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Charlie Wi Attacks Stack and Tilt Detractors

LEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Charlie Wi of South Korea tees off from the eighth hole during the third round of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on September 11, 2010 in Lemont, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kathy BissellCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2010

Kathy Bissell

Charlie Wi, who played on the Buy.com, Nationwide, and Asian Tours before advancing to regular status on the PGA Tour, has taken on those who criticize the Stack and Tilt golf teaching method promoted by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.  The system was described by the duo in Golf Digest as one where the “body never moves off the ball.” 

For a while, Mike Weir and Aaron Baddeley were using the approach, but both have since left it indicating that it just was not right for them.

Wi cites their results after leaving it.

“Aaron Baddeley was the worst ball-striker on Tour before,” Wi alleged. “He won three times with Andy and Mike and also took him to inside the top 20 in the world.  If that’s not good enough for Aaron, well, it is what it is.”

Wi also insisted that Mike Weir benefited from the Stack and Tilt. 

“He (Weir) made $6 million in two seasons with Andy and Mike,” Wi continued. “They  (Baddeley and Weir) aren’t here this week, so maybe they should be working with Andy and Mike.”   

Wi said he went to the method because he was unable to find other instructors who could help him understand what was happening at impact.

“My question was, I really wanted to know the moment of truth, which is impact,” he said after taking the lead in the BMW Championship. “I used to play a lot of golf with Steve Elkington, and he said he was working with the Stack and Tilt guys, and he was doing really well.”

Wi started working with them after the Travelers tournament in Hartford.

“I told them, you know what, I’m going to empty my cup,” he explained. 

Wi said that the Stack and Tilt system was about geometry.

“If you’re 200 pounds, if you’re 5’3”, 5’5”, everybody. Geometry is the same with everybody,” he insisted.

He said it emphasizes different swing planes depending on height. 

“Geometry means swing it in an arc, in a circle,” he continued. “If I’m 6’4”, my swing plane is going to be different than if I am 5’5”, and that’s geometry, and that does not change.”    

Wi also believes that Sean Foley, who he called “the person that’s working with Tiger,” has borrowed heavily from Stack and Tilt in his teachings.

Wi was a first-team All-America in 1995 at University of California, played and returned to the PGA Tour in 2007 after success at the 2006 Qualifying School. He has been a professional since 1995, but this is his best season to date.

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