Great post Goliath.
I appreciate the sincerity of the post. No B.S., just honesty. I can definitely appreciate that.
Like you I have taught myself Stack and Tilt after coming off of a few years of being taught several 'methods' and non-method golf. I've come from Golf Machine guys, and some guys that started doing their own thing. I seemed to simply peak during that time and I eventually stumbled on Stack and Tilt.
I'm going to give my point form short but vital thoughts on my process:
- The original books, and original teachings are difficult to completely, and I mean 100% conceptualize. I was one of the many who had trouble using SnT with woods/driver.
- I had people bash it pretty hard during that time, and I literally kept it my dirty secret. I did not understand it all, but enough of it at the time to improve. When people (professionals included) would ask me what I did, I literally lied to 90% of them.
- The grey areas I needed, I felt were for my body type (thick and 6'1") and my own -miss-conceptions-. I knew I wasn't able to make it all work all the time, but I could shoot under 80. Then the new videos came out. MANY (but not all) of my above mentioned issues were cleared up to a large degree. I am not a great golfer, by any means, but I felt the new videos on top of the old book, old videos, etc, were essential to rounding out my understanding.
- Filling gaps in understanding is quite difficult. If you aren't quite sure what you aren't doing, it's really hard to figure it out. I used to use the old ball flight trouble shooting in the original book a LOT. I found it didn't help much. Conversely there are TONS of people willing to fill those knowledge gaps for you for money, or even free. Many of these people are working from their own assumption of how SnT works and can set you back if you're not careful. I see a few people on Youtube that seem to have a very solid understanding, but there are easily 10x the amount that don't have enough understanding of it to be offering advice on it, let alone teaching it. Be aware of these people. It can make you 'hate' SnT without actually really using SnT in your swing. (hopefully that makes sense).
- I still don't admit my SnT usage to friends/competitors because I really don't care what others think of it. I use what works for me. Conversely, I never slag ANY other teaching or method IF it works for YOU. I just wish people would be understanding of that and give me the same level of courtesy back.
- I watch, and re-watch the latest videos over and over. I still get glimpses of the tiniest wording I may have misunderstood or missed entirely. I can't recommend them enough. I honestly don't know if I got to that level of understanding because I had ALL the other SnT stuff, or because those final videos are just that damn good, but I can't recommend them enough.
- At the end of the day my driver was better, my irons were sharper, but I went chasing more club head speed. (I've never been a big hitter). I sabotaged myself a bit. I can't control the ball quite as well.
So here I am back at it, going through all my notes, my past revelations with it, my videos, etc. It comes back quickly, hopefully faster this time around. I never should have left it. I just felt I peaked with it and I was at a point where I needed 'professional' help to get to the next level with it. If I ever saw something official in my neck of the woods (Canada), I'd definitely check it out.
Sorry for the long post, but I definitely agree with your thoughts I just rarely post on the subject.