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Golf: Why Weir Has Hired Grant Waite?

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

Canadian and past-Masters Champion Mike Weir says, “It’ll take time to get back to where I want to be.” But alas it appears he’s got some way to go with 83-81 at Memorial.

Robert Thompson at caught my eye with the news, “Weir hired a new teacher, former tour player Grant Waite.”

And my first thought was Kiwi readers might be interested in the latest news about this ex-pat Kiwi. Then followed by, “Why would Weir pick Grant Waite?”
The last time I’d read about Grant’s move from player to teacher was from Martin Davidson, “Grant Waite reaches 19th hole - for good”. Dated May 06, 2011 Martin writes, “These days, the 46-year-old introduces himself as Grant Waite, coach, and one confident that his sharply analytical mind and myriad life experiences can be used to help others…His reputation as a silky smooth long game player is widely acknowledged and although his coaching career is in its infancy he thinks this will help to establish his credentials as an instructor.”

Thanks to Mr Google I do believe I’ve found the answer to, “Why Would Weir Hire Waite?”
“If you want a systematic approach to learning the golf swing, then the Stack and Tilt Florida Golf Academy is for you. I guarantee your level of knowledge and application of the principles that govern the golf swing will improve.”  - PGA Tour Winner – Grant Waite”

It appears that the “silky smooth” swinger has placed his faith and potential as a teacher in the Stack & Tilt methodology – See my previous post, “Stack and Tilt Sucks?”

Robert Thompson writes, July 12, 2011, “Weir was one of the most successful pupils of the stack and tilt swing theory, and played his best golf after adopting it in 2006 through 2008. Weir officially stopped working with Plummer and Mike Bennett in 2009, and returned to his old swing coach, Mike Wilson. At the time Weir said he felt stack and tilt was hurting his feel on some shots. Since then Weir has worked with a host of swing coaches including David Leadbetter, Mike Wilson (again), Jim Flick, Jack Nicklaus, Waite (another Stack and Tilt student), and most recently Butch Harmon…”

I’m not so sure “silky smooth” and “stack and tilt” are synonymous. Nevertheless good luck to Grant and his pupils.

Here’s the link Robert’s latest news. To his earlier post. And to Martin Davidson

Quote of the Day
“There’s no point in the game where a method has ever worked. And stack and tilt is a method. Those commercials they have on TV — do any of them work with them any more?” - David Leadbetter replying to Robert Thompson at the Toronto Golf Show.

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