Takeaway | Swing Surgeon - Don Trahan Peak Performance Golf Swing


Your backswing should be one continuous fluid motion. Never should you feel like there is more than a single movement. In this video, I explain how to execute a proper takeaway into the vertical backswing.

Published on: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 14:48

Many golfers insist on using a forward press before they start their takeaway and backswing. As with most things when it comes to golf, I'm on the opposite side of the road compared to other instructors on this subject.

Published on: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 14:00

I received another testimonial from a converted rotational golfer, and the results are simply amazing. He's now able to play an entire round of golf while maintaining complete control of the golf ball. He credits the "toe up to toe up" concept as instrumental in helping him see that he was... more

Published on: Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 13:00

Another great submission was sent in from Ray Johnson, who is currently playing his best golf. Ray has been using the Peak Performance Golf Swing for a couple years now, and has enjoyed the simplicity of the vertical golf swing.

Published on: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 00:00

I love sharing swing thoughts that are sent in from the Surge Nation. It's a great way to practice the fundamentals of the Peak Performance Golf Swing in a way that someone may not have ever thought about...even me!

Published on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:00

If you're a golfer that likes to milk the club before your takeaway, there's a chance your clubface could be opening or closing without you even knowing. This can create an interesting dilemma because you won't know why you're missing your target.

Published on: Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 14:00

In the Peak Performance Golf Swing, the head should stay still from takeaway to impact. That means your practice swing should follow the same rules. 

Published on: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:00

I love when Surgites around the world send in emails about successes they're having. Today I want to share a story from Ray, who expressed that a flying front elbow (first time I've ever heard that term!) was causing him to lay the club off in his back swing, which spells disaster for a vertical... more

Published on: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 13:00

The setup determines the motion. I've said that for years, and it's absolutely true. But, the takeaway determines the backswing, so it's important to understand exactly how to start your swing once you're ready to pull the trigger. By now, you should know that you need to take the club back toe... more

Published on: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:00

Great shots comes from the club being on, on, on, square and solid at impact through to a proper release. Without a good release, you can't hit a relatively straight shot.

Published on: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:00

The sun has just set here in South Carolina, but as the weekend comes to a close, I can't help but think of a topic that's been bothering me lately. So, I figured I'd give you a "Late Night Lesson" (or early morning lesson depending on where you live!). 

Published on: Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 22:00

Your clubhead position at impact is extremely important. But, having it in the right place in both the backswing and forward upswing is just as critical. That's because the position of the club at impact is directly determined by where it is in your takeaway and backswing.

Published on: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 12:00

It is with much sadness that I must tell you that PPGS European Director of Golf, Malcom Rawle, has passed away in Lingfield, England. 

Published on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 16:00

Because vertical swingers are in the minority, many times other golfers will supply advice that doesn't conform to the teachings of the Peak Performance Golf Swing. To someone that has never heard of or seen the PPGS, your swing may have an unfinished look. So, they'll tell you that you need to... more

Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:00

I'm going to spend today discussing the location of the catcher's mitt. If you're new to the site, today's daily video will also serve as an introduction to the proper takeaway of the Peak Performance Golf Swing. When I refer to the "catcher's mitt," it's meant to describe where the clubhead... more

Published on: Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 12:00

Controlling the amount of turn in your swing can be directly related to wrist action.

Published on: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:00

I hope everyone in the Surge Nation had a great weekend and was able to squeeze in a little golf. Today, I want to share some comments that were sent in from one our female followers, TinaB.

Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 16:00

Type in the words "golf instruction" in any online search and you'll see a ton of swing methods claiming they've got the swing that will transform your game. Many of them even say they've got body friendly swings that will get rid of all your pain.

Published on: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 10:00

One trademark of the Peak Performance Golf Swing is our wide knees with outward pressure. You want to hold your knees and swing your arms with a limited turn, vertical swing. However, there still needs to be a little bit of a turn, so the left knee will move slightly.

Published on: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 14:00

Some golfers like to use a forward press before they start their swing. This could be with the putter or any other club in the bag. Paul D'Andrea has been experimenting with a forward press and is seeing some success. He wanted to hear my opinion on whether or not using a forward press to start... more

Published on: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 14:00

If you occasionally lose the ball to the right or have trouble squaring your club at impact, today's video should help you understand why. Regis Rauch is a 7 handicap and hits straight shots, so he's grasped the concepts of the vertical swing and successfully implemented them into his game.

Published on: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 14:00

The Peak Performance Golf Swing uses a limited turn. This is one aspect of the swing that I think gets overlooked. We don't want to have a big, rotational swing that gets us deep into the sacred burial ground, but there has to be a turn.

Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 14:00

Having a proper takeaway is very important because it involves the first movements of the actual swing. Even if you are set up correctly, a bad takeaway can ruin your results very easily. 

Published on: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 12:00

Today I'm going to address a question that I get quite often. Cecil Howell says he's got no problem swinging vertical with his shorter irons, but he struggles with the longer irons and woods. However, this shouldn't be the case because the ball has no idea what club he's got in his hands.

Published on: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 18:47

Today's video stems from two separate emails I received that had a similar question. Both John Hilton and Datta Kashelikar were looking for a more detailed explanation about the correct positioning of the catcher's mitt.

Published on: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 18:30
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