeley, being in contention at the U.S. Open last week. Plummer and Bennett's famous "Stack and Tilt" swing had won numerous PGA Tour titles in addition to being implemented by several TOUR stars, but it had never faced major championship pressure.

Unfortunately, Baddeley was placed in likely the greatest pressure cooker on earth: the final round of a major championship with Tiger Woods. It is common knowledge at this point that the scoring average of those victims unfortunate enough to play in the final day of a major championship with Tiger is always several strokes higher than the rest of the week.

In the face of such pressure, Baddeley fell out of contention basically from when his opening drive squirted out to the right into Oakmont's rough. The result: a psyche-crushing 80, 10 strokes over par for the tournament.

Is it time to accept that the Stack and Tilt is too complicated to win a major championship under such extreme pressure? The counterargument is that the Stack and Tilt has had only a single bout with major pressure. However, if the swing's most prominent disciple could not handle it, can other players? What are your thoughts?

3 Response to "Stack and Tilt v. Major Pressure"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tough call. Badds has got it done in the past, especially coming down the stretch last year at the Verizon against Jim Furyk. However, I think he is the only player in the Bennett/Plummer stable really capable of winning a major at this point.

    Mike Weir obviously has won before, but I think he's heading down right now. Brad Faxon is on his way out, and John Cook is headed for the Champions Tour.

    Anonymous says:

    He almost beat tiger butt last week. Yeah not only does it work, but he is a great player too.

    Anonymous says:

    Stack & Tilt is a life-saver for amateur golfers. My handicap dropped six in one year and won a couple club tournaments, so yes. it holds up under pressure.

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