Definition of fundamental: a principle, law, etc, that serves as the basis of a system.
I have always thought that the grip and set up were fundamentals of a good golf swing. But how can they be fundamental if everyone does them differently? Players use strong grips, weak grips and everything in between. Players set up open, closed and square. Other things that people have told me are fundamental to a good golf swing, tempo, alignment and posture. If you can vary all of these things so drastically and still be one of the best players in the world, how can it really be a fundamental to the success of a good golf swing?
This question was raised in a new book I am reading, “The Stack and Tilt Golf Swing.” The questions are very valid and are starting to make me question what I believe about golf. The authors, and inventors of the swing, suggest that a real fundamental of golf is being able to strike the ground in the same place every time. Every professional strikes the ground consistently in the same spot allowing them to strike the ball solidly. Us amateurs, well, not so much.
They believe that there are truly only three fundamentals, the things every golfer must do to play the game well.
- Striking the ground in the same spot
- Generating enough power to play the course
- Matching the clubface to the swing path in order to control shot direction
If you think about it, this makes complete sense. Every great player does these three things consistently and there are really no variables to these three fundamentals. You either do them or you don’t, hence they are fundamental to a good golf swing.
Now, whether or not the Stack and Tilt Swing will help you and I perform these fundamentals consistently, well that is yet to be seen. As a student of the game, I would recommend the book as a good read. You will have to decide if the swing is right for you or not.